Best Puccini 50

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Puccini 50 is a triple-disc collection of popular excerpts from Giacomo Puccini's operas, drawn from the label's extensive catalog. The layout of this package is straightforward and easy to follow, with selections grouped according to the work they are taken from. Except for the unexplained exclusion of "La bohème" and the more understandable absence of "La fanciulla del West", the major operas are represented, including "Tosca," "Madama Butterfly," "Manon Lescaut," the three one-act operas of "Il Trittico" "Il tabarro," "Suor Angelica," and "Gianni Schicchi", and the unfinished "Turandot." Great voices from the past are featured, among whom Maria Callas, ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Puccini 50 is a triple-disc collection of popular excerpts from Giacomo Puccini's operas, drawn from the label's extensive catalog. The layout of this package is straightforward and easy to follow, with selections grouped according to the work they are taken from. Except for the unexplained exclusion of "La bohème" and the more understandable absence of "La fanciulla del West", the major operas are represented, including "Tosca," "Madama Butterfly," "Manon Lescaut," the three one-act operas of "Il Trittico" "Il tabarro," "Suor Angelica," and "Gianni Schicchi", and the unfinished "Turandot." Great voices from the past are featured, among whom Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Victoria de los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Birgit Nilsson are the best known and familiar to fans of Puccini. Because Puccini is best loved for his memorable melodies, such as "E lucevan le stelle," "O mio babbino caro," and "Nessun dorma," newcomers to his work are advised to listen for them first, and then explore the full operas if the greatest hits of this package hold appeal. Due to the historic nature of these recordings, the sound quality is variable, but certainly adequate for the average listener's purposes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099994847925
  • Catalog Number: 48479
  • Sales rank: 271,567

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Dammi i colori... Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:46)
  2. 2 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Mario! Mario! Mario! - Maria Callas & Giacomo Puccini (13:02)
  3. 3 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Tre sbirri, una carolla - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:55)
  4. 4 Tosca, opera: Act 2. Tosca è un buon falco! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:35)
  5. 5 Tosca, opera: Act 2. Vissi d'arte - Maria Callas & Giacomo Puccini (3:05)
  6. 6 Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:02)
  7. 7 Tosca, opera: Act 3. Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca... O dolci ma - Maria Callas & Giacomo Puccini (10:18)
  8. 8 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Dovunque al mondo... Amore o grillo - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (7:36)
  9. 9 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Quanto cielo!... Ancora un passo or via - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:04)
  10. 10 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Viene la sera... Bimba dagli occhi pieni di - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (7:45)
  11. 11 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (7:11)
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Ebbene, che fareste... E questo? e questo? - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:47)
  2. 2 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Che tua madre dovrà - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:46)
  3. 3 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Una nave da guerra - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:31)
  4. 4 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Scuoti quella fronda di cilegio - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:51)
  5. 5 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Humming Chorus - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:08)
  6. 6 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (1:48)
  7. 7 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Con onor muore - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (5:05)
  8. 8 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (1:29)
  9. 9 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Cortese damigella, il priego mio accettate - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (5:12)
  10. 10 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:28)
  11. 11 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Vedete? Io son fedele alla parola mia - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (6:11)
  12. 12 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:21)
  13. 13 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Oh, sarò la più bella! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (8:06)
  14. 14 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Ah, Manon, mi tradisce! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:40)
  15. 15 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Intermezzo - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:47)
  16. 16 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 3. Manon! Des Grieux! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:18)
  17. 17 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 3. Presto in fila! Marciate!... No! Pazzo son - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:52)
  18. 18 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 4. Sola, perduta, abbandonata - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (5:04)
  19. 19 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 4. Fra le tue braccia, amore - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (6:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera: Dimmi: perchè gli hai chiesto - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (5:00)
  2. 2 Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera: Nulla! Silenzio! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:42)
  3. 3 Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma - Giacomo Puccini & Myung-Whun Chung (5:20)
  4. 4 Gianni Schicchi, opera: Firenze è come un albero fiorito - Giacomo Puccini & Roberto Alagna (2:32)
  5. 5 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Giovacchino Forzano (2:09)
  6. 6 Gianni Schicchi, opera: Lauretta mia - Giacomo Puccini & Roberto Alagna (2:41)
  7. 7 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Perchè tarda la luna? - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:27)
  8. 8 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:27)
  9. 9 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù... Ah! per l'ultima volta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (4:42)
  10. 10 Turandot, opera: Act 2. Ho una casa nell'Honan - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:12)
  11. 11 Turandot, opera: Act 2. In questa reggia - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (5:58)
  12. 12 Turandot, opera: Act 2. Straniero, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (7:54)
  13. 13 Turandot, opera: Act 2. Figlio del cielo! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:06)
  14. 14 Turandot, opera: Act 2. Tre enigmi m'hai proposto! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (4:00)
  15. 15 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:54)
  16. 16 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tu, che di gel sei cinta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (5:05)
  17. 17 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Principessa di morte! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (5:31)
  18. 18 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Del primo pianto - Franco Alfano & Giacomo Puccini (3:38)
  19. 19 Turandot, opera: Act 3. La mia gloria è il tuo amplesso! - Franco Alfano & Giacomo Puccini (4:15)
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