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listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - ... E soffitto e paretiHerbert von Karajan 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Sorride Vostro Onore?Robert Kerns 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Dovunque al mondoRobert Kerns 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - America for everRobert Kerns 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ier l'altro il ConsolatoRobert Kerns 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ecco. Son giunte al sommo del pendioRobert Kerns 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Gran venturaRobert Kerns 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - L'Imperial CommissarioRobert Kerns 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vieni, amor mio!Herbert von Karajan 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ieri son salita tutta sola in segreto alla MissioneHerbert von Karajan 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Tutti zitti!Siegfried Rudolf Frese 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - O Kami! O Kami!Wiener Staatsopernchor0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Cio-cio-san! Cio-cio-san!Wiener Staatsopernchor 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Bimba, bimba, non piangereWiener Staatsopernchor 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Viene la seraHerbert von Karajan 7:34Album Only
listen16. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vogliatemi beneHerbert von Karajan 7:54Album Only


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listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - E Izaghi ed Izanami, Sarundasico e KamiHerbert von Karajan 7:37Album Only
listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Un bel dì vedremoHerbert von Karajan 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - C'è. EntrateRobert Kerns 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Si sa che aprir la partaRobert Kerns 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Udiste?Robert Kerns 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Ora a noi. Sedete qui.Robert Kerns 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Ebbene, che fareste, Madama Butterfly?Robert Kerns 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - E questo? E questo?Robert Kerns 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccioRobert Kerns 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vespa! Rospo maledetto!Herbert von Karajan 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Una nave da guerraHerbert von Karajan 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegioHerbert von Karajan 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Or vienmi ad adornarHerbert von Karajan 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)Wiener Staatsopernchor 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - IntermezzoHerbert von Karajan 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - (fischi d'uccelli dal giardino)Herbert von Karajan 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Già il sole!Herbert von Karajan 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Chi sia?Robert Kerns 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Io so che alle peneRobert Kerns 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Non ve l'avevo detto?Robert Kerns 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Addio fiorito asilRobert Kerns 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Suzuki! Suzuki! Dove sei?Herbert von Karajan 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Tu, Suzuki, che sei tanto bionaRobert Kerns 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Come una mosca prigioneraHerbert von Karajan 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Con amor muore chi non può serbar vita con onoreHerbert von Karajan 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Christa Ludwig, Robert Kerns, Michel Sénéchal, et al.
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Since Madama Butterfly has more stage time than other sopranos, it is imperative that the singing actress captures extensive dramatic variety in addition to singing with exquisite tone and an affinity to Puccini. Mirella Freni, one of the greatest recorded Butterfly's of all time, succeeds at these demands with vocal sensitivity and eloquence. She is assisted by Karajan's superb, symphonic conducting, crisply and poignantly realizing all of Puccini's vast moods; Ludwig's urgent, loving and tenderly sung Suzuki; and Pavarotti's endearing and almost likeable Pinkerton. In addition, the Pavarotti-Freni duets are nectars of the gods. Get out the tissues and indulge. --Barbara Eisner Bayer

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For opera lovers, and novices alike, this is simply the best recording of Butterfly available.
Christopher M. Adams
Other than the absolutely ultimate orchestra, Mirella Freni has the most gorgeous Madama Butterfly voice ever.
Josh Rappaport
Sinopoli has a tendency towards very slow tempi, but nevertheless presents a powerful account of the score.
Carsten Stampe Jorgensen

