Puccini: La Bohème; Madama Butterfly; Tosca; Turandot

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
This Luciano Pavarotti box set represents the high-density, no-frills approach to opera marketing, shoehorning four of the tenor's complete Puccini operas into a package smaller than a double jewel case. Considering that the recordings themselves are all from the big-budget 1970s when Pavarotti was in his prime, and that the "La boh?me" and "Turandot" performances some might include "Madama Butterfly" can be considered "go to" choices for overall musical quality, the value becomes even more impressive. The downside is the complete absence of texts, translations, and the other interesting materials that usually come with operatic recordings. If you need those things, and ...
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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
This Luciano Pavarotti box set represents the high-density, no-frills approach to opera marketing, shoehorning four of the tenor's complete Puccini operas into a package smaller than a double jewel case. Considering that the recordings themselves are all from the big-budget 1970s when Pavarotti was in his prime, and that the "La bohème" and "Turandot" performances some might include "Madama Butterfly" can be considered "go to" choices for overall musical quality, the value becomes even more impressive. The downside is the complete absence of texts, translations, and the other interesting materials that usually come with operatic recordings. If you need those things, and can't conveniently get them from somewhere else, this album won't be of any use to you. Herbert von Karajan's 1973 "La bohème," with Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Rolando Panerai, and Nicolai Ghiarov, is the standout of this collection -- very nearly the perfect recording of the opera, and certainly one of Pavarotti's finest efforts. The "Turandot," with Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, and Ghiarov and of course Pavarotti, and conducted by Zubin Mehta is more a matter of taste, losing out in many comparisons to Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli's 1965 effort conducted by Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, as well as other choices. But it is still an extremely fine recording. Karajan's "Madama Butterfly" is more problematic, largely for technical reasons. It is mixed in such a way that the singers don't pop out of the texture the way they need to, making Freni in particular the star of the show, no less hard to hear. And Nicola Rescigno's Tosca, again with Pavarotti and Freni, and Sherill Milnes as the Baron Scarpia, is a genuine disappointment. Rescigno's torporific conducting actually manages to make Puccini sound boring. When you think about it, that's really quite an achievement, and a colossal waste of three top-notch singers' efforts. But even leaving "Tosca" aside, this package still offers a lot of opera, and a lot of Pavarotti, for the buck.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947399728
  • Catalog Number: 000334802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–31 La bohème, opera - Giuseppe Giacosa & Giacomo Puccini (110:02)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni, Walter Hagen-Groll, Elizabeth Harwood, Herbert von Karajan, Rolando Panerai, Luciano Pavarotti, Die Schöneberger Sängerknaben, Michel Sénéchal, Hans-Dieter Appelt, Gianni Maffeo, Gernot Pietsch, Hans-Dietrich Pohl, Deutschen Opernchor Berlin
    1. 1Act 1. Questo Mar Rosso mi ammollisce e assidera
    2. 2Act 1. Pensier profondo!
    3. 3Act 1. Legna! - Sigari! - Bordò!
    4. 4Act 1. Si può?
    5. 5Act 1. Io resto per terminar l'articolo di fondo
    6. 6Act 1. Chi è là?! - Scusi
    7. 7Act 1. Si sente meglio?
    8. 8Act 1. Che gelida manina
    9. 9Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
    10. 10Act 1. O soave fanciulla
    11. 11Act 2. Aranci, datteri! Caldi i marroni!
    12. 12Act 2. Chi guardi?
    13. 13Act 2. Viva Parpignol!
    14. 14Act 2. Oh! - Essa! - Musetta!
    15. 15Act 2. Quando me n'vò
    16. 16Act 2. Chi l'ha richiesto?
    17. 17Act 3. Ohè, là, le guardie! Aprite!
    18. 18Act 3. Sa dirmi, scusi, qual'è l'osteria
    19. 19Act 3. Mimì! - Speravo di trovarvi qui
    20. 20Act 3. Marcello. Finalmente!
    21. 21Act 3. Mimì è una civetta
    22. 22Act 3. Mimì è tanto malata!
