The Puccini Experience

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The booklet for this two-disc compilation refers to Puccini's "uncanny ability in the format of the three-minute aria 'hit'," and what you get here are all the Puccini hits as well as a few that could have been. As a greatest-hits collection, the set is nicely selected and organized. The listener who has heard some Puccini arias or maybe an entire opera or two gets to start with a moment everyone knows and loves: "O mio babbino caro," from "Gianni Schicchi." That aria is sung by the big-voiced and intense Chilean Puccini specialist Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, whose singing inspires divergent reactions. Almost everything else is a safe choice, however, with José Carreras, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The booklet for this two-disc compilation refers to Puccini's "uncanny ability in the format of the three-minute aria 'hit'," and what you get here are all the Puccini hits as well as a few that could have been. As a greatest-hits collection, the set is nicely selected and organized. The listener who has heard some Puccini arias or maybe an entire opera or two gets to start with a moment everyone knows and loves: "O mio babbino caro," from "Gianni Schicchi." That aria is sung by the big-voiced and intense Chilean Puccini specialist Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, whose singing inspires divergent reactions. Almost everything else is a safe choice, however, with José Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Plácido Domingo among the multiply represented singers. Disc 1 is largely filled out by other big hits from "La bohème" and "Tosca," with "Madama Butterfly" filling out much of the beginning of the second disc. From there the program draws the listener into lesser known material; each of Puccini's operas is represented by at least one selection, and the little-known string quartet "Crisantemi" Chrysanthemums, in a version for string orchestra and the still rarer student "Preludio Sinfonico" perhaps a dubious choice, but still distinctively Puccinian are both included as well. Most of the selections are taken from studio recordings, preferable on this kind of release, and the remastering is consistent. The sole major complaint here is the absence of texts or any description of the action of each aria, but for the intended audience of commuters this may not make a difference. A good choice if your resolution is to get some Puccini arias in your ears.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646980598
  • Catalog Number: 510974
  • Sales rank: 181,114

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Giovacchino Forzano (2:31)
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - José Carreras & Giacomo Puccini (4:24)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi - James Conlon & Giacomo Puccini (5:32)
  4. 4 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - José Carreras & Giacomo Puccini (4:06)
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Quando me n'vò - Angela Maria Blasi & Giacomo Puccini (2:13)
  6. 6 La bohème, opera: Donde lieta uscì - Giacomo Puccini & Munich Radio Orchestra (3:18)
  7. 7 La bohème, opera: Sono andati? - José Carreras & Giacomo Puccini (5:45)
  8. 8 La bohème, opera: Che avvien? - José Carreras & Giacomo Puccini (2:58)
  9. 9 La bohème, opera: Madonna benedetta - Angela Maria Blasi & Giacomo Puccini (2:45)
  10. 10 Manon Lescaut, opera: Tra voi, belle - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (1:15)
  11. 11 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (2:34)
  12. 12 Manon Lescaut, opera: In quelle trine morbide - London Philharmonic Orchestra & Giacomo Puccini (2:28)
  13. 13 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 3. Intermezzo - Kent Nagano & Giacomo Puccini (5:09)
  14. 14 Manon Lescaut, opera: Sola, perduta, abbandonata - Kiri Te Kanawa & Giacomo Puccini (5:42)
  15. 15 Tosca, opera: Dammi i colori ... Recondita armonia - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (2:42)
  16. 16 Tosca, opera: Mario!... Mario!... Mario!... Son qui! - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (6:56)
  17. 17 Tosca, opera: Ah quegli occhi ... Quale occhio al mondo - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (5:15)
  18. 18 Tosca, opera: Tre sbirri, una carrozza - Ruggero Raimondi & Giacomo Puccini (3:58)
  19. 19 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Catherine Malfitano & Giacomo Puccini (3:14)
  20. 20 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - RAI Chorus, Rome & Giacomo Puccini (3:54)
  21. 21 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:58)
  22. 22 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Dimmi che vuoi seguirmi - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:31)
  23. 23 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Dipende dal grado di cottura... amore o grillo - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (1:28)
  24. 24 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì - Kiri Te Kanawa & Giacomo Puccini (4:11)
  25. 25 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Una nave da guerra - Giacomo Puccini & Jesús López-Cobos (7:33)
  26. 26 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus) - Giacomo Puccini & BBC Symphony Orchestra (2:36)
  27. 27 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Addio, fiorito asil - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (1:54)
  28. 28 Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), elegy for string quartet - Giacomo Puccini & Csaba Szilvay (6:55)
  29. 29 Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma - Giacomo Puccini & Giovacchino Forzano (4:38)
  30. 30 Gianni Schicchi, opera: Firenze è come un albero fiorito - Giacomo Puccini & Luca Canonici (3:31)
  31. 31 Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera: Io voglio la tua bocca - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (1:58)
  32. 32 Le villi, opera: Se come voi piccina io fossi - Kiri Te Kanawa & Giacomo Puccini (5:09)
  33. 33 Edgar, opera: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (5:17)
  34. 34 Preludio sinfonico, for orchestra in A major - Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra & Giacomo Puccini (10:04)
  35. 35 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:42)
  36. 36 Turandot, opera: Non piangere, Liù - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (2:34)
  37. 37 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (3:25)
  38. 38 Turandot, opera: Tu, che di gel sei cinta - Kiri Te Kanawa & Giacomo Puccini (2:13)
  39. 39 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Risparmiate lo scherno ... Ch'ella mi creda - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (4:43)
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