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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Guleghina, Cura, Gallo; Muti [Import]

Giacomo Puccini , Riccardo Muti , Maria Guleghina , José Cura , Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala , Lucio Gallo , Marco Berti Audio CD
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listen  1. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Ave, sera gentile (Edmondo, Studenti, Fanciulle, Borghesi)Riccardo Muti 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - L'amor?! L'amor?! (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Studenti)Riccardo Muti0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Studenti)Riccardo Muti 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Ma bravo! (Edmondo, Studenti, Fanciulle, Borghesi)Riccardo Muti 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Discendono, vediam! (Borghesi, Edmondo, Studenti, Lescaut, Oste, Des Grieux, Geronte)Luigi Roni 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Cortese damigella (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut)Riccardo Muti 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - "Donna non vidi mai"Riccardo Muti 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - La tua ventura ci rassicura (Edmondo, Studenti, Fanciulle, Geronte, Lescaut, Borghesi, Oste)Luigi Roni 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - La tua Proserpina (Edmondo, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Vedete? Io son fedele (Manon, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Non c'è più vino? (Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Edmondo, Geronte, Oste)Luigi Roni 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Cavalli pronti avete? (Lescaut, Geronte, Edmondo, Studenti)Luigi Roni 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Dispettosetto questo riccio! (Manon, Lescaut)Riccardo Muti 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - In quelle trine morbide (Manon)Riccardo Muti 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Poiché tu vuoi saper? (Lescaut, Manon)Riccardo Muti 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Che ceffi son costor?...Sulla vetta tu del monte (Madrigale) (Lescaut, Manon, Voce sola, 'Coro')Riccardo Muti 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Paga costor! (Manon, Lescaut)Riccardo Muti 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - "Vi prego, signorina (Minuetto)...L'ora, O Tirsi, è "Vi Signori, Abati)Luigi Roni 8:34Album Only


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listen  1. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Oh, sarò la più bella!...Tu, tu, amore? Tu? (Manon, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 8:11Album Only
listen  2. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Ah!...Affé, madamigella (Manon, Geronte, Des Grieux)Luigi Roni 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Ah! ah! Liberi!...Ah! Manon, mi tradisce (Manon, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Lescaut? Tu qui? (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Sergente degli Arcieri)Aldo Bramante 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - IntermezzoRiccardo Muti 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Ansia eterna, crudel (Des Grieux, Lescaut, Manon)Riccardo Muti 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - ... e Kate ripose al Re (Lampionaio, Des Grieux, Manon)Riccardo Muti 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Manon, disperato è il mio prego! (Des Grieux, Manon)Riccardo Muti 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - All'armi! All'armi! (Voci, Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Borghesi, Popolani, Sergente, Comandante)Aldo Bramante 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Rosetta!...Eh! Che aria! (Sergente, Borghesi, Popolani/Lescaut, Gruppo di Borghesi/Manon, Des Grieux)Aldo Bramante 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Presto! In fila!Aldo Bramante 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Tutta su me ti posa"Riccardo Muti 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Manon, senti amor mio...Vedi, son io che piango (Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Sei tu che piangi?"Riccardo Muti 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Sola perduta, abbandonata"Riccardo Muti 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Fra le tue braccia, amore!"Riccardo Muti 7:38Album Only


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  • Performer: Giacomo Puccini, Riccardo Muti, Maria Guleghina, José Cura, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, et al.
  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B00004KDE7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Puccini struggled especially hard with the birth of Manon Lescaut, his first triumph, and--for all its flaws--his first real masterpiece. There's no question that the compassion he felt for the confused and ultimately doomed heroine of Abbé Prévost's 18th-century novel generated the kind of intensity he brought to Mimi or Tosca. Puccini's desire to surpass Massenet's famous version inspired him to break the mold and point to an excitingly new kind of music theater--even if he drove a whole bevy of librettists mad in the process and never solved the problem of the story's climax. This live performance from June 1998 at La Scala is clearly banking on the star power of José Cura, who indeed makes his memorable mark on des Grieux. It's exactly the kind of role to absorb Cura's drawbacks (his moments of insecurity and odd phrasings) and let his strengths shine, and Cura uses his wonderfully dark, ardent tenor to embody des Grieux in all his helpless passion. As the title heroine, Maria Guleghina can be exasperatingly supercharged and blowsy one moment, beguiling the next. She's not all that convincing at the character's frantic mood shifts, but is emotionally gripping in her bleak final monologue. Riccardo Muti is less uptight than usual in the pit and throws welcome light on the score's notable symphonic depth, bringing a sense of coherency to Puccini's not-quite-perfected vision. Some moments of frazzled string ensemble aside, the band plays beautifully; it's melting in the third-act tableau and italicizes all the Tristan-ish moments with passion. --Thomas May

