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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

José Cura, Maria Guleghina, Riccardo Muti Audio CD
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  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B00004KDE7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Ave, sera gentile (Edmondo, Studenti, Fanciulle, Borghesi)Riccardo Muti 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - L'amor?! L'amor?! (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Studenti)Riccardo Muti0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Studenti)Riccardo Muti 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Ma bravo! (Edmondo, Studenti, Fanciulle, Borghesi)Riccardo Muti 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Discendono, vediam! (Borghesi, Edmondo, Studenti, Lescaut, Oste, Des Grieux, Geronte)Luigi Roni 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Cortese damigella (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut)Riccardo Muti 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - "Donna non vidi mai"Riccardo Muti 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - La tua ventura ci rassicura (Edmondo, Studenti, Fanciulle, Geronte, Lescaut, Borghesi, Oste)Luigi Roni 6:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - La tua Proserpina (Edmondo, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Vedete? Io son fedele (Manon, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Non c'è più vino? (Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Edmondo, Geronte, Oste)Luigi Roni 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Cavalli pronti avete? (Lescaut, Geronte, Edmondo, Studenti)Luigi Roni 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Dispettosetto questo riccio! (Manon, Lescaut)Riccardo Muti 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - In quelle trine morbide (Manon)Riccardo Muti 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Poiché tu vuoi saper? (Lescaut, Manon)Riccardo Muti 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Che ceffi son costor?...Sulla vetta tu del monte (Madrigale) (Lescaut, Manon, Voce sola, 'Coro')Riccardo Muti 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Paga costor! (Manon, Lescaut)Riccardo Muti 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - "Vi prego, signorina (Minuetto)...L'ora, O Tirsi, è "Vi Signori, Abati)Luigi Roni 8:33£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Oh, sarò la più bella!...Tu, tu, amore? Tu? (Manon, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 8:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Ah!...Affé, madamigella (Manon, Geronte, Des Grieux)Luigi Roni 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Ah! ah! Liberi!...Ah! Manon, mi tradisce (Manon, Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - Lescaut? Tu qui? (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Sergente degli Arcieri)Aldo Bramante 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - IntermezzoRiccardo Muti 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Ansia eterna, crudel (Des Grieux, Lescaut, Manon)Riccardo Muti 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - ... e Kate ripose al Re (Lampionaio, Des Grieux, Manon)Riccardo Muti 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Manon, disperato è il mio prego! (Des Grieux, Manon)Riccardo Muti 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - All'armi! All'armi! (Voci, Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Borghesi, Popolani, Sergente, Comandante)Aldo Bramante 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Rosetta!...Eh! Che aria! (Sergente, Borghesi, Popolani/Lescaut, Gruppo di Borghesi/Manon, Des Grieux)Aldo Bramante 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 3 - Presto! In fila!Aldo Bramante 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Tutta su me ti posa"Riccardo Muti 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - Manon, senti amor mio...Vedi, son io che piango (Des Grieux)Riccardo Muti 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Sei tu che piangi?"Riccardo Muti 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Sola perduta, abbandonata"Riccardo Muti 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Fra le tue braccia, amore!"Riccardo Muti 7:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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Puccini struggled especially hard with the birth of Manon Lescaut, his first triumph and, for all its flaws, his first real masterpiece. There's no question that the compassion he felt for the confused and ultimately doomed heroine of Abbé Prévost's 18th-century novel generated the kind of intensity he brought to Mimi or Tosca.

This live performance from June 1998 at La Scala is clearly banking on the star power of José Cura, who indeed makes his memorable mark on des Grieux. It's exactly the kind of role to absorb Cura's drawbacks (his moments of insecurity and odd phrasings) and let his strengths shine, and Cura uses his wonderfully dark, ardent tenor to embody des Grieux in all his helpless passion. As the title heroine, Maria Guleghina can be exasperatingly supercharged one moment, beguiling the next. She's not all that convincing as the character's frantic mood shifts, but is emotionally gripping in her bleak final monologue. Riccardo Muti is less uptight than usual in the pit and throws welcome light on the score's notable symphonic depth, bringing a sense of coherency to Puccini's not-quite-perfected vision. Some moments of frazzled string ensemble aside, the band plays beautifully. --Thomas May


