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Puccini: The Great Operas Box set


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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 15
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000YCLR6K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Ave, sera gentileCoro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - L'amor?! L'amor?!Mario del Monaco 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Tra voi belle, brune e biondeMario del Monaco 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Ma bravo!Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Discendono, vediam!Mario Boriello 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Cortese damigellaMario Boriello 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Donna non vidi maiMario del Monaco 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - La tua ventura ci rassicuraMario Boriello 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - La tua ProserpinaMario del Monaco 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Vedete? Io son fedeleMario del Monaco 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Non c'è più vino?Mario Boriello 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Di sedur la sorellina è il momentoMario Boriello 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Dispettosetto questo riccio!Mario Boriello 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - In quelle trine morbideOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Poichè tu vuoi saper?Mario Boriello 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Che ceffi son costor? ... Sulla vetta tu del monteMario Boriello 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Paga costor!Mario Boriello 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - MinuettoFernando Corena 7:47£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Oh, sarò la più bella!...Tu, tu, amore tuMario del Monaco 7:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Ah! Affé, madamigellaMario del Monaco 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Senti, di qui partiamo ... Ah, Manon mi tradisceMario del Monaco 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Lescaut? Tu qui?Mario Boriello 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - IntermezzoOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Ansia eterna, crudelMario Boriello 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - ... e Kate ripose al ReMario del Monaco 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - All'armi! All'armi!Mario Boriello 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Rosetta!Mario Boriello 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Presto! In fila!Mario del Monaco 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Tutta su me ti posaMario del Monaco 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Manon, senti, amor mioMario del Monaco 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Sei tu che piangi?Mario del Monaco 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Sola, perduta, abbandonataOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Fra le tue braccie, amoreMario del Monaco 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Questo Mar Rosso"Carlo Bergonzi 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - Pensier profondo"Carlo Bergonzi 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Legna!"Carlo Bergonzi 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Si può" - "Chi è là?"Carlo Bergonzi 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Io resto"Carlo Bergonzi 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Chi è là?"Carlo Bergonzi 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Si sente meglio?"Carlo Bergonzi 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Che gelida manina"Carlo Bergonzi 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì" (Aria) - "Ehi! Rodolfo!"Carlo Bergonzi 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "O soave fanciulla"Carlo Bergonzi 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 2 - "Arranci, datteri!"Carlo Bergonzi 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 2 - "Chi guardi?" - "Ecco i giocattoli di Parpignol"Carlo Bergonzi 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 2 - "Viva Parpignol..." - "Una cuffietta a pizzi"Carlo Bergonzi 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 2 - "Oh!...Essa!...Musetta!"Carlo Bergonzi 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 2 - "Quando m'en vo'" (Musetta's Waltz)Carlo Bergonzi 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 2 - "Chi l'ha richiesto?...Caro! - Fuori il danaro!"Carlo Bergonzi 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Ohè, là, le guardie!" - "Aprite!"Tullio Serafin 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Sa dirmi, scusi"Tullio Serafin 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Mimì!" - "Rodolfo m'ama e mi fugge"Tullio Serafin 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Marcello. Finalmente!"Carlo Bergonzi 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Mimì è una civetta"Carlo Bergonzi 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Mimì è tanto malata!"Carlo Bergonzi 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Donde lieta uscì"Tullio Serafin 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 3 - "Dunque: è proprio finita!...Addio, dolce svegliare"Carlo Bergonzi 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "In un coupé?"Carlo Bergonzi 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "O Mimì, tu più non torni" (Duetto) - "Che ora sia"Carlo Bergonzi 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "Gavotta"Carlo Bergonzi 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "C'è Mimì..."Carlo Bergonzi 6:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "Vecchia zimarra, senti"Tullio Serafin 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "Sono andati"Carlo Bergonzi 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 4 - "Che avvien?...Che ha detto il medico?"Carlo Bergonzi 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Ah! Finalmente!"Silvio Maionica 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"Mario del Monaco 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)Mario del Monaco 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Voi! Cavaradossi!"Mario del Monaco 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"Mario del Monaco12:42£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"Mario del Monaco 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"Fernando Corena 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"Fernando Corena 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Or tutto è chiaro..." - "Mario?! Mario?!"Fernando Corena 7:21£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te DeumCoro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Tosca è un buon falco!"Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"Giovanni Morese 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?"Mario del Monaco 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Ov'è Angelotti?" - "Mario, tu qui?!"Mario del Monaco 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"Mario del Monaco 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"Mario del Monaco 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Floria..." - "Amore..."Mario del Monaco 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Vittoria! Vittoria!"Mario del Monaco 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!"Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Chi è là?"Piero de Palma 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 6:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"Mario del Monaco 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"Mario del Monaco 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"Mario del Monaco 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!"Mario del Monaco 7:59£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Come è lunga l'attesta!"Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Presto, su! Mario!"Piero de Palma 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "... E soffitto e pareti"Carlo Bergonzi 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Sorride Vostro Onore?Carlo Bergonzi 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Dovunque al mondo"Carlo Bergonzi 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "America for ever"Carlo Bergonzi 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Ier l'altro il Consolato"Carlo Bergonzi 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Ecco. Son giunte al sommo del pendio"Tullio Serafin 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Gran ventura"Carlo Bergonzi 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - L'Imperial CommissarioCarlo Bergonzi 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vieni, amor mio!Carlo Bergonzi 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Ieri son salita tutta sola in segreto alla Missione"Tullio Serafin 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Tutti zitti!Carlo Bergonzi 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - O Kami! O Kami!Carlo Bergonzi0:37£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Cio-cio-san! Cio-cio-san!"Carlo Bergonzi 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - "Bimba, bimba, non piangere"Carlo Bergonzi 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Viene la seraCarlo Bergonzi 7:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vogliatemi beneCarlo Bergonzi 8:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "E Izaghi ed Izanami, Sarundasico e Kami"Tullio Serafin 7:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Un bel dì vedremoTullio Serafin 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "C'è. Entrate"Tullio Serafin 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 8:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Non lo sapete insommaMichele Cazzato 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Si sa che aprir la partaTullio Serafin 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Udiste?Michele Cazzato 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Ora a noi. Sedete qui.Tullio Serafin 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Ebbene, che fareste, Madama Butterfly?"Tullio Serafin 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "E questo? E questo?"Tullio Serafin 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio"Tullio Serafin 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vespa! Rospo maledetto!Tullio Serafin 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Una nave da guerraTullio Serafin 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegioTullio Serafin 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Or vienmi ad adornarTullio Serafin 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Coro a bocca chiusa" (Humming Chorus)Tullio Serafin 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - IntermezzoTullio Serafin 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - (fischi d'uccelli dal giardino)Tullio Serafin 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Già il sole!"Tullio Serafin 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Chi sia?"Carlo Bergonzi 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Io so che alle peneCarlo Bergonzi 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Non ve l'avevo detto?Carlo Bergonzi 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Addio fiorito asil"Carlo Bergonzi 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Suzuki! Suzuki! Dove sei?Tullio Serafin 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Tu, Suzuki, che sei tanto bionaLidia Nerozzi 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Come una mosca prigionera"Tullio Serafin 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - "Con amor muore...Tu, tu? Piccolo Iddio"Carlo Bergonzi 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 9:

