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Puccini: La Bohčme / Serafin, Tebaldi, Bergonzi, Bastianini

Release Date: 04/05/1991 
Label:  London/Decca Grand Opera Series Catalog #: 425534   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ettore BastianiniCarlo BergonziRenata TebaldiRenato Cesari,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusSanta Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tebaldi’s Mimi has always been overshadowed by those, from around the same period, of Callas (Votto) and de los Angeles (Beecham)...But the role has not often been more securely, more gloriously sung, and in matters of phrasing, of sustaining an expressive arch of melody, Tebaldi is very often superb. The set is also notable for Bergonzi’s meticulous, immaculately sung Rodolfo (his only recording of the role), for Bastianini, in his finest voice as Marcello, and for Siepi’s noble-voiced Colline...

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone
reviewing this performance reissued as Decca 448725

From Decca’s own back catalogue comes a 1958 Bohème long considered one of the finest ever recorded,
Read more partly due to the masterly conducting of Tullio Serafin, who balances the score’s exuberance and poignancy. His cast is formidable, with Renata Tebaldi a complete Mimì and a melting Rodolfo in Carlo Bergonzi. The rest of the central quartet – Ettore Bastianini’s Marcello and Gianna d’Angelo’s Musetta – are on a par, and the result is a treat for Puccini lovers.

-- BBC Music Magazine
reviewing this recording reissued as Decca 470431

This set includes a full libretto in Italian and English.
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Works on This Recording

La Bohčme by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano),
Renato Cesari (Baritone), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano), Cesare Siepi (Baritone),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Giorgio Onesti (Baritone), Fernando Corena (Bass)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 112 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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