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S Duncan on June 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
We all have our preferences (I intend to get the rare recording featuring Anna Moffo as well) and we may not be particularly moved by something being described as the best 'all-rounder'. This suggests a piece of work that isn't necessarily spectacular, but nevertheless steers clear of any poor performances. We therefore avoid them and go for our favourites instead, reasoning away any shortfalls.
Well this is not just the best 'all-rounder' in its ability to please....it is demonstration class! I'm not a Pavarotti fan, though I give him his due. Domingo's my hero. Freni, with her girl-next-door-of-a-voice reputation was never a voice I'd chase down, though I regarded her as a 'safe' bet. Well here they SHINE! Freni kisses every note and sends it floating or flying with charm, vulnerability, pride, love....such emotion but all with a very genuine HUMAN feel. I have NO difficulties hearing her either. Pavarotti, as was said by another reviewer, sings here, rather than shouts (which he can do sometimes). Again, his emotions are so human...even the very, very light grate in his voice sometimes. Believe me, it was totally convincing. I pictured a man who lives for the present but for whom thoughts of the future are an emotional drain. After these few moments, he continues to display a clear and beautiful tone as the mood later changes....and I'm not one disposed to rationalising anything on Pavarotti's behalf. Full marks to him for texturing.
And the rest? Well, I'll confess my biases here: Christa Ludwig (I'm tempted not to say any more; the name speaks for itself!). I'll limit myself to one word: sumptous.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Chua on May 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The success of Madama Butterfly rests on the shouders of the soprano, more so than any other opera. While a well-sung Pinkerton, Suzuki or Sharpless are appreciated, it is the title role that people think of first. In this aspect, Mirella Freni has excelled. Her performance of Cio Cio San is almost legendary and this recording is a summation of her understanding and interpretation of the role and character. From the passion and love in the duet with Pinkerton to the wrath and despair of the finale, Freni shows us how plaiable her voice can be. Light and dreamy for one, and heavy and dramatic for another. Her "Dormi amor mio" sends chills down spines with its paralysing beauty. Pavarotti sings with ardent brilliance and splendour. His tone as always bright and ringing creates a Pinkerton that does not seem at at that heartless. Ludwig's sensitively potrayed Suzuki complete with the "voice" lend to the work an asset. Karajan, more so than for his recording with Callas, takes a leisurely and unhurried stroll down the trial and tribulations of Cio Cio San, giving a most beautifully performed Butterfly. One point to note however, is that the CD is on three discs and thereby, is dearer. However with such a recording, the extra disc is worth every cent.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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As other listeners have noted, this is an opera that stands or falls on its heroine. With this in mind, Karajan's recording must be ranked among the best. Pavarotti's Pinkerton, recorded during his prime, is fresh and youthful, and Christa Ludwig's Suzuki brings a lieder-singer's attention to the text (although Teresa Berganza on the Sinopoli recording outdoes her). But the reason for hearing this set is the magnificently sung Butterfly of Mirella Freni. While she may not have the sharpness or intensity of Renata Scotto, this is, bar none, the best-sung Butterfly on records. Butterfly's Entrance will never be better done than it is here (that high D-flat at the end is a little slice of paradise), and there are other moments that make the heart stand still. The recorded sound is ravishing, and Karajan conducts with soul and passion. Don't hesitate about the extra cost of this set -- it would still be a bargain at twice the price.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Madigan on November 12, 2005
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Although Renata Scotto is definitive in this role, this would apply to the stage only. On disc Scotto never came across as well as she should have. Scotto recorded Butterfly twice and they are excellent registrations, esp. the Barbirolli for EMI. But somehow it doesn't fill the soul. Mirella Freni recorded this in 1974 and never sang it on stage, but did record it twice, the second time with Sinopoli, a waste of her time.

This set gets her at her most dramatic and most vocally developed shape.Hear for the first time for her nuances in her recitatives, her limpid codas, her ravishing high notes(the entrace final note..noone does it like this, noone in the entire hiostroy of Butterflys) are all graced with that training she had coupled here with a sublime artistry. There is no comparison on disc to anyone else. Others are excellent, yes, but not like this. I think this is her zenith as a singer, and there are other recordings she did, but nothing on this cale, except Don Carlo and Boheme. But note especially here her entrance ,and later, her Che tua madre, later again, her bianca, bianca and then her flower duet, and her finale..not to mention, going back, the ending of Un bel di..finally a soprano who can hold that note with ease, style, and power. This Butterfly of Freni makes you wonder if this could be the greatest singer of that day..she was not, but this is definitive.

Christa Ludwig is superb--all the expressions are there, note especially the Act II opening prayers, and the languorous sighs at the predicament of poverty and desertion. Also, note the beginning of Un bel di....the piangendo of Ludwig, and Freni's blend into it..Von Karajan has never done so much with a score so worked over and rushed to death.
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