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Puccini: La Bohème

Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Rolando Panerai - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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There is no lack of stellar, gripping versions of La bohème on disc, and by most reckonings, this one stands toward the front of the pack. Having a cast of superstars is no guarantee that an opera recording is going to have the chemistry to knock you off your feet, but the performers here live up to the expectations that their fame raises. Luciano Pavarotti is an ardent Rodolfo; his youthful impetuosity is completely convincing, and he sings with the passionate but unforced creaminess that characterized his performances at the height of his career. Mirella Freni is also vocally in top form. Her Mimi is deeply felt and her voice is sweet, pure, and soaringly lyrical. Rolando Panerai was into middle age when he made this recording, but he is persuasively youthful and he sings with warmth and vigor as Marcello. Elizabeth Harwood is more effective in Musetta's serious moments than in her fiery ones, but she has a very lovely floating top. The smaller roles are exceptionally well taken; it's real luxury casting to have an artist of Nicolai Ghiaurov's caliber as Colline, and Michel Sénéchal is marvelously funny as Benoit and Alcindoro. The Chorus of the Deutschen Oper, Berlin, sings with a great sense of character, and the Berlin Philharmonic plays as if this quintessentially Italianate music was in its blood. Herbert von Karajan leads an extraordinarily nuanced and expressive reading of the score. Felicitous details of orchestration that are frequently lost are clearly audible here, often to revelatory effect. Decca's sound is exemplary in its clarity and depth. Its engineers are scrupulous in their stereo separation; the stage movement is so precisely calibrated that it's easy to tell the spatial relationship between characters. This altogether exceptional version has much to recommend it to fans of the opera, and listeners coming to it for the first time could hardly find a more compelling introduction.
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La Bohème / Act 1 (Giacomo Puccini)

1
"Questo Mar Rosso"
Rolando Panerai
00:04:31

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
"Pensier profondo"
Nicolaï Ghiaurov
00:01:11

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"Abasso, abbasso l'autor!"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:03:50

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
"Si può...Chi è là?"
Michel Sénéchal
00:05:18

Michel Sénéchal, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

5
"Io resto"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:01:08

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
"Chi è là?"
Mirella Freni
00:01:11

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Si sente meglio?"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:02:42

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
"Che gelida manina"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:04:37

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
"Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì"
Mirella Freni
00:05:58

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"O soave fanciulla"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:04:19

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

La Bohème / Act 2 (Giacomo Puccini)

11
"Arranci, datteri!"
Rolando Panerai
00:02:52

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Choir, MainArtist - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Schonberger Sangerknaben, Choir, MainArtist - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"Chi guardi?..- Ecco i giocattoli di Parpignol"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:03:08

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Choir, MainArtist - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gernot Pietsch, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Schonberger Sangerknaben, Choir, MainArtist - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"Viva Parpignol...Una cuffietta a pizzi"
Rolando Panerai
00:02:21

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Oh!...Essa!...Musetta!"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:03:30

Michel Sénéchal, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Choir, MainArtist - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Schonberger Sangerknaben, Choir, MainArtist - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

15
"Quando m'en vo'"
Elizabeth Harwood
00:05:20

Michel Sénéchal, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Choir, MainArtist - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Schonberger Sangerknaben, Choir, MainArtist - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

16
"Chi l'ha richiesto?"
Nicolaï Ghiaurov
00:02:28

Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Choir, MainArtist - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Schonberger Sangerknaben, Choir, MainArtist - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

DISC 2

La Bohème / Act 3 (Giacomo Puccini)

1
"Ohè, là, le guardie!...Aprite!"
Hans-Dietrich Pohl
00:04:18

Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Hans-Dietrich Pohl, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
"Sa dirmi, scusi"
Mirella Freni
00:01:02

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Hans-Dietrich Pohl, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hans-Dieter Appell, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"Mimì! - Speravo di trovarvi qui"
Rolando Panerai
00:05:05

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
"Marcello. Finalmente!"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:01:17

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

5
"Mimì è una civetta"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:01:26

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
"Mimì è tanto malata!"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:03:21

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Donde lieta uscì"
Mirella Freni
00:03:21

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
"Dunque: è proprio finita!...Addio, dolce svegliare"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:06:15

Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

La Bohème / Act 4 (Giacomo Puccini)

9
"In un coupé?"
Rolando Panerai
00:01:44

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"O Mimì, tu più non torni...Che ora sia"
Luciano Pavarotti
00:05:28

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
"Gavotta"
Rolando Panerai
00:01:39

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"C'è Mimì..."
Elizabeth Harwood
00:06:07

Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"Vecchia zimarra, senti"
Nicolaï Ghiaurov
00:02:32

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Sono andati"
Mirella Freni
00:05:58

James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

15
"Oh Dio! Mimi! ...Che avvien?"
Gianni Maffeo
00:06:03

Elizabeth Harwood, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Mallinson, Producer - Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Mirella Freni, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Illica, Author - Giuseppe Giacosa, Author - Rolando Panerai, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gianni Maffeo, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Lock, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

There is no lack of stellar, gripping versions of La bohème on disc, and by most reckonings, this one stands toward the front of the pack. Having a cast of superstars is no guarantee that an opera recording is going to have the chemistry to knock you off your feet, but the performers here live up to the expectations that their fame raises. Luciano Pavarotti is an ardent Rodolfo; his youthful impetuosity is completely convincing, and he sings with the passionate but unforced creaminess that characterized his performances at the height of his career. Mirella Freni is also vocally in top form. Her Mimi is deeply felt and her voice is sweet, pure, and soaringly lyrical. Rolando Panerai was into middle age when he made this recording, but he is persuasively youthful and he sings with warmth and vigor as Marcello. Elizabeth Harwood is more effective in Musetta's serious moments than in her fiery ones, but she has a very lovely floating top. The smaller roles are exceptionally well taken; it's real luxury casting to have an artist of Nicolai Ghiaurov's caliber as Colline, and Michel Sénéchal is marvelously funny as Benoit and Alcindoro. The Chorus of the Deutschen Oper, Berlin, sings with a great sense of character, and the Berlin Philharmonic plays as if this quintessentially Italianate music was in its blood. Herbert von Karajan leads an extraordinarily nuanced and expressive reading of the score. Felicitous details of orchestration that are frequently lost are clearly audible here, often to revelatory effect. Decca's sound is exemplary in its clarity and depth. Its engineers are scrupulous in their stereo separation; the stage movement is so precisely calibrated that it's easy to tell the spatial relationship between characters. This altogether exceptional version has much to recommend it to fans of the opera, and listeners coming to it for the first time could hardly find a more compelling introduction.
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