Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot

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by Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland
     
 

Turandot, Puccini's last opera, tells the tale of a mythical Chinese Ice Princess whose heart is melted by an ardent young suitor. Sopranos who tackle this hefty role must be fearless, and Joan Sutherland -- heard here at her peak -- certainly had the oomph to tackle the part. If Pavarotti had to beSee more details below

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Turandot, Puccini's last opera, tells the tale of a mythical Chinese Ice Princess whose heart is melted by an ardent young suitor. Sopranos who tackle this hefty role must be fearless, and Joan Sutherland -- heard here at her peak -- certainly had the oomph to tackle the part. If Pavarotti had to be identified with a single aria, it would surely be "Nessun Dorma," sung in his role as Calaf, the insistent suitor. Other tenors, from Georges Thill to Jon Vickers, have made splendid recordings of the aria, but Luciano made it into the pop hit that it is today. All the more reason to hear it in context as the showstopper that it is. The sinuously soft notes of Montserrat Caballé as the slave girl, Liù, and Peter Pears as the venerable Emperor Altoum are added attractions. Conductor Zubin Mehta's taste for the spectacular is perfectly suited to Puccini's colorful score.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 the colorful strangeness of the opera and gives it a convincing, dramatic shape. 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:
10/25/1990
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028941427427
catalogNumber:
414274
Rank:
5442

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  1. Turandot, opera  - Giacomo Puccini  - Joan Sutherland  - Giuseppe Adami  - John Alldis  - Russell Burgess  - Montserrat Caballé  - Nicolai Ghiaurov  -  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  -  John Alldis Choir  - Tom Krause  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Zubin Mehta  - Piero de Palma  - Luciano Pavarotti  - Peter Pears  - Pier Francesco Poli  - Renato Simoni  - Sabin Markov

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