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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Rahbari, Gauci, Kaludov, Sardinero

Release Date: 02/15/1994 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660019-20   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Marcel RoscaMiriam GauciKaludi KaludovVincente Sardinero,   ... 
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic OrchestraJaak Gregoor Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Marcel Rosca (Bass), Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor),
Vincente Sardinero (Baritone), Donald Goerge (Tenor), Lucienne Van Deyck (Mezzo Soprano),
Henk Lauwers (Bass), Ludwig Van Gijsegem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  B R T Concert Hall, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 125 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Almost 5 Stars; Nice Recording February 1, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Manon Lescaut, Puccini's first great operatic success, receives a fine performance in this Naxos recording from the early 1990's. The singing is of very high quality, to begin with. Miriam Gauci as Manon, Kaludi Kaludov as des Grieux, Vincente Sardinero as Lescaut, and Marcel Rosca as Geronte are really impressive in their respective roles, producing exciting, passionate singing in the classic tradition of Puccini. The singers are ably supported by the excellent playing of the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Rahbari, contributing a suave, polished reading of Puccini's orchestral score. I have no major criticisms to make, although a very minor point may be the somewhat distant sound of the singers and at times even the orchestra. Turning the volume up a notch effectively takes care of this, so there really is no issue here. The libretto included in the 2-CD set is in the Italian language only; no English translation is provided, unfortunately. However, the track by track synopsis effectively allows the listener to keep up with the evolving story. I admit that I have a tendency to inflate my evaluations of recordings, being only a novice at this business. Nevertheless, I think this Naxos recording is very close to a 5-star rating, with only the minor issues mentioned above getting in the way. Bottom line- this fine performance and Naxos' bargain price should make this recording a strong contender for anyone interested in Puccini operas." Report Abuse
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