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Puccini: Il Trittico [Box set]

Angela Gheorghiu, Philharmonia Orchestra, Roberto Alagna/Angela Gheorghiu Audio CD
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  • Performer: Carlo Guelfi, Maria Guleghina, Neil Shicoff, Riccardo Cassinelli
  • Orchestra: London Voices, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (1 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000IFQ0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Il tabarro: OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Il tabarro: O Michele? Michele? (Giorgetta/Michele/Luigi/Il Tinca/Il Talpa/Coro - Scaricatori)Carlo Guelfi/Neil Shicoff/Riccardo Cassinelli/Enrico Fissore/Maria Guleghina/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Il tabarro: O Luigi, ancora una passata (Il Talpa/Luigi/Giorgetta/Il Tinca)Neil Shicoff/Riccardo Cassinelli/Enrico Fissore/Maria Guleghina/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Il tabarro: Dunque, che cosa credi? (Giorgetta/Michele/Un venditore di canzonette/Coro - Midinettes)Carlo Guelfi/Maria Guleghina/Barry Banks/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Il tabarro: O eterni innamorati, buona sera! (La Frugola/Giorgetta)Maria Guleghina/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Il tabarro: To'! guarda la mia vecchia! (Il Talpa/La Frugola/Michele/Luigi/Il Tinca)Carlo Guelfi/Neil Shicoff/Riccardo Cassinelli/Enrico Fissore/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Il tabarro: Hai ben ragione; meglio non pensare (Luigi)Neil Shicoff/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Il tabarro: Segui il mio esempio; bevil! (Il Tinca/Giorgetta/Il Talpa/La Frugola)Riccardo Cassinelli/Enrico Fissore/Maria Guleghina/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Il tabarro: E ben altro il mio sogno! (Giorgetta/La Frugola/Luigi/Il Talpa/Voci lontani)Neil Shicoff/Enrico Fissore/Maria Guleghina/Elena Zilio/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Il tabarro: Miei vecchi, buona notte! (La Fruggola/Il Talpa/Voci lontani)Enrico Fissore/Elena Zilio/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Il tabarro: O Luigi! Luigi! (Giorgetta/Luigi/Michele)Carlo Guelfi/Neil Shicoff/Maria Guleghina/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Il tabarro: Dimmi: perchŤ gli hai chiesto di sbarcarti a Rouen? (Giorgetta/Luigi)Neil Shicoff/Maria Guleghina/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Il tabarro: Come Ť difficile esser felici! (Giorgetta/Michele)Carlo Guelfi/Maria Guleghina/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 8:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Il tabarro: Sgualdrina!...Bocca di rosa fresca (Michele/Due amanti)Carlo Guelfi/Angela Gheorghiu/Roberto Alagna/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Il tabarro: Nulla!...Silenzio! (Michele)Carlo Guelfi/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Il tabarro: T'ho colto!...Sangue di Dio! (Michele/Luigi/Giorgetta)Carlo Guelfi/Neil Shicoff/Maria Guleghina/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Il tabarro: Avevo ben ragione (Michele/Giorgetta)Carlo Guelfi/Maria Guleghina/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Suor Angelica: Ave Maria (Coro di suore/Suor Angelica)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suor Angelica: Sorelle in umilitŗ (La suora zelatrice/La prima conversa/La maestra delle novizie/La seconda conversa/Suor Osmina/Sei suore)Elena Zilio/Sara Fulgoni/Judith Rees/Anna Maria Panzarella/Deborah Miles Johnson/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suor Angelica: Ed or, sorelle in gioia (La soura zelatrice/Coro di suore/Suor Genovieffa/Una novizia/La maestra delle novizie)Elena Zilio/Sara Fulgoni/Dorothea RŲschmann/Rosalind Waters/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suor Angelica: I desiderÔ sono i fiori dei vivi (Suor Angelica/La suora zelatrice/Tre suore/Suor Genovieffa)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Elena Zilio/Dorothea RŲschmann/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suor Angelica: Ho un desiderio anchi'io! (Suor Dolcina/Coro di suore/ Suor Genevieffa/Suor Angelica/Una novizia/La suora infermiera)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Dorothea RŲschmann/Rachele Stanisci/Francesca Pedaci/Rosalind Waters/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suor Angelica: Suor Angelica, sentite! (La suora infermiera/Suor Angelica/Coro di suore)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Francesca Pedaci/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suor Angelica: Laudata Maria! (Le due cercatrici/Coro di suore/Suor Dolcina/La suora zelatrice/Suor Angelica/Suor Genovieffa)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Elena Zilio/Dorothea RŲschmann/Rachele Stanisci/Anna Maria Panzarella/Susan Mackenzie