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Essential Puccini - 36 of His Greatest Masterpieces


Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460969   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiDame Kiri Te KanawaCarlo BergonziMirella Freni,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaSir Georg SoltiGianandrea GavazzeniHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis ChoirLondon Symphony OrchestraNational Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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A collection of the most memorable moments from a master of operatic melody, featuring the golden voices of Pavarotti, Freni, Björling, Sutherland, Te Kanawa, Bergonzi, and many more. A collection of the most memorable moments from a master of operatic melody, featuring the golden voices of Pavarotti, Freni, Björling, Sutherland, Te Kanawa, Bergonzi, and many more. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene...O quanti occhi fisi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
La Fanciulla del West: Minnie dalla mia casa by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
Conductor:  Silvio Varviso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Madama Butterfly: Scuoti quella fronda "Flower Duet" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Gianni Schicchi: Firenze è come un albero fiorito by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle, brune, bionde by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
La Rondine: Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leona Mitchell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Alfredo Mariotti (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leona Mitchell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leo Nucci (Baritone), Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21.
Madama Butterfly: Dovunque al mondo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Robert Kerns (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23.
La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Gianni Maffeo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25.
Turandot: Non piangere, Liù by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Patanè
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26.
Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
27.
La Fanciulla del West: Laggiù nel Soledad by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Cornell MacNeil (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
28.
Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Italo Tajo (Bass), José Carreras (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
William Matteuzzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
29.
Manon Lescaut: Ah! non m'avvicinate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
30.
Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Italo Tajo (Bass), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
31.
Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
32.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33.
La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dunque e proprio finita..." 
34.
La Fanciulla del West: Non mi defendero by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Capuana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
35.
Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
36.
Manon Lescaut: Oh, sarò la più bella! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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