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Puccini: Tosca / Renata Tebaldi, Gianni Poggi, Giangiacomo Guelfi; Arturo Basile [Tokyo, 1961]

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It's his greatest, or at least his most popular, opera, and she one of the finest interpreters of its title role. Though she seems somehow to have slipped from view when considering the greatest 20th c. sopranos, Renata Tebaldi is etched firmly into that mountainside with but few others. One of her great roles was, of course, Tosca, and she is heard here singing just this role in a 1961 live recording from Tokyo, Arturo Basile leading the NHK Symphony and Chorus. The cast is complementary to Tebaldi, with Giangiacomo Guelfi's Scarpia being the most notable. Remastered in 24bit/96kHs sound.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Tosca was the role Tebaldi sang most often on stage. She recorded it twice in the studio, and another dozen or so bootlegs have come and gone. This one stems from La Scala's visit to Japan in 1961. The diva is in fairly good voice, with strong chest tones and top notes that don't fall short of pitch (as they so often did). Her legato, of course, is a marvel, and so is her clean enunciation of the words. On this occasion in September 1961 she sounds far more dramatic than she often did. She was always good at projecting hauteur and umbrage.

Guelfi does display some subtlety in his exchanges with Tosca early in Act 2. Poggi phrases well and shows some sensitivity. The orchestra plays with remarkably proficiency, and Basile follows his singers dutifully. The sound is quite good. Her fans will want this, and since I am one of them, I'm delighted to have it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tokyo (10/22/1961).


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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performer: Silviano Pagliuca (Voice)
  • Conductor: Arturo Basile
  • Ensemble: NHK Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Studio/Live: Live