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Puccini: La Bohčme / Mehta, Bocelli, Frittoli, Et Al

Release Date: 11/07/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 464060   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Paolo GavanelliBarbara FrittoliAndrea BocelliMario Luperi,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The phenomenon that is Andrea Bocelli came into full bloom with his 1997 breakthrough album ROMANZA, a collection of quasi-operatic crossover tunes that captivated a legion of admirers. Since then, he has released several straightforward classical albums that have garnered sales figures normally reserved for pop albums.
With this, his first full-length opera recording, Bocelli takes a big step and tests the waters of fan appreciation and critical evaluation. His choice of role for this debut is an apt one, perfectly suited to his romantic persona and vocal characteristics: Rodolfo from Puccini's 'La Bohčme,' the ultimate operatic love story. Critics and purists are sure to have sharpened knives at the ready and comparisons to legendary
Read more Rodolfos of the past are inevitable but perhaps unfair. For while Bocelli's performance won't erase the memory of Gigli, Di Stefano, or Pavarotti, he does offer a sincere, deeply felt account of the role, infused with an obvious affection for the music. Barbara Frittoli takes on the role of Mimi, and rather than shrink into Bocelli's shadow, she steps forward and commands her share of the spotlight and acquits herself admirably. Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra support the singers in a performance that doesn't burn with intensity, but glows with warmth. Read less

Works on This Recording

La Bohčme by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli (Bass), Barbara Frittoli (Soprano), Andrea Bocelli (Tenor),
Mario Luperi (Bass), Eva Mei (Soprano), Natale de Carolis (Bass Baritone),
Giorgio Gatti (Baritone), Sergio Spina (Tenor), Loris Bertolo ()
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 113 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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