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Listen  1. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - IntroductionCoro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Hello ... Nick!Mario Carlin 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Che faranno i vecchi mieiGiorgio Giorgetti 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Jim, perchè piangi?Giorgio Giorgetti 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Andiam, ragazziGiorgio Giorgetti 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Un poker? Nick, gettoni!Mario Carlin 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Mrs Rance, fra pocoGiorgio Giorgetti 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Hello, Minnie!Giorgio Giorgetti 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Dove eravamo?Mario Carlin 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - La posta! La posta!Michele Cazzato 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Ti voglio bene, MinnieCornell MacNeil 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Minnie, dalla mia casa son partitoCornell MacNeil 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Laggiù nel SoledadCornell MacNeil 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Chi c'è per farmi i rici?Mario del Monaco 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Vi ricordate di me?Mario del Monaco 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Mister Johnson, voi m'avete seccato!Giorgio Giorgetti 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Mister Johnson, un valzer?Giorgio Giorgetti 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Mister Johnson, siete rimasto indietroMario del Monaco 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Io non son che una povera fanciullaOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Quello che taceteMario del Monaco 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Come voi leggermi in cor non soMario del Monaco 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 1 - Ah, non temete, nessuno ardiràMario del Monaco 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 10:

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Listen  1. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Il mio bimbo è grande e piccinoDario Caselli 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Billy, è fissato?Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Voglio vestirmi tuttaMario del Monaco 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Oh, se sapesteMario del Monaco 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Ugh! ... Neve!Mario del Monaco 7:27£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Hello!Mario del Monaco 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Vieni fuori!Mario del Monaco 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Non mi difenderò...Or son sei mesiMario del Monaco 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - L'han ferito ... Che importaMario del Monaco 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Che c'è di nuovo, Jack?Cornell MacNeil 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - E là! E là!Cornell MacNeil 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 2 - Un partita a poker!Cornell MacNeil 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Ve lo giuro, sceriffoPiero de Palma 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Maledetto cane!Cornell MacNeil 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Ah! Ah! Ah!Mario Carlin 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Sceriffo Rance!Silvio Maionica0:29£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - E così, Mister Johnson, come va?Mario del Monaco 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Risparmiate lo schernoMichele Cazzato 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontanoMario del Monaco 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Ah-Ah-Ah!Giorgio Giorgetti 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Non vi fu maiGiorgio Giorgetti 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - E anche tu lo vorraiMichele Cazzato 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Act 3 - Le tue parole sono di DioGiorgio Giorgetti 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 11:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Popoli di Pekino!Mario del Monaco 5:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Gira la cote!Mario del Monaco 7:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - O giovinetto! Grazia, grazia!Mario del Monaco 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Figlio, che fai?Mario del Monaco 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Fermo! Che fai? T'arrestaMario Carlin 6:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Signore, ascoltaOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Non piangere LiùMario Carlin 5:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Olà, Pang! Olà, Pong!Mario Carlin 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Ho una casa nell'HonanMario Carlin 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - O mondo, O mondoMario Carlin 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Introduzione (Scene 2)Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Gravi, enormi ed impotentiCoro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Un giuramento atroce mi costringeMario del Monaco 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Popolo di PekinoCoro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - In questa reggiaInge Borkh 6:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Straniero, ascoltaInge Borkh 7:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Gloria, gloria, o vincitoreInge Borkh 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Tre enigmi m'hai propostoMario del Monaco 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Introduzione - Così comanda TurandotCoro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Nessun dorma!Mario del Monaco 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Principessa divina!Inge Borkh 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Tu che di gel sei cintaMario del Monaco 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Liù! Liù! Sorgi! Sorgi!Fernando Corena 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Principessa di morte!Inge Borkh 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Che è mai di me?Inge Borkh 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - "Del primo pianto" - "Più grande vittoria non voler"Inge Borkh 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - So