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Puccini: La Bohème (Highlights) / Serafin, Tebaldi, Et Al


Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Universal   Catalog #: 000412802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata TebaldiCarlo BergonziCesare SiepiEttore Bastianini,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio SerafinAlberto EredeFrancesco Molinari-PradelliGianandrea Gavazzeni,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber OrchestraSanta Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusFlorence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From Decca’s own back catalogue comes a 1958 Bohème long considered one of the finest ever recorded, partly due to the masterly conducting of Tullio Serafin, who balances the score’s exuberance and poignancy. His cast is formidable, with Renata Tebaldi a complete Mimì and a melting Rodolfo in Carlo Bergonzi. The rest of the central quartet – Ettore Bastianini’s Marcello and Gianna d’Angelo’s Musetta – are on a par, and the result is a treat for Puccini lovers.

-- BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the complete Bohème reissued as Decca 470431
From Decca’s own back catalogue comes a 1958 Bohème long considered one of the finest ever recorded, partly due to the masterly conducting of Tullio Serafin, who balances the score’s exuberance and poignancy. His cast is formidable, with Renata Tebaldi a complete Mimì and a melting Rodolfo in Carlo Bergonzi. The rest of the central quartet – Ettore Bastianini’s Marcello and Gianna d’Angelo’s Musetta – are on a par, and the result is a treat for Puccini lovers.

-- BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the complete Bohème reissued as Decca 470431
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Works on This Recording

1.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is followed by "Ehi! Rodolfo!" 
3.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Cesare Siepi (Bass), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano),
Fernando Corena (Bass), Renato Cesari (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Ettore Bastianini (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is proceeded by "Addio! Che vai...!" 
6.
La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
La Bohème: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato Cesari (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
La Bohème: Oh Dio! Mimi! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone),
Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Cesare Siepi (Bass), Renato Cesari (Baritone)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La Bohème / Act 1: Non sono in vena!...Che gelida manina
La Bohème / Act 1: "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì" (Aria) - "Ehi! Rodolfo!"
La Bohème / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
La Bohème / Act 2: La commedia è stupenda!...Quando m'en vo
La Bohème / Act 3: Addio! Che vai?...Donde lieta uscì
La Bohème / Act 3: "Addio, dolce svegliare" (Quartetto)
La Bohème / Act 4: "In un Coupé?....O Mimi, tu piu non torni"
La Bohème / Act 4: "Vecchia zimarra, senti"
La Bohème / Act 4: "Sono andati"
La Bohème / Act 4: "Oh Dio! Mimì!"
Turandot / Act 3: Tu che di gel sei cinta
Manon Lescaut / Act 2: In quelle trine morbide
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: "Donna non vidi mai"
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo
Gianni Schicchi: "Oh! mio babbino caro"

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