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Puccini: Tosca (2 CDs)
 
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Puccini: Tosca (2 CDs)

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 5 April 1988
  • Release Date: 5 April 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1988 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:55:52
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  • ASIN: B004BU4KOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,225 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto56 on 2 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
The singers do not need any introduction: with a trio of this sort the result could only be sensational. Freni is a very lyrical Tosca who, if lacks the power of Tebaldi, provides however a range of nuances that very few singers even try to attempt and she is to me one of the most expressive Toscas.
Pavarotti... well, he is Pavarotti. Milnes gives an aristocratic portrait of Scarpia . An altogether different interpretation from Gobbi's for instance. But it works and he is fully credible as the Chief of the Pontifical Police (unlike the ridiculous, almost laughable Scarpia of Fischer-Dieskau with Maazel).
As for the conductor, I think it is excessive to say that Rescigno is 'hopelessly slack', as one reviewer puts it. Of course he cannot be compared to a Karajan or a De Sabata but he still shows a much better and authentic understanding of the score than others, without being excessively - and inappropriately - analytical in his approach as it seems fashionable nowadays: Tosca is not a 'musical drama' but a drama in music, we shouldn't forget this. I have the feeling that since Rescigno has never been particularly famous with us in Europe, record consumers tend to dismiss him as a second rate conductor. On the contrary, when it comes to Italian opera, this man knew what he was doing as his work with Callas clearly shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Glen on 15 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
with several classic recordings on the shelves I shouldn't be adding yet another set of Tosca to the groaning shelves but this is good and again it is one of the recordings that has fallen into the runner up lanes . All of the celebrated soloists are excellent, the sound is a joy and I don't share the view that many favour that this conductor is the weak link in this recording. From first note to last I was gripped by the drama. comparing it to several versions owned it is one of the most clearly recorded and atmospheric accounts of this opera, and I cannot understand how it can have been relegated to second division. much to savour...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Guy Whit on 19 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Go for this one, for the glorious sound engineering, for the magnificent orchestral playing, for the masterly conducting - but, above all, for Pavarotti and Freni who sing their hearts out, both, in turns, meltingly intimate and extravagantly open-throated. The best Tosca on disc, rivalling Colin Davis's set on Phillips (where Caballe just pips her Italian competitor for all-round beauty of tone). Milnes is a menacing presence as Scarpia, singing with erotically-charged venom. A glorious recording - and you have to give in to Pavs, whatever the subsequent hype etc etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Denham on 29 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
This was my first Tosca, procured from the library on LP during my teenage years, many moons ago. I have to confess as a work, Tosca made less of an initial impression on me than Boheme, Butterfly and Turandot and I think in retrospect, this recording could be to blame.

Not that there's anything especially wrong with it. The sound is fabulously rich, a real tribute to the Decca engineers at the time. The orchestra, a pick up one of course but one made up of some of London's best players, play wonderfully. However ....

Luciano Pavarotti - his voice never ceases to amaze me and it is on fine form here. He dispatches "Recondita armonia" with a devil-may-care charm that is infectuous and later in Act III, "E lucevan le stelle" with as much intensity and gravitas as anyone could want. However, in between he does sing rather loudly. All the time. There's little variety and so by his own high standards, I consider him on this set to be slightly disappointing and generalised.

Mirella Freni - is one of my most favourite sopranos, I adore her Susanna in the Ponnelle film of Figaro and have yet to hear a purer sung Butterfly than her assumption on the Karajan set. Freni though, charming and innocent, isn't Tosca and great singer though she is, on this occasion cannot disguise this defect. For some reason she doesn't sound in good voice here either - too often she forces her tone to sound more imposing, but it really just doesn't work. She would give a more subtle - and better sung - rendering for Sinopoli on DG some 12 years later.

Sherrill Milnes - is very fine, surprisingly the best thing about this set.
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