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Zubin Mehta|Puccini : Turandot

Puccini : Turandot

Sutherland, Caballé, Pavarotti, Ghiaurov, Krause, Mehta

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Decca's 1972 recording of Turandot features an all-star cast led by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Turandot doesn't seem like the most natural role for Sutherland and she never sang it on-stage, but she adapts to its requirements with panache, delivering a performance with an impressive dramatic range and dazzling vocal mastery. Pavarotti was close to the height of his powers when he made the recording and he sings with his characteristic passion and warmth. Montserrat Caballé, who had also sung the title role, is fabulous as Liù, creating a vivid characterization and singing with exceptional purity. It's real luxury casting to have singers of the reputation of Nicolai Ghiaurov, Peter Pears, and Tom Krause in the roles of Timur, the Emperor, and Ping, and they each bring great artistry to these small roles. The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays the score with sparkle and spirit, and the John Alldis Choir is terrific in the crucial choral parts. Zubin Mehta captures the Romantic sweep and the colorful strangeness of the opera and gives it a convincing, dramatic shape. The sound is mostly good, but doesn't quite have the depth or presence typical of Decca's best opera recordings.

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Turandot / Act 1 (Giacomo Puccini)

1
"Popoli di Pekino!" (Remastered 2013)
Sabin Markov
00:05:35

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Sabin Markov, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
"Gira la cote!" (Remastered 2013)
John Alldis Choir
00:07:05

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Wandsworth School Boys Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"O giovinetto! Grazia, grazia!" (Remastered 2013)
Luciano Pavarotti
00:05:06

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
"Figlio, che fai?" (Remastered 2013)
John Alldis Choir
00:01:39

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

5
"Fermo! Che fai? T'arresta" (Remastered 2013)
Tom Krause
00:06:14

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
"Signore, ascolta" (Remastered 2013)
Montserrat Caballé
00:02:39

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Additional Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Non piangere Liù" (Remastered 2013)
Luciano Pavarotti
00:05:14

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Turandot / Act 2 (Giacomo Puccini)

8
"Olà, Pang! Olà, Pong!" (Remastered 2013)
Tom Krause
00:03:19

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
"Ho una casa nell'Honan" (Remastered 2013)
Tom Krause
00:03:42

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"O mondo, O mondo" (Remastered 2013)
Tom Krause
00:05:31

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Introduzione (Scene 2) (Remastered 2013)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:01

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"Gravi, enormi ed impotenti" (Remastered 2013)
John Alldis Choir
00:03:27

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"Un giuramento atroce mi costringe" (Remastered 2013)
Peter Pears
00:04:02

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Peter Pears, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Popolo di Pekino" (Remastered 2013)
Sabin Markov
00:01:55

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Wandsworth School Boys Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Sabin Markov, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

DISC 2

1
"In questa reggia" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:06:33

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
"Straniero, ascolta" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:06:48

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Peter Pears, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"Gloria, gloria, o vincitore" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:04:06

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Peter Pears, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
"Tre enigmi m'hai proposto" (Remastered 2013)
Luciano Pavarotti
00:04:12

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Peter Pears, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Turandot / Act 3 (Giacomo Puccini)

5
Introduzione - "Così comanda Turandot" (Remastered 2013)
John Alldis Choir
00:03:27

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
"Nessun dorma!" (Remastered 2013)
Luciano Pavarotti
00:06:42

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Principessa divina!" (Remastered 2013)
Tom Krause
00:07:10

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
"Tu che di gel sei cinta" (Remastered 2013)
Montserrat Caballé
00:02:51

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Montserrat Caballe, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
"Liù! Liù! Sorgi! Sorgi!" (Remastered 2013)
John Alldis Choir
00:04:42

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Nicolai Ghiaurov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renato Simoni, Author - Piero De Palma, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pier Francesco Poli, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"Principessa di morte!" (Remastered 2013)
Luciano Pavarotti
00:03:16

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
"Che è mai di me?" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:02:46

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Wandsworth School Boys Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"Del primo pianto...Più grande vittoria non voler" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:03:56

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"So il tuo nome!" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:02:13

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Diecimile anni al nostro Imperatore...Padre augusto" (Remastered 2013)
Dame Joan Sutherland
00:02:27

John Alldis Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Adami, Author - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zubin Mehta, Conductor, MainArtist - Renato Simoni, Author - Joan Sutherland, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Alfano, Contributor, Work Editor - James Lock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Woolcock, Producer, Assistant Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Minshull, Producer - Carlo Gozzi, Author, Original Text Author

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Album review

Decca's 1972 recording of Turandot features an all-star cast led by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Turandot doesn't seem like the most natural role for Sutherland and she never sang it on-stage, but she adapts to its requirements with panache, delivering a performance with an impressive dramatic range and dazzling vocal mastery. Pavarotti was close to the height of his powers when he made the recording and he sings with his characteristic passion and warmth. Montserrat Caballé, who had also sung the title role, is fabulous as Liù, creating a vivid characterization and singing with exceptional purity. It's real luxury casting to have singers of the reputation of Nicolai Ghiaurov, Peter Pears, and Tom Krause in the roles of Timur, the Emperor, and Ping, and they each bring great artistry to these small roles. The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays the score with sparkle and spirit, and the John Alldis Choir is terrific in the crucial choral parts. Zubin Mehta captures the Romantic sweep and the colorful strangeness of the opera and gives it a convincing, dramatic shape. The sound is mostly good, but doesn't quite have the depth or presence typical of Decca's best opera recordings.

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