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Puccini: La Bohème - Highlights

9 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1989 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 59:02
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  • ASIN: B001N240LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,215 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
The story? You want to know the story - this is opera! Here goes: impoverished student meets TB suffering girl with cold hands and candle problem in Parisian attic. As they scrabble in the dark trying to find a match (the candle having blown out you see) their hands touch and they fall in love (as you do), in a scene splendidly copied by Wallace & Gromit's "A Close Shave". They shack up together and are destined never to part.
But soon the boy realises he is too poor to look after a consumptive girl so dumps her for her own good, and proceeding to live it up with his mates attempts to forget his misery. The fates re-acquaint them but by now she is terminally ill and eventually dies in his arms coughing perfectly in tune to the last.
So what about the music? This must be one of Puccini's best opera scores shamelessly tugging at the heart strings as the melodies from act one are repeated in Mimi's death throes.
Pavarotti is at his powerful silken best here, seeming so effortless as he reels in the big notes. Mirella Freni gives as good as she gets as coughalot Mimi. The singing throughout is excellent - but I guess really shines through in the great favourites of act 1: "Che Gelida Manina" and the spine-tingling duet "O Soave Fanciulla". While Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic with suitable aplomb and vigour, Rolando Panerai and Elizabeth Harwood provide an excellent support to the two big names, especially Panerai in the duet "In Un Coupe?"
Excellent stuff, classic Puccini, classic opera.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Baz Douglas VINE VOICE on 8 Sep 2008
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The previous reviwer says pretty much all that needs to be said. The singers are at the absolute top of their form, Pavarotti before he became a sad parody. This just works. The full version is still around and is better, but if you just want the highlights, this is the one to go for.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shady Tree VINE VOICE on 12 Jan 2010
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I'm biased towards this particular recording of my favourite opera, because my Father had this version on vinyl so I grew up listening to it. It's always a bonus if you know the story of La Boheme but to be honest, the music is so sublime that you can simply listen to it without wondering what is going on.

Story in a nutshell though: Rodolfo (impoverished poet) lives in an attic in 1830s Paris with his equally impoverished friends (a violinist, a philosopher and a painter). After burning some of their work to keep warm, they are treated to an unexpected feast by the violinist who managed to secure some paid work.

The friends go out to celebrate, leaving Rodolfo (Pavarotti) to finish some work. He is interrupted by a pretty female visitor who lives in the same building, whose candle has gone out. The lighting of the candle also creates a spark between Rodolfo and his visitor, so he tells her about himself and asks her about herself. Lucia - who everybody calls Mimi - is a poor but contented seamstress who embroiders flowers onto silk.

Needless to say Mimi and Rodolfo fall in love. Marcello, the artist, is in an on-and-off relationship with the flirtatious Musetta. The opera follows the foursome and their relationships but with a terrible tragedy in store. I won't reveal anything else.....

Pavarotti's voice in this recording is pretty much perfect; completely effortless and this wonderful music just pours from his mouth, as it does from Mirella Freni's. This recording gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Just fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Delderfield on 29 Jun 2013
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Opera at its best! A terrific recording from the past and well worth listening to. A great Pavarotti classic! recommended!!!
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