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Puccini: Tosca / Sir Georg Solti, Te Kanawa, Aragall, Nucci


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 414597   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ivo MartinezDame Kiri Te KanawaLeo NucciGiacomo Aragall,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Childrens ChorusWelsh National Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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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]
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Works on This Recording

1. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  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)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Childrens Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 115 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

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 là 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 è chiaro..." - "Mario?! Mario?!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Tosca / Act 2: "Tosca è un buon falco!"
Tosca / Act 2: "Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
Tosca / Act 2: O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Tosca / Act 2: "Ov'è Angelotti?" - "Mario, tu qui?!"
Tosca / Act 2: "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
Tosca / Act 2: "Orsù, 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: Chi è là?
Tosca / Act 2: "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Tosca / Act 3: Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
Tosca / Act 3: "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Tosca / Act 3: "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
Tosca / Act 3: "O dolci mani"
Tosca / Act 3: "Come è lunga l'attesta!"
Tosca / Act 3: "Presto, su! Mario!"

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