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Puccini: Tosca / Karajan, Price, Di Stefano, Taddei

Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466384   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne PriceGiuseppe Di StefanoGiuseppe TaddeiFernando Corena,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first chords lift you right out of your seat. This is Tosca for the Imax screen, no holds barred. Karajan, and the resplendent Vienna Philharmonic, hurl those chords out of the loudspeakers, and from that moment his hold never falters. Has anyone ever lavished such care, sensuality and physical power on this score? And has any orchestra ever played it as wonderfully as the Vienna Philharmonic? Every detail of Puccini’s Technicolor orchestration is there to marvel at. And theatricality too. Listen to the way Karajan builds the Te Deum at the end of Act I, abetted by John Culshaw’s vivid production: you can smell the incense. Price is a refulgent Tosca, glorious of voice, Di Stefano a wonderfully open-voiced and surprisingly subtle Read more Cavaradossi, and Taddei a compellingly evil Scarpia. For sheer white-hot drama, the mono Callas/De Sabata set remains a classic. But in its different way, and in still-spectacular sound, this is just as overwhelming. A ‘legend’ indeed.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Adam Gatehouse, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone),
Fernando Corena (Tenor), Carlo Cava (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Leonardo Monreale (Bass), Alfredo Mariotti (Bass), Herbert Weiss (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 113 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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