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Puccini: La Boheme / Pappano, Alagna, Vaduva, Hampson


Release Date: 10/22/1996 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56120   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontina VaduvaRuth Ann SwensonEnrico FissoreKathryn Turpin,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Oratory Junior ChoirLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pappano conducts with ever-fresh imagination, bringing out not just subtle emotions alongside high passion, but also the fun of the piece. This is a version to stand alongside the classics of the past.

[C]onducted with ever-fresh imagination, bringing out not just subtle emotions alongside high passion, but also the fun of the piece... [T]he exchanges when Mimi arrives have the most moving intimacy...with the singers given full expressive freedom within a purposeful frame... [T]his is a version to stand alongside the classics of the past.

-- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition]

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From the opening bars,
Read more Pappano and the Philharmonia sweep us right into this passionate, tender and invigorating performance, creating a stunning piece of ensemble opera in the studio.

This Bohème has a truly impressive cast list. Ramey as Colline underplays his vibrant bass sound in ‘Vecchia zimarra, senti’, which somewhat reduces the impact of the aria, but his phrasing is superb. Hampson delivers a strongly characterised, intense Marcello whose exchanges with Alagna at the openings of Acts I and IV and with Vaduva in Act III are beautifully crafted. His scenes with Swenson’s Musetta are appropriately fiery. Swenson gives every phrase of Musetta’s music the essential flirtatious menace of a woman on the make. This is bold characterisation allied to glorious, golden sound. Vaduva’s Mimì grows more poignant and effective with each act. Her radiant tone and sense of pace provide an exquisite ‘Donde lieta’ and the Act I duet with Alagna simply soars.

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

1.
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Leontina Vaduva (Soprano), Ruth Ann Swenson (Soprano), Enrico Fissore (Baritone),
Kathryn Turpin (Mezzo Soprano), Juliet Oppenheimer (), Paul Parfitt (Baritone),
Jeffrey Carl (Baritone), Philip Sheffield (Tenor), Richard Fallas (Bass),
Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Daniel Hoadley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Oratory Junior Choir,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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