Puccini: La Bohème

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Puccini: La Bohème



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5th Jan 2009




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Puccini: La Bohème

Recorded 20th-25th August and 3rd, 4th and 12th September, 1956 in the Teatro alla Scala, Milan

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From its composition Puccini’s La Bohème, which had its première in 1896, quickly established itself as one of the most popular operas. In August 1956, it became the thirteenth complete recording that Callas took part in for Columbia/Angel and the twelfth with the company at La Scala, Milan.

The company with her includes what should have been the perfect Rodolfo, Giuseppe di Stefano. His was one of the most beautiful lyric tenor voices of the twentieth century.

Appendix: Giuseppe Di Stefano and Rosanna Carteri: Love Duets

Giacomo Puccini: La boheme

Act I: Questo Mar Rosso mi ammollisce e assidera (Marcello, Rodolfo)

Act I: Aguzza l'ingegno (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline)

Act I: Legna!… Sigari! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard)

Act I: Si puo?… Chi e la? (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo)

Act I: Al Quartiere Latin ci attende Momus (Schaunard, Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline)

Act I: Chi e la? (Rodolfo, Mimi)

Act I: Oh! Sventata, sventata! (Mimi, Rodolfo)

Act I: Che gelida manina (Rodolfo)

Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi, Rodolfo)

Act I: Ehi! Rodolfo! (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimi)

Act I: O soave fanciulla (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi)

Act II: Aranci, datteri! (Chorus, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo, Mimi, Marcello)

Act II: Chi guardi? (Rodolfo, Colline, Mimi, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus, Parpignol)

Act II: Viva Parpignol! (Chorus, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo)

Act II: Oh! Musetta! (Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Chorus, Alcindoro, Musetta, Mimi)

Act II: Quando men' vo soletta (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline)

Act II: Chi l'ha richiesto? (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Chorus, Marcello, Musetta, Mimi)

Act III: Ohe, la, le guardie!… Aprite! (Chorus, Customs Officer, Musetta)

Act III: Sa dirmi, scusi, qual'e l'osteria (Mimi, Sergeant, Customs Officer)

Act III: Mimi!… Speravo di trovarvi qui (Marcello, Mimi)

Act III: Marcello. Finalmente. (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi)

Act III: Mimi e una civetta (Rodolfo, Marcello)

Act III: Mimi e tanto malata! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi)

Act III: Addio… D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore (Mimi, Rodolfo)

Act III: Dunque e proprio finita? (Rodolfo, Mimi)

Act III: Che facevi? Che dicevi? (Marcello, Musetta, Mimì, Rodolfo)

Act IV: In un coupe? (Marcello, Rodolfo)

Act IV: O Mimi, tu piu non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello)

Act IV: Che ora sia? (Rodolfo, Marcllo, Schaunard, Colline)

Act IV: Gavotta… Minuetto… Pavanella (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard)

Act IV: C'e Mimi… c'e Mimi (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimì, Marcello)

Act IV: Ho tanto freddo. Se avessi un manicotto! (Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello, Schaunard)

Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard)

Act IV: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo)

Act IV: Mi chiamano Mimi… il perche non so (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard)

Act IV: Dorme?… Riposa (Musetta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline)

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello

Otello, Act I: Gia nella notte densa

Pietro Mascagni: Iris, Act II: Oh, come al tuo sottile

Iris, Act II: Oh, come al tuo sottile

Ludovic Halevy: Carmen (Sung in Italian)

Carmen, Act I: Parlez-moi de ma mere (sung in Italian)

Georges Bizet: Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Act II: Leila! Leila!… Dieu puissant, le voila! (sung in Italian)

Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Act II: Leila! Leila!… Dieu puissant, le voila! (sung in Italian)

Charles-Francois Gounod: Faust, Act III: Il se fait tard, adieu! (sung in Italian)

Faust, Act III: Il se fait tard, adieu! (sung in Italian)

BBC Music Magazine

July 2009


“Despite Callas this isn’t the most exciting Bohème with Di Stefano lyrical but laid-back, but still worth hearing.”

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