Puccini: La Bohème

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New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Mr. de Billy conducts a buoyant and colorful performance. After a worrisome period during which Mr. Villazón took time off to mend his frayed voice, he sounds in good vocal condition, singing with richness and urgency. As usual with Ms. Netrebko in live performances, her involvement and spontaneity result in moments of blemished singing. Still, her voice is luscious, and she gives a poignant performance.
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Mr. de Billy conducts a buoyant and colorful performance. After a worrisome period during which Mr. Villazón took time off to mend his frayed voice, he sounds in good vocal condition, singing with richness and urgency. As usual with Ms. Netrebko in live performances, her involvement and spontaneity result in moments of blemished singing. Still, her voice is luscious, and she gives a poignant performance.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947778912
  • Catalog Number: 001121902
  • Sales rank: 58,774

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–34 La bohème, opera - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (105:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anna Netrebko Primary Artist
Rolando Villazón Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Villazon is wonderful despite avoiding a few high notes. His voi

    Villazon is wonderful despite avoiding a few high notes. His voice, particularly in the lower register, sings like a cello, with a unique resonance. If you want to hear his high c in O soave fanciulla, you have to buy "Duets" with Villazon and Netrebko or check out youtube.

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