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Puccini: Tosca / Molinari-Pradelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco

Release Date: 04/30/1991 
Label:  London/Decca Grand Opera Series Catalog #: 411871   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mario Del MonacoGeorge LondonRenata TebaldiSilvio Maionica,   ... 
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusSanta Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

So many LP versions have succeeded the famous 1953 mono only Callas-de Sabata recording but none have managed to eclipse it. Although opinion has it otherwise, I think that this set is among the best of the stereo recordings comes very strongly into the reckoning. Tebaldi, at the height of her powers around 1959—the tone is luscious, the interpretation sure and passionate—improves on her earlier recording, and George London is a powerful Scarpia, surpassed on record only by Gobbi in depicting Scarpia's nasty, sadistic nature. What a pity he never sang at Covent Garden. Del Monaco is Del Monaco but he does at least try to be subtle in the third act—"O dolci mani" is quite affecting.

-- Gramophone [9/1971] Read more /> reviewing this performance on LP
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Works on This Recording

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), George London (Bass Baritone), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano),
Silvio Maionica (Bass), Fernando Corena (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 113 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Tosca / Act 1: "Ah! Finalmente!"
Tosca / Act 1: "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
Tosca / Act 1: "Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Tosca / Act 1: Voi! Cavaradossi!
Tosca / Act 1: "Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
Tosca / Act 1: "E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
Tosca / Act 1: "Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Or tutto è chiaro..." - "Mario?! Mario?!"
Tosca / Act 1: "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Tosca / Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Tosca / Act 2: Chi è là?
Tosca / Act 2: "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Tosca / Act 3: Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
Tosca / Act 3: "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Tosca / Act 3: "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
Tosca / Act 3: O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
Tosca / Act 3: "Come è lunga l'attesta!"
Tosca / Act 3: "Presto, su! Mario!"
Tosca / Act 2: "Tosca è un buon falco!"
Tosca / Act 2: "Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
Tosca / Act 2: O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Tosca / Act 2: "Ov'è Angelotti?" - "Mario, tu qui?!"
Tosca / Act 2: "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
Tosca / Act 2: "Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
Tosca / Act 2: "Floria..." - "Amore..."
Tosca / Act 2: Vittoria! Vittoria!
Tosca / Act 2: Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!

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