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Puccini: Turandot [Box set]

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, London Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (7 Feb 1985)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041Q3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Popoli di Pekino!Zubin Mehta 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Gira la cote!Zubin Mehta 7:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - O giovinetto! Grazia, grazia!Zubin Mehta 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Figlio, che fai?Zubin Mehta 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Fermo! Che fai? T'arrestaZubin Mehta 6:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Signore, ascoltaZubin Mehta 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Non piangere LiùZubin Mehta 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Olà, Pang! Olà, Pong!Zubin Mehta 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Ho una casa nell'HonanZubin Mehta 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - O mondo, O mondoZubin Mehta 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Introduzione (Scene 2)Zubin Mehta 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Gravi, enormi ed impotentiZubin Mehta 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Un giuramento atroce mi costringeZubin Mehta 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Popolo di PekinoZubin Mehta 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - In questa reggiaZubin Mehta 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Straniero, ascoltaZubin Mehta 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Gloria, gloria, o vincitoreZubin Mehta 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - Tre enigmi m'hai propostoZubin Mehta 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Introduzione - Così comanda TurandotZubin Mehta 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Nessun dorma!Zubin Mehta 6:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Principessa divina!Zubin Mehta 7:11£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Tu che di gel sei cintaZubin Mehta 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Liù! Liù! Sorgi! Sorgi!Zubin Mehta 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Principessa di morte!Zubin Mehta 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Che è mai di me?Zubin Mehta 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - "Del primo pianto" - "Più grande vittoria non voler"Zubin Mehta 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - So il tuo nome!Zubin Mehta 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - "Diecimile anni al nostro Imperatore"-"Padre augusto" augusto"Zubin Mehta 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 


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2CD John Allds Choir/Lpo/Mehta

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turandot - Zubin Mehta and the LPO 16 Oct 2004
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This is a brilliant and, so far, unsurpassed recording of Turandot. No other version comes close despite the fact it is over 30 years old. All the principals are ideally cast and the LPO plays superbly. All the nuances of Puccini's complex score are realised to perfection through an excellent recording: just note, for example, the subtle and delicate accompaniment to Caballe's Liu in the "Tanto amore segreto" aria of Act3. You have no need to consider alternative versions of Turandot, this is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 11 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
This opera is one of my favourite recordings, now even cheaper than when I bought my copy. Pavarotti is heroic and, I feel, preferable to Franco Corelli with Francesco Molinari-Pradelli on EMI. Equally Sutherland is a more 'human' Turandot than Birgit Nilsson. The sound on the DECCA recording is fuller and more vibrant than the EMI.
I have the feeling that the EMI set may be more 'accurate' than the DECCA set, Corelli and Nilsson may be more like the singers Puccini intended to fill the roles, starker, less beautiful, more forceful than Sutherland and Pavarotti. However, because Nilsson's Turandot and Corelli's Calaf are, I feel a little too grand, I prefer the Mehta set overall. Renata Scotto is lovely as Liu, with gorgeous tone, but Caballe has a more radiant voice. The rest of the casting proves stronger on the DECCA set also.
Mehta with the LPO is stronger than Molinari-Pradelli with the Orchestra dell'Opera di Roma, with lots more character and more presence.
The set was already good value but now the Pavarotti/Sutherland Turandot is really excellent value for money, well cast, well recorded and gradually reaching mid-price.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording of Turandot in my experience 21 Aug 2007
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The first time that I heard "Turandot" was at a performance in the Arena de Verona some years ago and it was a life-changing event for me: the opera and its performance was simply sublime, indescribable in its intensity to convey a host of emotions. At the end of the first act, less than half an hour's worth, I turned to my wife and said "I'm happy to die now!" or words to that effect: extreme it may sound, but I still hold it true. The beauty of the music and the splendour of the performance in that fantastic arena, in front of nearly 20,000 people that, like me, went wild with excitement at the end of the act, delivered sensations and emotions that can only be expressed as divine.

Since that introduction some seven years ago I have seen live and heard on CD and DVD a large number of different productions of the opera.

