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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Cetra) Magda Olivero – Recital


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Magda Olivero suffered a crushing verdict at her audition by Ugo Tansini in Turin; “the girl has neither a voice, nor musicality, nor personality. She has nothing.” Either Tansini was having a bad day or Olivero’s subsequent teacher Luigi Gerussi did something astonishing with her, other than insisting she “sustain, sustain!” The results, as this disc demonstrate, show her to have been a consistently impressive musician whose sole complete commercial recording, of Turandot in 1938, surely deserved to be augmented. Partly this may have had to do with a premature retirement in 1941 but it doesn’t explain why, a decade later on her return to increasingly wide appreciation, she wasn’t taken into the recording studios with at least some degree of frequency. Throughout the accompaniments are accomplished, not least from one Ugo Tansini who had clearly repented of his earlier judgement enough to conduct the Turin radio orchestra for her in 1939 and 1940. One hopes he felt thoroughly chastened.

Composer: Francesco Cilea, Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani, Arrigo Boito, Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Magda Olivero
Orchestra: Orchestra Lirica Della Cetra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
Conductor: Ugo Tansini, Arturo Basile, Alfredo Simonetto, Franco Ghione
Vinyl 19?? (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Cetra
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 453 MB
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HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (Cetra) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Cigna, Olivero, Merli)


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Here is the classic first recording ever of “Turandot!” Recorded in 1938, only fourteen years after Puccini’s death, it exemplifies the tradition of “Turandot” in the years shortly after its world premiere. “The Rough Guide to Opera” says that “this recording of ‘Turandot’ was the first and it remains one of the best. Made only eleven years after the premiere, there is an energy and vitality to the performance that has never been surpassed. Merli is a magnificent Calaf, and for sheer bravura and virility he is equalled only by Corelli — with whom he shares many stylistic similarities. Magda Olivero was very young at the time, and her portrayal of Liu captivates like no other (with the possible exception of Tebaldi). The only acquired taste is Gina Cigna in the title role; it’s a big, fruity soprano of sufficient weight and focus, . . . and her high notes are very bright on the ear. Ghione is a powerhouse, and subject to none of the sentimentality or indulgence that corrupts so many later recordings. A magnificent achievement, rich with history, vitality, and conviction.” As well, Luciano Neroni is a rich voiced Timur, and the Ping, Pang, and Pong team is splendid. This is a stunning performace which belongs in every collection, and it is not to be missed!

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Gina Cigna, Magda Olivero, Francesco Merli, Luciano Neroni
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Torino della RAI
Conductor: Franco Ghione

Vinyl 1938/1951
Number of Discs: 3

Format: Flac

Label: Cetra
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.13 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Ouvertures and Intermezzi (Karajan/Mutter)


The album is all about Maestro Herbert von Karajan, who did most of his recording during the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties with DG but always keep his ties open with EMI, having signed a contract with them all the way back in the Forties. He continued working with EMI almost exclusively through the Fifties and sporadically thereafter. While the earliest overtures and intermezzi contained on this album derive from 1960 and 1976, most of it is from the early 80’s.
Due to a digital error, please, DL track A1 again and replace the old one.

Composer: Jules Massenet, Luigi Cherubini, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Schmidt, Giacomo Puccini, Engelbert Humperdinck, Pietro Mascagni

Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1981

Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.22 GB
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Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Franco Zeffirelli; Paolo Carignani; Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, Alexander Tsymbalyuk) (2016,Opera,HDRip)

 Giacomo Puccini - Turandot (Franco Zeffirelli; Paolo Carignani; Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, Alexander Tsymbalyuk) (2016,Opera,HDRip)
Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Franco Zeffirelli; Paolo Carignani; Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, Alexander Tsymbalyuk) (2016,Opera,HDRip)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Nina Stemme
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of MetOpera
Conductor:Paolo Carignani
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:The Metropolitan Opera
Size:4.01 GB
Recovery: +3%
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G.Puccini – “Madame Butterfly” (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

 G.Puccini -  "Madame Butterfly" (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)
G.Puccini – “Madame Butterfly” (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Mirella Freni
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD-5
Size:4.37 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi, Richard Eyre, Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna) (2016, Opera, HDTVRip)

Giacomo Puccini - Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi, Richard Eyre, Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna) (2016, Opera, HDTVRip)
Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi, Richard Eyre, Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna) (2016, Opera, HDTVRip)

Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Kristine Opolais
Orchestra:Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor:Fabio Luisi
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTVRip
Label:MetOpera
Size:19.68 GB
Recovery: +3%
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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
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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
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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
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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%
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