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Until the late 20th century, it was common practice to perform Italian operas in German language. The advantage of recording in German language persuaded Electrola to re-record Puccini's successful opera in 1985. This concept worked out brilliantly. The result was a piece of lively musical theater with no stage, convincing with the ensemble's outstanding performance - above all Lucia Popp, one of the greatest and most touching singers of her time, and Francisco Araiza, the splendid tenor - conducted by Stefan Soltesz, spirited and with exact respect to details.
The Electrola Collection is a series from EMI Classics that celebrates the historic record label, Electrola. Electrola was part of the EMI Classics unit in Germany best known for their rich catalog, masterful artists and the iconic gramophone trademark. This second edition features eleven captivating titles including Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Joseph Haydn's The Creation and Rene Kollo sings Wagner and Strauss.