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Puccini: Arias / Cura, Domingo, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 10/28/1997 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 18838   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since José Cura first appeared on the international stage, many extravagant claims have been made for his voice, but this disc confirms that his exciting tenor is indeed the real thing.

Here is almost every tenor aria Puccini composed, with all but one of his operas – the exception being the all-female Suor Angelica – represented. If that sounds like too much of a good thing, then you need to hear the young Argentinian José Cura sing this music. In the short time since he first appeared on the international stage, many extravagant claims have been made for his voice, but this disc confirms that his exciting tenor is indeed the real thing.

Cura is possessed of a true lirico spinto voice, with
Read more a hefty, ringing top. But it is what he does with it that makes this recital so compelling: he colours the voice differently for each character in Puccini’s gallery of heroes and anti-heroes. Opening with a thrilling account of ‘Nessun dorma’ – for some strange reason the programme runs in anti-chronological order – he finds high spirits for Rinuccio’s paean to Florence (Gianni Schicchi) and Ruggero’s sentimental outpouring from La rondine. He finds Dick Johnson’s dark desperation in Act III of La fanciulla del West, and captures the ardent sincerity of the writing in Puccini’s earlier operas. With his instinctive knowledge of this repertoire, Plácido Domingo makes a sensitive accompanist.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- John Allison, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2. Turandot: Non piangere, Liù by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3. Gianni Schicchi: Firenze è come un albero fiorito by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Avete torto...". 
4. Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5. La Rondine: Dimmi che vuoi seguirmi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6. La Fanciulla del West: Or son sei mesi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Una parola sola". 
7. La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8. Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
10. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12. Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle, brune, bionde by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Mà se vi talenta...". 
13. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
14. Manon Lescaut: Ah! Manon mi tradisce by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
15. Manon Lescaut: Ah! non m'avvicinate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
16. Manon Lescaut: Manon...senti, amor mio by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
17. Edgar: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
Language: Italian 
18. Le Villi: Torna ai felici dì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ecco la casa...". 
19. Manon Lescaut: No! pazzo son! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 
20. Manon Lescaut: Vedi, son io che piango by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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