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Opera In English - Puccini: Tosca / Parry, Eaglen, Et Al

Release Date: 05/21/1996 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 3000   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gregory YurisichPeter [bass voice] RoseAshley HollandJane Eaglen,   ... 
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraGeoffrey Mitchell ChoirPeter Kay Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is now twenty years since Peter Moores declared his intention to support recordings of core operatic repertoire in English translation. This began with the Goodall Ring in the Seventies and now includes two Verdis – Traviata and Otello – Donizetti’s Mary Stuart and Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen (all EMI) and, most recently, Rossini’s Barber of Seville (on Chandos).

The accessible, colloquial translation of Tosca by Edmund Tracey gives even the most familiar passages of music a startling immediacy and in this recording you can hear almost every word, which is marvellous.

Dennis O’Neill gives Cavaradossi all the dramatic fervour and intense sound required. His voice is vividly rich and expansive
Read more throughout with only a smidgen of strain at the very top of his range.

Jane Eaglen’s Tosca is a high-voltage performance. Her ability to judge all the subtle nuances of sound and phrasing in this role is acutely displayed in Act II. Gregory Yurisich has the right depth of vocal colour and vehemence to deliver Scarpia. More menace in the tone, however, would not have gone amiss, particularly in the second act. Andrew Shore is an amusing and characterful Sacristan.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Elise McDougall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gregory Yurisich (Baritone), Peter [bass voice] Rose (Bass), Ashley Holland (),
Jane Eaglen (Soprano), Andrew Shore (Bass Baritone), Christopher Booth-Jones (Baritone),
John Daszak (), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor), Charbel Michael ()
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Peter Kay Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Language: English 

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