Puccini Without Words

Puccini Without Words

by André Kostelanetz & His OrchestraAndré Kostelanetz & His Orchestra


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OK, so it's easy listening music, but Kostelanetz and his orchestra bring an added luster to this most lyrical of all composers that makes this CD almost intoxicating -- the perfect accompaniment to a romantic dinner (especially if you've already run through your Sinatra collection), unless your partner happens to be a serious opera aficionado, in which case she or he will be driven to distraction by the absence of any singing where it's supposed to be. Seriously, Columbia has done a superb job with the sound on this CD, so good that it's almost an embarrassment in light of the way they botched several rounds of Leonard Bernstein and George Szell reissues (not to mention Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan CDs) before getting them right. And the music itself is beautiful enough in its own right that, even in this light classical incarnation, one cannot complain. And along with his recordings of the Aaron Copland "A Lincoln Portrait" and the William Schuman "New England Triptych" with the New York Philharmonic, this CD may be the best representation of Kostelanetz's art that one can find on CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644628524
catalogNumber: 46285
Rank: 17014


  1. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
  2. La Bohème: Che gelida manina
  3. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì
  4. La Bohème: O soave fanciulla
  5. La Bohème: Entrate...C'e Rodolfo?
  6. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz"
  7. La Bohème: Addio, dolce svegliare (Quartet)
  8. La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni
  9. La Bohème: Mimì è una civetta
  10. Madama Butterfly: Spira sul mar
  11. Madama Butterfly: Scuoti quella fronda "Flower Duet"
  12. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo
  13. Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus
  14. Madama Butterfly: Tu, tu, piccolo iddio
  15. Tosca: Recondita armonia
  16. Tosca: Aria(s)
  17. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore
  18. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle

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