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Puccini: Tosca Highlights / Solti, Te Kanawa, Aragall


Release Date: 04/22/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421611   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de PalmaSpiro MalasMalcolm KingLeo Nucci,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraWelsh National Opera ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Childrens Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Solti's is an exceptionally colourful and robust reading of Puccini's great melodrama, recorded with all the vividness of modern digital sound, featuring a heroine whose star quality today is unquestionable. Solti's special qualities emerge immediately in the weight of the opening and then equally in the sharp contrast, when after the Angelotti episode the Sacristan's music enters with a delectable spiky lightness, with dotted rhythms crisply pointed. Neither here nor in the rest of the performance does Solti adopt an unsympathetically fierce manner. Rarely has he phrased Italian melody so consistently con amore... Though the casting of Dame Kiri as Tosca may be unexpected, it brings much powerful and moving singing. She is plainly more Read more attuned to this role than she was at Covent Garden as Marion Lescaut, and there is something of the mature warmth here that illustrated her rendering of the role of Magda on Maazel's CBS set of La rondine... Giacomo Aragall may, like Dame Kiri, be an unexpected choice as Cavaradossi, but he produces a stream of glorious heroic tone from first to last. His vocal reliablity has been shown in his previous recordings of Gounod, Massenet and Donizetti, and it is equally so here...

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [9/1986, reviewing the complete Tosca, Decca 414597]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de Palma (Tenor), Spiro Malas (Bass), Malcolm King (Tenor),
Leo Nucci (Baritone), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Paul Hudson (Bass),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Tosca: Mario! Mario! Mario!...Son qui. by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de Palma (Tenor), Spiro Malas (Bass), Malcolm King (Tenor),
Leo Nucci (Baritone), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de Palma (Tenor), Spiro Malas (Bass), Malcolm King (Tenor),
Leo Nucci (Baritone), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Childrens Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de Palma (Tenor), Malcolm King (Tenor), Spiro Malas (Bass),
Leo Nucci (Baritone), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Childrens Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
Tosca: Sei troppo bella by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Paul Hudson (Bass), Spiro Malas (Bass), Malcolm King (Tenor),
Leo Nucci (Baritone), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Malcolm King (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Paul Hudson (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Spiro Malas (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
Tosca: O dolci mani by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Paul Hudson (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Spiro Malas (Bass), Malcolm King (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Giacomo Aragall (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
Tosca: Come è lunga l'attesa! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Malcolm King (Tenor), Spiro Malas (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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