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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Giacomo Puccini , Alexander Rahbari , Gregoor Choir , Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus , Miriam Gauci , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Miriam Gauci, Kaludi Kaludov, Vicente Sardinero, Marcel Rosca
  • Orchestra: Gregoor Choir, Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00002720R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Act I - Ave, sera gentile
2. L'amor? ... l'amor?!
3. Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde
4. Ma bravo!
5. Descendono, vediam! Viaggiatori eleganti, galanti!
6. Cortese damigella, il priego mio acettate
7. Donna non vidi mai simile a questa!
8. La tua ventura / ci rassicura
9. Vecchietto amabile
10. Vedete? Io'son 'fedele
Disc: 2
1. Act II continued - Ah!... Affe, madamigella
2. Senti, di qui partiamo
3. Lescaut?! Tu qui?!
4. Intermezzo
5. Act III - Ansia eterna, crudel ...
6. ... e Kate rispose al Re:
7. All'armi! All'armi!
8. L'Appello: Rosetta!
9. Presto! In fila! Marciate!
10. Act IV - Tutta su me ti posa

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NAX 8660019 op; NAXOS - Germania; Classica Lirica

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5.0 out of 5 stars More than satisfactory 5 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
NB The other two reviews are completely misleading, for they are of other recordings (one historic, the other "classic") altogether.

I am no expert on Puccini, and Manon is not among my favourites of his output, but this one strikes me as being very adequate indeed.

The Penguin Guide thinks so, too, awarding three stars (its highest rating). In its expert view, "Miriam Gauci gives one of the most sensitive performances of this role on any set. The young Bulgarian, Kaludi Kaludov, is a clean-cut, virile Des Grieux ... impressive in his big moments. ... Vincente Sardinero makes a powerful Lescaut, and Rahbari is a red-blooded interpreter. .. even if it cost more, it would still be very recommendable."

I totally agree. Only the lack of an English translation of the libretto (though there is the Italian text) prevents wholehearted endorsement. But at this price, that's a quibble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps THE best Manon Lescaut recording. Ever. 11 May 2003
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I was dismayed to find that the CD release of this wonderful old RCA recording is out of print.
Whenever I think of Manon Lescaut, this is the recording which remains burned into my memory. I grew up on LP pressings of this. I've heard a CD copy, which is even better than my old LP's. Albanese never sounded better than on the CD release. The Beloved Bjoerling, of course, sings like a living god any format. The rest of the cast are also wonderful. The conducting by Perlea is refreshing and right on the money.
All in all, this is one of the greatest opera recordings from the fifties. Here's hoping it may be available on CD again. Soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Superba! 9 Oct 2010
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Combining the stupendous vocal talents of two of the greatest voices of the 2oth century reaps copious rewards!
Caballé is in tremendous voice, partnered by fellow Spaniard Placido Domingo, the effect is pure musical magic, they have a unique chemistry .
this is an electrifying listening experience and must not be missed! the final track demonstrates exactly why Caballé is an artist who should be revered.
her deftness of tone coupled with deep anguish portrays exactly the right amount of tragedy and as the
last achingly beautiful sounds reach your ear I defy anyone to not have at least a lump in the throat!

Beautiful, accomplished, magical, a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Opera at its best! 27 Jun 2014
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Absolutely love this album for its display of Italian Opera! Puccini made a fantastic opera and the album maker brings this to the digital age with exquisite sound quality. This is a must-have for any Italian Opera enthusiasts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Studio Recording Out There 18 Feb 2014
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Very good sound especially compared to older recordings. Domingo and Caballe are in their prime. Caballe is great with range of character from flirty lightness to dramatic pathos. Domingo is in rich voice, good character, and awesome in all the big moments. The conducting by Bartoletti is energetic, sparkling, and dramatically moody.
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