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Celebrating the composer's 150th Anniversary in 2008, this is a 15-CD definitive collection of his most popular operas in classic performances! Decca's recordings of Puccini's operas rank among the very finest ever committed to disc. This legacy was started in 1951 when Renata Tebaldi made her first recording of Madama Butterfly, and throughout the rest of the 1950s Tebaldi recorded Puccini's other major operas. Tebaldi was cast alongside such distinguished colleagues as Carlo Bergonzi and Mario del Monaco. Acclaimed opera maestri at the helm of these recordings include Francesco Molinari-Pradelli and Tullio Serafin. This collection of the great Puccini operas includes the stereo versions of Madama Butterfly and La Bohème and is the ideal collection of some of the world's most popular and enduring operas in acclaimed recordings that have been an integral part of Decca's legendary opera catalogue for the past fifty years.
I gave this as a gift to a relative and I don't know what he thought of it, but I imagine it's good.Published on February 13, 2013 by George L. Cowgill
This a great bargain price collection including the wonderful recording of Il Tabarro which deserves to be better known. Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by D. Clarke
Even though I already had three of these recordings on LP I couldn't pass up this set. Recorded between 54 and 62, Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Bergonzi, and Merrill are all in wonderful... Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by bob turnley