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Puccini: La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini , Erich Leinsdorf , Rome Opera Chorus , Rome Opera Orchestra , Anna Moffo , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Mary Costa, Robert Merrill
  • Orchestra: Rome Opera Chorus, Rome Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera Series
  • ASIN: B000026MTW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Studio recording made at the Rome Opera House, June 15-30, 1961. In the 1950s, beginning with "Rigoletto," RCA set out to record the major Italian standard repertory operas with "American casts," that is with casts typical of the Metropolitan Opera at the time. In a relatively short time, it became clear that American studios, orchestras and choruses were simply more expensive than their equivalents in Europe. This recording is essentially a gala-level Metropolitan cast that has been recorded in less costly Rome.

Original producer: Richard Mohr.

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This recording is an example of the superb work done by RCA engineers in the early 1960s for the "Living Stereo" series of recordings. (It should be noted that the term "RCA" has been totally expunged from this Sony re-issue.) The original recording was made on tape with three tracks. In this edition, the original tapes were revisited with up-to-date equipment, electronic splicing has replaced the original hand-held razorblade cuts, and the music has been spread on additional tracks for the benefit of audiophiles who dote on such better-than-real falsehoods. The simple fact is that this recording sounded astonishingly good in its day and still sounds fine in ours, without (or perhaps despite) any aid from current engineers. There are those who hold that the sound on the original LPs was more pleasing to the ear than that of any subsequent CD version, but that is a matter of personal judgement and taste rather than objective truth.

Listeners should be aware that this recording was made when producers went out of their way to establish complex, moving soundscapes in order to reproduce the shifting sounds of an actual stage performance.

Original recording engineer: Lewis Layton.
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