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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried treasure indeed, 9 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Puccini - La Rondine / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Matteuzzi, Mula, Rinaldi, Ciofi, Bacelli, Spence, LV, LSO, Pappano (Audio CD)
This is a delight for Puccini fans because so little of this work is well known. But know it you must ! The music unfolds with one stunningly beautiful section after another. The performances are perfection - it is impossible to find fault with it. The orchestra plays with such clarity and yet such warmth - it is astonishing that this jewel has remained hidden for so long. The documentaion is excellent - there is simply no reason not to buy it !
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE, 12 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Puccini - La Rondine / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Matteuzzi, Mula, Rinaldi, Ciofi, Bacelli, Spence, LV, LSO, Pappano (Audio CD)
This is a must have set for lovers of opera but also Puccini fans who may not know this work very well. Have been lucky enough to see the Covent Garden and Opera North productions in recent years. It's a mystery to me why people are still so sniffy about it. On these discs as in the theatre Angela Gheorghiu is a magnificent Magda and on this occasion her husband rises to the challenge of singing with his wife. This along with Il Trittico is one of Pappano's greatest successes on disc, buy it and you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning puccini, great recording, 27 May 2010
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Justin Lusty "Justin Lusty" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Puccini - La Rondine / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Matteuzzi, Mula, Rinaldi, Ciofi, Bacelli, Spence, LV, LSO, Pappano (Audio CD)
This is a special recording of an underated work. It is a little more commercial than Tosca, say, but it is stunningly melodic and it's no wonder much of it was used for the Merchant Ivory film 'Rooom with a View'. The recording is simply stunning. This is uplifting music and a bargain
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Rondine,, 10 Aug 2009
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D. John (Devon ,UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Puccini - La Rondine / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Matteuzzi, Mula, Rinaldi, Ciofi, Bacelli, Spence, LV, LSO, Pappano (Audio CD)
I ordered this disc through my local Exeter dealer 'Opus' having seen the performance on the HD Cinema link from the Met,New York in Feb this year.
After waiting 6 months EMI still failed to bother to get their act together to provide it to the patient shop,let alone myself. What service is this? How can a shop survive with such suppliers? I do try to support local suppliers.
It arrived from Amazon within the week. Well done.
The Met performance in Feb was superb despite Gheorghiu getting over a throat infection at the time. Gheorghiu and Alagna have done much to revive this opera which has been seldom performed.
The Disc, recorded in 1997,is not apparently recorded at a public performance and is clear sharp and very sympathetic, with the two developing their lyrical play finely.
I have't heard other recordings but can't imagine there to be a more passionate interpretation. Gheorghiu is quite simply superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Discovery, 29 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Puccini - La Rondine / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Matteuzzi, Mula, Rinaldi, Ciofi, Bacelli, Spence, LV, LSO, Pappano (Audio CD)
I have only just come across this opera,(despite being a fan of Puccini ) I looked at other peoples reviews and ratings on Amazon and decided to go for this recording as I had heard Angela Gheorghiu voice is not a good now as when she was younger.
I have not been disappointed this is a superb recording and it is the whole opera 2 CD's and the libretto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A1 recording, 4 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Puccini - La Rondine / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Matteuzzi, Mula, Rinaldi, Ciofi, Bacelli, Spence, LV, LSO, Pappano (Audio CD)
Having seen Gheorgiu perform this at the Royal Opera House It was a good purchase. Brings back happy memories with every listening.
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