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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Santini, De Los Angeles, Bjorling


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63634   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi BjörlingMario SereniMiriam PirazziniVictoria de los Angeles
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This represents Victoria de los Angeles's second recording Madama Butterfly (1959); the first, made five years earlier... For the soprano herself, there is not a great deal to choose between the recordings: she remains fairly consistent. The selling-point of the stereo version is probably Björling's Pinkerton (his penultimate recorded role)—magnificently voiced, but rather general in characterization—but Di Stefano is still in fine form, and gives a better sense of the all-American playboy. Gobbi makes much more of Sharpless than does Sereni—but then Sharpless is shapeless to begin with. Anna Maria Canali's Suzuki is richer and steadier-voiced than Pirazzini's. Gavazzeni's reading of the score is more coherent than Santini's Read more rough-and-ready one, though the latter makes telling points with some of the climactic orchestral passages.

In the end, I suspect that your decision on whether to acquire this set will depend on your attitude toward the two star performers. From where I stand, de los Angeles has one of the most beautiful sopranos on record and makes much of the part... Björling...seems more concerned with how he sounds (admittedly beautiful!) than with his role... An odd note: that fine bass Bonaldo Giaiotti appears here at the outset of his career in the virtually invisible role of Uncle Yakuside. Italian-English libretto supplied.

-- David Mason Greene, FANFARE [3/1991] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor), Mario Sereni (Baritone), Miriam Pirazzini (Mezzo Soprano),
Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: E soffitto...e pareti...
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Questa e la cameriera
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Dovunque al mondo
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Cuale smania vi prende!
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Cuanto cielo!...Ancora un passo or via
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Gran ventura
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: L'Imperial Commissario
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Vieni amor mio!
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Ler son salit tutta sola
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Ed eccoci in familglia
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Vene la Sera
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Bimba, dagli occhi pieni de malia
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act I: Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: E Izaghi e Izanami
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Un bel di vedremo
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: C'e Entrate
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Non lo sapele insomma
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Ora n noi
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Ebbenen, che fatesto
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: E questo? e questo?
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Che tua madre dovra
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Lo scendo ai piano
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Vespa! Rospo maledetto!
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Una nave da guerra...
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Or vienmi ad adornar
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Coro a bocca chiusa/ Humming Chorus
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Oh eh! Oh eh! Oh eh!
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Gia il sole
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Povera Butterfly
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Lo so che alla sue pene
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Addio, fiorito asil
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Glielo dirai?
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Che vuoi da me?
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Come una mosca prigioniera
Madama Butterfly (1990 Digital Remaster), Act II: Con onor muore

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