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great live recording 16 Sep 2000
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Manon Lescaut is a really great opera if you have the correct performers. José cura sings the role of "Il Cavaliere Renato Des Grieux" excellent and vivid. When I first listened to it I was a bit disappointed , because I also have The Manon Lescaut recording with Mirella Freni and Domingo. But now I find this recording as great as the one of G.Sinopoli. If you like Puccini and his great music be sure to listen to this record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sparks fly as stars ignite La Scala 18 July 2000
By Ed Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Manon Lescaut, Puccini's first big hit, has an admirable recording history, and this new release is a worthy addition to the ranks. Certainly, the piece is flawed - the Boheme-like bustle of Act 1 gives way to the meatier Act 2, where all the important action (and some not-so-important) takes place; thereafter there the tragedy races preciptously to its sun-scorched conclusion in the Louisiana desert. Massenet's version may capture better the brittleness of Manon's world and the enigmatic nature of its central character, but Puccini wins hands down in the passion stakes. The music is full of life and invention, tantalisingly foreshadowing most of the composer's later work, and the love music is as explosive and hot-blooded as much of what preceded and followed in Italian opera.
This recording is taken from live performances at La Scala in 1998. Muti's conducting is really excellent, capturing the broad sweep of the work and much of the detail. However, the set's main attraction is its leading couple. Jose Cura and Maria Guleghina look wonderful in the accompanying photographs - it's hard to imagine a better looking soprano and tenor able to sing these roles today. Guleghina is hardly a natural coquette, which means that Acts 1 and 2 suffer a little (her request for the hair curlers sounds decidedly Tosca-like) but what a vibrant and exciting voice this is! Some flat high Bs aside, she brings to Manon's arching phrases a real Puccinian "lift" and spares nothing in the last act monologue. The effect of her singing in the theatre must have been overwhelming. Cura, too, gives his considerable all. His voice, dark, woody undertones and all, sounds at times like the answer to everyone's prayers for a new Domingo - yet he infuriates too with moments of tightness and loss of support. But in his duets with Guleghina - and particularly in the last act - he is absolutely splendid. Lucio Gallo is suitably sleazy as Manon's brother, bringing verbal piquancy and burnished sound to the Act 2 duet; the supporting cast is admirable.
The set has stiff competition - Freni and Pavarotti (with Bartoli, no less, as the madrigal singer!), and Te Kanawa and Carreras, to name but two. For the frisson of live performance, and for sheer electricity, however, it is very much worth having - an admirable addition to any Puccini collection.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cura and Guleghina deliver magnificent performances 16 April 2000
By Christopher C. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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In this recording, Cura lives up to his early promise. Never before have I heard him sound so good. The role of Des Grieux fits him like a glove -- this should become a signature role for the young tenor. He infuses his dark, almost baritonal sound with charm in the first act and great tragedy in the third and fourth. Guleghina's big soprano voice makes a powerful impression, particularly in her heartbreaking monologue in the last act. I have several recordings of this opera, but never have I felt so emotionally moved by the story and music. Cura and Guleghina are always attentive to the text, and they carefully listen and react to each other. Muti conducts with a passion that matches that of these two hugely talented singers.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Manon 26 April 2000
By Brendan Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent recording. The singers, chorus and orchestra are all first rate and because it is live we can get into the atmosphere of what must have been a wonderful night at La Scala!. Jose Cura is perfect for this role. He makes the change from the youthful student Des grieux in the opening to the man tormented with love in the 3rd and 4th acts with great skill. Some people may accuse him of wild vocalism but, my friends this is not bel canto. This is music drama of the highest order ( with the drama equal to the music- sorry all you purists out there but in this world there is room for both!) If you want refined vocalism go to someone like Vargas ( who I also love by the way but a completely different kettle of fish - but equally good) but if you wish to hear great passion and drama you have come to the right place.( By the way I think that some more Cura live recordings are in order- this is where he shines) Guleghina is excellent as Manon and conveys the character well. I was very impressed with Lucio Gallo who made a great job of Lescaut and Luigi Roni's voice suited Geronte well.The orchestra plays well under the masterly direction of Muti- but we could expect nothing less. So all in all if you want to hear Manon Lescaut this is a good place to start
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD live Manon Lescaut 4 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a record that has a lot of very different ratings by pro opera rewievers. Some rank it very good/high and others nearly rank it as a very bad performance/record (you could see what I mean by reading Amazon eds rew. and Penguin guides above).
I rank this set very high. In my opinion Muti, La Scala choir and orchestra performed excellent. Muti and his La Scala choir and orchestra do this Manon Lescaut with passion and warmth in this LIVE version from La Scala, Milan and Muti is in my opinion a very good, solid (Italian) conductor (famous).
Jose Cura is one of the great singers in our time, in the tradition of Domingo, and he show us why he is a great singer after a couple of minutes.
Maria Guleghina sings almost nearly perfect and she really shines like a superstar in act four.
The others have some small minors sometimes but also some great moments and I focus on that (the minors dont ruin this opera as they sometimes do in other records).
This is a LIVE set but coughs and so on occurs only a couple of times. You could sometimes imagine footsteps and so on (stage noises) but that is something giving you a, in this case a charming live feeling.
Beutiful sound and a very nice, informative libretto booklet, make this set a must have for Puccini fans.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Puccini's "dark" lovers? 2 May 2000
By Joseph A. Newsome - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording of Puccini's first mature opera features two voices of proportions perhaps not ideally suited to their roles. As Manon, soprano Maria Guleghina exhibits a gloriously powerful voice of dramatic proportions (where are her recordings of Tosca and Santuzza?), strong throughout the range and thrilling at the top. The top C in her Act II duet with her brother is brilliantly rendered, and surprisingly well-recorded. Guleghina obviously has a good grasp of Manon's character, although (like Callas) she portrays the heroine of Prevost's novella perhaps more than that of Puccini's opera. As others have noted, her "Sola, abbandonata" monologue in the final act is beautifully and movingly sung--a rare accomplishment. In technical and dramatic means, she obliterates all other Manons except Renata Tebaldi and Callas. As des Grieux, Jose Cura contributes a good amount of high-octane singing. His voice is an awkward combination of raw power and certain intonation. What he lacks, in this recording, is an affinity for Puccinian elegance. Des Griuex is, after all, a young Frenchman of respectable birth. Cura's des Griuex is very much in the manner of Mario del Monaco: that is to say that it is well sung and compellingly acted through the voice alone, but the listener is left wondering how a sophiticated, worldly girl like Manon could have been captivated by such a brutish, bullying lad. Lucio Gallo tries to make something of the thankless role of Lescaut--it is, naturally, a pleasure to hear a major voice in this role. Luigi Roni fits his "Commendatore" voice well into the role of Geronte. All in all, this is a recording worth hearing for Guleghina's and Cura's raw power--even if not ideal, their passion is admirable.
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