Park/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suor Angelica: Chi Ť venuto stasera in parlatorio? (La prima cercatrice/Coro di suore/Suor Angelica/Suor Genovieffa)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Bernadette Manca di Nissa/Felicity Palmer/Elena Zilio/Sara Fulgoni/Dorothea RŲschmann/Judith Rees/Rachele Stanisci/Francesca Pedaci/Anna Maria Panzarella/Susan Mackenzie Park/R 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suor Angelica: Suor Angelica!.....Madre, madre, parlate! (La badessa/Suor Angelica/Sei suore)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Felicity Palmer/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suor Angelica: Il Principe Gualtiero vostro padre (La zia principessa/Suor Angelica)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Bernadette Manca di Nissa/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 6:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suor Angelica: Nel silenzio di quei raccoglimenti (La zia principessa)Bernadette Manca di Nissa/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suor Angelica: Tutto ho offerto all Vergine (Suor Angelica/La zia principessa)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Bernadette Manca di Nissa/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suor Angelica: OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, bimbo, tu sei morto (Suor Angelica)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suor Angelica: Sorella, o buona sorella (Suor Genovieffa/Coro di suore/Suor Angelica)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/Dorothea RŲschmann/London Voices/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Suor Angelica: La grazia Ť discesa dal cielo!...[Intermezzo]...London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Suor Angelica: Suor Angelica ha sempre una ricetta buonaCristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Suor Angelica: Ah! Son dannata! (Suor Angelica)Cristina Gallardo-Dom‚s/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gianni Schicchi: Povero, Buoso! (Zita/Simone/Rinuccio/La Ciesca/Marco/Nella/Gheraldo/Betto)Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gianni Schicchi: O Simone? (Gheraldo/La Ciesca/Zita/Marco/Simone/Nella/Rinuccio/Betto)Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gianni Schicchi: E aperto! (Zita/Simone/La Ciesca/Marco/Simone/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo)Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gianni Schicchi: Dunque era vero! (Simone/La Ciesca/Marco/Betto/Nella/Zita/Rinuccio/Gheraldo)Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gianni Schicchi: C'Ť una persona sola che ci puÚ consigliare (Rinuccio/Zita/Gheraldino/La Ciesca/Nella/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto)Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/James Savage-Hanford/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto! (Rinuccio)Roberto Alagna/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano0:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gianni Schicchi: Firenze Ť come un albero fiorito (Rinuccio)Roberto Alagna/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gianni Schicchi: Quale aspetto sgomento e desolato! (Schicchi/Rinuccio/Lauretta/Gheraldo/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Simone/Marco/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Angela Gheorghiu/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gianni Schicchi: Brava la vecchia (Schicchi/Lauretta/Rinuccio/Zita/La Ciesco/Nella/Gheraldo/Simone/Marco/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Angela Gheorghiu/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/James Savage-Hanford/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Anto 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro (Lauretta)Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gianni Schicchi: Datemi il testamento! (Schicchi/Lauretta/Rinuccio/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Angela Gheorghiu/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gianni Schicchi: Nessuno sa che Buoso ha reso il fiato? (Schicchi/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto/Maestro Spinelloccio)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/Enrico Fissore/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gianni Schicchi: Era eguale la voce? (Schicchi/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gianni Schicchi: In testa la capellina! (Schicci/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Gianni Schicchi: Schicchi! Schicci! (Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto/Schicchi/Lauretta)Josť Van Dam/Angela Gheorghiu/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Gianni Schicchi: Ecco la cappellina! (Zita/Schicchi/Simone/Betto/Nella/La Ciesca/Gheraldo/Marco)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gianni