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Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Highlights) / Rahbari, Gauci, Et Al


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kaludi KaludovVincente SardineroMiriam GauciHenk Lauwers
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic OrchestraBrussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic ChorusJaak Gregoor Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 68 minutes of excerpts from Puccini’s first great success is an excellent introduction to the opera. We get most of the music for Manon and Des Grieux in Act 1, Manon’s second act aria and the big duet, the beautiful Intermezzo (rather lugubriously played), some crucial moments from Act 3, and all of Act 4. In the title role, soprano Miriam Gauci is wonderful, singing with exactly the right Puccinian bloom to her voice and reaching superb dramatic heights in the last act without hamming it up. Kaludi Kaludov’s bright tenor works well as Des Grieux and he sings with passion. Vincente Sardinero, with less to do (and the role is undercharacterized) is a stalwart Lescaut. Alexander Rahbari leads erratically, with monstrously fast tempos at Read more the start and occasional lagging ones later on. But the singing is what matters here and our two leads are very good indeed. And at this price, it’s practically wrong to not own it.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle, brune, bionde by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Manon Lescaut: Cortese damigella by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor), Vincente Sardinero (Baritone), Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Manon Lescaut: Vedete? io son fedele by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Manon Lescaut: Oh, sarò la più bella! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Manon Lescaut: Senti, di qui partiamo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Ah! Manon, mi Tradisce." 
8. Manon Lescaut: Ansia, eterna, crudel by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Vincente Sardinero (Baritone), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor), Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Manon Lescaut: No! pazzo son! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Vincente Sardinero (Baritone), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor), Henk Lauwers (Bass),
Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Presto!.. In fila!.. Marciate!..." 
10. Manon Lescaut: Tutta su me ti posa by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Manon...senti amor mio." 
11. Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor), Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Manon Lescaut: Fra le tue braccia, amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Manon Lescaut: Ave, sera gentile by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Only the introduction of this selection is performed here. 
14. Manon Lescaut: Ah! Manon mi tradisce by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor), Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Senti, di qui partiamo..." 
15. Manon Lescaut: Act 3 Intermezzo by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
16. Manon Lescaut: Manon...senti, amor mio by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall of BRT, Brussels, Belgium 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Tutta su me ti posa..." 

Sound Samples

Manon Lescaut: Act 1: Introduction
Manon Lescaut: Act 1: Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde
Manon Lescaut: Act 1: Cortese damigella, il priego mio accettate
Manon Lescaut: Act 1: Donna non vidi mai
Manon Lescaut: Act 1: Vedete? Io son fedele
Manon Lescaut: Act 2: In quelle trine morbide
Manon Lescaut: Act 2: Oh, sara la piu bella!
Manon Lescaut: Act 2: Senti, di qui partiamo... Ah! Manon, mi tradisce
Manon Lescaut: Act 2: Intermezzo
Manon Lescaut: Act 3: Ansia eterna, crudel...
Manon Lescaut: Act 3: Presto!... In fila!... Marciate!... No!... pazzo son!
Manon Lescaut: Act 4: Tutta su me ti posa... Manon... senti amor mio
Manon Lescaut: Act 4: Sola... perduta... abbandonata
Manon Lescaut: Act 4: Fra le tue braccia... amore!

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