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The Ultimate Puccini Collection / Pavarotti, Carreras, et al
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Zubin Mehta, Stephen Barlow, et al.
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, et al.
Ensemble: John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, et al.

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Ordinarily, it pays to be wary of collections such as these, which often promise a lot but deliver a mishmash of disconnected excerpts. This disc, however, is something of an exception: you really do get just about all of Puccini's best arias, which is possible, because he didn't write so many operas that choosing the best moments becomes a matter of the producer's personal taste. Also, Puccini's operas are so popular that every major label has excellent complete recordings of all of them, so in...Read more


Puccini: Arias / Cura, Domingo, Philharmonia Orchestra

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Placido Domingo
Performer: José Cura
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

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Good tenors are always in short supply, a particularly lamentable circumstance given the great demand for them in the operatic and symphonic repertoire. Thus, the advent of a good young tenor is always cause for rejoicing. A tenor of the caliber of José Cura--a composer, conductor and guitarist as well as a singer--is really good news. There is nothing wimpy about Cura's singing, nothing strained; he sings with baritonal beef and strong, chesty high notes. A protege of Placido Domingo, he shares...Read more


Puccini: La Boheme - Highlights / Karajan, Pavarotti, Freni
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Performer: Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, et al.
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus, et al.
Uni/London Classics - #21245 / February 13, 1989

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These excerpts were taken from the recording that has established itself as the standard by which all others should be measured. Herbert von Karajan's orchestra is no less than perfect, as much a virtuosic performer as the singers, evoking each moment's unique mood. Can there be any doubt that Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni were born to sing Puccini? Their sweet, creamy voices splendidly blend, creating a complete aural portrait of the bohemians' souls. Elizabeth Harwood is a wonderfully...Read more


Callas Edition - Puccini Arias / Serafin
Composer: Giacomo Puccini, César Franck
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Performer: Maria Callas
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Emd/Emi Classics - #66463 / January 20, 1998

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Though Puccini is one of the composers most associated with Callas, he was not the one closest to her heart. Even the title role of Tosca that showcased her talents so brilliantly (including during her vocal decline) didn't figure among her favorites. You'd never know, though, from this aria collection recorded in 1954--Callas's vocal prime--that was inexplicably overshadowed by her complete opera recordings. Even among the best of singers, aria collections take on a certain vocal sameness;...Read more



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