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The Puccini Album
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Kristine Opolais (soprano)
Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Although he does not sound very Italian, Kaufmann draws strength from staying true to himself, a gloriously bronze-voiced German tenor, welding musicianship with smouldering emotion...Pappano... — More…
Joan Sutherland (Turandot), Luciano Pavarotti (Calaf), Montserrat Caballé (Liù), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Timur), Tom Krause (Ping), Pier Francesco Poli (Pang), Piero De Palma (Pong), Peter Pears (L'imperatore Altoum), Sabin Markov (Un mandarino)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Zubin...
Sutherland gives an intensely appealing interpretation, while Pavarotti gives a performance equally imaginative. Mehta directs a gloriously rich and dramatic performance. Still the best-sounding... — More…
Anna Netrebko (soprano), Yusif Eyvazov (tenor)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
all sung with plenty of voice and abandon...when she settles into a long extract from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, with tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov and Antonio Pappano conducting, the recital hits... — More…
Erich Leinsdorf, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Richard Tucker (tenor), Piero de Palma (tenor), Philip Maero (baritone), RCA Italiana Opera Chorus, Leontyne Price (soprano), Leo Pudis (bass vocal), Gianna Lollini (soprano), Silvia Bertona (soprano), Fernanda Cadoni (mezzo-soprano),...
Elina Garanča (mezzo-soprano)
Latvian Radio Choir, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Karel Mark Chichon
The sustained line in the 'Laudate Dominum' by Mozart is amazing, especially given the sedate pace, and her intonation is flawless throoughout...If this collection of titles seems like a bit... — More…
Johan Botha (Luigi), Wolfgang Koch (Michele), Elza van den Heever (Giorgetta), Heidi Brunner (La Frugola), Charles Reid (Il Tinca/Ballad-Seller/Young Lover), Janusz Monarcha (Il Talpa), Elisabeta Marin (Young Lover)
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Singakademie, Bertrand de Billy
Bertrand de Billy conducts with a full-blooded approach and supports his excellent cast. Elza van den Heever thrills as Giorgetta, and one can see why and how she has gone on to greater stardom.... — More…