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Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Votto, Corelli, Gobbi, et al

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Antonino Votto leads the orchestra and chorus in a muscular reading of Puccini's dramatic score, which very clearly served as one of the inspirations for Ennio Morricone's music for Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns. The opera's relative obscurity is difficult to understand; it has all the grandeur and tenderness of Puccini's best scores, and more complex and appealing characters than some of his better-known works... The three leads are entirely convincing. Soprano Gigiola Frazzoni is little known, but she has enormous vocal power and focus, and her portrayal of Minnie is believable and deeply moving. Franco Corelli was at the height of his powers when the recording was made, and his ringing tenor has just the right weight for Dick Johnson. Baritone Tito Gobbi exudes malice in the Scarpia-like role of Jack Rance. The supporting roles are all vividly characterized and sung with conviction. This is a vocally satisfying and dramatically compelling performance." -All Music


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>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
  • Performers: Michele Cazzato (Baritone); Athos Cesarini (Tenor); Franco Corelli (Tenor); Gigliola Frazzoni (Soprano); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Ugo Novelli (Bass); Franco Ricciardi (Tenor); Gino Signore (Voice); Enzo Sordello (Baritone); Vittorio Tatozzi (Baritone); Nicola Zaccaria (Bass)
  • Conductor: Antonino Votto
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1910.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1910