Puccini: Highlights from La Bohème & Madama Butterfly

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Royal Phil Masterwrk
  • UPC: 723721383558
  • Catalog Number: 28300
  • Sales rank: 330,768

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Introduction - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (0:29)
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Duet: Non sono in vena - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (4:04)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Aria: Che gelida manina - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (4:48)
  4. 4 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Aria: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (4:43)
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Love Duet: O soave fanciulla - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (3:54)
  6. 6 La bohème, opera: Act 3. Duet: Mimì! - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (5:10)
  7. 7 La bohème, opera: Act 3. Trio: Marcello, finalmente! - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (5:42)
  8. 8 La bohème, opera: Act 3. Aria: Dondo lieta usci - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (3:00)
  9. 9 La bohème, opera: Act 4. Duet: Sono andati? - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (5:31)
  10. 10 La bohème, opera: Act 4. Finale: Mimì! - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (1:14)
  11. 11 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Introduction - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (0:42)
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Duet: Douvunque al mondo - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (3:07)
  13. 13 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Duet: Amore o grillo - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (3:11)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Entrance of Butterfly: Quanto cielo, quanto - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (3:17)
  15. 15 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 1. Love Duet: Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (10:54)
  16. 16 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Aria: Un bel di - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (4:36)
  17. 17 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Letter Scene: Amico, cercherete quel bel fi - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (9:17)
  18. 18 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Aria and Finale: Con onor muore - David Charles Abell & Giacomo Puccini (4:45)
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