Schicchi: Prima un avvertimento! (Schicchi/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Gheraldo/marco/Simone/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Gianni Schicchi: Addio, Firenze (Schichi/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 1:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Gianni Schicchi: Ecco il notaro! (Rinuccio/Il Notaio/Pinelino/Guccio/Schicchi/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Marco/Simone/Betto/Gheraldo)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/Enrico Fissore/Simon Preece/Noel Mann/London Symphony Orchestra/Anto 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Gianni Schicchi: Basta! I testi videro (Il Notaio/Schicchi/Marco/Simone/Betto/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/Enrico Fissore/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Gianni Schicchi: Lascio a Simone i beni di Fucecchio (Schicchi/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Rinuccio/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto/Betto/Pinellino/Guccio)Josť Van Dam/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/Simon Preece/Noel Mann/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Gianni Schicchi: Ladro! Il Notaio/Pinellino/Guccio/Zita/La Ciesca/Nella/Gheraldo/Marco/Simone/Betto/Rinuccio/Lauretta/Schicchi)Josť Van Dam/Angela Gheorghiu/Felicity Palmer/Roberto Alagna/Paolo Barbacini/Patrizia Ciofi/Carlos Chausson/Luigi Roni/Roberto Scaltriti/Elena Zilio/Enrico Fissore/Simon Preece/Noel Mann/London Sympho 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Gianni Schicchi: Lauretta, mia Lauretta! (Rinuccio/Lauretta/Schicchi)Josť Van Dam/Angela Gheorghiu/Roberto Alagna/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING 21 Nov 2008
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This is an exceptional recording of Il Trittico. Let's hope we manage to see a production at Covent Garden while Pappano is in residence. The casting is excellent. Il Tabarro has some stunning moments and the duet between Guleghina & Shicoff is one of them, overall this ensemble piece is terrific and full of atmosphere. Suor Angelica is a challenging role for any soprano but Gallardo Domas who has made this role very much her own in recent years is a fine interpreter and is surrounded by an excellent company. Il Trittico my least favourite comes up well on this recording and every performance makes this comedy sparkle. There are other versions of these operas, but as a set this is very definitely the best on the market. The Tebaldi set is still a good buy, but for a modern sound with top class vocals it has to be this one. Go on, you need this set!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The most recommendable modern recording 1 Sep 2011
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Antonio Pappano has by and large over the years triumphantly justified his preferential treatment by EMI in being allowed to record large-scale works where other eminent conductors have gone begging. This trilogy recorded in 1997 must be accounted a success even in the light of stiff competition going back fifty and more years but of course one area where it trumps all others is the clarity and spaciousness of the sound, especially in such places as the atmospheric opening to "Il tabarro" with lapping waters of the Seine, the distant tugboat sirens and car horns or Maria Guleghina's absolutely blood-curdling scream when Michele reveals Luigi's corpse under his cloak to Giorgetta. And of course the orchestral playing from two of London's finest orchestras is superb.

This first opera is a definite success, not least because of Carlo Guelfi's strong performance as Michele and Guleghina's convincing depiction of a bored and slightly blowsy woman who yearns to escape her mundane existence. Nonetheless, for sheer vocal thrills you cannot beat Del Monaco, Tebaldi and Merrill for Gardelli. Of course, Neil Shicoff with his lighter, throatier tenor is dramatically more convincing as a young man easily subdued by the enraged wronged bargee whereas Del Monaco sounds as though he could rip his head off. Nonetheless, Del Monaco's "meglio non pensar" arias followed by his passionate duet with Tebaldi are among their greatest moments and I wouldn't be without them. Still, Pappano directs an arresting performance of this melodrama and all round it is very satisfying - although, again, I wouldn't want to be without Gobbi's searing Michele in the classic mono version. Only Milnes manages to growl "Squaldrina!" (slut) through his teeth almost as feelingly as Gobbi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 May 2014
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Dont overlook this. This is a very fine recoding indeed of three opera, two of which not as frequently performed as Gianni Schicchi.
