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Puccini: Turandot / Gavazzeni, Nilsson, Corelli, Et Al

Release Date: 02/17/1998 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1152   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Galina VishnevskayaNicola ZaccariaRenato CapecchiBirgit Nilsson,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is nothing wrong with this performance of Turandot, recorded live in Milan in l964, except that the pitch slips up part way through Act 2 and the rest of the opera is performed a half-tone sharp. That having been said, what a show it is! We get Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson at their most enflamed and potent, with the ultra-feminine and fascinating (but not as well sung, per se, as many others) Galina Vishnevskaya as Liu. The Ping-Pang-Pong trio is especially mellifluous, and Nicola Zaccaria makes the most of Timur's music and character. The orchestra plays well and in Gianandrea Gavazzeni's hands, the score really percolates. But if the pitch issue gets in your way--and eventually you will notice that the opera somehow sounds Read more wrong--it's a whole other tale. It's not quite Alvin and the Chipmunks, but it's also not true to the singers' timbres. Stick to Nilsson and Corelli on EMI if you want them; otherwise, Sutherland and Pavarotti are pretty great on Decca.

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

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Renato Capecchi (Baritone),
Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Live  Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Puccini: Turandot: Popolo di Pekino - Mandarino
Puccini: Turandot: Gira la cote - People
Puccini: Turandot: O giovinetto! Grazia, grazia! - People
Puccini: Turandot: Figlio, che fai? - Timur
Puccini: Turandot: Fermo! Che fai? T'arresta! - Ping, Pang, Pong
Puccini: Turandot: Signore, ascolta - Liu
Puccini: Turandot: Non piangere, Liu - Calaf
Puccini: Turandot: Ola, Pang! Ola, Pong! - Ping
Puccini: Turandot: Ho una casa nell'Honan - Ping
Puccini: Turandot: Introduzione - Orchestra
Puccini: Turandot: Gravi, enormi ed imponenti - People
Puccini: Turandot: Un giuramento atroce - Emperor
Puccini: Turandot: Popolo di Pekino - Mandarino
Puccini: Turandot: In questa Reggia - Turandot
Puccini: Turandot: Straniero, ascolta - Turandot
Puccini: Turandot: Figlio del cielo! Padre augusto! - Turandot
Puccini: Turandot: Tre enigmi m'hai proposto - Calaf
Puccini: Turandot: Cosi comanda Turandot - Heralds
Puccini: Turandot: Nessuno dorma - Calaf
Puccini: Turandot: Tanto amore segreto - Liu
Puccini: Turandot: Tu che di gel sei cinta - Liu
Puccini: Turandot: Liu! Liu! Sorgi! - Timur
Puccini: Turandot: Principessa di morte - Calaf
Puccini: Turandot: Che e mai di me? - Turandot
Puccini: Turandot: Diecimila anni al nostro Imperatore - People

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