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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Albanese, Björling, Merrill


Release Date: 02/05/2008 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 2001   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi BjörlingFranco CalabreseLicia AlbaneseRobert Merrill,   ... 
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes bonus tracks featuring Licia Albanese.

"...the sound may be limited, but no Puccinian should miss this, where Björling gives the finest ever interpretation on record of the role of Des Grieux…. Merrill, too is superb as Manon’s brother, giving delightful irony to the close of Act I….rarely so effervescent…..The Manon of Licia Albanese is sensitively sung" ((3*) Penguin Guide)
Includes bonus tracks featuring Licia Albanese.

"...the sound may be limited, but no Puccinian should miss this, where Björling gives the finest ever interpretation on record of the role of Des Grieux…. Merrill, too is superb as Manon’s brother, giving delightful irony to the close of Act I….rarely so effervescent…..The Manon of Licia Albanese is sensitively sung" ((3*) Penguin Guide)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor), Franco Calabrese (Bass), Licia Albanese (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
2.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
3.
Madama Butterfly: Bimba, bimba, non piangere by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano), Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
4.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
5.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
6.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Licia Albanese (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 

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