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Puccini: Turandot

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B000CRO19W
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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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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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Although this currently sells for silly prices on Marketplace, it is also available affordably from independent sellers. Its only direct competition - apart from the studio recording with Molinari-Pradelli conducting, which is very good but misses the frisson of a live performance - is the 1964 La Scala performance conducted by Gavazzeni. In other words, the only competition to Corelli and Nilsson is themselves three years later. The sound is marginally better - slightly less distortion and fuller - in the Met version, but also a bit more distant, and both are wonderful, with excellent supporting casts. I marginally prefer Giaiotti to Zaccaria but the Ping, Pang and Pong are better at La Scala. Both Vishnevskaya and Moffo are simply stunning as Liù; the former gives us a tour de force of vibrant singing which emphasises the child in Liù, whereas the latter is vocally more suited to that strong yet vulnerable and fragile creature if you want a more sensuous sound; both deliver a crescendo on the culminating top B of their aria to wring the heart. Stokowski generally delivers a more urgent interpretation whereas Gavazzeni goes for intensity - yet Stokowski gives Nilsson more time and space in her big arias, so it's swings and roundabouts and both conductors know what they are about. The two principals are hors concours on both nights; simply extraordinary, inspired.

If you love "Turandot" and want to hear it performed in a style now utterly vanished, you must have one of these performances. The La Scala set is available very cheaply on Opera d'Oro, the Met set more expensive and harder to find. I think it possible to argue that Nilsson and Corelli are marginally more unbuttoned and thrilling under Gavazzeni; on balance, I am glad to own both.
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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.

An event for the ages that will survive us...

Don't leave aside this historical concert under no pretext.
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The legendary Corelli and Nilsson are in legendary form during this live recording. Stokowski, though little known, supports them marvelously. There is little question that this is THE Puccini recording, and absolutely none that it is THE Turandot. Spectacular by every measure.
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