Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

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by Angela Gheorghiu
     
 

Three years after recording Puccini's beloved La Bohème for EMI, France's great tenor hope Roberto Alagna stars as Rodolfo in another version for Decca. Here Alagna sings opposite his wife, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, and their musical and dramatic chemistry is unique. Mr. and Mrs.See more details below

Overview

Three years after recording Puccini's beloved La Bohème for EMI, France's great tenor hope Roberto Alagna stars as Rodolfo in another version for Decca. Here Alagna sings opposite his wife, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, and their musical and dramatic chemistry is unique. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cruise should only make such a convincing couple. In the famous First Act aria, "Che gelida manina," he actually tells Mimi something, instead of delivering a tenor bonbon. Always a gifted singing actress, Gheorghiu offers a startlingly gothic Mimi who seems doomed from her first entrance. Baritone Simon Keenlyside is extraordinarily mellifluous as Marcello, Rodolfo's sidekick, following in the tradition of stellar British opera singers like Sir Thomas Allen. Conductor Riccardo Chailly opts for fleet tempos, which keep the La Scala Orchestra and Chorus on their toes. While not matching the exquisite refinement that Antonio Pappano achieved with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Alagna's previous Bohème, this is still an endearingly youthful and brilliantly recorded version of Puccini's irresistable love story.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946607022
catalogNumber:
466070

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  1. La bohème, opera  - Giacomo Puccini  - Roberto Alagna  - Riccardo Chailly  - Peggy Cochrane  -  La Scala Theater Orchestra & Chorus  - Roberto Gabbiani  - Angela Gheorghiu  - Simon Keenlyside  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Ildebrando d'Arcangelo  -  Verdi Conservatory Choir  - Roberto De Candia  - Elisabetta Scano  - Ben Aldis

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