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Classic Library - Puccini Heroines / Leontyne Price


Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 59420   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne PriceElisabeth BainbridgePlacido DomingoDaniele Barioni
Conductor:  Edward DownesNello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

RCA's Leontyne Price collection offers a generous sampling of the various Puccini roles she performed on stage as well as those she sang only in the studio. Some, Butterfly and Tosca for example, are fully-formed interpretations displaying a certain reassuring, lived-in quality. However, the Bohème excerpts, where Price sings both Mimi's and Musetta's arias, find her somewhat studied and inhibited, a performance for the microphones. Still, the voice is never less than captivating, especially on the top end, with her bright, ringing high notes in Manon Lescaut's "Sola, perduta, abbandonata" and her ethereal sustained pianissimo in "Vissi d'arte" (even though she cannot match her ravishing 1962 performance for Read more Karajan) making for some truly transfixing moments. Butterfly's Act 1 finale ("Bimba, bimba non piangere") also is a latter-day remake, with Placido Domingo's rather stiff Pinkerton a poor substitute for a strongly ardent Richard Tucker. Even less convincing is John McCarthy, who sounds like a garnish next to Price's warm-toned but admittedly less-than-imperious Princess Turandot.


Of particular interest are the remaining items--selections from La Rondine (featuring an exquisitely beautiful "Ore dolci e divine"), La fanciulla del West, and the rarely heard Edgar and Le villi, all sung with the soprano's trademark artistry and depth of feeling. RCA's recordings generally favor Price at the expense of the other participants, but not to an extreme degree (fans of Price will see this as an advantage). Ultimately, this is a great disc for lovers of Puccini and fine singing alike.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Madama Butterfly: Viene la sera...Bimba dagli occhi pieni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Elisabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection omits "Viene la sera". 
7.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Piangi? Perchè?". 
8.
Edgar: Addio mi dolce amor by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
La Rondine: Ore dolci e divine by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Le Villi: Se come voi piccina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
La Fanciulla del West: Laggiù nel Soledad by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "L'amore è un'altra cosa." 
13.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Daniele Barioni (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Act I: Sì, mi chiamano Mimì
Act III: Addio. Donde lieta uscì (Mimi's Addio)
Act II: Quando me'n vo' (Musetta's Waltz)
Act III: Addio, mio dolce amor
Act I: Ore dolci e divine
Act II: Vissi d'arte
Act II: In quelle trine morbide
Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata
Act I: Se come voi piccina io fossi
Act I: Bimba, bimba, non piangere (Love Duet)
Act II: Piangi? Perchè?; Un bel dì
Act I: L'amore è un'altra cosa; Laggiù nel Soledad
O mio babbino caro
Act II: In questa reggia

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