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Puccini: Turandot [Import]

Giacomo Puccini , Alain Lombard , Montserrat Caballe , Mirella Freni , Jose Carreras Audio CD
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  • Performer: Montserrat Caballe, Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000ZOSN2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Popolo di Pekino!
2. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Padre! Mio padre!
3. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Perduta la battaglia
4. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Gira la cote! Gira!
5. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Perché tarda la luna?
6. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Là, sui monti dell'est
7. Turandot, opera: Act 1. O giovinetto!
8. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Figlio, che fai?
9. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Fermo! che fai? T'arresta!
10. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Silenzio, olà!
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. In questa reggia
2. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Straniero, ascolta! Nella cupa notte
3. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Guizza al pari di fiamma
4. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Gelo che ti dà foco
5. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Gloria, o vincitore!
6. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Figlio del cielo!
7. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Tre enigmi m'hai proposto!
8. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Al tuoi piedi ci prostriam
9. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Scene 1. Così comanda Turandot
10. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Scene 1. Nessun dorma!
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Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson & Corelli- What can you say 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speachless 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Turandot 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NILSSON AND CORELLI GO AT IT! 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great, But Still a Lot of Fun!! December 1, 2008
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OK, so this isn't the greatest "Turandot" ever recorded. It is still a lot of fun to listen to. No one can fault Freni's Liu, or just about anything else she did. Sure, Carreras is too light for the role, forcing his voice mercilessly, and knowing what we know now, we almost want to crawl into the stereo and tell him to "take it easy, there are troubles up ahead". And yes, Lombard's interpretation is, well, I might as well say it,....sorta kinda French! But it's different, and I like it, at least for a change.

And then there is Montserrat Caballe! What is there to say? Unlike the great Joan Sutherland, who gave us one of her greatest performances in her recording of "Turandot", but without ever singing it on stage, Caballe, on the other hand, gives us one of her greatest recorded performances in a role she actually did undertatke a few times. She is magnificent. And I agree with those who say you should search out the San Francisco Opera broadcast on CD. It is quite beautiful, and features Pavarotti in one of his rare appearances as Calaf.

So, should you buy this recording? Absolutely. And while you're at it, pick up Mehta's (with Sutherland, Caballe, Pavarotti, Ghiaurov, and, just for the hell of it, Peter Pears as the Emperor), and Leinsdorf's groundbreaking effort (with Nilsson's first recording of the role, Tebaldi and the magnificent Jussi Bjoerling just before his tragic death).

Puccini didn't complete "Turandot", it is true. But that doesn't seem to hurt our enjoyment of it one little bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Whoever edited this album is an imbecile worthy only of Turandot's...
Why in God's holy name would anyone split this up into 40 tracks is beyond me!? Listening to this really is like listening to Chinese...choppy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Displaced Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars An achievement of majuscle stature!
March-04-1961. Stokowski, Birgitt Nilson, Franco Corelli and Anna Moffo in the main roles. The NYP and Carnegie Hall.

Convincing, superb and unforgettable stage. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Met Turandot Broadcast
This 1966 Met Turandot surpasses the more famous 1961 Stokowski broadcast, also with Nilsson and Corelli. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg Stanford
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous live recording
One of the most beautiful live recordings of "Turandot" ever. The voices are all in top form. Well worth the price if you can find it.
Published 15 months ago by M. Greiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful live Turandot
Conductor Rico Saccani, or his fans, have made available many live recordings from his career. This complete Turandot is especially wonderful, from conducting to soloists. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Matzner
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best Puccini on Record
The legendary Corelli and Nilsson are in legendary form during this live recording. Stokowski, though little known, supports them marvelously. Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by Janet M. Goodwin
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