il tuo nome!Inge Borkh 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - "Diecimile anni al nostro Imperatore"-"Padre augusto" augusto"Inge Borkh 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Puccini: Il Tabarro - O Michele? Michele?Mario del Monaco 7:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Dunque, che cosa credi?Piero de Palma 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Il Tabarro - O eterni innamorati, buona sera!Silvio Maionica 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Il Tabarro - To! guarda la mia vecchia!Mario del Monaco 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Hai ben ragioneMario del Monaco 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Ho sognata una casettaMario del Monaco 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Il Tabarro - O Luigi! Luigi!Mario del Monaco 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Dimmi: perchè gli hai chiestoMario del Monaco 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Come è difficile esser felici!Gianfranco Manganotti 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Nulla! .. Silenzio!Robert Merrill 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Il Tabarro - T'ho colto!Robert Merrill 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Avevo ben ragioneRobert Merrill 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Il Tabarro - Scorri, fiume eterno! (Aria alternativa di Michele)Robert Merrill 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Ave Maria, piena di gratiaLamberto Gardelli 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Sorelle in umiltà, mancaste alla quindenaJeda Valtriani 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Suor Angelica - O sorelle in pio lavoroMiti Truccato Pace 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Ho un desiderio anch'io!Giuliana Tavolaccini 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Laudata Maria! E sempre sia!Jeda Valtriani 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica! Madre, Madre, parlate!Lucia Danieli 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Il principe Gualtiero vostro padreGiulietta Simionato 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Nel silenzio di quei raccoglimentiGiulietta Simionato 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Tutto ho offerto all Vergine, sì, tuttoGiulietta Simionato 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Senza mamma, o bimboLamberto Gardelli 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Sorella, o buona sorellaLamberto Gardelli 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Suor Angelica - La grazie è dicesa dal cieloLamberto Gardelli 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Suor Angelica - Ah, son dannata!Lamberto Gardelli 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Povero Buoso!"Antonino di Nino 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - O Simone?Antonino di Nino 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Ai miei cugioni Zita e Simone"Antonino di Nino 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Dunque era vero!"Antonino di Nino 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - E non c'è nessum mezzo...Antonino di Nino 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Firenze è come un albero fioritoAgostino Lazzari 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Quale aspetto sgomento e desolato!"Fernando Corena 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Oh! mio babbino caro"Lamberto Gardelli 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Datemi il testamento!"Fernando Corena 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Nessuno sa che Buoso ha reso il fiato?Miti Truccato Pace 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Era uguale la voce?"Fernando Corena 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Ecco la cappellina!Antonino di Nino 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Prima un avvertimento!"Fernando Corena 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Ecco il notaro!"Mario Frosini 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Ladro, ladro, furfante!"Antonino di Nino 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Lauretta mia, staremo sempre quiFernando Corena 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Puccini (22 December).
Classic performances of Puccini's most popular operas at a bargain price!
Decca's recordings of Puccini's operas rank among the very finest ever committed to disc. Tthis legacy was started in 1951 when Renata Tebaldi made her first recording of Madama Butterfly and throughout the rest of the 1950s Tebaldi recorded Puccini's other major operas; at the end of the 1950s new stereo versions were made of Madama Butterfly and La Bohème. Tebaldi was cast alongside such distinguished colleagues as Carlo Bergonzi and Mario del Monaco and acclaimed opera maestri at the helm of these recordings include Francesco Molinari -Pradelli and Tullio Serafin. This collection of the great Puccini operas includes the stereo versions of Butterfly and Bohème and is the ideal collection of some of the world's most popular and enduring operas in acclaimed recordings that have been an integral part of Decca's legendary opera catalogue for the past fifty years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Smalley on 31 Dec 2009
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This one of the best recordings of the Puccini Operas that I have heard. There is no doubt that Renata Tabaldi is one of the finest sopranos that the world has ever known. It was a wonderful pleasure to hear such great music on this set. I would suggest that this collection is a must for all operatic lovers.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2008
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This is a revised version of 'Renata Tebaldi - The Classic Puccini Recordings' with the mono versions of 'La Boheme' and 'Madam Butterfly' replaced with their stereo remakes and 'Il Trittico' added. The performances are uniformly excellent and recording quality also (just listen to the atmospheric tone poem that opens 'Il Tabarro' - a superb picture of the river Seine). The male singers - especially Mario Del Monaco - are first class but it is Tebaldi who is the true 'star' of this splendid set. To this listener she is 'the' Puccini soprano of the mid century. Her voice is pure and accurate and incredibly beautiful. Maybe she lacks some of Callas' dramatic intensity but she is full of feeling and is always the servant of the music.

