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Puccini: Opera Arias / Angela Gheorghiu

Puccini / Gheorghiu,Angela / Emi Masters
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65938   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniUnspecified
Performer:  Angela GheorghiuRoberto Alagna
Conductor:  Anton CoppolaAntonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanRoyal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The sumptuous packaging of this release is, happily, matched by its contents. Angela Gheorghiu delivers some of her finest singing, but then Puccini has always been one of her special strengths.

Opening with Butterfly’s ‘Un bel dì’, the Romaniansoprano shows again why – despite the circus she has been known togenerate – she is essentially a serious artist possessed of one of today’s great voices.

An instantly recognisable one, too, thanks to her vibrant tone and communicative relish of text. Apart from Il tabarro, every one of Puccini’s operas is represented here; Tosca scrapes in on a bonus single CD of her ‘Vissi d’arte’ fromthe Pappano recording.

No soprano can possibly capture the
Read more full essence of all Puccini’s heroines at once, so although it is logical to end with Turandot’s ‘In questa reggia’ it’s not quite the artistic climax of this enterprise; but the colouring she brings to Liù’s farewell raises that to tragic heights.

If she is by nature more of a Musetta than a Mimì, she evokes both characters beautifully, and in the early Edgar she overlooks the vampish antiheroine in favour of Fidelia’s sincerely projected innocence.

She sets up a fruitful partnership with the young Milanese orchestra and veteran conductor Anton Coppola, who errs only by indulging her in ‘O mio babbino caro’ – more like an encore than part of an unfolding story.

Otherwise, too many jewels to list, but Magda’s famous number from La rondine, one of Puccini’s freshest creations, and Manon Lescaut’s magnificently heartfelt arias top the billing.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- John Allison, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
2.
Madama Butterfly: Tu, tu, piccolo iddio [Death of Butterfly] by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
3.
Edgar: Addio mi dolce amor by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
4.
La Rondine: Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
5.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
6.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
7.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
8.
La Fanciulla del West: Laggiù nel Soledad by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
9.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
10.
Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
11.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
12.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
Le Villi: Se come voi piccina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
14.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
15.
Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
16.
Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
17.
Edgar: Nel villaggio d'Edgar by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
18.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 

Sound Samples

Madam Butterfly (Act II): Un bel di, vedremo (Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly (Act III): Tu, tu piccolo Iddio! (Butterfly)
Edgar (Act III): Addio, addio mio dolce amor! (Fidelia)
Edgar (Act III): Nel villaggio d'Edgar (Fidelia)
La Rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
La Bohème: Mi chiamano Mimì (Mimì) (Act I)
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo (Musetta) (Act II)
La Bohème: Donde lieta usci (Mimì) (Act III)
La Fanciulla del West, Act 1: Laggiù nel Soledad (Minnie)
Manon Lescaut (Act II): In quelle trine morbide (Manon)
Manon Lescaut, Act 1: Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon)
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma (Angelica)
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro (Lauretta)
Le Villi (Act I): Se come voi piccina io fossi (Anna)
Turandot (Act I): Signore, ascolta! (Liú)
Turandot (Act III): Tu che di gel sei cinta (Liú)
Turandot, Act II: In questa Reggia (Turandot)
Tosca, Act 2: Vissi d'arte (Tosca)

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