La Bohèmeby Giacomo Puccini Performer:
Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano),
Jussi Björling (Tenor),
Robert Merrill (Baritone),
John Reardon (Baritone),
Giorgio Tozzi (Bass),
Lucine Amara (Soprano),
Fernando Corena (Bass),
William Nahr (Tenor),
Thomas Powell (Baritone),
George Del Monte (Baritone)
Sir Thomas Beecham
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,
RCA Victor Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1896; Italy Date of Recording: 1956 Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City Length: 107 Minutes 21 Secs. Language: Italian
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Simply beautiful.February 11, 2014By Stephen Marmer (Los Angeles, CA)See All My Reviews"This was originally an RCA release for which Sir Thomas Beecham was loaned, as he was an artist signed with EMI. I suppose this was one of those exchange programs in which RCA got Beecham for this and EMI got some other RCA artist for one of their projects. There is a story that they only had a few days to rehearse and record and Beecham kept having Bjorling, Merrill, and De Los Angeles repeat a section over and over again. The recording engineer said, "Sir Thomas, why are you repeating this? We already have a perfect take." To which Beecham said, "Yes, but it is so beautiful I wanted to hear it again." Well folks, this is my number one recording of La Boheme. Again, there are others in more modern sound, but for the beauty and blend of voices and for the subtle beauty of interpretation this is the one I return to over and over again."Report Abuse
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