I can think of no better set of Puccini's major operas. An essential purchase.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Adam on 17 Jun 2008
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Although I dearly wanted Tebaldi, Bergonzi & del Monaco in these marvellous operas, I fought shy of buying this set for weeks after reading the previous reviews as I understood that these were all mono recordings although Boheme and Butterfly had been re-recorded in stereo. Eventually I couldn't resist (especially at some of the marketplace prices).
I thought I'd start with the earliest recording - Manon Lescaut from 1954. Imagine my sheer unalloyed joy when glorious Decca ffss twin-channel sound poured out of the speakers. I hastily checked the booklet and the box, but no word of what might be stereo or mono - then I looked at all the individual disks. Each one declares itself to be Stereo. Yeehah! I have hours of Puccini in classic Decca ripe stereophony to look forward to!

Don't let the previous reviews mislead, Grab this set quickly!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alforfra on 29 Dec 2011
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15 CDs by DECCA with gorgeous italian singers and music.
To-day I have heard La Bohème and have enjoyed it.
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113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Andato Col Vento! 13 Mar 2008
By Good Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of us who are of a certain age know these recordings and have lived with them, off and on, for decades.

A few things need to be cleared up, since Amazon hasn't exactly gone out of its' way to be of help: These are the stereo versions of each of the operas, not the earlier mono recordings.

