Tebaldi’s Mimi has always been overshadowed by those, from around the same period, of Callas (Votto) and de los Angeles (Beecham)...But the role has not often been more securely, more gloriously sung, and in matters of phrasing, of sustaining an expressive arch of melody, Tebaldi is very often superb. The set is also notable for Bergonzi’s meticulous, immaculately sung Rodolfo (his only recording of the role), for Bastianini, in his finest voice as Marcello, and for Siepi’s noble-voiced Colline...
-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone reviewing this performance reissued as Decca 448725
From Decca’s own back catalogue comes a 1958 Bohème long considered one of the finest ever recorded,Read more partly due to the masterly conducting of Tullio Serafin, who balances the score’s exuberance and poignancy. His cast is formidable, with Renata Tebaldi a complete Mimì and a melting Rodolfo in Carlo Bergonzi. The rest of the central quartet – Ettore Bastianini’s Marcello and Gianna d’Angelo’s Musetta – are on a par, and the result is a treat for Puccini lovers.
-- BBC Music Magazine reviewing this recording reissued as Decca 470431
This set includes a full libretto in Italian and English. Read less
Works on This Recording
La Bohèmeby Giacomo Puccini Performer:
Ettore Bastianini (Baritone),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Renata Tebaldi (Soprano),
Renato Cesari (Baritone),
Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano),
Cesare Siepi (Baritone),
Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Giorgio Onesti (Baritone),
Fernando Corena (Bass)
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1896; Italy Date of Recording: 1959 Length: 112 Minutes 0 Secs. Language: Italian
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