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PUCCINI: Boheme (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956)

PUCCINI: Boheme (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

London Philharmonic Orchestra


RCA Victor Orchestra


Fernando Corena

Soloist

Giorgio Tozzi

Soloist

John Brownlee

Soloist

Dora Labbette

Soloist

Victoria de los Angeles

Soloist

John Reardon

Soloist

Jussi Bjorling

Soloist

Lucine Amara

Soloist

Robert Alva

Soloist

Robert Easton

Soloist

Robert Merrill

Soloist

Thomas Powell

Soloist

George del Monte

Soloist

William Nahr

Soloist

Thomas Beecham

Soloist

Stella Andreva

Soloist

Columbus BoychoirRCA Victor Chorus


RCA Victor ChorusColumbus Boychoir



Venue:

Manhattan Center, New York City, USA


New York City


EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London, UK



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 141:05
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PUCCINI: Boheme (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956)

     
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI



Select Complete Single Disc for
 

La boheme

 
1 Act I: Questo "Mar Rosso" mi ammollisce e assidera (Marcello, Rodolfo) 2:37
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

2 Act I: Aguzza l'ingegno (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline) 3:11
 Thomas Powell Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

3 Act I: Legna! … Sigari! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard) 3:42
 John Reardon Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

4 Act I: Si puo? … Chi e la? (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 4:35
 Lucine Amara Soloist
     
5 Act I: Al Quartiere Latin ci attende Momus (Schaunard, Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline) 2:10
 Thomas Powell Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

6 Act I: Chi e la? (Rodolfo, Mimi) 2:35
 George del Monte Soloist
     
7 Act I: Oh! sventata, sventata! (Mimi, Rodolfo) 1:44
 Robert Merrill Soloist
     
8 Act I: Che gelida manina! (Rodolfo) 5:00
 William Nahr Soloist
     
9 Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi, Rodolfo) 5:12
 George del Monte Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

10 Act I: Ehi! Rodolfo! (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimi) 0:48
 Lucine Amara Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

11 Act I: O soave fanciulla (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 4:09
 Fernando Corena Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

12 Act II: Aranci, datteri! (Chorus, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello) 2:59
 Giorgio Tozzi Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

13 Act II: Chi guardi? (Rodolfo, Colline, Mimi, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus, Parpignol) 3:23
 William Nahr Soloist
     
14 Act II: Viva Parpignol! (Chorus, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 2:11
 Robert Merrill Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

15 Act II: Oh! Musetta! (Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Chorus, Alcindoro, Musetta, Mimi) 3:17
 Victoria de los Angeles Soloist
     
16 Act II: Quando men' vo soletta (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline) 4:41
 George del Monte Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

17 Act II: Chi l'ha richiesto? (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Chorus, Marcello, Musetta, Mimi) 2:13
 Giorgio Tozzi Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

18 Act III: Ohe, la, le guardie! … Aprite! (Chorus, Customs Officer, Musetta) 3:41
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

19 Act III: Sa dirmi, scusi, qual'e l'osteria (Mimi, Sergeant, Customs Officer) 1:32
 John Reardon Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

20 Act III: Mimi! … Speravo di trovarvi qui (Marcello, Mimi) 5:05
 Victoria de los Angeles Soloist
     
21 Act III: Marcello. Finalmente. (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 1:22
 John Reardon Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

22 Act III: Mimi e una civetta (Rodolfo, Marcello) 1:28
 John Reardon Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

23 Act III: Mimi e tanto malata! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 3:19
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

24 Act III: Addio … D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore (Mimi, Rodolfo) 3:17
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

25 Act III: Dunque e proprio finita? (Rodolfo, Mimi) 1:51
 Robert Merrill Soloist
     
26 Act III: Che facevi? Che dicevi? (Marcello, Musetta, Mimi, Rodolfo) 3:31
 Jussi Bjorling Soloist


Select Complete Single Disc for
     
     
     
     
1 Act IV: In un coupe? (Marcello, Rodolfo) 1:28
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

2 Act IV: O Mimi, tu piu non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello) 2:59
 Lucine Amara Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

3 Act IV: Che ora sia! … L'ora del pranzo (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline) 2:20
 John Reardon Soloist
     
4 Act IV: Gavotta … Minuetto … Pavanella (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 1:43
 Giorgio Tozzi Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

5 Act IV: C'e Mimi … c’e Mimi (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimi, Marcello) 3:24
 Robert Merrill Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

6 Act IV: Ho tanto freddo. Se avessi un manicotto! (Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello, Schaunard) 3:01
 Robert Merrill Soloist
     
7 Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard) 2:23
 John Reardon Soloist
     
8 Act IV: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo) 3:17
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

9 Act IV: Mi chiamano Mimi … il perche non so (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 3:20
 William Nahr Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

10 Act IV: Dorme? … Riposa (Musetta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline) 4:56
 Thomas Powell Soloist
     
 

THOMAS BEECHAM

11 

Sir Thomas Beecham speaks about La boheme

1:23
 Thomas Beecham Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

12 La boheme, Act III: D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore, "Mimi's Farewell" 3:36
 Dora Labbette Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

13 Act IV: In un coupe? (Marcello, Rodolfo) 1:29
 Dora Labbette Soloist
     
14 Act IV: O Mimi, tu piu non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello) 3:07
 Robert Alva Soloist
     
15 Act IV: Che ora sia! … L'ora del pranzo (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline) 2:24
 Stella Andreva Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

16 Act IV: Gavotta … Minuetto … Pavanella (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 1:41
 Stella Andreva Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

17 Act IV: C'e Mimi … c'e Mimi (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimi, Marcello) 2:57
 Stella Andreva Soloist
     
18 Act IV: Ho tanto freddo. Se avessi un manicotto! (Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello, Schaunard) 2:35
 Robert Easton Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

19 Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard) 2:20
 John Brownlee Soloist
     
20 Act IV: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo) 3:02
 John Brownlee Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

21 Act IV: Mi chiamano Mimi … il perche non so (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 3:15
 Robert Alva Soloist
     
22 Act IV: Dorme? … Riposa (Musetta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline) 4:52
 Dora Labbette Soloist


This release brings together for the first time Sir Thomas Beecham’s prewar and postwar recordings of La Bohème as well as his spoken comments on the work, taken from a promotional LP issued at the time of the release of the complete recording. Beecham had known Puccini personally and had discussed La Bohème in great detail with him in London in the 1920s. Featuring Victoria de los Angeles and Jussi Björling in glorious form, the 1956 set ranks alongside the Callas De Sabata Tosca (Naxos 8.110256-57) as one of the greatest studio recordings of an opera ever made.When it was first released in the UK The Gramophone reviewer remarked that “Beecham’s power of reviving music is indescribable…. One goes head over heels in love with the opera all over again”.
 
"Naxos ... offer what their transfer engineer calls ‘The Ultimate Beecham Bohème’, as it brings together the 1956 set as above (transferred from the best portions of four RCA ‘shade dog’ pressings which preserve the openness and impact of the original master-tapes) and Beecham’s pre-war recording of the whole of Act IV, made in 1935/6 at Abbey Road, with Heddle Nash and Dora Labbette singing superbly as Rodolfo and Mimì; also included is Labbette’s exquisite performance of D’onde lieta usci from Act III. What is astonishing about this earlier studio performance is that it has all the spontaneity of the later set and treasurable performances from all the principals involved. The LPO plays ravishingly, and the recording is unbelievably real and vivid. If that were not enough, Mark Obert-Thorn has found an introductory promotional speech by Beecham himself, which ends with a characteristic touch of wit." 
**** keynote recording
Penguin Guide - January 2009



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