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparks fly as stars ignite La Scala July 17, 2000
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Manon Lescaut, Puccini's first big hit, has an admirable recording history, and this new release is a worthy addition to the ranks. Certainly, the piece is flawed - the Boheme-like bustle of Act 1 gives way to the meatier Act 2, where all the important action (and some not-so-important) takes place; thereafter there the tragedy races preciptously to its sun-scorched conclusion in the Louisiana desert. Massenet's version may capture better the brittleness of Manon's world and the enigmatic nature of its central character, but Puccini wins hands down in the passion stakes. The music is full of life and invention, tantalisingly foreshadowing most of the composer's later work, and the love music is as explosive and hot-blooded as much of what preceded and followed in Italian opera.
This recording is taken from live performances at La Scala in 1998. Muti's conducting is really excellent, capturing the broad sweep of the work and much of the detail. However, the set's main attraction is its leading couple. Jose Cura and Maria Guleghina look wonderful in the accompanying photographs - it's hard to imagine a better looking soprano and tenor able to sing these roles today. Guleghina is hardly a natural coquette, which means that Acts 1 and 2 suffer a little (her request for the hair curlers sounds decidedly Tosca-like) but what a vibrant and exciting voice this is! Some flat high Bs aside, she brings to Manon's arching phrases a real Puccinian "lift" and spares nothing in the last act monologue. The effect of her singing in the theatre must have been overwhelming. Cura, too, gives his considerable all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cura and Guleghina deliver magnificent performances April 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In this recording, Cura lives up to his early promise. Never before have I heard him sound so good. The role of Des Grieux fits him like a glove -- this should become a signature role for the young tenor. He infuses his dark, almost baritonal sound with charm in the first act and great tragedy in the third and fourth. Guleghina's big soprano voice makes a powerful impression, particularly in her heartbreaking monologue in the last act. I have several recordings of this opera, but never have I felt so emotionally moved by the story and music. Cura and Guleghina are always attentive to the text, and they carefully listen and react to each other. Muti conducts with a passion that matches that of these two hugely talented singers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Manon April 26, 2000
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This is an excellent recording. The singers, chorus and orchestra are all first rate and because it is live we can get into the atmosphere of what must have been a wonderful night at La Scala!. Jose Cura is perfect for this role. He makes the change from the youthful student Des grieux in the opening to the man tormented with love in the 3rd and 4th acts with great skill. Some people may accuse him of wild vocalism but, my friends this is not bel canto. This is music drama of the highest order ( with the drama equal to the music- sorry all you purists out there but in this world there is room for both!) If you want refined vocalism go to someone like Vargas ( who I also love by the way but a completely different kettle of fish - but equally good) but if you wish to hear great passion and drama you have come to the right place.( By the way I think that some more Cura live recordings are in order- this is where he shines) Guleghina is excellent as Manon and conveys the character well. I was very impressed with Lucio Gallo who made a great job of Lescaut and Luigi Roni's voice suited Geronte well.The orchestra plays well under the masterly direction of Muti- but we could expect nothing less. So all in all if you want to hear Manon Lescaut this is a good place to start
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD live Manon Lescaut February 3, 2002
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This is a record that has a lot of very different ratings by pro opera rewievers. Some rank it very good/high and others nearly rank it as a very bad performance/record (you could see what I mean by reading Amazon eds rew. and Penguin guides above).
I rank this set very high. In my opinion Muti, La Scala choir and orchestra performed excellent. Muti and his La Scala choir and orchestra do this Manon Lescaut with passion and warmth in this LIVE version from La Scala, Milan and Muti is in my opinion a very good, solid (Italian) conductor (famous).
Jose Cura is one of the great singers in our time, in the tradition of Domingo, and he show us why he is a great singer after a couple of minutes.
Maria Guleghina sings almost nearly perfect and she really shines like a superstar in act four.
The others have some small minors sometimes but also some great moments and I focus on that (the minors dont ruin this opera as they sometimes do in other records).
This is a LIVE set but coughs and so on occurs only a couple of times. You could sometimes imagine footsteps and so on (stage noises) but that is something giving you a, in this case a charming live feeling.
Beutiful sound and a very nice, informative libretto booklet, make this set a must have for Puccini fans.
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