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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Molinari-Pradelli,Tebaldi, Monaco, Santa Cecilia Academy

Puccini / Tebaldi / Monaco / Ocdasc / Pradelli
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Urania   Catalog #: 125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Del MonacoRenata Tebaldi
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusSanta Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The notable opera release of 1954, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Renata Tebaldi and Mario Del Monaco, recorded by Decca in Rome has long been absent from the market. This is rather inexplicable, given that Tebaldi was one of the most significant of the twentieth century Manon Lescauts’. Her interpretation of Prevost heroin reaches levels of beauty and sensuality only rivaled by Callas and Albanian in extraordinary beauty of vocal tone. Mario Del Monaco, by contrast, has often been discussed by the strong emphasis he gave the character of Des Grieux. No one can underestimate the extraordinary power of his voice and phrasing of great expressiveness. This historical edition was fabulously recorded and beautifully directed by Francis Bonynge, Read more and remains a point of reference for later recordings of Puccini. Using the maximum capacity of the disks it was possible to add a bonus second CD with more than 45 minutes devoted to duets taken from Verdi Il trovatore ,La forza del destino , Aida and Otello performed by Tebaldi and Del Monaco. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  Santa Cecilia Academy, Rome 
Language: Italian 
2. La forza del destino: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
3. Il trovatore: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
4. Aida: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
5. Otello: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 

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