HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Anna Netrebko – Verismo (Pappano)

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The lady is a marvel. She seems incapable to do wrong. She has the voice for every one of her selections. Admittedly, Anna Netrebko is the favorite soprano in this household, but I was skeptical about purchasing this album. There were mixed reviews of some of the old standards, and generally I have found that I lose interest in these compilation albums after a playing or two. Not so with this album! Her interpretations are heartfelt and reflect the maturing of her voice into the large and lush instrument it has become. It is a treat to hear her Puccini, and the selections from Manon stand alone very successfully. I enjoy this album over and over. If you are a fan of Anna’s glorious singing, you will too.

Composer: Alfredo Catalani, Amilcare Ponchielli, Arrigo Boito, Francesco Cilea, Giacomo Puccini, Ruggiero Leoncavallo , Umberto Giordano
Performer: Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Vinyl (2016)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 1.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Callas, Bergonzi, Gobbi)

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Like most operaphiles, I had for so long been so hugely satisfied with the famous 1953 de Sabata recording that I had not bothered to sample the 1964 studio recording on the assumption that it was so markedly inferior that it was not worth the bother. +Forty years on, I find that I was wrong; it was the passing of Carlo Bergonzi that prompted me to obtain this wonder “Tosca”. I am now kicking myself for my stupidity.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi
Orchestra:  Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire Paris
Conductor: Georges Pretre
Vinyl (1965)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 2.38 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Sony) Jonas Kaufmann – Nessun Dorma! – The Puccini Album

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For those of us who deeply admire the artistry of tenor Jonas Kaufmann for his Wagner roles and his recitals of lieder this recording comes with a bit of trepidation. Will this intensely musical artist make the Puccini roles as convincing as he has those of other composers or will he plunge and lurch into the Italianate style of belting we so often encounter in the opera house?

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Vinyl (2015)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Sony
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Puccini – Tosca (Maria Guleghina, Licitra, Nucci, Muti ) (2002, opera, DVDRip-AVC)

Puccini - Tosca (Maria Guleghina, Licitra, Nucci, Muti ) (2002, opera, DVDRip-AVC)

Puccini – Tosca (Maria Guleghina, Licitra, Nucci, Muti ) (2002, opera, DVDRip-AVC)

Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Maria Guleghina
Orchestra:Teatro Alla Scala, Milan
Conductor:Riccardo Muti
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDRip-AVC
Size:1.95 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:no
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Price/Domingo/Milnes)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Bob for this beauty
There are so many good and very good “Toscas” out there, that you have only the embarrassement of choice. I used to own back in the 90s not less than 15 different releases on vinyl/CD/Video. Now only 6 and among them this one on CD, only and exclusively because of the most malefic Baron Scarpia you can imagine, even more terriffic than on a later Decca release, with Freni and Pavarotti. Sherrill Milnes is, after magnificent and legendary Tito Gobbi, the pure evil called Scarpia. Not at least, Leontyne Price (1st black opera singer, who became a superstar) and a young Placido Domingo are marvellous in their roles. Maestro Mehta shows here that he was born for conducting operas, forcing musicians and singers to give their best. Absolutely RECOMMENDED!!!!

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Giacomo Puccini – Madame Butterfly (De Los Angeles/Björling)

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Certain recorded Butterflys are considered to be definitive, with Toti dal Monte, Maria Callas and Renata Scotto leading the pack. Because of the strong competition, this 1955 recording does not automatically come to mind as a classic Butterfly performance. That is too bad because Victoria de los Angeles, in her second recording of the opera, is wonderfully natural in the title role. While she may not plumb the depths of the part in the way that some other sopranos have, her voice, while still carrying the drama and Butterfly’s pathos, sounds more youthful than that of many of her competitors.
I think this was Jussi Björling’s last complete opera recording; it may well be one of his best. His aristocratic style is just as valid as the more impetuous interpretation of Giuseppe di Stefano, De Los Angeles’ first recorded Pinkerton.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Piero De Palma, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Opera House, Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
Vinyl (1955)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 2.81 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut (Caballé/Domingo)

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Puccini’s Manon Lescaut is an Italian lyric tragedy drama. The opera is centered on Manon Lescaut (Montserrat Caballé), a beautiful young girl about to be sent to a convent. When Chevalier Des Grieux (Placido Domingo) sees her the flame of passion between them is ignited. Manon’s life is a winding one: seduced by riches that ultimately trigger her downfall but ultimately finding redemption in Des Grieux’s love for her. Conductor Bruno Bartoletti leads the New Philharmonia Orchestra as they traverse Puccini’s gorgeous melodies that permeate the opera, from Manon’s poignant arias to the lush orchestral score.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Montserrat Caballé, Noel Mangin, Placido Domingo, Robert Tear, Vicente Sardinero
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor:
Bruno Bartoletti
# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 2.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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Giacomo Puccini – La Boheme (Villazon,Robert Dornhelm) (2009,Opera,DVD9)

Giacomo Puccini - La Boheme (Villazon,Robert Dornhelm) (2009,Opera,DVD9)

Giacomo Puccini – La Boheme (Villazon,Robert Dornhelm) (2009,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Anna Netrebko
Orchestra:Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:Bertrand de Billy
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.56 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Nilsson, Björling, Tebaldi, Leinsdorf)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to our friend Bob for this gem
Even though I prefer Sutherland over Nilsson in the role of Turandot, this is the BENCHMARK. Even though Pavarotti & Caballé with Sutherland, Fernandi & Schwarzkopf with Callas and Corelli & Scotto with Nilsson on the other album are excellent, Björling & Tebaldi are the pick of the litter! The role of Calàf as sung by Björling, is one of the most beautifully sung portrayals in recorded music (subjective, personal opinion). Tebaldi’s pianissimi are absolutely ethereal, easily rivaling Caballé and surpassing Scotto. For early “Living Stereo”, the sound is surprisingly spacious and clean. This I believe was Björling’s last complete opera recording; the Verdi Requiem closely following.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling, Renata Tebaldi
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 2.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (CBS) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Carreras/Marton/Ricciarelli)

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Many thanks to our friend Bob for this gem

This strikingly-staged production of Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot” was filmed with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Loren Maazal in 1983. Set on a spare stage with a single ascending staircase rising up to Turandot’s chambers, and with sumptuous, impressionistic costuming, the production allows…

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: José Carreras, Eva Marton, Katia Ricciarelli,
# Orchestra:   Vienna State Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR: 17
# Size: 2.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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