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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: Ian Partridge (Voice); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Robert Tear (Tenor); Gwynne Howell (Bass); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano); Vicente Sardinero (Voice); Montserrat Caballé (Voice); Placido Domingo (Voice); Robert Lloyd (Bass); Bernard Dickerson (Tenor); 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: Jr. Mario Basiola (Voice); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass); Giuseppe Giuliano (Voice); Mariella Adani (Soprano); Nicolai Gedda (Voice); Carlo Badioli (Bass); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Mirella Freni (Voice); Mario Sereni (Voice); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor); Mario Rinaudo (Bass)
  • 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); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); David Sellar (Boy Alto); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Giorgio Tadeo (Voice); 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: Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Silvia Bertona (Soprano); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Arturo La Porta (Baritone); Mario Sereni (Voice); Miriam Pirazzini (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Sacchetti (Bass); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Jussi Björling (Voice); Vera Magrini (Mezzo Soprano); Nina DeCourson (Voice); Bonaldo Giaiotti (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: Antonio Cassinelli (Bass); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Nicola Zaccaria (Bass); Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano); Dino Mantovani (Baritone); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Enzo Sordello (Baritone); Florindo Andreolli (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Carlo Forti (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Dino Formichini (Tenor); Giuseppe Costariol (Baritone); Joao Gibin (Tenor); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Antonio Costantino (Tenor); Andrea Mongelli (Baritone)
  • 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); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Monica Bacelli (Mezzo Soprano); Toby Spence (Tenor); Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano); Riccardo Simonetti (Bass Baritone); Patrizia Biccire (Voice); Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone); William Matteuzzi (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Andrew Busher (Tenor); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano); Patrizia Ciofi (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: Daniel Hoadley (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Ricardo Cassinelli (Voice); Maria Guleghina (Soprano); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Neil Shicoff (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Barry Banks (Tenor); Peter Manning (Violin); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Carlo Guelfi (Baritone); Rosalind Waters (Soprano)
  • 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: Sarah Fulgoni (Voice); Christopher Warren-Green (Violin); Judith Rees (Soprano); Anna-Maria Panzarella (Voice); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Francesca Pedaci (Soprano); Bernadette Nissa (Voice); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Susan Mackenzie-Park (Soprano); Rachele Stanisci (Soprano); Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto); Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Felicity Palmer (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: Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Adelio Zagonara (Tenor); Giuliana Raimondi (Soprano); Carlo Monte (Voice); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Alfredo Mariotti (Bass); Lidia Marimpietri (Voice); Saturno Meletti (Baritone); Claudio Cornoldi (Violin); Fernando Valentini (Bass); Virgilio Stoco (Voice); Anna Canali (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: Franco Ricciardi (Tenor); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Franco Corelli (Tenor); Renata Scotto (Voice); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Guido Mazzini (Bass); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 78 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926