On CD, my favourite version is Decca's 1972 recording with a young Luciano Pavarotti as Calaf. This is a studio recording, which I prefer for opera if listening on CD - if you can't have the theatre then you have to make up by having the best sound possible and studio wins over live recordings every time. For instance, I much prefer this recording over the Carreras/Marton/Maazel recording recorded live at the Vienna State Opera that some hold as the finest recording of the opera: Carreras neither has the power nor beauty of the young Pavarotti and Maazel's conducting is ponderous.

Pavarotti's is a brilliant performance - in 1972 he still had the power to go with the gorgeous silky timbre of his voice. Calaf's role needs the power to make the end of Act 1 the thrilling piece of music and theatre that it can be - it works wonderfully well here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Cast, An Amazing Recording 22 Jan 2004
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TURANDOT was Puccini’s last opera. It is a radical departure from his earlier works such as LA BOHEME, TOSCA, and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, but it has a majesty and beauty that is irresistible. Puccini died before completing the orchestration of the score, which was completed by another composer Franco Alfano.
The opera tells the story of a princess named Turandot, who requires that all her suitors answer three riddles if they wish to be married to her. All the suitors fail and each is killed. Prince Calaf sees the lovely Turandot, and immediately falls in love with her. This is against the wishes of his elderly father Timur and his father’s caretaker Liu, as well as the entire community. Calaf is in love and will not hear of their objections. He is able to answer her three riddles which shocks Turandot. She still wants him beheaded, but her father tells her she cannot go against her word. Calaf makes a deal with her. He will release her from her promise if she can guess his name. She tries to learn his name and kills Liu, the one who secretly loves Calaf in the process. Calaf decides to reject Turandot because of this, but she repents of her ways, and in the end true love reigns supreme.
There are many excellent recordings of this opera with greats such as Jussi Bjorling, Franco Corelli, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras playing the role of Calaf. Each interprets the role differently, but I believe the Pavarotti recording under the baton of Zubin Mehta with Joan Sutherland as Turandot is remarkable. Perhaps the reason for this is due to the fact that Pavarotti has used Nessun Dorma, the famous aria from Act III as his signature piece, but the recoding has many more merits than this one aria. Sutherland is powerful as the love starved and heartless Turandot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast
This 1972 recording by Decca is notable as it is stars Joan Sutherland as Turandot. Many would not imagine this work as her natural domain but her colossal, creamy, noble sound... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T.Golley
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't think you could get better
Turandot herself, of course, does not sing a note until the opera has been running for an hour. When she does, Joan Sutherland gives it all she's got, which is quite a bit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aurelian
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and jaw dropping quality of singing
Amazing. Others here recommend this as the best recording. I can only say this is the only one I've listened to and I keep playing it again and again. Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars opera fan
Puccini, pavarroti & sutherland- brilliant combination. My treat to me and worth every penny.Super recording .I look forward to many hours pleasure.
Published 15 months ago by grannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of this great opera
This is Pavarotti's finest full operatic recording. His singing is simply spine chillingly brilliant and exciting. Read more
Published 20 months ago by T. German
5.0 out of 5 stars Turandot
Had to buy another one of these because to my horror my original started to jump about when being played. Superb recording.
Published 24 months ago by Jillian Reeves
4.0 out of 5 stars Puccini: Turandot
An outstanding recording. Buying digitally is great for speed of delivery but there is a problem with long Opera MP3 downloads they arrive out of sequence and it's a pain having... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by John Germain
5.0 out of 5 stars unmentioned aspect
I totally agree with all that has been said but would make a case for the excellent contribution made by The John Alldis Choir. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by islandmusiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Decca's great Turandot
TURANDOT. Alextorres hit the nail right on the head. A tremendous cast and remember Luciano had not at that time sung the role of Calaf on stage. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by C. H. T. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
Whether you respond to Puccini's tale of cruelty is one thing. The fact that this recording is terrific is quite beyond doubt. Read more
Published on 21 May 2009 by Mr Swallow
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