Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

by Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón
     
 
The hottest soprano/tenor combination in opera today follow up their sensational pairing in La Traviata and portray another immortal star-crossed couple in Puccini's La Bohème. A youthful cast brings a special authenticity and enthusiasm to this timeless tale of bohemians in Paris. The album was recorded in concert, with the excitement and spontaneity of

Overview

The hottest soprano/tenor combination in opera today follow up their sensational pairing in La Traviata and portray another immortal star-crossed couple in Puccini's La Bohème. A youthful cast brings a special authenticity and enthusiasm to this timeless tale of bohemians in Paris. The album was recorded in concert, with the excitement and spontaneity of a live performance, but in studio-like conditions, for superior sound quality. It's the perfect new recording of Puccini's most popular opera with which to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth in 1858.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - John Steane
Vividly recorded, vigorously conducted and sung by a distinguished cast still in their relatively youthful prime, [the recording] presents the score with an appeal that will be readily felt by newcomers and with a freshness that will make us of riper years feel...well, feel young again.... Netrebko sings with feeling and imagination and Villazón is an inspired, golden-voiced Rodolfo.... This is a recording which takes its place alongside the acknowledged "classics."
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 The set's major selling point is its all-around quality: Orchestra and chorus under conductor Bertrand de Billy border on miraculous, secondary casting is strong, and in general, you hear far more Boheme than in the best staged performances.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
Bertrand de Billy leads a crisp, gleaming performance full of unexpected and often brilliant tempo choices, and shaped with an astonishing command of color and line.
The Times (U.K.) - Geoff Brown
Succulently dramatic -- a tribute both to the stars’ power and the conductor Bertrand de Billy’s dramatic ability to steer the score at the drop of a note from uproarious jollity to the shiver that spells death.... Villazón’s Rodolfo radiates Latin heat throughout.... The two voices play in tandem very nicely. And the ending packs the emotional punch essential for any successful La Bohème.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947778912
catalogNumber:
001121902

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Tracks

  1. La bohème, opera  - Giacomo Puccini  - Giuseppe Giacosa  - Christopher Alder  -  Bavarian Radio Chorus  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Kevin Connors  - Ute Fesquet  - Gerald Haußler  - Luigi Illica  - Udo Mehrpohl  - Fred Munzmaier  - Anna Netrebko  - Rolando Villazón  - Bertrand de Billy  - Boaz Daniel  - Stéphane Degout  - Nicole Cabell  - Manfred Seipt  - Jeffrey Vanderveen  - Tiziano Bracci  - Stadttheaters am Gartnerplatz Kinderchor  - Vitalij Kowaljow  - Nicolas von der Nahmer  - Verena Sarré

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