Essential Puccini

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
EMI's two-disc set, Essential Puccini, offers a generous selection of arias, duets, and ensembles from nine of his operas. The various tracks, mostly from EMI archives, were recorded between 1959 and 2001, so the sound quality is variable. The singers include some of the most illustrious of the late 20th century, such as Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Victoria de los Angeles, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto, Birgit Nilsson, Angela Gheorghiu, Jussi Björling, Franco Corelli, Nicolai Gedda, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, and Tito Gobbi. The album may appeal especially to movie fans since about half of the tracks include music that was used in films, although it was not ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
EMI's two-disc set, Essential Puccini, offers a generous selection of arias, duets, and ensembles from nine of his operas. The various tracks, mostly from EMI archives, were recorded between 1959 and 2001, so the sound quality is variable. The singers include some of the most illustrious of the late 20th century, such as Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Victoria de los Angeles, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto, Birgit Nilsson, Angela Gheorghiu, Jussi Björling, Franco Corelli, Nicolai Gedda, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, and Tito Gobbi. The album may appeal especially to movie fans since about half of the tracks include music that was used in films, although it was not necessarily this particular performance that was heard on the soundtrack. The album could be of interest to general listeners who want to hear some Puccini.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099990713927
  • Catalog Number: 07139
  • Sales rank: 258,820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & Alfredo Kraus (5:02)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byAlfredo Kraus, James Levine, National Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì - Giacomo Puccini & Mirella Freni (4:56)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byThomas Schippers
    Performed byMirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, Thomas Schippers, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Roberto Alagna (3:55)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byRoberto Alagna, Antonio Pappano, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leontina Vaduva
  4. 4 La bohème, opera: Act 2. Quando men vo - Giacomo Puccini & Ghena Dimitrova (2:32)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAnton Guadagno
    Performed byGhena Dimitrova, Anton Guadagno, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Act 3. Donde lieta uscì - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:25)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byMontserrat Caballé, London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  6. 6 La bohème, opera: Act 3. Quartet. Dunque: è proprio finita! - Giacomo Puccini & Daniela Dessì (5:44)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGianluigi Gelmetti
    Performed byDaniela Dessì, Paolo Gavanelli, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Adelina Scarabelli, Orchestra Del Teatro Comunale Di Bologna
  7. 7 La bohème, opera: Act 4. In un coupé?... O Mimì, tu più non torni - Giacomo Puccini & Alfredo Kraus (4:55)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byAlfredo Kraus, James Levine, Sherrill Milnes, National Philharmonic Orchestra
  8. 8 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (2:07)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byAngela Gheorghiu, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
  9. 9 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Act 1. Minnie, dalla mia casa son partito... Laggi - Lovro von Matacic & Giacomo Puccini (4:32)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byLovro von Matacic
    Performed byLovro von Matacic, Birgit Nilsson, La Scala Theater Orchestra, Andrea Mongelli
  10. 10 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Act 3. Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano - Giacomo Puccini & Michael Collins (2:18)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byMichael Collins
    Performed byMichael Collins, Charles Craig
  11. 11 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Dovunque al mondo... Amore o grillo - Giacomo Puccini & Jussi Björling (7:36)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGabriele Santini
    Performed byJussi Björling, Victoria de Los Angeles, Piero de Palma, Gabriele Santini, Mario Sereni, Orchestra del Teatro Reale dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Butterfly's Entrance. Quanto cielo!... Anco - Giacomo Puccini & Jussi Björling (3:02)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGabriele Santini
    Performed byJussi Björling, Victoria de Los Angeles, Piero de Palma, Gabriele Santini, Mario Sereni, Orchestra del Teatro Reale dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  13. 13 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (10:59)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, The Hallé, Leonora Lafayette, Richard Lewis
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (4:43)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, Renata Scotto, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  15. 15 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Humming Chorus - Giacomo Puccini & Lamberto Gardelli (3:10)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byLamberto Gardelli
    Performed byLamberto Gardelli, Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden, Royal Opera House Chorus Covent Garden
  16. 16 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Con onor muore - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (5:32)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (2:56)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byEugene Kohn
    Performed byPlácido Domingo, Eugene Kohn, National Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Love Duet. Mario! Mario! Mario! - Maria Callas & Giacomo Puccini (13:01)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGeorges Prêtre
    Performed byMaria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Georges Prêtre, Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  3. 3 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Te Deum. Tre sbirri, una carozza - Giacomo Puccini & Choeur du Theatre National de L'opera-Comique (3:53)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGeorges Prêtre
    Performed byChoeur du Theatre National de L'opera-Comique, Renato Ercolani, Tito Gobbi, Georges Prêtre, Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  4. 4 Tosca, opera: Act 2. Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (3:27)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byAngela Gheorghiu, Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano
  5. 5 Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Franco Corelli (3:25)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byFranco Ferraris
    Performed byFranco Corelli, Franco Ferraris, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  6. 6 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai - Giacomo Puccini & Nicolai Gedda (2:21)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGiuseppe Patanè
    Performed byNicolai Gedda, Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden, Giuseppe Patanè
  7. 7 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & London Symphony Orchestra (2:51)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJulius Rudel
    Performed byLondon Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel, Ruth Ann Swenson
  8. 8 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. Dunque questa lettiga? Tu, tu, amore, tu? - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (7:52)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, The Hallé, Leonora Lafayette, Richard Lewis
  9. 9 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 3. Intermezzo - Giacomo Puccini & Bruno Bartoletti (4:46)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byBruno Bartoletti
    Performed byBruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  10. 10 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 4. Sola, perduta, abbandonata - Giacomo Puccini & Ghena Dimitrova (4:26)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAnton Guadagno
    Performed byGhena Dimitrova, Anton Guadagno, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  11. 11 Gianni Schicchi, opera: Firenze è come un albero fiorito - Giacomo Puccini & Roberto Alagna (2:28)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byRoberto Alagna, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
  12. 12 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:07)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byMontserrat Caballé, London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  13. 13 Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma - Giacomo Puccini & Myung-Whun Chung (5:16)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byMyung-Whun Chung
    Performed byMyung-Whun Chung, Kiri Te Kanawa, London Symphony Orchestra
  14. 14 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Signore, ascolta! - Giacomo Puccini & London Symphony Orchestra (2:46)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJulius Rudel
    Performed byLondon Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel, Ruth Ann Swenson
  15. 15 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù! - Giacomo Puccini & Franco Corelli (2:14)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byFrancesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Performed byFranco Corelli, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, Renata Scotto, Orchestra del Teatro Reale dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  16. 16 Turandot, opera: Act 2. In questa reggia - Giacomo Puccini & Ghena Dimitrova (6:00)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAnton Guadagno
    Performed byGhena Dimitrova, Anton Guadagno, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  17. 17 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tu che di gel sei cinta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:31)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byMontserrat Caballé, London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  18. 18 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & José Carreras (4:11)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAlain Lombard
    Performed byJosé Carreras, Rhin Opera Choir, Alain Lombard, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
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