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An Italian Composer

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 01 April 2013

When Italy became a unified country in 1861, a heated debate blew up as to how culture might represent this newly formed nation. Two musicians were to stand out as emblems of that ideology, Verdi and the successor to his crown as Italy's king of opera, Giacomo Puccini. Today, Donald Macleod considers how Puccini's music came to be linked with those ideas.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:00

    Giacomo Puccini Oh mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

    Performer: Renee Fleming (soprano) Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Charles Mackerras

    Decca: B0001024-02, 1

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:05

    Giacomo Puccini Donna non vidi mai (Manon Lescaut, Act 1)

    Performer: Placido Domingo (Des Grieux) Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    DG:413 893-2, 7

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:10

    Giacomo Puccini Duet and final scene from Act 1 - Le villi

    Performer: Melanie Diener (Anna) Performer: Aquiles Machando (Roberto) Performer: Ludovic Tezier (Guglielmo) Performer: Radio France Chorus Performer: Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Marco Guidarini

    Naïve:V4958

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:26

    Giacomo Puccini Manon Lescaut (Act 2)

    Performer: Mirella Freni (Manon) Performer: Renato Bruson (Lescaut) Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    DG:413 893-2

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:40

    Giacomo Puccini Manon Lescaut Act 3 (complete)

    Performer: Placido Domingo (Des Grieux) Performer: Renato Bruson (Lescaut) Performer: Mirella Freni (Manon) Performer: Handel Thomas (Sergente) Performer: John Tomlinson (Comandante) Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    DG: 413 893-2

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