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Giacomo Puccini - The Operas / Bartoletti, Prêtre, Alagna, Bergonzi, Caballé, Callas, Corelli, Freni, et al

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>Puccini, Giacomo : Morire?, song for voice & piano
>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi
>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

All of Puccini's popular operas are represented in this 17-CD boxed set, as well as the less frequently heard titles 'La Rondine', 'La Fanciulla del West', and 'Il Trittico'. Also included are highlights from 'Le Villi', an early work by Puccini that is almost never performed. The recordings (all stereo) come from EMI's unrivalled operatic catalog and feature some of the greatest stars in the world of opera, including: Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo in Manon Lescaut; Mirella Freni and Nicolai Gedda in La Boheme; Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, and Tito Gobbi in Tosca; Victoria de los Angeles and Jussi Bjorling in Madama Butterfly; Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu in La Rondine; Neil Shicoff and Maria Guleghina in Il Tabarro (from Il Trittico); Tito Gobbi and Victoria de los Angeles in Gianni Schicchi (from Il Trittico); Birgit Nilsson in La Fanciulla del West; and more!

BBC Music Magazine
Alagna shapes his arias exquisitely and the Act II duet 'Perché mai cercate' with Gheorghiu is glorious'

BBC Music Magazine
Bohème is Thomas Schippers's memorable recording, with Freni and Gedda appealing lovers. Tosca features the dream-team Callas and Gobbi... Madama Butterfly heads a fine performance, though Jussi Björling's Pinkerton divides opinion, ringing but stiff. For Trittico we have Pappano's excellent 1997 Tabarro and Suor Angelica, but Gianni Schicchi is the ripe Santini classic with Gobbi and de los Angeles.



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>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
  • Performers: Montserrat Caballé (Voice); Robert Tear (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Placido Domingo (Voice); Gwynne Howell (Bass); Bernard Dickerson (Tenor); Robert Lloyd (Bass); Vicente Sardinero (Voice); Ian Partridge (Voice); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano); Noël Mangin (Bass)
  • Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 58 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
  • Performers: Carlo Badioli (Bass); Mariella Adani (Soprano); Nicolai Gedda (Voice); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass); Jr. Mario Basiola (Voice); Mirella Freni (Voice); Giuseppe Giuliano (Voice); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Mario Sereni (Voice); Mario Rinaudo (Bass); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Italy (09/24/1962-09/26/1962)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performers: Maria Callas (Voice); Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor); David Sellar (Boy Alto); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Giorgio Tadeo (Voice); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Ugo Trama (Bass)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (12/03/1964-12/04/1964)
  • Running Time: 76 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
  • Performers: Arturo La Porta (Baritone); Miriam Pirazzini (Mezzo Soprano); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Nina DeCourson (Voice); Vera Magrini (Mezzo Soprano); Jussi Björling (Voice); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Silvia Bertona (Soprano); Antonio Sacchetti (Bass); Mario Sereni (Voice); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 101 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
  • Performers: Giuseppe Costariol (Baritone); Carlo Forti (Bass); Joao Gibin (Tenor); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Antonio Cassinelli (Bass); Nicola Zaccaria (Bass); Dino Mantovani (Baritone); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Dino Formichini (Tenor); Andrea Mongelli (Baritone); Antonio Costantino (Tenor); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Enzo Sordello (Baritone); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano); Florindo Andreolli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lovro Matacic
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1910.
  • Running Time: 38 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1910

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
  • Performers: Gareth Roberts (Tenor); Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); William Matteuzzi (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Andrew Busher (Tenor); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano); Toby Spence (Tenor); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Monica Bacelli (Mezzo Soprano); Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone); Patrizia Biccire (Voice); Riccardo Simonetti (Bass Baritone); Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Puccini, Giacomo : Morire?, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1917

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Preludio
  • Performer: Marcia Crayford (Violin)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Ecco la casa dio
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Torna ai felici dì
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Parte Sinfonica 1. L'abbandono (Coro. Come un geglio reciso dentro la bara g
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Parte Sinfonica 2. La tregenda
  • Performer: Marcia Crayford (Violin)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
  • Performers: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Carlo Guelfi (Baritone); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Ricardo Cassinelli (Voice); Barry Banks (Tenor); Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Neil Shicoff (Tenor); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Maria Guleghina (Soprano); Daniel Hoadley (Tenor); Peter Manning (Violin); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1916-1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
  • Performers: Bernadette Nissa (Voice); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Judith Rees (Soprano); Christopher Warren-Green (Violin); Anna-Maria Panzarella (Voice); Sarah Fulgoni (Voice); Rachele Stanisci (Soprano); Francesca Pedaci (Soprano); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Susan Mackenzie-Park (Soprano); Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 44 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
  • Performers: Anna Canali (Mezzo Soprano); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Lidia Marimpietri (Voice); Carlo Monte (Voice); Giuliana Raimondi (Soprano); Adelio Zagonara (Tenor); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Virgilio Stoco (Voice); Fernando Valentini (Bass); Saturno Meletti (Baritone); Alfredo Mariotti (Bass); Claudio Cornoldi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Italy (07/07/1958-07/13/1958)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
  • Performers: Renata Scotto (Voice); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Guido Mazzini (Bass); Franco Ricciardi (Tenor); Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 78 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926