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
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]
Works on This Recording
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Ivo Martinez (Boy Soprano),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Giacomo Aragall (Tenor),
Spiro Malas (Bass),
Malcolm King (Tenor),
Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Paul Hudson (Bass),
Nicholas Folwell (Baritone)
Sir Georg Solti
National Philharmonic Orchestra,
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Childrens Chorus,
Welsh National Opera Chorus
Written: 1900; Italy
Length: 115 Minutes 0 Secs.
Tosca / Act 1: "Ah! Finalmente!"
Tosca / Act 1: "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
Tosca / Act 1: "Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Tosca / Act 1: "Gente lŕ dentro!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Mario! Mario! Mario!...Son qui!...Non la sospiri la nostra casetta"
Tosca / Act 1: "E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
Tosca / Act 1: "Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Or tutto č chiaro..." - "Mario?! Mario?!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Tosca / Act 3: "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
Tosca / Act 2: "Tosca č un buon falco!"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Tosca / Act 2: "Ha piů forte sapore" - "Spoletta č giunto"
Tosca / Act 3: "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
Tosca / Act 2: O galantuomo, come andň la caccia?
Tosca / Act 3: "O dolci mani"
Tosca / Act 2: "Ov'č Angelotti?" - "Mario, tu qui?!"
Tosca / Act 3: "Come č lunga l'attesta!"
Tosca / Act 3: "Presto, su! Mario!"
Tosca / Act 2: "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
Tosca / Act 2: "Orsů, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
Tosca / Act 2: "Floria..." - "Amore..."
Tosca / Act 2: Vittoria! Vittoria!
Tosca / Act 2: Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
Tosca / Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Tosca / Act 2: "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Tosca / Act 3: Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
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