Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni

> Adriana Lecouvreur - Adriana Lecouvreur, Act I: Io son l'umile ancella
> La boheme - La boheme, Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi
> La boheme - La boheme, Act II: Quando me'n vo'
> Tosca - Tosca, Act II: Vissi d'arte
> Turandot - Turandot, Act III: Tu, che di gel sei cinta
> Carmen - Carmen, Act III: Recitative: C'est des contrebandiers le refuge ordinaire
> Manon - Manon, Act II: Adieu, notre petite table
> Aida - Aida, Act I: Ritorna vincitor
> Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 - Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492, Act III: Recitativo and Aria: E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti
> Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in German) - Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Puskai pogibnu ya, no pryezhde, "Letter Scene" (Sung in German)
> Adriana Lecouvreur - Adriana Lecouvreur, Act I: Io son l'umile ancella

Album Summary

>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le Nozze di Figaro
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugen Onegin
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Notes & Reviews:

Since 1952, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester's Sunday Concerts have developed into a meeting place for fans of "beautiful voices". These previously unreleased recordings by Mirella Fren from the popular "Sunday concerts" of the 1970's and 80's include a richly varied program with soprano arias ranging from Mozart to Bizet, and Puccini to Tchaikovsky.

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One of a great line of Italian sopranos, Mirella Freni at the Metropolitan Opera, New York announced her farewell to a long and distinguished career in May 2005. The event was cause for triple celebration as it marked her seventieth birthday, her fiftieth anniversary on the operatic stage and forty years with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

The present BR Klassik release is taken from recordings made at a series of 'Sunday Concerts' in Munich. Initiated in 1952 by Alfred Schr÷ter head of light classics at Bavarian Broadcasting these live radio concerts were first broadcast in 1952 the same year as the Munich RSO was founded.

The disc starts and concludes with performances of Cilea's act I aria Io son l'umile ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur. This was catches Freni in 1971 with a noticeably strong projection to her singing. Her expressive tone supplements the astonishingly heady atmosphere of Cilea's writing. The extended note at the aria's conclusion was quite breathtaking. The same Cilea aria is also heard around fifteen years later with Freni now in her fifties sounding equally sensational. Freni's voice has noticeably mellowed but with additional hues. The climax at the conclusion is once again quite wonderful.



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>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Io son l'umile ancella
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Si, mi chiamano Mimi
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Quando me'n vo
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ghiaurov
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Tu, che di gel sei cinta
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: C'est des contrebandiers
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Adieu, notre petite table
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Ritorna vincitor!
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le Nozze di Figaro :: E Susanna non vien - Dove sono
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ghiaurov
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugen Onegin :: Und sei's mein Untergang
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ghiaurov
  • Running Time: 13 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Io son l'umile ancella
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ghiaurov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902
  • Studio/Live: Live