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Opera - Verschenen op 21 december 2018 | Bella Musica Edition

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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 étoiles de Classica
Puccini love duets galore! That’s what the Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and the tenor Roberto Alagna offer up here. Both are regulars on the world's greatest stages and their voices seem to have been tailor-made for this repertoire. The heroines - Mimì, Minnie, Tosca, Giorgetta, Butterfly and Manon - represent the absolute woman with a femininity that fascinates the composer, attracting him, inspiring him and making him fall in love. The male characters are undoubtedly a reflection of his own personality. Rodolfo, Mario and Calaf too, who is so besotted with Turandot that he risks his life for her: man, lover, seducer, villain, deceiver, poet, artist, knight or traitor... No doubt Roberto Alagna sees himself in these characters as well. Their traits are similar from one opera to the next, but Puccini knew how to make each vocal idiom wonderfully unique. © SM/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 22 juni 2018 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 22 juni 2018 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 15 juni 2018 | Dynamic

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Opera - Verschenen op 23 maart 2018 | CPO

This Rondine is surely Puccini's least-well known opera, the victim of a misunderstanding early on: commissioned in 1912 by a Viennese theatre, people jumped to the conclusion that Puccini was writing an operetta, and discarding his normal canon. But upon closer inspection, although it is full of ternary rhythms, it is no operetta. Its language is absolutely the one we know from Puccini's other works, that lightness of style seen under the Second Empire in Paris and on the Côte d’Azur. It was in 1917, with the First World War dragging on, that the work finally débuted, in neutral Monte Carlo. Although it was hailed as a success, Puccini's work quickly fell into obscurity and was buried under a hail of successive operas: Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi) and Turandot, the latter left unfinished by the composer. Recorded by Radio Munich in 2015 at a concert given at the Prinzregententheater, this new recording with excellent sound quality, is dominated by the troubled, wounded Magda, played by Romanian soprano Elena Mosuc, whose name is now inseparable from the Zurich Opera which has long been her musical home. Named Romania's "Woman of the Year", she has performed at many festivals, and on all the world's great stages. Her distribution is not at all Italian, but beautifully balanced for all that: it is a welcome alternative to the Gheorghiu-Alagna-Pappano version (from Warner), which was long believed to be definitive: the second act here is particularly accomplished. © François Hudry/Qobuz


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