Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

     
 

This 1939 recording of Puccini's Madama Butterfly belongs with the relatively small handful of opera recordings that have achieved near-definitive status (Callas's 1953 Tosca (EMI), Klemperer's Fidelio (EMI), and Solti's Ring (Decca) are some that come immediately to mind).See more details below

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This 1939 recording of Puccini's Madama Butterfly belongs with the relatively small handful of opera recordings that have achieved near-definitive status (Callas's 1953 Tosca (EMI), Klemperer's Fidelio (EMI), and Solti's Ring (Decca) are some that come immediately to mind). Tenor aficionados should already be familiar with Beniamino Gigli's rapturous, honey-toned portrayal of Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, but Toti Dal Monte's Butterfly is even more impressive. We tend to think that aspirations toward dramatic realism are a new phenomenon in the opera world, but in fact, Dal Monte brilliantly conveys the naïve optimism of a 15-year-old and then charts her emotional growth with great care as the opera moves swiftly toward its tragic conclusion. The vastly underrated Oliviero de Fabritiis also deserves credit for his taut, incisive conducting. True, the 1939 recording sounds thin compared with the sonic sumptuousness of, say, Karajan's Decca set, but the voices ring out with surprising clarity in Ward Martson's excellent transfer. Naxos provides a fully detailed, track-by-track synopsis in place of a libretto and adds eight other brief examples of Dal Monte's artistry, including a marvelous duet from Don Pasquale with tenor Tito Schipa. This Butterfly has been only intermittently available, but thanks to Naxos, its greatness can now be discovered by younger generations of opera lovers. It is a true classic.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943118320
catalogNumber:
8110183-84

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  1. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera  - Giacomo Puccini  - Giuseppe Giacosa  - Mario Basiola  - Gino Conti  - Ernesto Dominici  - Oliviero de Fabritiis  - Beniamino Gigli  - Luigi Illica  - Adelio Zagonara  - Toti Dal Monte  - Vittoria Palombini
  2. La Fille du régiment, opera: Le ricchezze ed il orado  - Gaetano Donizetti  -  Scala Theater Chorus  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Gabriele Santini  - Toti Dal Monte
  3. Don Pasquale, opera: Tornami a dir che m'ami  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Tito Schipa  - Franco Ghione  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Toti Dal Monte
  4. La sonnambula, opera: Ah! non credia mirarti  - Vicenzo Bellini  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Carlo Sabajno  - Toti Dal Monte
  5. Falstaff, opera: Sul d'un soffio etesio  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Scala Theater Chorus  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Carlo Sabajno  - Toti Dal Monte
  6. Lodoletta, opera in 3 acts: Flammen, perdonami!  - Pietro Mascagni  - Umberto Berrettoni  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Toti Dal Monte
  7. Ninna-nanna  -  Fambre-Bianchini  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Carlo Sabajno  - Toti Dal Monte
  8. Redentor in famegia  - Francesco Bianchini  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Carlo Sabajno  - Toti Dal Monte
  9. Amuri, Amuri, for voice & piano  - Geni Sadero  - Dino Olivieri  - Toti Dal Monte

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