What a beautiful and moving recording of "Madama Butterfly". Originally recorded shortly before World War II, it has been restored to a most impressive CD edition from Naxos Hstorical.
Giacomo Puccini's tale of Butterfly, a young Japanese woman's deep and unending love for B.F. Pinkerton, the American soldier, who married her for a short time of passion and then left her under the guise of returning in the Spring to take her back to America. Butterfly gives up all that is sacred to her; her religion, her traditions, and is even shunned by her family, in the belief that her love will someday return to her. She waits years, each day hoping this will be the one her love returns to her.
It's a touching tragedy, and the listening experience is absolutely exquisite. The chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Rome, conducted by Oliviero de Fabritiis is incredible. The music fills the room and your soul with beauty as it tells the story. Toti Dal Monte is Butterfly. Through her emotional portrayal, there is not an emotion that Butterfly has that you won't feel.From her happiness to her despair, her voice is magnificent and may move you to tears.Beniamino Gigli is excellent as Pinkerton as well. A marvelous supporting cast brings the story to life.
This is my favorite recording of Butterfly. I highly recommend it for lovers of this Italian Opera. I would also recommend for those who love a good introduction to opera. Be careful, this one may hook you gor good!
Considering the age of this production(1939), I think it sounds wonderful. We are fortunate to be able to listen to it on this superb restoration. It is a 2 disc set(lift center holder to get to disc 2), each disc running over 70 minutes.In 2 acts, the first act and half of the second act are on disc one. On disc two, is the 2nd half of the 2nd act. But the music doesn't end there. You will also be treated to more wonderful selections by Dal Monte(8 extra tracks in all).Bellini and Verdi among them. For a list of complete tracks, see buying info and click on see all tracks. 15-22 on disc 2 are the extra tracks. The CD includes a booklet with a list of the music, a brief bios of Puccini,Dal Monte and Gigli, a description of every scene, and a bit about Ward Marston who is the producer of this restoration. Bravo, Mr. Marston!
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