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Puccini: La Boheme
     

Puccini: La Boheme

by Robert Spano
 
As even the casual opera fan knows, La Bohème is the story of friendship, love and loss in a community of bohemians in 19th century Paris. For its time, the story was the antithesis of the usual elements of melodrama (intrigue, violence, jealous rage, assassinations, etc.). Instead, La Bohème is an intimate view of the intertwined lives of a group of

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As even the casual opera fan knows, La Bohème is the story of friendship, love and loss in a community of bohemians in 19th century Paris. For its time, the story was the antithesis of the usual elements of melodrama (intrigue, violence, jealous rage, assassinations, etc.). Instead, La Bohème is an intimate view of the intertwined lives of a group of sensitive young people.

"Like the characters themselves, the singers on our recording are young, and that youth is evident in their voices," says Telarc President Robert Woods, co-producer of the recording. "I am continually taken by the freshness and vitality of this cast. When it was decided to perform the opera at the opening of ASO's 2007-08 season, conductor Robert Spano knew that he wanted this Bohème to be one of the most believable interpretations ever recorded." From the Label

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Mr. Spano, a champion of contemporary music, conducts a performance that exudes emotional and intellectual involvement with the score.... But Mr. Spano’s work offers proof that taking a fresh approach to an operatic staple need not come down simply to conducting it faster. If anything, his roomy tempos allow ample time for the singers to shape melodic lines and trade banter with naturalness and clarity. Even so, this is a crisp, richly textured performance. Mr. Spano is especially good at revealing musical structure: the layout of the phrases, what leads to what.
Opera News - Ira Siff
The sweep of Act III is very moving, and details such as the short-lived flames igniting Rodolfo's burning manuscript in Act I are precise but also vivid. All in all, with Telarc making the economics so attractive, this is a set worth considering -- even for veteran Bohème-lovers.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
The fine Telarc engineering and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus lend a cogent musicality and atmosphere that's rarely heard in the Act III opening. The cast of lesser-known singers include a particularly vivid Musetta in Georgia Jarman.
Fanfare - Raymond Tuttle
The verdict: keep your favorite recording(s) of La bohème by all means, but if you love this score, Telarc's new recording puts a fresh spin on it, so it deserves a high recommendation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408069727
catalogNumber:
80697
Rank:
18852

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  1. La bohème, opera
  2. Applause

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