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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B000CRO19W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Puccini's last opera and beautifully captured and sung by a fantastic cast.
raymond
Cigna had an extremely strong and flexible voice that she could also use to illuminate character.
Dabí Sánchez
Corelli is warm, passionate, tender and exciting and his voice soars like beam of light.
John Ruggeri

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Ruggeri on May 22, 2006
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Turandot had not been performed at the Met since Jeritza and Lauri-Volpi in the late 20's or early 30's until this revival with Nilsson and Corelli.

Great Turandots and Calafs do not fall off of trees.

Nillson and Corelli are magnificent- She is like laser with a top so large and easy it is mind- boggling and she is icy and frightening until the last scene.

Corelli is warm, passionate, tender and exciting and his voice soars like beam of light.

Their higb Cs solo or in unison are incredible.

Moffo captures the fragility of Liu and sings beautifully.

Giaiotti had a warm large voice and he brings nuance to the role- a most underappreciated bass who I heard on stage about 5 times.

I think he had a better voice that Siepi whose tone was wooly.

Stokowski leads a beautiful and thrilling performance.

Only one other soprano, in my view, could have equaled Nilsson- that is Eva Turner who left excerpts of the role. Turner's voice seems just as large on top and her middle and lower voice are larger and warmer. She sang the role all over Italy and in Chicago, I believe, but not at the Met.

I cannot think of any tenor in Corelli's class for size, beauty of voice and ease in the upper register.

The first Calaf, Miguel Fleta, really did not have an exceptionally large or beautiful voice. Giacomo Laur-Volpi who premiered the role at the Met had a large voice and an easy top but I find his vibrato annoying and his vocal quality ugly.

Domingo's voice is large and beautiful but he did not have the ease or ring at the top to be a truly great Calaf, I heard him at the Met with Eva Marton who was very good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chilean Opera lover on September 14, 2009
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I think previous reviewers said almost all about this TURANDOT.

I agree that this is THE TURANDOT RECORDING and is difficult that in the future will be a better one. Nilsson and Corelli at their best with a great sound, and the best is that you can really appreciate the great volume and versatility of the voices of both singers because it is a live performance (non edited recodrding). The only one missing here to make the most perfect Turandot ever, is the great Renata Tebaldi as Liu. Moffo sings a wonderful Liu but for me there is no liu as Tebaldi's. Seems that Puccini composed Turandot thinking in Nilsson and Corelli.

This recording is really unbelievable, and each time I listen it, makes me feel something that rarely experience listening opera : perfection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dabí Sánchez on December 3, 2012
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This recording turned out to be a real plus. The Turandot, Gina Cigna, is an unjustly forgotten dramatic soprano who jumps to the top of the list of my favorite Turandots. I think Cigna has been underrated as a dramatic artist, certainly by those stuffy English critics associated with Gramophone who have their pet-favorite musicians and sneer at everyone else. Cigna had an extremely strong and flexible voice that she could also use to illuminate character. Her Turandot has an entirely believable and touching melancholy about her; this Turandot sounds like someone trapped inside herself, and it's a compelling characterization. The other singers, Merli and Olivero especially, deliver the goods. The recording, made in Torino in 1938, is a bit distant but will give plenty of pleasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mangiafrani on May 26, 2010
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This is a Turandot for the ages. Forget all the other Nilsson and Corelli live and studio recordings. This is the one to own. Corelli and Nilsson out sing each other, holding notes forever. What a cast! Freni is lovely as Liu and Giotti is no slouch either. Mehta conducts with verve, energy, sensitivity and beautiful phrasing. I waited a long time for this cd release. I remember recording this performance from the Met broadcast on my reel to reel tape recorder back in 1966.
A gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By irenewxia on January 2, 2013
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The sound is terrific. I have got the previous version of this CD. It is MONO, and the sound is not good enough. But this one is so good.
I do not need to say too much about Maria Callas. I think that you all know her. She is wonderful. Maybe you also know Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. The Liu she performanced is even better than the Liu performanced by Tebaldi. At least this is my point of view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Jelsey on December 18, 2011
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Lombard brings the score to life quite vividly - his tempos just seem right - I like the slow building end to Act I. Conductors who rush through 'Non piangere Liu' ruin the tensions and nuances of this scene, one of Puccini's most sumptuously scored. Carreras is very moving here - the voice golden and quite expressive, if not as large as one would ideally want to encounter live in the theater. Freni, likewise is near peak vocal form. She sings Liu from strength, which is an interesting take on the character. Caballe in 1977 was in her vocal glory and she uses her voice with abandon, finding all sorts of interesting shades of meaning in the text. In Questa Reggia, for once, sounds like a sad tale remembered - Caballe can certainly let it rip on high when needed, but she doesn't scream the role, which is a nice change of pace. Also, to correct a previous review, this recording dates from August 1977. Caballe made her San Francisco debut as Turandot 3 months later in November 1977, so this recording is not from a year later, and no she doesn't sound any less fresh than in the live recording. She's sensational. There are many fine recordings of Turandot - this is certainly near the top of the list. Recommended.
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