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Puccini: Il Trittico / Gardelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco


Release Date: 03/30/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Grand Opera Series Catalog #: 411665   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mario Del MonacoRobert MerrillLucia DanieliSilvio Maionica,   ... 
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...[The] EMI Classics recordings [with Victoria de los Angeles] had the market more or less to themselves from the beginning. Then came Decca’s set in the early 1960s, conducted by the reliable Lamberto Gardelli and with Renata Tebaldi in all three female leads. Sonically Decca outdid EMI... They still sound excellent, which was confirmed when I last year bought the budget-price box with nine Puccini operas from the 1950s and early 1960s – all of them with Tebaldi [ Decca 001064502]...

...Fernando Corena...adorned many opera recordings in the 1950s and 1960s, often singing cleverly worked-out comic comprimario roles. There were also
Read more serious roles like Il Re in Aida and Rodolfo in La sonnambula. Gianni Schicchi was a dream role for a man with his capacity and he never misses a point – not once... In the other heavy baritone role, Michele in Il tabarro, [there is] Robert Merrill, possessor of one of the most beautiful voices of his or any time. Besides that he was also a powerful actor. For sheer vocalism Merrill is without peer but this is also an important character role and even though Merrill wrings every drop of intensity out of the music his is a more generalized reading... Del Monaco is totally uninhibited. The price you pay is in his reading being rather devoid of nuance. Decca has Tebaldi as Giorgetta. Hers was the epitome of a beautiful grand Italian lirico spinto voice. She has all the necessary power... [In Suor Angelica] Tebaldi has to be ranked second best, but anyone being second best after Victoria de los Angeles is still a marvellous singer...

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International

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...The 1962 Decca set has some moments of nervous hurry but also some of real thoughtful insight from Lamberto Gardelli (he notices the Debussy in Suor Angelica and phrases the lovely theme that personifies Angelica's sister Anna Viola more beautifully than either Maazel or Patane), some very period sound-effects, including a vast amount of additional spoken dialogue in Gianni Schicchi (the lively stage picture this is meant to evoke doesn't make up for some patches of lamentable ensemble) and a strangely balanced recording which recesses all save the principal singers into the orchestra. It also has Merrill's under-acted but finely sung Michele, Simionato's darkly authoritative Princess (her gravity making her far more formidable than Horne), del Monaco's stentorian and melodramatic Luigi and Corena's rather coarse comic turn of a Schicchi. And it has Tebaldi, of course...

-- Gramophone [2/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Lucia Danieli (Mezzo Soprano),
Silvio Maionica (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Language: Italian 
2. Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano), Mitì Truccato Pace (Mezzo Soprano), Anna di Stasio (Mezzo Soprano),
Lucia Danieli (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Dora Carral (Soprano),
Jeda Valtriani (Soprano), Giuliana Tavolaccini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Language: Italian 
3. Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Agostino Lazzari (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Fernando Corena (Bass),
Lucia Danieli (Mezzo Soprano), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Dora Carral (Soprano),
Antonio di Ninno (Tenor), Giovanni Foiani (Bass), Paolo Washington (Bass),
Silvio Maionica (Bass), Mitì Truccato Pace (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Il triticale- Tebaldi December 30, 2013 By Robert H. See All My Reviews "I was looking forward to listening to this historic performance. Unfortunately, all 3 discs were defective, with multiple files unreadable" Report Abuse
 One of the 2 Great May 9, 2012 By Joseph Giles (Houston, TX) See All My Reviews "For 50 years, I have tried to decide whether I like Tebaldi or de los Angeles the best. I have finally given up. Each brings her own strengths & weaknesses to the roles and each is very impressive. I think Tebaldi is the better interpreter of verismo, but that is purely subjective. On the other hand, de los Angeles has Gobbi who is much better than Merrill , however the Tebaldi set is in stereo. Both deserve 5 stars. I own both sets and I highly recommend either. Make up your own mind, I won't give up either." Report Abuse
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