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Puccini Rediscovered

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Editorial Reviews

Puccini's music has moved generations of music lovers. His arias contain the essence of Italian romantic opera: passion, love, and anguish. These forgotten arias, handpicked by Plácido Domingo, have been unearthed from the archives by Puccini-expert Michael Kaye who has developed the concept for this album in collaboration with Italian maestro Alberto Veronesi. Alongside arias for Domingo, the recording includes duets, with soprano Violeta Urmana, trios and a number of purely orchestral works. The orchestra for this album will be the illustrious Wiener Philharmoniker under the baton of Veronesi, who also serves as the artistic director of the annual Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. The presence of such a superlative cast of musicians ensures that this album will be a must-have for all Domingo and Puccini fans; therefore for all lovers of opera!

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Weiner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Alberto Veronesi
  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B002JCMZC8
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Mott on May 15, 2010
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I was a bit confused by the earlier Amazon reviews for this title - did these people even look at what they were buying? Performances aside (and they are excellent), what this disc features are never heard before early drafts from Puccini's operas...not the music we are used to hearing today. And even though these early ideas were eventually rejected by Puccini as he fine-tuned each masterpiece - rest assured, the music is Puccini to the core! If you are like me and can never get enough of Puccini's soaring melodies and lush orchestration - here's your chance to hear a little bit more. And one side note - if you are an admirer of Puccini's rarely heard earlier works you owe it to yourself to track down a dvd copy of the recent Turin production of "Edgar" with Jose Cura...they've opened all the cuts from the original production and it contains huge passages of music never heard before (at least not on any of the CD releases of this early gem).Edgar
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 30, 2010
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DG has conjoined two gimmicks from other labels: RCA's "Rediscovered" series of great performers in forgotten or lost recordings and various "Unknown" albums of Verdi and Puccini rarities such as those conducted by Riccardo Chailly. To tell the truth, this new Puccini disc is the latter rather than the former; there are no lost or forgotten performances here. The real question is whether it was worthwhile to bring together two international opera stars and the Vienna Phil. for the purpose of reviving Puccini's early fragments, discarded scenes, first thoughts, and a few other oddments. Before going into that, here's the complete program:
1. Preludio a orchestra (1876)

2. Ed ora bevo all'amor (La rondine, 1920, second version) Magda, Ruggero, Lisette, Prunier

3. Con onor muore (Madama Butterfly, 1904, original version) Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)

4. Sia benedetto il giorno (Edgar, 1889, manuscript version) Fidelia, Edgar

5. Preludio (Edgar, 1892 version, prelude to Act I)

6. Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon Lescaut, 1893, original version)

7. Preludio (Manon Lescaut, 1892, prelude to original Act III/1)

8. Oh, se qualcuno vuol quell' oro (La fanciulla del West, 1910, first published version)

9. Adagetto per orchestra da camera (1881-1883)

10. Amici fiori (Suor Angelica, 1918, original version)

11. Parigi è la città dei desideri (La rondine, 1920, second version)

12. Evviva le coppe colmate! - La coppa è simbol della vita (Edgar, 1889, manuscript version, Act II, scene 3)

Each listener will have to pick out his own favorites and discards.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kiwi konductor on February 11, 2010
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The conducting is mannered and eccentric - the singing is generic - and why do the end of Butterfly without Pinkerton's interjections when you've got Domingo on hand? Ah, modern recording! Most of the music on this album is available else where. Don't bother unless you are a Puccini completest.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on February 2, 2010
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I gave it away to my mother after hearing it.....not the best, sadly to say.

Suzanne
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