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Puccini: Turandot / Mehta, Sutherland, Pavarotti, Caballé

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Penguin Guide
Sutherland gives an intensely appealing interpretation, while Pavarotti gives a performance equally imaginitive. Mehta directs a gloriously rich and dramatic performance. Still the best-sounding Turandot on CD.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Turandot is a psychologically complex work fusing appalling sadism with self-sacrificing devotion. The icy Princess of China has agreed to marry any man of royal blood who can solve three riddles she has posed. If he fails his head will roll. Calaf, the son of the exiled Tartar king Timur, answers all the questions easily and when Turandot hesitates to accept him, magnanimously offers her a riddle in return - 'What is his name?'.

Liù, Calaf's faithful slave-girl, is tortured but rather than reveal his identity kills herself.

Turandot finally capitulates, announcing that his name is Love. Dame Joan Sutherland's assumption of the title role is statuesque, combining regal poise with a more human warmth, while Montserrat Caballé is a touchingly sympathetic Liù, skilfully steering the character away from any hint of the mawkish. Pavarotti's Calaf is a heroic figure in splendid voice and the chorus is handled with great power, baying for blood at one minute, enraptured with Liù's nobility at the next. Mehta conducts with great passion and a natural feel for Puccini's wonderfully tempestuous drama. Well recorded.


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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
  • Performers: Montserrat Caballé (Voice); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Nicolai Ghiaurov (Voice); Tom Krause (Baritone); Sabin Markov (Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Peter Pears (Voice); Pier Poli (Voice); Joan Sutherland (Voice)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: John Alldis Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926