- Audio CD (September 5, 1992)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Orfeo
- ASIN: B00000596T
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Here is Leoncavallo's plot:
-- Act 1. Rodolfo (baritone), Mimi, Marcello (tenor), Musette and friends are having a Christmas Eve party at the Cafe Momus. They have trouble paying the bill.
-- Act 2. Musette is behind on her rent and is being evicted from her apartment. Her furniture has been placed in the street. Marcello sympathizes and invites her to move in with him. They decide to have a party right there in the street. During the party, Mimi is approached by Visconte Paolo who offers her love and a life of luxury. Tired of living in poverty with Rodolfo in his garret, Mimi joins him (reluctantly).
-- Act 3. Musette loves Marcello but she is fed up with being poor. She is about to leave when Mimi appears. Mimi has come to beg Rodolfo to take her back. While the two women talk, Marcello comes in. Musette tells him she is leaving. An argument ensues. Marcello becomes convinced that her betrayal has been caused by Mimi.Read more ›
First of all full marks to The Orfeo people for providing a full summary and libretto in Italian,French,German and English.This is essential for anyone not familiar with this work or indeed any other.
For years now I have Mario Lanza's recording of Testa Adorata from his Coca Cola Radio Show of the early 1950s.Recently I heard Jose Cura's version of same but nothing else.
Since acquiring this set I now realise that this is not a " One Swallow Summer". It is dotted with good tunes. Especially beautiful is the close of Act 1.This is the scene where Barbemuche a man of means wants to pay the Bill incurred by the Bohemians, to Gaudenzo the Proprietor of The Cafe Momus. They decide that the most dignified way is for Schaunard to play Barbemuche in a game of billiards for the money. All repair to the Billiard room except Marcello and Musetta.During the game Marcello woos Musetta.Leoncavallo cleverly intertwines the wooing and the Billiards. When Musetta in jest says to Marcello "But you are not Pluto" Schaunard shouts "Miscue" and when Musetta relents a shout of "Canon and game" comes from the Billiard Room.The Christmas Eve bells ring out and all rejoice singing "Natale".
Act 2 similiarly has it's highlights e.g. "Io non ho che una povera stanzetta"sung by Marcello to Musetta when she is evicted--I have only a poor little room between the chimneys and the sky".This is followed by the Party in the courtyard and the highlight here is the Anthem of the Bohemians a chorus which can stand beside any of the great choruses.
In Act 3 when the mood darkens we have Musetta's farewell and Marcello's lament "Testa Adorata".Read more ›
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First off, I admire the wit and intelligence of Thistle Brown's "review of reviewers", penned about five years ago. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Dabí Sánchez
I first got to know Leoncavallo's "La Boheme" from an old Cetra recording, heavily cut and fell in love with it instantly. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Giles Bernard J. Hall