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The Ultimate Puccini Collection / Pavarotti, Carreras, Et Al


Release Date: 06/09/1998 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460380   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiDame Kiri Te KanawaRenata TebaldiCarlo Bergonzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaStephen BarlowTullio SerafinLorin Maazel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraJohn Alldis ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc contains both ADD and DDD recordings.
This collection of Puccini arias, culled from the vast catalog of London's opera recordings, features some of the most famous singers from the early 1960s to the 1990s.
The collection opens with "Nessun dorma!", Luciano Pavarotti's famous high-note aria from 'Turandot'. Not to exclude the other two singers from The Three Tenors, London has selected "Donna non vidi mai" performed by Jose Carreras while Placido Domingo is represented by "E lucevan le stelle". But let's not forget the ladies. This collection also features "Signore, ascolta!" from the classic recording of Turandot featuring Montserrat Caballé, while the creamy-voiced Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sings "O mio babbino
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London has also seen fit to include some of the greatest vocalists from a bygone era including the virile singing of Franco Corelli in "Recondita armonia", Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi singing the duet "Si, mi chiamano Mimì" and the incomparable Jussi Björling singing "Ch'ella mi creda libero". One of the more unusual selections is Régine Crespin singing "Un bel dì" (unusual because Crespin is not generally known for the role of Madame Butterfly) and "Il sogno di doretta" by Pilar Lorenger from the infrequently recorded 'La Rondine'. This CD also features some selections drawn from complete recordings, including Birgit Nilsson singing "Vissi d'arte" from 'Tosca' and Dame Joan Sutherland singing "In questa reggia" from 'Turandot'. The possible highlight of the CD comes from what many people believe to be the best recording of 'La Bohème' from the last 30 years, the classic 1974 performance under Karajan: Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti in the duet, "Vogliatemi bene".
All told, this is a solid collection for lovers of great Italian singing as well as for the neophyte who is looking for an ideal introduction to the dramatic world of Puccini's operas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Barlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano),
Cesare Siepi (Baritone), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Fernando Corena (Bass),
Renato Cesari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Alfredo Mariotti (Bass)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
La Rondine: Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Pilar Lorengar (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Tosca: Quagl' occhio al mondo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene...O quanti occhi fisi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Turandot / Act 3: Nessun Dorma!
Gianni Schicchi: O, mio babbino caro
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: Donna non vidi mai
La Bohème / Act 2: "Quando m'en vo'" (Musetta's Waltz)
Tosca / Act 1: "Recondita armonia"
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
La Rondine / Act 1: "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta"
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
La Bohème / Act 1: "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì" (Aria) - "Ehi! Rodolfo!"
La Bohème / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
La Fanciulla del West / Act 3: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano
Tosca / Act 1: "Ah, quegli occhi..." - "Qual occhio al mondo può star di paro"
Tosca / Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Madama Butterfly / Act 1: Vogliatemi bene
La Bohème / Act 3: "Donde lieta uscì"
Turandot / Act 1: Signore, ascolta
Turandot / Act 2: In questa reggia

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