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Teatro Alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale, Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites; Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Verdi / Guleghina / Cura / Silja / Furlanetto
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: 3  
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiFrancis PoulencGiacomo Puccini
Performer:  Lucio GalloClaudio GiombiGregory KundeFerruccio Furlanetto,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don Pasquale

Riccardo Muti['s] affection for this minor masterpiece is evident. There is no dawdling, but we are touched by the plight of Don Pasquale. Ferrucio Furlanetto is not the dodgy geezer but a sprightly 70-year-old, as Pasquale himself admits. Lucio Gallo’s Malatesta makes a better job of his coloratura than most other baritones today... Nuccia Focile sings up a storm and plays her role(s) to perfection. Muti allows Kunde some true variation in the only “genuine” cabaletta, and probably should have done the same for Norina in the rondo-finale. The Scala forces are at their best for their maestro, and Patrizia Carmine’s filming is unobtrusive (that’s how I like it), so this can be recommended for those whose
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-- Joel Kasow, FANFARE [reviewing the original release, TDK OPDPSC]

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Dialogues des Carmelites

Robert Carsen’s production is effective in its simplicity, allowing the drama to speak for itself. Dagmar Schellenberger compellingly conveys Blanche’s journey from distress to acceptance, the confrontation with her brother being a masterly projection of outer defiance and inner disquiet. Anja Silja’s portrayal of the old Prioress is outstanding, with its disturbing transformation from serene wisdom to terrified, blasphemous, near-madness as death approaches. Barbara Dever is a thoroughly convincing, domineering Mother Marie, and Laura Aikin’s quietly irrepressible Constance is an ideal foil for Blanche’s turmoil. Rhine Opera’s 1999 production (ArtHaus Musik) also boasts a strong cast, but the newcomer has the benefit of Riccardo Muti and the La Scala orchestra in magnificent form, captured in magnificent sound. The DVD has no frills, but this hardly matters. Ultimately, it is the final scene, with its multiple executions, that makes or breaks a production of Dialogues. Carsen’s allegorical solution is both elegant and deeply moving.

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing the original release, TDK OPDDC]

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Manon Lescaut

Guleghina and Cura are visually excellent and manage to convey the emotional aspects of the text dramatically. The production is excellent, thankfully conventional, and the costumes and sets are appropriate. Vocally Guleghina is more of a lyrico spinto rather than the pure lyric that is more appropriate for the role, yet she does manage to lighten the voice when required. Cura is both visually and vocally first rate. The supporting roles are well cast; Lucio Gallo makes a youthful strongly characterized Lescaut, and Luigi Roni a first class Geronte... I am unaware of any competing DVD version of this opera, and—principally because of the excellent visual quality and because the principal singers are fine—I find it is worth investigation by Puccini admirers. Subtitles are available; the sound and picture are both excellent.

-- Bob Rose, FANFARE [reviewing the original release, TDK OPMLES]

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Sound: DD 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM-STEREO
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
Region: 0 (all)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone), Claudio Giombi (Baritone), Gregory Kunde (Tenor),
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Nuccia Focile (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
2.
Dialogues des carmélites by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Francesco Musinu (Baritone), Sara Allegretta (Soprano), Philippe Fourcade (Baritone),
Giuseppe Altomare (Bass Baritone), Laura Aikin (Soprano), Ernesto Panariello (Baritone),
Gordon Gietz (Tenor), Gregory Bonfatti (Tenor), Maria Popescu (Mezzo Soprano),
Barbara Dever (Mezzo Soprano), Dagmar Schellenberger (Soprano), Mario Bolognesi (Tenor),
Christopher Robertson (Bass), Anja Silja (Soprano), Danilo Serraiocco (Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1956; France 
3.
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Marco Berti (Tenor), Luigi Roni (Bass), Maria Guleghina (Soprano),
José Cura (Tenor), Mario Bolognesi (Tenor), Gloria Banditelli (Mezzo Soprano),
Ernesto Panariello (Baritone), Lucio Gallo (Baritone), Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor),
Orazio Mori (Bass), Silvestro Sammaritano (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 

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