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Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Part Three

Wednesday 2 January 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Wednesday 2 January 2008 21:20-22:20 (Radio 3)

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

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

3/5. Torre del Lago

Donald Macleod looks at the lifestyle Puccini enjoyed at his home in Torre del Lago. There, away from the glare of publicity, he could compose in peace, play cards, drink rough red wine with the locals and was able to shoot wildfowl on Lake Massaciuccoli.

Casa mia, casa mia
Placido Domingo (tenor)
Julius Rudel (piano)
Sony Classical SK 44981
CD1 t14

 L'uccellino
Roberta Alexander (soprano)
Tan Crone (piano)
KTC 1050
CD1 t3

Recondite armonia (Tosca, Act 1)
Placido Domingo (tenor)
Angelo Veccia (baritone)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)
DG 431 775-2
CD1 t2

Mario! Mario! Mario!... Ah, quegli occhi! (Tosca, Act 1)
Leontyne Price (soprano)
Giuseppe de Stefano(tenor)
Decca 4757522
CD1 t5

Dov'e Angelotti... nel pozzo... nel giardino (Tosca, Act 2)
Tito Gobbi (baritone)
Giuseppe di Stefano, Franco Calabrese (tenors)
Maria Callas (soprano)
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Victor de Sabata (conductor)
EMI CDC556306-2
CD2 tracks 4 to 8 and part of Track 9

Tosca (Act 3, excerpt)
Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
Roberto Alagna, David Cangelosi (tenors)
Sorin Coliban (bass)
Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
EMI  CDC5573642
CD2 tracks 30 to 37




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