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Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Part Five

Friday 4 January 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Friday 4 January 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

This year marks the 150th birthday of Giacomo Puccini, whose operas have become repertory mainstays.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

5/5. Puccini's World

Donald Macleod explores how the beginning of the 20th century saw Puccini searching for a new dramatic direction. The world around him was changing and he was feeling distinctly out of step. On the one hand he was seen as the successor to Verdi, while on the other his detractors felt his music had no Italian character whatsoever.

Aranci, ninnoli! Caldi i marroni e caramelle! (La boheme, Act 2)
Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Coro di voci bianche della Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor)
Decca 464 060-2
CD1 tracks 12

Opening Bars - Il Tabarro (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
EMI CDS 5 56587-2
CD1 t1

Nulla!... Silenzio! (Il Tabarro)
Carlo Guelfi (baritone)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
EMI CDS 5 56587 2
CD1 track 15

Perche mai cercate di saper... Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso (La Rondine, Act 2)
Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
Roberto Alagna (tenor)
Inva Mula (soprano)
William Matteuzzi (baritone)
London Voices
London Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
EMI 5 56338 2
CD1 tracks 23 to 26

Torture and death of Liu (Turandot, Act 3)
Montserrrat Caballe (soprano)
Tom Krause (baritone)
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)
Joan Sutherland (soprano)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)
John Alldis Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor)
Decca 414 276-2
CD2 tracks 7 to 9

Datemi il testamento!... Ecco la cappellina! (Gianni Schicchi)
Tito Gobbi (baritone)
Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Carlo del Monte (tenor)
Anna Maria Canali (mezzo-soprano)
Paolo Montarsolo (bass)
Orchestra of the Rome Opera Theatre
Gabriele Santini (conductor)
EMI CMS 764165 2
CD3 Tracks  12 TO 18

Oh saro la piu bella (Manon Lescaut, Act 2)
Mirella Freni (soprano)
Placido Domingo (tenor)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)
DG 413 8932
CD2 T1





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