The earliest are the Manon Lescaut from 1954 and the Turandot from a year or so later. They both feature the glorious Renata Tebaldi and Mario Del Monaco, respectively, in their absolute best voices. The too seldom recorded Inge Borkh is heard to thrilling effect as Turandot. The sound on the Manon Lescaut is somewhat superior than that on the Turandot, although both are certainly good enough. Fanciulla and Butterfly are from 1958 and Boheme came along a year later, along with Tosca, featuring the astounding Scarpia of George London, who, just a few years later, would find his voice silenced forever by illness. All were recorded at the Academia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, a favorite venue for Decca and other recording companies at the time.
The final three operas in the set, The Trittico, date from around 1962 and were recorded at the Maggio Musicale, Fiorenze, not, in my opinion, quite as successful a recording location. Also, of all the operas on this set, many of which are what I consider desert island musts, these three show the beginnings of the inevitable wear voices singing this repertoire can experience. Tebaldi is just off that blush of greatness that distinguishes the earlier works. Del Monaco is very powerful in the Tabarro, which is not foreign to the role. But it sounds like, by this time, he was losing the ability to scale down his voice above the staff. On the other hand, the legendary Boheme and Butterfly catch the young Carlo Bergonzi in magnificent form. If there has ever been a better recorded Butterfly Act 1 duet (and I am even including the De Los Angeles/Bjoerling effort many of us love so much), I have not heard it.

But these are, when taken as a whole, a remarkable set of operatic recordings from what must surely be thought of now as a golden age. There isn't a clinker in the lot, and several of them, Boheme and Butterfly, for example, have seldom been equaled, and never, I would suggest, surpassed.

There are other great singers sprinkled amongst the various casts: Cornell MacNeil, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Giulietta Simionato,Fernando Corena, Fiorenza Cossotto, and others. Of course, these recordings point out the glaring weaknesses of the contract system of the day. Many greats were excluded. No Bjoerling, of course. He was under contract to other labels. None of the other wonderful singers who were around at the time. Decca had its' coterie of exclusive artists, right down to the compremario singers (Piero di Palma must have made a fortune from Decca)and it used them over and over. A recording stock company, if you will.

And so it was, back in the day when recording companies felt their was some worth in recording great singers in their greatest roles with as much love and care as possible.

If it hadn't already been used, I would be tempted to say this set should actually be called "Gone With The Wind".
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Content Information 10 July 2011
By Moonfish - Published on Amazon.com
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+ Manon Lescaut:
Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Mario Boriello, Fernando Corena & Piero de Palma
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli; July/August 1954

+ La Bohème:
Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Gianna d'Angelo, e Bastianini, to Cesari, Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena & Piero de Palma
Tullio Serafin; August 1959

+ Tosca:
Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, George London, Silvio Maionica & Fernando Corena
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli; July 1959

+ Madama Butterfly:
Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Goro Angelo Mercuriali, Fiorenza Cossotto & Enzo Sordello
Tullio Serafin; July 1958

+ La fanciulla del West:
Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Cornell Macneil, Piero di Palma & Silvio Maionica
Franco Capuana; August 1958

+ Turandot:
Inge Borkh, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Bicola Zaccaria, Fernando Corena, Mario Carlin, Renato Ercolani, Gaetano Fanelli & Ezio Giordano,
Alberto Erede; August 1955

+ Il Trittico:
Robert Merrill, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato & Fernando Corena
Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lamberto Gardelli; July 1962

Orchestra e coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great, but... 21 Jan 2011
By What's in a name? - Published on Amazon.com
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The operas in this set are:

Manon Lescaut
La Bohème
Tosca
Madama Butterfly
La fanciulla del West
Turandot

Il trittico (The Triptych, or the three one act operas that were intended to go together):

Il tabarro
Suor Angelica
Gianni Schicchi

This set is in some ways easy to review, as it is a collection of solid performances at an unbelievably great price (typically, Amazon sells this for about half of the low retail price of $49.98, or, in other words, about the full price of one opera). The sound quality is quite good considering when it was recorded, and is good enough to be rewarding on a good stereo (I played this set through some Apogee Stage speakers; just do an online search for reviews of these speakers). Really, if one is on a tight budget, this is well worth getting as one's only set of Puccini operas, and if one is rich, one ought to buy it for comparison with other performances.

