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Puccini: Il Trittico / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu, Van Dam


Release Date: 04/06/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56587   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Felicity PalmerPatrizia CiofiJames Savage-HanfordAngela Gheorghiu,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraLondon Voices,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Puccini’s three one-act operas make for a rather long evening when performed together in the theatre, but individually each is, in its own way, gripping. The impassioned and highly charged Grand Guignol of Il tabarro is in marked contrast to the occasionally somewhat cloying sentimentality of Suor Angelica and the comical high spirits of Gianni Schicchi. What they have in common is their composer’s unerring theatrical instinct and his masterly use of the orchestra. Antonio Pappano’s conducting of all three operas is exemplary, and all are well cast. If Carlo Guelfi does not completely dominate as the brooding Michele, the unhappy barge owner of Il tabarro, in the way that Tito Gobbi does on the 40-year-old EMI version, he is nevertheless Read more convincing, and makes the most of ‘Nulla! Silenzio!’, Michele’s jealous outburst. Maria Guleghina is a sympathetic Giorgetta, and Elena Zilio brings a strong characterisation to La Frugola. The all-female cast of Suor Angelica is an especially strong one, with Cristina Gallardo-Domâs an appealing Angelica, Felicity Palmer an effective Abbess, and Bernadette Manca di Nissa formidable as Angelica’s imperious aunt. Inevitably, perhaps, Gianni Schicchi makes the most immediate effect of the three operas, with José van Dam wittily compelling in the title role, and the Gheorghiu-Alagna couple in fine voice as the young lovers Lauretta and Rinuccio. (They are also lavishly cast as the two lovers who pass by on the quay in Il tabarro.)

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Felicity Palmer (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), James Savage-Hanford (Boy Alto),
Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), José Van Dam (Bass), Carlos Chausson (Bass),
Roberto Scaltriti (Baritone), Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano), Enrico Fissore (Bass Baritone),
Paolo Barbacini (Tenor), Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Noel Mann (Bass),
Simon Preece (Bass), Luigi Roni (Bass)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
2.
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Deborah Miles-Johnson (Mezzo Soprano), Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano), Bernadette Manca di Nissa (Alto),
Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano), Sara Fulgoni (Mezzo Soprano),
Judith Rees (Soprano), Rosalind Waters (Soprano), Anna Maria Panzarella (Soprano),
Susan Mackenzie-Park (Soprano), Felicity Palmer (Mezzo Soprano), Francesca Pedaci (Mezzo Soprano),
Rachele Stanisci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
3.
Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Guelfi (Baritone), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor), Enrico Fissore (Bass Baritone),
Barry Banks (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor),
Rosalind Waters (Soprano), Daniel Hoadley (Tenor), Neil Shicoff (Tenor),
Maria Guleghina (Soprano), Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
4.
Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Felicity Palmer (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), James Savage-Hanford (Boy Alto),
Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), José Van Dam (Bass), Carlos Chausson (Bass),
Roberto Scaltriti (Baritone), Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano), Enrico Fissore (Bass Baritone),
Paolo Barbacini (Tenor), Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Noel Mann (Bass),
Simon Preece (Bass), Luigi Roni (Bass)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 

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