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Puccini - Madama Butterfly / Freni, Pavarotti, Ludwig, Wiener Phil., Karajan [Box set]

Giacomo Puccini , Herbert von Karajan , Wiener Philharmoniker , Mirella Freni , Luciano Pavarotti , Christa Ludwig , Robert Kerns , Michel Sénéchal , Marius Rintzler , Giorgio Stendoro Audio CD
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listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - ... E soffitto e paretiLuciano Pavarotti 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Sorride Vostro Onore?Christa Ludwig 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Dovunque al mondoLuciano Pavarotti 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - America for everLuciano Pavarotti 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 pendioHerbert von Karajan 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Gran venturaMirella Freni 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - L'Imperial CommissarioLuciano Pavarotti 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vieni, amor mio!Luciano Pavarotti 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Ieri son salita tutta sola in segreto alla MissioneMirella Freni 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Tutti zitti!Hans Helm 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - O Kami! O Kami!Luciano Pavarotti0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Cio-cio-san! Cio-cio-san!Marius Rintzler 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Bimba, bimba, non piangereLuciano Pavarotti 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Viene la seraLuciano Pavarotti 7:34Album Only
listen16. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vogliatemi beneMirella Freni 7:54Album Only


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listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - E Izaghi ed Izanami, Sarundasico e KamiChrista Ludwig 7:37Album Only
listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Un bel dì vedremoMirella Freni 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 partaMirella Freni 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Udiste?Michel Sénéchal 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?Mirella Freni 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccioMirella Freni 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vespa! Rospo maledetto!Christa Ludwig 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Una nave da guerraChrista Ludwig 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegioMirella Freni 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Or vienmi ad adornarMirella Freni 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)Wiener Staatsopernchor 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - IntermezzoWiener Philharmoniker 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - (fischi d'uccelli dal giardino)Wiener Philharmoniker 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Già il sole!Christa Ludwig 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Chi sia?Christa Ludwig 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 asilLuciano Pavarotti 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Suzuki! Suzuki! Dove sei?Mirella Freni 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Tu, Suzuki, che sei tanto bionaMirella Freni 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Come una mosca prigioneraChrista Ludwig 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Con amor muore chi non può serbar vita con onoreMirella Freni 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,914 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-aching and very human 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUDY IN DETAIL 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fabulous 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best recorded Butterfly 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini's Madama Butterfly
This is a beautiful opera! The quality is excellent and I recommend this whole-heartedly to anyone who wants to enjoy a truly wonderful musical experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magistic Butterfly
Wonderful duo Freni-Pavarotti .Freni was like a butterfly flying all around with her majestic voice.Karajan interpretation and readingis deep and charmful as usual. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ali Tahtah
3.0 out of 5 stars Madame Butterfly
The quality isn't the greatest and it sounds tinny I;m a big Pavarotti fan and sorry to say this one was just so so
Published 6 months ago by carolina nyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Over all, one of the best if not the best recording available
After reading all the many reviews submitted for this recording, I am faced with the dilemma of repeating what so many have already said. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by Ron Elguera
1.0 out of 5 stars Something wrong with this MP3 Album!
It's not complete.
It cuts songs off, and the order is wrong.
It almost sounds like what you get when you listen to the samples of songs from the download page. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by sunkmakicima
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Rendition
This is an outstanding production of Madama Butterfly! I wish I could give it 10 stars. With the companion booklet for the opera, it seems as though you are at the performance. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by Lynn M. Kimsel
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This recording is so perfect that I always wondered why would someone bother to record this opera again. Read more
Published on February 18, 2011 by Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars madama butterfly cd
the CDs arrived quickly and were in perfect condition. The music is gorgeous. I'm delighted. I like the booklet that came with it too.
Published on August 19, 2010 by Jocelyn Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Puncci Madama Butterfly/Freni, Pavarotti, Ludwig, Wiener, Karajan
I love the set of the CDs I ordered, except, for some reason the CD #2 was missing when the package arrived at my house. Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by Vanessa L. Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
This is one of the great recordings of all time, and it is hard to find any real points to criticize here. Read more
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