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PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) / Manon Lescaut (Jussi Bjorling in Two Puccini Operas) (Bjorling) (1948, 1956)

PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) / Manon Lescaut (Jussi Bjorling in Two Puccini Operas) (Bjorling) (1948, 1956)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Orchestra

Giuseppe Antonicelli

Conductor

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Conductor

Licia Albanese

Soloist

Salvatore Baccaloni

Soloist

Nicola Moscona

Soloist

Bidu Sayao

Soloist

Osie Hawkins

Soloist

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Soloist

Milton Cross

Soloist

Rosalind Elias

Soloist

Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Choral

Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 248:28
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PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) / Manon Lescaut (Jussi Bjorling in Two Puccini Operas) (Bjorling) (1948, 1956)

     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

 

La boheme

 


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1 Act I: Questo Mar Rosso (Marcello, Rodolfo) 4:22
2 Act I: Pensier profondo! (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo) 1:17
3 Act I: Legna! … Sigari! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard) 3:30
4 Act I: Si puo? … Che e la? (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 5:22
5 Act I: Io resto per terminar (Rodolfo, Marcelo, Colline, Schaunard) 0:57
6 Act I: Non sono in vena (Mimi, Rodolfo) 2:42
7 Act I: Oh! sventata, sventata! (Mimi, Rodolfo) 1:17
8 Act I: Che gelida manina (Rodolfo) 5:00
9 Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi, Rodolfo) 4:47
10 Act I: Ehi! Rodolfo! (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimi) 0:47
11 Act I: O soave fanciulla (Rodolfo, Mimi) 5:12
12 Act II: Aranci, datteri! (Street Sellers, Students) 2:46
13 Act II: Chi guardi? (Rodolfo, Colline, Mimi, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus, Parpignol) 3:04
14 Act II: Viva Parpignol! (Chorus, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 2:56
15 Act II: Domandatelo a me (Marcello, Musetta, Alcindoro, Colline, Mimi) 2:32
16 Act II: Quando men vo (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline) 4:31
17 Act II: Chi l'ha richiesto? (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Chorus, Marcello, Musetta, Mimi) 3:24
 Nicola Moscona Soloist
 Giuseppe Antonicelli Conductor


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1 

Brief intro by Milton Cross [WHRA-6020, disc 2, track 1]

0:11
 Milton Cross Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE GIACOSA

 

La boheme

 
2 Act III: Ohe, la, le guardie Aprite! (Chorus) 3:32
3 Act III: Sa dirmi, scusi, qual' e l'osteria (Mimi, Sergeant) 1:29
4 Act III: Mimi! … Speravo di trovarvi qui (Marcello, Mimi) 4:13
5 Act III: Marcello. Finalmente! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 1:39
6 Act III: Mimi e una civetta (Rodolfo, Marcello) 1:20
7 Act III: Mimi e tanto malata! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 2:54
8 Act III: Addio … D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido (Mimi, Rodolfo) 3:26
9 Act III: Dunque e proprio finita! (Rodolfo, Mimi, Marcello, Musetta) 6:28
 Bidu Sayao Soloist
 Giuseppe Antonicelli Conductor
     
 

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Brief intro by Milton Cross [WHRA-6020, disc 2, track 10]

0:28
 Milton Cross Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

 

La boheme

 
11 Act IV: In un coupe? (Marcello, Rodolfo) 1:23
12 Act IV: O Mimi, tu piu non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello) 5:31
13 Act IV: Gavotta (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 1:40
14 Act IV: C'e Mimi (Marcello, Musetta, Rodolfo, Mimi) 5:47
15 Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard) 2:24
16 Act IV: Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo) 6:06
17 Act IV: Dorme? … Riposa (Rodolfo) 6:53
 Salvatore Baccaloni Soloist
 Giuseppe Antonicelli Conductor


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Radio commentary by Milton Cross [WHRA-6020, disc 4, track 1]

2:14
 Milton Cross Soloist
     
 

DOMENICO OLIVA

 

Manon Lescaut

 
2 Act I: Ave, sera gentile (Edmondo, Chorus, Des Grieux) 4:44
3 Act I: L'amo? … L'amor?! (Edmondo) 3:57
4 Act I: Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde (Des Grieux, Chorus) 1:22
5 Act I: Ma bravo! (Edmondo, Chorus) 1:52
6 Act I: Discendono, vediam! (Chorus, Edmondo, Lescaut, Des Grieux, Geronte) 2:11
7 Act I: Cortese damigella, il priego mio acettate (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut) 4:14
8 Act I: Donna non vidi mai (Des Grieux) 3:03
9 Act I: La tua ventura (Chorus, Edmondo, Geronte, Lescaut) 6:23
10 Act I: La tua Propsperina (Edmondo, Des Grieux) 2:13
11 Act I: Vedete? lo'son 'fedele (Manon, Des Grieux) 5:50
12 Act I: Di sedur la sorellina (Geronte, Edmondo) 5:11
 Licia Albanese Soloist
 Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductor
     
