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Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Part Four

Thursday 3 January 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Thursday 3 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

4/5. The Belasco Connection

With Donald Macleod. The two operas Puccini composed to plays by the American dramatist David Belasco showed him to be making real advances in orchestral techniques and the handling of characters. While these developments were largely ignored in the first of them, Madama Butterfly, the premiere of La fanciulla del West was a different story altogether.

Un bel di vedremo (Madama Butterfly, Act 2)
Mirella Freni (soprano)
Vienna Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Decca 577-2
CD1 t2

Viene le sera...Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly, Act 1)
Mirella Freni (soprano)
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)
Vienna Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Decca 417 5772
CD1 tracks 15 and 16

Datele voi qualche soccorso...Addio fiorito asil (Madama Butterfly, Act 2)
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)
Robert Kerns (baritone)
Elke Schary, Christa Ludwig (mezzo-sopranos)
Vienna Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Decca 417 580-2
CD3 tracks 6 and 7

La fanciulla del West (Act 1 excerpt)
Mara Zampieri (soprano)
Placido Domingo (tenor)
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Sony Classical S2K 47189
CD1 tracks 18 to 22

La fanciulla del West (Act 3 excerpt)
Juan Pons (baritone)
Placido Domingo (tenor)
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Sony Classical S2K 47189
CD2 tracks 15 to 19




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