    23. 23Act 3. Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido d'amore
    24. 24Act 3. Dunque è proprio finita!
    25. 25Act 4. In un coupé?
    26. 26Act 4. O Mimì, tu più non torni
    27. 27Act 4. Gavotta! - Minuetto! - Pavanella! - Fandango!
    28. 28Act 4. C'è Mimì
    29. 29Act 4. Vecchia zimara, senti
    30. 30Act 4. Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire
    31. 31Act 4. Che avvien? - Nulla. Sto bene
Disc 2
Disc 3
  1. 1–41 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (145:18)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Norbert Balatsch, Mirella Freni, Siegfried Rudolf Frese, Hans Helm, Herbert von Karajan, Robert Kerns, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Christa Ludwig, Luciano Pavarotti, Marius Rintzler, Wolfgang Schneider, Michel Sénéchal, Martha Heigl, Evamaria Hurdes, Erna Muhlberger, Elke Schary, Giorgio Stendoro
    1. 1Act 1. E soffitto e pareti
    2. 2Act 1. Sorride Vostro Onore?
    3. 3Act 1. Dovunque al mondo lo Yankee vagabondo
    4. 4Act 1. America for ever
    5. 5Act 1. Ier l'altro, il Consolato sen' venne a visitar
    6. 6Act 1. Ecco. Son giunte al sommo del pendio
    7. 7Act 1. Gran ventura
    8. 8Act 1. L'Imperial Commissario, l'Ufficiale del registro, i congiunti
    9. 9Act 1. Vieni, amor mio! Vi piace la casetta?
    10. 10Act 1. Ieri son salta tutta sola in segreto alla Missione
    11. 11Act 1. Tutti zitti!
    12. 12Act 1. O Kami! O Kami!
    13. 13Act 1. Cio-Cio-San! Cio-Cio-San! Abbominazione!
    14. 14Act 1. Bimba, bimba, non piangere
    15. 15Act 1. Viene la sera
    16. 16Act 1. Vogliatemi bene
    17. 17Act 1. E Izaghi ed Izanami
    18. 18Act 2. Part 1. Un bel dì, vedremo levarsi un fil di fumo
    19. 19Act 2. Part 1. C'è. Entrate
    20. 20Act 2. Part 1. Si sa che aprir la porta e la moglie cacciar
    21. 21Act 2. Part 1. Udiste?
    22. 22Act 2. Part 1. Ora a noi. Sedete qui
    23. 23Act 2. Part 1. Ebbene, che fareste, Madama Butterfly
    24. 24Act 2. Part 1. E questo?... e questo?
    25. 25Act 2. Part 1. Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio
    26. 26Act 2. Part 1. Vespa! Rospo maledetto!
    27. 27Act 2. Part 1. Una nave da guerra
    28. 28Act 2. Part 1. Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio
    29. 29Act 2. Part 1. Or vienmi ad adornar
    30. 30Act 2. Part 1. Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)
    31. 31Act 2. Part 2. Intermezzo
    32. 32Act 2. Part 2. Fischi d'uccelli dal giardino
    33. 33Act 2. Part 2. Già il sole! Cio-Cio-San!
    34. 34Act 2. Part 2. Chi sia?
    35. 35Act 2. Part 2. Io so che alle sue pene non ci sono conforti!
    36. 36Act 2. Part 2. Non ve l'avevo detto?
    37. 37Act 2. Part 2. Addio, fiorito asil di letizia e d'amor!
    38. 38Act 2. Part 2. Suzuki! Suzuki! Dove sei?
    39. 39Act 2. Part 2. Tu, Suzuki, che sei tanto buona, non piangere!
    40. 40Act 2. Part 2. Come una mosca prigioniera l'ali batte il piccolo cuor!
