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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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Works Details

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