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Puccini: Tosca / Bocelli, Cedolins, Mehta

Release Date: 05/06/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473710   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Andrea BocelliFiorenza CedolinsCarlo GuelfiIldebrando D'Arcangelo,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale ChorusFiesole School of Music Women's Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Andrea Bocelli wisely chooses another Puccini masterwork for his second full-length opera recording. 'Tosca' is a crowd-pleasing amalgam of love, lust, treachery, tragedy, and death, vividly expressed through some of the most beautiful music ever committed to manuscript. The main tenor role of Cavaradossi, the doomed romantic hero, seems almost tailor-made for the Tuscan heartthrob. He sings with his customary warm tone and impeccable diction in a portrayal that's sensitive, genuine, and sincere. The highpoint of his performance comes in the aria "E lucevan le stelle," where Bocelli's nuanced and unmannered reading of the heartfelt lover's plea focuses attention on Puccini's sublime music.
Even though Bocelli is the
Read more undisputed star of this production, it may be that there's more pressure on Fiorenza Cedolins, his leading lady in the title role. The young soprano acquits herself admirably in a part that demands exceptional vocal and dramatic skills. The opera's villain, the evil Chief of Police Scarpia, is rendered in appropriately malevolent style by the baritone Carlo Guelfi. Zubin Mehta once again mans the podium and provides solid support with the orchestra and chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Read less

Works on This Recording

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor), Fiorenza Cedolins (Soprano), Carlo Guelfi (Baritone),
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass), Matteo Peirone (Bass), Sergio Bertocchi (Tenor),
Diego Barretta (Bass), José Ignacio Ventura (Bass), Matteo Ciccone ()
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Fiesole School of Music Women's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Florence, Italy 
Length: 113 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Tosca - Act 1: "Ah! Finalmente!"
Tosca - Act 1: "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
Tosca - Act 1: "Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Tosca - Act 1: Voi! Cavaradossi!
Tosca - Act 1: "Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
Tosca - Act 1: "E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
Tosca - Act 1: "Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
Tosca - Act 1: "Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Tosca - Act 1: Or tutto è chiaro ... Mario? Mario?
Tosca - Act 1: "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Tosca - Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Tosca - Act 2: Chi è là?
Tosca - Act 2: "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Tosca - Act 3: Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
Tosca - Act 3: "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
Tosca - Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Tosca - Act 3: "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
Tosca - Act 3: O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
Tosca - Act 3: "Come è lunga l'attesta!"
Tosca - Act 3: "Presto, su! Mario!"
Tosca - Act 2: "Tosca è un buon falco!"
Tosca - Act 2: "Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
Tosca - Act 2: O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Tosca - Act 2: Ov'è Angelotti? ... Ed or fra noi parliam
Tosca - Act 2: "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
Tosca - Act 2: "Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
Tosca - Act 2: "Floria..." - "Amore..."
Tosca - Act 2: Vittoria! Vittoria!
Tosca - Act 2: Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!

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