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Puccini: Il Trittico / Bellezza, Serafin, Santini, Gobbi

Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 12949   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giacinto PrandelliFedora BarbieriTito GobbiMina Doro,   ... 
Conductor:  Vincenzo BellezzaTullio SerafinGabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the classic Trittico, and the obvious first recommendation.

Unless you insist on the most up-to-date recorded sound, or on buying the individual operas of Puccini's trilogy separately (and that, regrettably, is becoming harder to do these days; most available recordings come as indivisible boxed sets) this is the classic Trittico, and the obvious first recommendation. Gobbi's blackly authoritative but pitiful Michele in Il Tabarro and his genially authoritative Schicchi (the two outer panels of the triptych do match, in an odd sort of way) have seldom been equalled, let alone surpassed. De los Angeles's Angelica is more purely and movingly sung than any other on record, and her Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi is
Read more enchanting. Could it be said, even so, that Il Tabarro is the weak link in this trilogy? It is a three-hander, surely, and neither the soprano nor the tenor are quite in Gobbi's league? Mas is a bit plummy and mezzo-ish, true, but the slight implication this gives that Giorgetta's liaison with the young stevedore Luigi is her last chance at escape from a hateful life and a marriage that has soured adds an extra twinge of pain to a plot in which all three principals are victims. And in this context Prandelli's slightly strenuous rawness of tone characterizes Luigi rather well.

In Gianni Schicchi, Carlo del Monte as Rinuccio also looks like under-casting but in fact he's one of the few tenors who've recorded the part who sounds convincingly young, and his ardent praise of Florence and the 'new men' who are reinvigorating the city is proudly sung. Here, too, Gobbi is surrounded by a constellation of pungent character actors, and de los Angeles in Suor Angelica is teamed with a charmingly girlish, impulsive Genovieffa and with Fedora Barbieri's rigidly implacable Princess (is there another parallel here, with the stiff-necked Zita, 'La Vecchia', in Gianni Schicchi?). With generally very stylish conducting throughout (only Belezza in Il Tabarro is a touch staid, and he omits nearly all of Puccini's off-stage sound effects) only the rather elderly recordings might be seen as a drawback. EMI boldly label the whole set 'stereo', but both Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica sound like minimally 'processed' mono to me: a touch congested in fuller pasages, a hint of fizzy brightness here and there but nothing that's not abundantly worth putting up with for such performances as these.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [6/1993]
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Works on This Recording

Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giacinto Prandelli (Tenor), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone),
Mina Doro (Soprano), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Plinio Clabassi (Bass),
Anna Maria Canali (Mezzo Soprano), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Carlo Del Monte (Tenor),
Silvia Bertona (Soprano)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza,  Tullio Serafin,  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de Palma (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Plinio Clabassi (Bass),
Giacinto Prandelli (Tenor), Silvia Bertona (Soprano)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Mina Doro (Soprano), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Del Monte (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano),
Anna Maria Canali (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 

Sound Samples

Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): O Michele? Michele?
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Ma certo
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Eccola la passata!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): La musica e la danza van d'accordo
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Dunque, che cosa credi?
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): O mio uomo
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): O eterni innamorati
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Se tu sapessi gli oggetti strani
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Hai ben ragione!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Segui il mio esempio
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): E ben altro il mio sogno!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Ma chi lascia il sobborgo vuole tornare
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Miei vecchi, buona notte!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): O Luigi! Luigi!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Come? Non sei andato?
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Dimmi: perché gli hai chiesto di sbarcarti a Rouen
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Il fiammifero acceso!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Come è difficile esser felici!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Ora le notti son tanto fresche
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Resta vicino a me!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Sgualdrina!...Bocca di rosa fresca
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Nulla! Silenzio!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): T'ho colto!
Il Tabarro (2008 Digital Remaster): Michele! Michele!
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Ave Maria, piena di grazia
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Sorelle in umiltà
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Suor Lucilla, il lavoro
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Oh sorelle! Sorelle!
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): O serelle in pio lavoro
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): I desiderï sono i fiori dei vivi
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Io sì. E lo confesso
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Suor Angelica, sentite!
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Laudata Maria
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Chi è venuto stasera in parlatorio?
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Suor Angelica!.....Madre, madre, parlate!
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Il Principe Gualtiero vostro padre
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Vostra sorella Anna Viola
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Di frequente, la sera
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Tutto ho offerto all Vergine
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Or son due anni
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Senza mamma, bimbo, tu sei morto!
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Sorella, o buona sorella
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): La grazia è discesa
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Addio, buone sorelle, addio
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Ah! Son dannata!
Suor Angelica (2008 Digital Remaster): Gloriosa Virginum!

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