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Puccini / Angela Gheorghiu


Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57955   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela GheorghiuRoberto Alagna
Conductor:  Anton CoppolaAntonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanRoyal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S

"Here’s a feast indeed! Angela Gheorghiu, who has made quite a name for herself in Puccini, offers a collection of heroines from the early Edgar to Turandot (with the exception of Tosca, which has only recently recorded). She is in superb voice and is beautifully accompanied by the Milan orchestra under Tampa Opera’s Anton Coppola (incidentally, the uncle of film director, Francis Ford Coppola)." - GRAMOPHONE

You may be surprised at the absence of Tosca’s prayer, but rest assured it is present in the form of a bonus CD lasting just under three and a half minutes, perhaps separate from the rest as it comes from the complete opera set released a few years back. This makes for an elaborate
Read more package in the form of a book, with the inside covers containing a digipack construction to house the CDs and a thick book containing complete texts and translations in several languages, color photographs, and a catalog of Angela Gheorghiu’s EMI releases. Fortunately, the contents of the package maintain the high standard set by the cover. Gheorghiu is at home throughout the CD, even though several operas are not (yet) in her repertoire. Puccini is evidently a congenial composer for her talents. It is impossible to single out particular moments, as all are stamped by the singer’s ability to color her voice to the composer’s demands. Roberto Alagna is heard in the second excerpt from Butterfly with his threefold exhortation after the heroine’s suicide as well as in the Riddle Scene from Turandot, but why not then Rodolfo’s one-syllable interjection in Mimi’s narration? Was the Covent Garden Chorus brought to Milan for their contribution to Turandot’s aria or are we dealing with electronic miracles? The Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi continues its good work on disc, though Anton Coppola’s sluggish tempos occasionally impede the flow of the music. Gheorghiu’s temperament is in evidence throughout, from the adolescent charm of “O mio babbino caro” to the desperation of Butterfly or Angelica. Even the terrors of “In questa reggia” are easily overcome, perhaps thanks to the microphones, but the soprano is always in control.
- Joel Kasow, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Madama Butterfly: Tu, tu, piccolo iddio [Death of Butterfly] by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Edgar: Addio mi dolce amor by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
La Rondine: Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La Fanciulla del West: Laggiù nel Soledad by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Le Villi: Se come voi piccina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Edgar: Nel villaggio d'Edgar by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Coppola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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