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Puccini;La Boheme

Renata Tebaldi Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classical
  • ASIN: B000026C9T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SIDE ONE 1. Al quartiere latin ci attende Momu (ACT 1). 2. Che guardi...Viva parpignol (ACT 11). 3. Quando m'en vo (ACT 11). SIDE TWO 1. Mimi...Donde lieta usci (ACT 111). 2. In un coupe (ACT 1V). 3. O Dio Mimi (ACT1V).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't believe my luck 13 Aug 2002
By E. WOOLSTON TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Get it, you won't regret it! The whole opera for less than a tenner and what a wonderful thing it is. Luba Orgonasova as Mimi has a clear liquid voice which expresses both youth, innocence and pathos perfectly. Carmen Gonzales is equally good in the role of Musetta, both mischevious and feminine. In the male roles Fabio Previati as Marcello stands out with a ringing baritone although Jonathan Welch is no mean Rodolfo. The whole recording comes together perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme Beecham on EMI 16 Jan 2014
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Take an eccentric English gentleman with vast experience of, and obvious passion for, the music, an American orchestra prepared to go for it, a refined classic Rodolfo, and a lovely, gently sung, creamy toned, very affecting Mimi.... This is reportedly a highly prized, much loved recording of Puccini's masterpiece, and I am pleased to have it on EMI to be assured the CDs actually derive from the master tapes of the original recording. Beecham's speeds are not actually slow, for example, overall times are less than the famous set conducted by Herbert von Karajan. More important than overall timings is phrasing: For example, Beecham gets quite brisk, jaunty animated orchestration to accompany the early Act 1 Bohemians; towards the end of Act 1, tempos are broader (but not slow), more relaxed, allowing the love music to breathe. La Boheme is about life, love, passion, and ultimately the loss of those things, so tragic because Mimi dies so young. This is one of the better versions of an opera that deserves to be heard in several interpretations with different principals. It also has some of the feel and passion of a live performance, which is a good thing. Sound quality, though mono, is bright and clear, with excellent balance between voices and orchestra. Fans of Jussi Bjoerling will definitely want this recording. Latterly Luciano Pavarotti pretty much owned the role of Rodolfo, and quite rightly so, but Bjoerling puts in a great performance, singing with passion and abandon, although his live 1948 Metropolitan Opera performance is even better. Victoria de los Angeles is memorable as Mimi, her appropriate, very moving performance is a refreshing alternative to that of some Mimis who despite suffering a decline in health always manage to sing brassily and at full throttle right to the end. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars you never forget your first Boheme 12 Nov 2013
By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky when I started out listening to opera to buy this "Boheme" even though Beecham's was the only name I recognized back in 1966 -- it was on the cheap EMI imprint Seraphim. When I heard Bjoerling's voice in the first moments, I was hooked, and de los Angeles a little later enchanted me too. It still sounds OK on CD, though the sound is a bit boxy, and it can't really do justice to the Momus scene (for that, see Solti/Domingo/Caballe). Having heard a lot more Bjoerling since, I can say that he wasn't in absolutely his best voice here (see his 1952 "Trovatore") but it's pretty darned good. Merrill, Reardon, and Tozzi are fine rollicking bohemians, though Lucine Amara isn't an ideal Musetta. But the big moments come off well, with De los Angeles's "Donde lieta" being particularly eloquent (though not eclipsing Tebaldi in her account with Bergonzi), and the duet at the end of Act 1 ("O soave fanciulla") is quite marvelous. Beecham conducts very positively, and if the sound is a bit congested and constricted in places, it doesn't seriously impede enjoyment. The sound is my main reason for withholding a fifth star, especially with lots of good sounding Bohemes on the market. My own favorite is the 1959 Serafin/Bergonzi/Tebaldi, but Karajan's isn't bad (the lily a bit over-gilded!), nor is Solti's. I have a sneaking admiration for Freni/Gedda/Schippers too! But you'll find much to enjoy with Bjoerling and de los Angeles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor sound 5 Jun 2014
By Fredamity - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm going to make it short. You have to be a collector to purchase this CD opera. My opinion is the sound quality is poor and I didn't even play the opera through. I have many "live recording" and this one is not for me.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The audio sound is tinny 20 April 2013
By Marjorie Sato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The quality of YouTube upload of a couple of arias from "La Boheme" featuring di Stefano and Sayao is much better than the audio CD I received from Amazon.com. Recently I purchased a Bose Wave III CD player and, even with the excellent sound produced by this product, the 2-CD audio recording of "La Boheme" sounds tinny and metallic. This audio recording is totally devoid of rich bass tones produced by YouTube uploaders. I will keep this product as the two principal singers are magnificent in their roles of Rodolfo and Mimi.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy newer more expensive and far inferior versions??? 28 July 2012
By Arnar - Published on Amazon.com
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The best Boheme around. Wonderful singing, atmospheric as if it was a live recording, romantic, superb conducting, very good sound quality. I prefer this by wide margin to the overrated, exaggerated Karajan/Pavarotti version.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!! 29 Nov 2008
By D. BELL - Published on Amazon.com
If you are getting ready to go see La Bohème or you have already seen it this is a great CD. We bought ours just days before the performance and never took it out of the CD player. Cheers!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 July 2014
By Tina F. - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent
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