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Puccini: Turandot / Carella, De Vol, Frittoli, Palatchi

Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107305  
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Stefano PalatchiBarbara FrittoliLuana DeVolFranco Farina
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu OrchestraBarcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giacomo Puccini - Turandot

Turandot - Luana de Vol
Liù - Barbara Frittoli
Calaf - Franco Farina
Timur- Stefano Palatchi
and other singers

Orquestra Simfònica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Giuliano Carella, conductor

Núria Espert, stage director

Recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2004

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 (widescreen)
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (All Region)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Running time: 132 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

* The story of the beautiful but cruel
Read more princess Turandot has a unique place among Puccini's works, displaying the composer's ability to reflect the musical trends of his time more convincingly than any of his other operas. Despite its wealth of inspired melodies (among them Calaf's aria "Nessun dorma" in the third act), even today the opera's chief fascination remains its imaginative tonality and subtle instrumentation.
* Filmed in 2004, the present production of Turandot was first staged in 1999 to inaugurate the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, reopening after repairs to extensive fire damage.
* The title role is performed by Luana De Vol, who has been on the international opera scene for more than two decades and whose versatile, dramatic soprano perfectly suits the character of the despising, yet vulnerable Turandot. Lirico-spinto soprano Barbara Frittoli, one of the best-known Mozart/Verdi performers on the current scene, presents her lyrical vocal qualities in the role of the slave Liù. As recordings of Frittoli are still rare, this DVD is a further asset to her growing fan base.
* The director, Núria Espert, retained the lavish settings and magnificent sets traditionally associated with the opera. None the less, Espert's approach to the work is founded on the doubts that Puccini himself expressed about the final scene of the work. In Espert's conception, Turandot remains incapable of turning into an ordinary, docile woman defeated by male strength, and so she stabs herself to death.
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Works on This Recording

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Stefano Palatchi (Bass), Barbara Frittoli (Soprano), Luana DeVol (Soprano),
Franco Farina (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 

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