But it is not an ideal set, for several reasons. First, as others have noted, there are no libretti. So if you are the sort of person who wants to read along as they sing, so that you will know what they are singing, this is a significant drawback. Even if you obtain a copy of the libretti elsewhere, there will be no markings in it to tell you what track the passage is on, so if you get lost or just want to know what they are singing at a particular point in the opera, you may have difficulties finding what they are singing.

Second, although the sound quality is very good, it is certainly not the best, and certainly not state of the art. So if one is very picky about sound quality, then one might want to look elsewhere (and, if one is that picky, one ought to generally avoid recordings this old, as this sounds better than one ought to expect for that time period [1950's to early 1960's]).

Third, although the performances are great, and deserve 5 stars generally, they are not all the best that money can buy. The three operas recorded by Pavarotti in the early 1970's Puccini - La Bohème / Freni, Pavarotti, Harwood, Ghiaurov, Karajan, Puccini - Madama Butterfly / Freni, Pavarotti, Ludwig, Wiener Phil., Karajan, & Puccini - Turandot / Sutherland · Pavarotti · Caballé · Ghiaurov · Krause · Pears · LPO · Mehta are probably definitive, and have better sound quality as well (though still fall short of current state of the art, for the obvious reason that recording technology has progressed since the early 1970's). However, they typically cost as much each as this entire set.

(If one wants all three of them, buying the boxed set that contains them will cost about the same as buying those three separately, and one will get two more operas, in which one can hear that Pavarotti was singing past his prime Puccini: The Definitive Collection, though it seems not to have bothered many of his fans. The operas that that set lacks that this Tebaldi set has are, in my opinion, less famous and well-known for good reason, but it obviously hurts nothing to have more, and others may disagree with my opinion on this matter. Interestingly, that set is the same label, Decca, as this Tebaldi set.)

So, should you buy this set? Well, they are great performances and the sound is very good. But they are not the very best performances of the operas that can be had (at least of the three mentioned above with Pavarotti in the early 1970's), and the sound quality isn't the best either, though as already stated repeatedly, they are great performances with good quality sound. The lack of libretti may also disappoint. But at this price, I think it can confidently be asserted, you will never do better. If the sets were the same price, I would recommend the other Decca set above, but it typically costs about three times as much and lacks four of the operas in this set. If you have the money and love Puccini (everyone should!), buy both sets. If you don't have the money for both sets, think carefully about what, exactly, matters most to you, and buy accordingly.

One more thing. If you order this set, like with all boxed sets, immediately when you receive it, check to make sure that all the CDs are there and seem to be in good condition. The first set I got from Amazon was missing a disc. But buying from Amazon is great, as they paid the return shipping for that set and sent me a replacement. 5 stars for Amazon.com!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Response to complaint about iTunes/iPod tags 18 Oct 2008
By pm444 - Published on Amazon.com
The set is an amazing bargain and anyone who loves Puccini and knows these artists will buy it while it's still available.

However, I feel compelled to write a brief response to the reviewer who criticized Decca for not having consistent CD data for the various CDs in this set. The record companies do not generate the tags (album name, artist, etc.) that are used by online music databases. Instead, the information is entered by a variety of independent users who employ a variety of standards or conventions when entering information about a CD. Thus, one user may enter the data for the first CD in a set, while another user enters the data for the second CD, and the two users may enter the data using different conventions. The record companies do not and cannot control the way this data is entered, and it's not a fair complaint to criticize them for a lack of standardization. In any case, it's very easy for the user to change these tags within iTunes by simply selecting multiple tracks and then renaming the disc, artist, or any other data field with the user's personal preference.

The major record labels may be guilty of any number of offenses, but this is not one that can be laid at their doorstep. Given the extremely low price of this set, it's even more unfair to complain about something that's so easily modified by the consumer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best Puccini set ever 5 Jan 2011
By bob turnley - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though I already had three of these recordings on LP I couldn't pass up this set. Recorded between 54 and 62, Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Bergonzi, and Merrill are all in wonderful voice. Every one of these recordings is a classic and if you had only one recording of any one of these operas you couldn't do much better than these.
For me the peerless performances are the Fanciulla and the Tabarro. They alone are worth the cost of the set. The sound quality is excellent and I would take this 1954 Manon Lescaut over the 1993 Pavarotti/Freni recording.
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