MD is Maestro Pappano. The diction is very clear. Beautiful sound quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini at hearts 21 Nov 2012
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I can't review with so many words: this is a very distinguished, heart moving, first class sung and played tryptichon of an opera. Each opera stands for its own and still they are connected. I listen to them in a row and enjoy their drama and dynamics. All singers are very fine and Pappano's orchestra plays without any fault. The recording is first class - it's seldom that timpani sound that clear and dry. Puccini at hearts.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three hits in one 5 Aug 2000
By Ed Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Il Trittico is a rare treat in opera houses these days. Not only do the technical and financial demands of staging this triple bill pose a big obstacle - somehow it wouldn't work in a single set - but it is also fiendishly hard to cast. Tempting as it is to cast the same singers across all three operas, the range of parts on offer here actually require very different voices. For "Il Tabarro", a Tosca, a Cavaradossi and a Scarpia fit the bill nicely; a Mimi or Butterfly and a trus dramatic contralto are needed for "Suor Angelica" -and in the last piece, a true Buffo baritone surrounded by a cast of younger, fresher singers are best able to give the comedy the requisite lightness of touch.
Apart from Alagna and Gheorghiu, this recording does not necessarily go for big names. Pappano has obviously chosen his cast with the utmost care, however, with some really powerful results. For me, it is Il Tabarro that works best - a fabulous (and parlously underrated) piece, it benefits from the power and commitment of the singers here. Guelfi plays the brooding Michele with a convincing snarl and frigtening aggression towards the denouement; Neil Shicoff's visceral, Italianate sound carves out Luigi's desperation admirably. Maria Guleghina's cavernous soprano captures much of the subtlety and seductiveness of Giorgietta and unleashes one of the most glorious, blood-curdling screams I have heard at the end of the opera. Somehow, all of Puccini's genius seems to be squeezed into this disc and, in under an hour, it's an overwhelming ride.
For "Angelica", the reflectiveness and peace of the start turn convincingly to heartbreak and redemption at the end with a spaciously recorded, well paced performance. Cristina Gallardo-Domas sounds very well in the title role and none of the uncertainty of pitch she can display in the theatre is evident here. She makes something very special of the part with her tender, musical singing (far superior to Sutherland's, also recently released) and evinces much sympathy. Bernadette Manca de Nissa sings beautifully and powerfully without effacing memories of Christa Ludwig. Felicity Palmer makes much of little as the Abbess, and Dorothea Roschmann - a very classy soprano indeed - is a delightful Genovieffa. Refreshingly free of syrupy sentiment, the recording is a great success.
Perhaps Schicchi - the farce at the end of the enening - works least well here, though it is probably the hardest of the three to bring off. Pappano is again superb and the cast is excellent, but Jose Van Dam is a touch weak as Schicchi; somehow he lacks the edge and bite an Italian singer might bring. That said, his inclination towards restraint rather than overacting does pay off. Alagna is a healthy, lusty Rinuccio, but Gheorghiu's Lauretta steals the show, singing her aria and everything else with meltingly beautiful tone and exemplary style. Of the supporting cast, Felicity Palmer's Zita stands out for her pungent, characterful portrayl.
