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Opera Explained - An Introduction To Puccini: La Bohème


Release Date: 07/16/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558011   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carmen GonzalesLuba OrgonasovaIvan UrbasJonathan Welch,   ... 
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic ChorusBratislava Slovak Radio Symphony OrchestraCzecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection features narration written by Thomson Smillie and narrated by David Timson. Excerpts from the Naxos recording of "La Bohème" (Naxos 8-660003/4) are used in this recording to illustrate passages from Smillies's text. This selection features narration written by Thomson Smillie and narrated by David Timson. Excerpts from the Naxos recording of "La Bohème" (Naxos 8-660003/4) are used in this recording to illustrate passages from Smillies's text. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded and followed
by spoken selections on the life of Puccini narrated by David Timson. 
2.
La Bohème: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carmen Gonzales (Soprano), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Ivan Urbas (Bass),
Jonathan Welch (Tenor), Fabio Previati (Baritone)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 60 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian. The narration is spoken in English. 
3.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded and followed
by spoken selections on the life of Puccini narrated by David Timson. 
4.
La Bohème: Questo Mar Rosso...Nei cieli bigi (Opening Scene) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted from and is preceded and followed by a narrated selection on the story to "La Bohème." 
5.
La Bohème: Quest'uomo ha moglie...Via signore! Via di qua! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fabio Previati (Tenor), Ivan Urbas (Bass), Richard Novák (Bass),
Boaz Senator (Baritone), Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is followed by narration on the story of "La Bohème." 
6.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonathan Welch (Tenor), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded and followed by an explanation of Act I of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
7.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded and
followed by an explanation of Act I of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
8.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
La Bohème: Aranci, datteri! by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded and followed by spoken explanation on the openining of Act II of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
10.
La Bohème: Quest' è Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded and followed by an explanation on the
openining of Act II of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
11.
La Bohème: Act 2 by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Donald Sulzen (Bass), Carmen Gonzales (Soprano)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded and followed by an explanation of the middle of Act II of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
12.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carmen Gonzales (Soprano)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is followed by an explanation on the end of Act II
of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
13.
La Bohème: Il conto? by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonathan Welch (Tenor), Carmen Gonzales (Soprano), Jiri Sulzenko (Bass),
Boaz Senator (Baritone), Ivan Urbas (Bass), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano),
Fabio Previati (Baritone)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by an explanation of the end of Act II
of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
14.
La Bohème: Entrate...C'e Rodolfo? by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fabio Previati (Baritone), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded and followed by an explanation of the opening of Act III of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
15.
La Bohème: Mimì è una civetta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fabio Previati (Baritone), Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is followed by an explanation of the middle of Act III of
"La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
16.
La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carmen Gonzales (Soprano), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Fabio Previati (Baritone),
Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded by "D'onde lieta uscì" and an explanation of the end of Act III of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
17.
La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonathan Welch (Tenor), Fabio Previati (Baritone)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and preceded and is followed by an explanation of Act IV of "La Bohème." 
18.
La Bohème: Act 4 by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonathan Welch (Tenor), Fabio Previati (Baritone), Carmen Gonzales (Soprano)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form and is preceded and followed by an explanation of the opening of Act IV of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 
19.
La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ivan Urbas (Bass)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
La Bohème: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Jonathan Welch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by an explanation of the Finale of "La Bohème"
narrated by David Timson. 
21.
La Bohème: Oh Dio! Mimi! by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Will Humburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded and followed by an expalanation of the Finale
of "La Bohème" narrated by David Timson. 

Sound Samples

An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: La Bohème
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'Donna non vidi mai' from Manon Lescaut
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'Un bel di': One fine day from Madama Butterfly
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: The story...
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Benoit is ejected
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Minì's theme tune
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì' - Yes. They call me Mimì
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'O soave fanciulla' - Oh beautiful maiden
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Act II - The Café Momus
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'Questa è Mimì' - This is Mimì
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: The arrival of Musetta
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'Quando m'en vo...' - When I stroll out alone...
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: The closing minutes of Act II
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Act III
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Mimì sings of Rodolfo's jealousy
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Mimì è tanta malata! - Mimì is desperately ill!
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'D'onde lieta uscì - Mimì. Mimì's aria leading to the great quartet
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Act IV
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Musetta arrives
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: Colline's farewell to his coat
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: 'Sono andati?' - Are they all gone?
An Introduction to ... PUCCINI La Boheme: The death of Mimì

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