Toscaby Giacomo Puccini Performer:
Zinka Milanov (Soprano),
Jussi Björling (Tenor),
Leonard Warren (Baritone),
Leonardo Monreale (Bass),
Fernando Corena (Bass),
Mario Carlin (Tenor),
Nestore Catalani (Bass),
Giovanni Bianchini (Boy Soprano),
Vincenzo Preziosa (Bass)
Rome Opera House Orchestra,
Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1900; Italy
Act I: Ah! Finalmente
Act I: E sempre lava!
Act I: Dammi i colori; Recondita armonia
Act I: Voi! Cavaradossi!
Act I: Mario, Mario, Mario!
Act I: Non la sospiri la nostra casetta
Act I: Or lasciami al lavoro
Act I: Ah, quelgli occhi!
Act I: E buona la mia Tosca
Act I: Tutta qui la cantoria! Presto!
Act I: Un tal baccano in chiesa!
Act I: Tosca? Che non mi veda
Act I: Tres sbirri, una carozza (Te Deum)
Act II: Tosca è un buon falco!
Act II: O galantuomo
Act II: Egli è la - Sale, ascende l'uman canico
Act II: Dov'e e Angelotti?
Act II: Ed or fra noi parliamo
Act II: Ahime!-Mario, consenti ch'io parli?
Act II: Nel pozzo-nel giardino!
Act II: Floria!-Amore.-Sei tu?
Act II: Vittoria! Vittoria!
Act II: Quanto?-Quanto?-Il prezzo
Act II: Ah! Piuttosto giù m'avvento!
Act II: Vissi d'arte
Act II: Vedi, le man quinte io stendo a te!
Act II: Tosca, finalmente mia!
Act III: Io de' sospiri
Act III: Mario Cavardossi? A voi.
Act III: E lucevan le stelle
Act III: Ah! "Franchigia a Floria Tosca..."
Act III: Il tuo sangue o il mio amore volea
Act III: O dolci mani
Act III: Senti-l'ora è vicina
Act III: Com è lunga l'attesa
Act III: Presto, su! Mario, Mario!
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Superb Recording Despite Its AgeJanuary 27, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"I doubt there are many other operas that pack as much passion, malevolence, violence, revenge, confrontation, and just plain ill-will into the libretto as does Puccini's masterpiece Tosca (given the tendency of great operas to feast on these characteristics, this may be something of a shot in the dark, but I believe it). In a crowded field of excellent recordings (as I write these comments Arkivmusic lists over 100 recordings available), Erich Leinsdorf's 1957 recording with the Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus more than holds its own in terms of artistic excellence and overall power and excitement. The great Jussi Bjoerling as Cavaradossi, Zinka Milanov as the aggrieved heroine Floria Tosca, Leonard Warren as the arch-villain Scarpia, and Leonardo Monreale as the ill-fated convict Angelotti, combine forces in a scorching, powerful interpretation that literally oozes with emotional dynamism. All of it contains simply great singing, and for me the highlight of the entire work is the devastating confrontation between Tosca and Scarpia as Cavaradossi is being subjected to hideous torture in the next room. The confrontation is more than physical (resulting in Tosca's murdering Scarpia); the core element is the gut-wrenching juxtaposition between Tosca's frantic, distraught pleas for Cavaradossi's life and Scarpia's narcissistically evil treachery. This powerful battle between two massive egos is the emotional climax to the opera, in my view, but Puccini isn't done yet. The final cataclysmic event is Tosca's suicidal leap from the parapets, following the discovery of Cavaradossi's death at the hands of Scarpia's henchmen in a rigged, supposedly fake execution. Throughout all of this incredibly violent and emotionally raw story, the magnificent singing and orchestral support ensure that this Tosca is a recording to be listened to, enjoyed, and appreciated for what it truly is- a fabulous recording. This is one of RCA Victor's Living Stereo recordings, which should immediately tell you that its technical qualities are absolutely first class. In my opinion, Erich Leinsdorf's Tosca is likely to remain among the true classics in the vast discography of Puccini's operas. I hope you will see fit to try this wonderful recording- it's outstanding. Highest recommendations!"Report Abuse
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