    41. 41Act 2. Part 2. Con onor muore chi non può serbar vita con onore
Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
  1. 1–29 Tosca, opera - Giuseppe Giacosa & Giacomo Puccini (116:05)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byNicola Rescigno
    Performed byRichard van Allan, Russell Burgess, Terry Edwards, Mirella Freni, Paul Hudson, London Opera Chorus, Sherrill Milnes, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicola Rescigno, Michel Sénéchal, Italo Tajo, John Tomlinson, Walter Baratti
    1. 1Act 1. Ah! Finalmente!
    2. 2Act 1. E sempre lava!
    3. 3Act 1. Dammi i colori... Recondita armonia
    4. 4Act 1. Voi! Cavaradossi!
    5. 5Act 1. Mario! Mario! Mario!
    6. 6Act 1. È buona la mia Tosca
    7. 7Act 1. Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza!
    8. 8Act 1. Un tel baccano in chiesa!
    9. 9Act 1. Or tutto è chiaro
    10. 10Act 1. Tre sbirri, una carrozza
    11. 11Act 2. Tosca è un buon falco!
    12. 12Act 2. Ha più forte sapore
    13. 13Act 2. O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
    14. 14Act 2. Ov'è Angelotti?
    15. 15Act 2. Sciarrone, che dice il Cavalier?
    16. 16Act 2. Orsù, Tosca, parlate
    17. 17Act 2. Floria... - amore
    18. 18Act 2. Vittoria! Vittoria!
    19. 19Act 2. Quanto? - Quanto? - Il prezzo
    20. 20Act 2. Vissi d'arte
    21. 21Act 2. Chi è là?
    22. 22Act 2. Io tenni la promessa
    23. 23Act 2. Io de' sospiri
    24. 24Act 3. Mario Cavaradossi? A voi
    25. 25Act 3. E lucevan le stelle
    26. 26Act 3. Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca
    27. 27Act 3. O dolci mani
    28. 28Act 3. Come è lunga l'attesa!
    29. 29Act 3. Presto, su! Mario! Mario!
Disc 7
Disc 8
  1. 1–28 Turandot, opera - Giacomo Puccini & Joan Sutherland (117:21)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byJoan Sutherland, John Alldis, Russell Burgess, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Ghiaurov, John Alldis Choir, Tom Krause, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, Piero de Palma, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Pears, Pier Francesco Poli, Sabin Markov
    1. 1Act 1. Popolo di Pekino!
    2. 2Act 1. Gira la cote!
    3. 3Act 1. O giovinetto! Grazia, grazia!
    4. 4Act 1. Figlio, che fai?
    5. 5Act 1. Fermo! Che fai? T'arresta!
    6. 6Act 1. Signore, ascolta!
    7. 7Act 1. Non piangere, Liù!
    8. 8Act 2. Scene 1. Olà, Pang! Olà, Pong!
    9. 9Act 2. Scene 1. Ho una casa nell'Honan
    10. 10Act 2. Scene 1. O mondo
    11. 11Act 2. Scene 1. Introduzione
    12. 12Act 2. Scene 2. Gravi, enormi ed imponenti
    13. 13Act 2. Scene 2. Un giuramento atroce mi costringe
    14. 14Act 2. Scene 2. Popolo di Pekino!
    15. 15Act 2. Scene 2. In questa Reggia
    16. 16Act 2. Scene 2. Straniero, ascolta
    17. 17Act 2. Scene 2. Gloria, gloria, o vincitore!
    18. 18Act 2. Scene 2. Tre enigmi m'hai proposto
    19. 19Act 2. Scene 2. Introduzione / Così comanda Turandot
    20. 20Act 3. Scene 1. Nessun dorma!
    21. 21Act 3. Scene 1. Principessa divina!
    22. 22Act 3. Scene 1. Tu che di gel sei cinta
    23. 23Act 3. Scene 1. Liù! Liù! Sorgi!
    24. 24Act 3. Scene 1. Principessa di morte!
    25. 25Act 3. Scene 1. Che è mai di me?
    26. 26Act 3. Scene 1. Del primo pianto
    27. 27Act 3. Scene 1. So il tuo nome!
    28. 28Act 3. Scene 2. Diecimila anni al nostro Imperatore!
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