A really serious and succsesful enterprise, therefore - and I must confess one of the most enjoyable operatic releases I have encountered recently. Excellently packaged and great value for money, I recommend this set very highly.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue... 21 May 2002
By dcreader - Published on Amazon.com
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A modern recording of Il Trittico was long overdue, and has been fulfilled magnificently by Alagna, Georghiu, Pappano et al. The only negative reviewer of this disc really criticizes the composer (who he thinks is Verdi!) rather than the performances themselves. But, the question for a review is not "is this a good opera?" That is for the purchaser. Rather, the issue is, given that the purchaser wishes to purcahse a recording of the opera, is it a good recording. This is an excellent one and anyone interested should not hesitate.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just maybe the greatest recorded "Trittico" ever 8 Oct 2003
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Like another previous reviewer, I too came to this set feeling that the old Tito Gobbi recording was something very special, and hard to beat. And it still has a special place in my collection. But this set is exceptional on all counts; it is superbly recorded, the soloists are wonderful, and Pappano's pacing throughout is just glorious...here is a conductor who understands, and has a love for this music. Furthermore, the older Gobbi set is hard to find, and only "Schicchi" is in true stereo. In short, you will not go wrong with these lovely, sensitive recordings. Better yet, get these and the older set if you can find it, and you'll never want for any more.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recording of underperformed Puccini masterpiece 15 May 1999
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Let me preface this review by stating that these three one-act operas should really be considered as a single unit; after all, that's how Puccini intended them to be performed. "Gianni Schicchi" has gained a popular following on its own, but the other two parts of the triptych have languished behind it. This recording provides an excellent case for keeping these three disparate works united. The harsh verismo of "Il tabarro" is offset by the ethereal beauty of "Suor Angelica," which in turn is contrasted against the fleet comedy of "Gianni Schicchi." The singing by all principals in this particular set is marvelous, especially Cristina Gallardo-Domas as Angelica, who floats some beautiful pianissimos and sings with dramatic conviction. She's a real find. Maria Guleghina and Angela Gheorghiu also sing beautifully in their respective segments. I'm not a real fan of Roberto Alagna -- he sounds a little thin and worn here, and indulges in too many extraneous vocal sobs; this would be more dramatically appropriate in "Tabarro," but in "Schicchi" it is merely intrusive. The rest of the cast is excellent, with special mention going to Felicity Palmer, who plays small roles in each third of the opera. My overall favorite recording of this neglected work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Omaggio a Dante 8 Feb 2013
By HumphreyAppleby - Published on Amazon.com
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Il Trittico is a work that often receivs rather perfunctory musical and thematic analysis. Although this is a problem that extends to all of Puccini's works, it is particularly galling that critics insist on describing the three operas as unrelated except for the fact that Puccini though that it would be cool to have three operas in one evening. Although it is true that he had long considered undertaking such a project before he started work on Il Trittico, that is not the only connection that the operas have. Taken together, they can be seen as an homage to Dante's Commedia through the modern mind. Despite what the Kerman's of the world would have us believe, Puccini was an educated and thoughtful man, and it is entirely conceivable that he intended on some level for the comparison: Il Tabarro - Inferno; Suor Angelica - Purgatorio; Gianni Schicchi - Paradiso. But even if he didn't, the comparison is still valid.

Tabarro is about the poor, and what misery and torment can do to a person. It is a psychological drama, and not a moral one, as in Dante. In the Inferno, there is no gate guarding the 'prisoners' of hell. Only an inscription that says something about 'Divine Love'. This can be a bit confusing. How could divine love sentence somebody to eternal torment, especially if God is as all-forgiving as we are told? But the fact of the matter is that the people in Dante's hell are free to leave at any time. They are trapped there by their own hubris, their own lust, their own hate. It is quite literally a Hell of Their Own Making. There are no punishments, at least not in the true sense of the word. A punishment is imposed by an authority; God is not doing anything to the souls in hell. Instead, the contrapasso is merely the consequence of an action, like an angry neighbor and some slashed tires is the result of playing your opera recordings too loudly, or (perhaps a better example) an injured toe is the result of kicking things out of anger. Even the devil himself could leave Hell at anytime if he repented. He is flying away from God, and the beating of his wings is so furious that it is cooling the air, and forming the ice that binds him. He has created his own strictures. In Il tabarro, however, the hell here is twofold: the psychological experience of the characters, and the misery that envelops them, as well as the physical poverty in which they live. There is starvation and the threat of death all around. And a life dominated by the fear of death soon becomes less desirable than death itself. It is hard to say which one of these two conditions causes the other, or if perhaps they exist only in parallel. But one thing is for certain: the characters are not as free to leave their hell as Dante's. Luigi wants to leave Paris by going to Rouen, but if he does he will likely starve there. Michele is trying to make a better life by working hard and being patient, but his efforts just don't pay off. The poverty that is here is imposed, and like all modern poverty it is an agenda of the powerful, not a consequence of circumstance. This is the commentary, and it wonderfully made through both music and text. (A short review of the music itself: possibly the most inventive opera score ever written. Puccini's genius is on full display here, with ubiquitous melody and interesting harmonization, as well as an almost Wagnerian development of the opening motif. Listen for the changes changes...)