 

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Radio commentary by Milton Cross [WHRA-6020, Disc 3 track 13]

4:10
 Milton Cross Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

 

Manon Lescaut

 
14 Act II: Dispettosetto questo riccio! (Manon, Lescaut) 5:34
15 Act II: In quelle trine morbide (Manon) 2:50
16 Act II: Poiche … tu vuoi saper (Lescaut, Manon) 3:01
17 Act II: Che ceffi son costor? (Lescaut, Manon, Musician, Chorus) 2:33
18 Act II: Paga costor! (Manon, Lescaut) 1:17
19 Act II: Vi prego, signorina (Dancing Master, Geronte, Manon, Chorus) 5:27
20 Act II: L'ora, O Tirsi, e vaga e bella (Manon, Geronte) 1:34
     
     
     


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1 Act II: Galanteria sta bene (Geronte, Chorus, Manon) 1:54
2 Act II: Oh, saro la piu bella! (Manon, Des Grieux) 8:41
3 Act II: Ah! … Affe, madamigella (Manon, Geronte, Des Grieux) 2:31
4 Act II: Ah, Manon, mi tradisce (Des Grieux, Manon) 3:11
5 Act II: Lescaut! Tu qui? (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Un Sergente) 4:41
 Osie Hawkins Soloist
 Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductor
     
 

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Radio commentary by Milton Cross [WHRA-6020, Disc 4 track 6]

0:31
 Milton Cross Soloist
     
 

GIACOMO PUCCINI

 

Manon Lescaut

 
7 Act II: Intermezzo 5:19
8 Act III: Ansia eterna, crudel (Des Grieux, Lescaut) 3:00
9 Act III: Manon! Des Grieux! (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Lamplighter) 1:51
10 Act III: E Kate rispose al Re (Lamplighter, Des Grieux, Manon) 4:37
11 Act III: Rosetta! (Sergeant, Townspeople, Lescaut, Manon, Des Grieux) 3:43
12 Act III: Presto! In fila! Marciate! (Sergeant, Des Grieux, Townspeople, Captain) 4:52
 Rosalind Elias Soloist
 Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductor
     
 

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Brief Radio commentary by Milton Cross [WHRA-6020, Disc 4 track 13]

0:27
 Milton Cross Soloist
     
 

LUIGI ILLICA

 

Manon Lescaut

 
14 Act IV. Tutta su me ti posa (Des Grieux, Manon) 3:15
15 Act IV: Vedi, vedi, son io che piango (Des Grieux, Manon) 1:50
16 Act IV: Sei tu che piangi? (Manon, Des Grieux) 4:58
17 Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon, Des Grieux) 4:06
18 Act IV: Fra le tue braccia, amore (Manon, Des Grieux) 9:31
 Dimitri Mitropoulos Soloist
 Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductor
     


The crisp urgency of Antonicelli’s approach greatly influences the phrasing of Jussi Björling, heard in La bohème at age thirty-seven in the only complete live recording of his Rodolfo: a role he sang on stage more than any other (114 performances between 1934 and 1960, 15 of which were for the Met). His shaping and coloring of the vocal line—entirely individual at all times and incomparably musical at best—contrast markedly here not only with the famous RCA studio recording made with Sir Thomas Beecham in 1956, but also with the extracts from Swedish stage performances in 1940 and 1957 … At the Met—influenced in part perhaps by the very size of the auditorium—the tenor consistently employs a fuller, more robust tone with a markedly forward placement. Right from the opening phrase, which—as Paul Jackson put it in his indispensable book Saturday Nights at the Old Met “flows as effortlessly from his throat as wine from a bottle”, the timbre is exceptionally appealing in its wealth of overtones and perfect equalization. In Manon Lescaut, masterfully conducted by Mitropoulos, Albanese is so totally alive and absorbed in her part, so varied and responsive in her coloring of words, that any tenor would risk sounding somewhat rigid and passive alongside her, particularly since Des Grieux—after the elopement in act one—allows his destiny to be determined by the whims of the woman he loves. Björling as Des Grieux does not entirely avoid that risk (he projects words clearly and often caressingly), but it is rare to hear him interact with so much involvement when singing in Italian and vocally he has had no real rivals in the role since the Second World War.

“There is a warmth and sheen from the strings that immediately puts this reading among the top contenders on disc. Moreover [the] care over nuance is quite enthralling.”
 
Göran Forsling - Musicweb-International.com
 



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