Puccini: Highlights from La Bohème & Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Highlights from La Bohème & Madama Butterfly

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Anyone who needs a concise sampler to get acquainted with Giacomo Puccini's operas would do well to try this enjoyable collection of popular selections from "La bohème" and "Madama Butterfly," though this cost-cutter CD only provides enough music to entice, not satisfy. The performances by soprano Claire Rutter, tenor

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Anyone who needs a concise sampler to get acquainted with Giacomo Puccini's operas would do well to try this enjoyable collection of popular selections from "La bohème" and "Madama Butterfly," though this cost-cutter CD only provides enough music to entice, not satisfy. The performances by soprano Claire Rutter, tenor Paul Charles Clarke, and bass-baritone Stephen Gadd are appropriately passionate in feeling, clear in articulation, and pleasant in vocal quality, and the accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Charles Abell, is lush in texture and warm in tone. The quality of the recording is quite high and advanced for the recording date of 1996, though prospective listeners or buyers might not guess it from the marketing of this disc as a budget CD. Yet this is the kind of affordable item that some people need to discover classical music without making a costly mistake, and this is definitely the way to go for newcomers trying out Puccini's operas for the first time. However, since finding a good recording of a complete performance of "La bohème" and "Madama Butterfly" is the next step, listeners may be disappointed to find that there are no full recordings with these artists available, so the real purpose of this disc is only to familiarize them with the best known numbers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Royal Phil Masterwrk
UPC:
0723721383558
catalogNumber:
28300
Rank:
190352

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Tracks

  1. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Introduction
  2. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Duet: Non sono in vena
  3. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Aria: Che gelida manina
  4. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Aria: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi
  5. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Love Duet: O soave fanciulla
  6. La bohème, opera: Act 3. Duet: Mimì!
  7. La bohème, opera: Act 3. Trio: Marcello, finalmente!
  8. La bohème, opera: Act 3. Aria: Dondo lieta usci
  9. La bohème, opera: Act 4. Duet: Sono andati?
  10. La bohème, opera: Act 4. Finale: Mimì!
  11. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Introduction
  12. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Duet: Douvunque al mondo
  13. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Duet: Amore o grillo
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Entrance of Butterfly: Quanto cielo, quanto
  15. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Love Duet: Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
  16. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Aria: Un bel di
  17. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Letter Scene: Amico, cercherete quel bel fi
  18. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Aria and Finale: Con onor muore

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