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Puccini: Turandot (Highlights)
     

Puccini: Turandot (Highlights)

by Joan Sutherland
 
Decca's 1972 recording of "Turandot" features an all-star cast led by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Turandot doesn't seem like the most natural role for Sutherland and she never sang it on-stage, but she adapts to its requirements with panache, delivering a performance with an impressive dramatic range and dazzling vocal mastery. Pavarotti was close to the

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Decca's 1972 recording of "Turandot" features an all-star cast led by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Turandot doesn't seem like the most natural role for Sutherland and she never sang it on-stage, but she adapts to its requirements with panache, delivering a performance with an impressive dramatic range and dazzling vocal mastery. Pavarotti was close to the height of his powers when he made the recording and he sings with his characteristic passion and warmth. Montserrat Caballé, who had also sung the title role, is fabulous as Liù, creating a vivid characterization and singing with exceptional purity. It's real luxury casting to have singers of the reputation of Nicolai Ghiaurov, Peter Pears, and Tom Krause in the roles of Timur, the Emperor, and Ping, and they each bring great artistry to these small roles. The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays the score with sparkle and spirit, and the John Alldis Choir is terrific in the crucial choral parts. Zubin Mehta captures the Romantic sweep and colorful strangeness of the opera and gives it a convincing dramatic shape. This generous highlights disc includes more than half of the opera's music. The sound is mostly good, but doesn't quite have the depth or presence typical of Decca's best opera recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/1998
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028945820224
catalogNumber:
458202

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Tracks

  1. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Popolo di Pekino!
  2. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Gira la cote!
  3. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Signore, ascolta!
  4. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù!
  5. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Ah! Per l'ultima volta!
  6. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Ola, Pang! Ola, Pong!
  7. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Ho una casa nell'Honan
  8. Turandot, opera: Act 2. In questa Reggia
  9. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Gelo che ti dà foco
  10. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Figlio del Cielo!
  11. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Nessun dorma!
  12. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Quel nome!
  13. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tanto amore segreto
  14. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tu che di gel sei cinta
  15. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Principessa di morte!
  16. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Che è mai di me?
  17. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Del primo pianto
  18. Turandot, opera: Act 3. So il tuo nome!
  19. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Diecimila anni al nostro Imperatore!

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