Out of hell we must come, and into Purgatory. The change of mood from Tabarro to Angelica is enormous. There is not only light here, and bright color, but there is hope. Puccini grew up as an organist in the church in Lucca, and he demonstrates here that he knows church music very well. The religious aura of this piece is spot on. The comparison to Dante is rather more straightforward here. The opera is quite obviously about redemption, which is the crux the Purgatorio as well. The monastic setting is another possible allusion, as is the fact that Suor Angelica spends seven years in the convent, which could be a reference to the seven terraces of Purgatory described by Dante. Though frequently described as a sentimental tragedy, Suor Angelica is really not a tragedy at all: it is a salvation. This parallel with the Commedia is why the productions that sometimes pop up where the miracle is turned into a mad scene are particularly offensive to me: it shows a complete lack of understanding of the work. My message to directors and musicologists who insist that they are justified in these changes because the they find the end unconvincing as a miracle: write your own work. This is Puccini's, so present it as he intended. Fortunately, that is what is done here. Domas really believes the miracle, and the orchestral peroration after 'Salvami!' is absolutely gorgeous. You can really feel the miracle glow, as it says in the libretto. Puccini is often accused of sentimentality (as if sentimentality is some sort of crime that one is accused of, like murder), but there is no "Pity me because I'm angsty", self involved heroine here. The situation that occurs here is very realistic for the time period in which it is set. And the grief of a mother for her child. Why is that "sentimental" but the irrational desires of Tristan and Isolde are not? It strikes me as being a very practical matter indeed. Mothers lose children all the time, and each mother that does feels the loss and the pain. The fact that Puccini could relate to this shows what a power of empathy the man really had. I apologive for my ever widening digressions that may not be helpful to some people who know, and like the operas but want to know if this recording is worth it's cost. I suppose that I have taken the opportunity of this review to vent some long held frustrations.

The irony of Gianni Schicchi is that Schicchi's character and story are taken from the Inferno. This might lead one to think, "How could this be heaven then?" Well, if we take our lens of irony and look at the story and at moral climate of Europe at the time when the opera was written, we can see that there was quite a big difference from that of the late middle ages/early renaissance, when Dante was writing. I think the commentary is that what would have landed Schicchi in hell in Dante's time, would be considered merely cleverness, and possibly even a better use of the money in Puccini's time. And Puccini may agree with that. I do, to some extent. I think that Rinuccio and Lauretta are far more worthy of the fortune than the Donati, and in addition I would add that Schicchi didn't take all of it for himself. These facts don't make his actions right per se, but they do grant at least a modicum of, as he asks for, extenuating circumstances. The other theme of importance here is of new life. Renaissance means rebirth, and so the story of a new couple being allowed to pursue their love at the expense of the old order of avarice is, in a way, a hopeful one. It's kind of like the powerful men who keep the characters of Tabarro in their poverty get their comeuppance in Schicchi. There is also a message of tolerance in 'Firenze e como un albero fiorito' however self serving that message is on the part of Rinuccio. But the central message of Dante's commedia is that love is the most powerful force in the universe, that it is God. And there can hardly be a more powerful affirmation of the power and beauty of love than 'O mio babbino caro'.

This recording of these three masterpieces is the best that I have heard, even of the individual works. The singers, the orchestra's, the sound, the conducting are all marvelous. Highly recommended, as good fun, and as a truly unique work of art.
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