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Studio recording, 1978
Act 1: Popolo Di Pekino!...Indietro, Cani!
Act 1: Gira La Cote!...Perchè Tarda La Luna?
Act 1: O Giovinetto! Grazia, Grazia!
Act 1: Figlio, Che Fai?
Act 1: Fermo! Che Fai? T'Arresta...Non Indugiare!
Act 1: Signore, Ascolta!
Act 1: Non Piangere, Liù!...Ah! Per L'Ultima Volta!
Act 2: Olà, Pang! Olà, Pong!
Act 2: Ho Una Casa Nell 'Honan
Act 2: O Mondo, O Mondo...O Tigre, O Tigre!
Act 2: Introduzione
Act 2: Gravi, Enormi Ed Imponenti
Act 2: Un Giuramento Atroce Mi Costringe
Act 2: Popolo Di Pekino
Act 2/Sc. 2: In Questa Reggia
Act 2/Sc. 2: Straniero, Ascolta
Act 2/Sc. 2: Gloria, Gloria,
Act 2/Sc. 2: Tre Enigmi M'Hai
Act 3/Sc. 1: Cosi Comanda Turandot
Act 3/Sc. 1: Nessun Dorma!, Tu Che Guardi Le Stelle
Act 3/Sc. 1: Principessa Divina!, Tanto Amore Segreto
Act 3/Sc. 1: Tu Che Di Gel Sei Cinta
Act 3/Sc. 1: Liu! Liu! Sorgi!
Act 3/Sc. 1: Principessa Di Morte
Act 3/Sc. 1: Che E Mai Di Me?
Act 3/Sc. 1: Del Primo Pianto
Act 3/Sc. 1: So Il Tuo Nome!
Act 3/Sc. 2: Diecimila Anni Al Nostro Imperatore!
“Sutherland gives an intensely appealing interpretation, while Pavarotti gives a performance equally imaginitive. Mehta directs a gloriously rich and dramatic performance. Still the best-sounding Turandot on CD.”
“Turandot is a psychologically complex work fusing appalling sadism with self-sacrificing devotion. The icy Princess of China has agreed to marry any man of royal blood who can solve three riddles she has posed. If he fails his head will roll. Calaf, the son of the exiled Tartar king Timur, answers all the questions easily and when Turandot hesitates to accept him, magnanimously offers her a riddle in return – 'What is his name?'. Liù, Calaf's faithful slave-girl, is tortured but rather than reveal his identity kills herself. Turandot finally capitulates, announcing that his name is Love. Dame Joan Sutherland's assumption of the title role is statuesque, combining regal poise with a more human warmth, while Montserrat Caballé is a touchingly sympathetic Liù, skilfully steering the character away from any hint of the mawkish. Pavarotti's Calaf is a heroic figure in splendid voice and the chorus is handled with great power, baying for blood at one minute, enraptured with Liù's nobility at the next. Mehta conducts with great passion and a natural feel for Puccini's wonderfully tempestuous drama. Well recorded.”
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