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Puccini: Manon Lescaut Highlights / Sinopoli, Freni, Bruson, Domingo


Release Date: 10/22/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 469589  
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido DomingoRenato BrusonMirella FreniKurt Rydl,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Sinopoli's early reputation in this country as a champion of the avant-garde was soon tempered by his forays into the Romantic repertoire when he cemented his association with the Philharmonia Orchestra. This Manon Lescaut demonstrates why, on occasion, Sinopoli's deconstructionist approach can be so telling. Orchestral textures that are often undifferentiated in an attempt at a Puccinian saturation point are here cleanly and clearly presented. The Philharmonia Orchestra seems completely behind Sinopoli's philosophy and gives its all for him - as do the cast.

Domingo is in honeyed voice for Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde and his ability to sustain a long legato line is heard in the outpouring of Act One's Donna non vidi
Read more mai. Mirella Freni also seems to be on top form: she is searching in the final excerpt, Sola, perduta, abbandonata and laudably refrains from any vocal scooping in the extended duet excerpt from Act Two, O sarò più bella! … Tu, tu, amore? Tu?. In fact, all of the parts are well allocated, including Robert Gambill's pleasurable Ave, sera gentile (which opens the disc and which unfortunately suffers from the recording balance placing him too far back). Throughout, the orchestra is sublime."

-- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International [11/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1. Manon Lescaut: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Kurt Rydl (Bass), Robert Gambill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
2. Manon Lescaut: Ave, sera gentile by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Robert Gambill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
3. Manon Lescaut: L'amor?...l'amor?! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Robert Gambill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
4. Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle, brune, bionde by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Robert Gambill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
5. Manon Lescaut: Cortese damigella by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Robert Gambill (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
6. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
7. Manon Lescaut: Un asso...Un fante...Un tre! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Robert Gambill (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Kurt Rydl (Bass),
George MacPherson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
8. Manon Lescaut: La tua Proserpina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Robert Gambill (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
9. Manon Lescaut: Vedete? io son fedele by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
10. Manon Lescaut: Non c'e più vino? by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Robert Gambill (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Mirella Freni (Soprano), Kurt Rydl (Bass)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
11. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
12. Manon Lescaut: Tu, tu, amore, tu? by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
13. Manon Lescaut: Ansia, eterna, crudel by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Mark Curtis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
14. Manon Lescaut: Manon, disperato è il mio prego! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
15. Manon Lescaut: Presto! In fila! Marciate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Kurt Rydl (Bass), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Placido Domingo (Tenor), Robert Gambill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "All armi! All'armi!" 
16. Manon Lescaut: Tutta su me ti posa by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
17. Manon Lescaut: Vedi, son io che piango by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
18. Manon Lescaut: Sei tu che piangi! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
19. Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 

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