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5.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING, 21 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Puccini: Il Trittico (Audio CD)
This is an exceptional recording of Il Trittico. Let's hope we manage to see a production at Covent Garden while Pappano is in residence. The casting is excellent. Il Tabarro has some stunning moments and the duet between Guleghina & Shicoff is one of them, overall this ensemble piece is terrific and full of atmosphere. Suor Angelica is a challenging role for any soprano but Gallardo Domas who has made this role very much her own in recent years is a fine interpreter and is surrounded by an excellent company. Il Trittico my least favourite comes up well on this recording and every performance makes this comedy sparkle. There are other versions of these operas, but as a set this is very definitely the best on the market. The Tebaldi set is still a good buy, but for a modern sound with top class vocals it has to be this one. Go on, you need this set!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most recommendable modern recording, 1 Sep 2011
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Puccini: Il Trittico (Audio CD)
Antonio Pappano has by and large over the years triumphantly justified his preferential treatment by EMI in being allowed to record large-scale works where other eminent conductors have gone begging. This trilogy recorded in 1997 must be accounted a success even in the light of stiff competition going back fifty and more years but of course one area where it trumps all others is the clarity and spaciousness of the sound, especially in such places as the atmospheric opening to "Il tabarro" with lapping waters of the Seine, the distant tugboat sirens and car horns or Maria Guleghina's absolutely blood-curdling scream when Michele reveals Luigi's corpse under his cloak to Giorgetta. And of course the orchestral playing from two of London's finest orchestras is superb.

This first opera is a definite success, not least because of Carlo Guelfi's strong performance as Michele and Guleghina's convincing depiction of a bored and slightly blowsy woman who yearns to escape her mundane existence. Nonetheless, for sheer vocal thrills you cannot beat Del Monaco, Tebaldi and Merrill for Gardelli. Of course, Neil Shicoff with his lighter, throatier tenor is dramatically more convincing as a young man easily subdued by the enraged wronged bargee whereas Del Monaco sounds as though he could rip his head off. Nonetheless, Del Monaco's "meglio non pensar" arias followed by his passionate duet with Tebaldi are among their greatest moments and I wouldn't be without them. Still, Pappano directs an arresting performance of this melodrama and all round it is very satisfying - although, again, I wouldn't want to be without Gobbi's searing Michele in the classic mono version. Only Milnes manages to growl "Squaldrina!" (slut) through his teeth almost as feelingly as Gobbi. A pity that Michele's alternative aria "Scorri, fiume eterno!" wasn't included either within the opera or as an appendix.

The biggest surprise here is the recording of what is often regarded as the Cinderella of the trilogy, "Suor Angelica". I think it most unfair to label it kitsch and sentimental, although I grant you that some modern audience-members might have more trouble surrendering their secular cynicism. I can only say that I find this version genuinely moving, exquisitely sung by Cristina Gallardo-Domas with her floated top A's and C's and I can never listen to it without tears welling up and my throat going into spasm. The supporting cast is very strong, particular bonuses being Dorothea Röschmann's delightful Suor Genovieffa and Bernadette Manca di Nissa's implacable Zia principessa. Furthermore, the playing of this light, airy, ethereal score by the Philharmonic Orchestra is enchanting. This is certainly my favourite account of this tricky work.

With "Gianni Schicchi" one has to concede the supremacy of Gobbi's 1959 stereo set under Santini on almost every count. Pappano does not achieve the fizz and spring of that earlier version and the cast, although skilled, are not all idiomatic Italians who can inflect the text with subtlety. However, José van Dam reveals far more talent for comedy than I would have suspected of this dignified artist and even if his top notes are a bit dry, the same is true of Gobbi. Gheorghiu is enchanting as Lauretta and to my ears preferable to Victoria de los Angeles although I am aware that many will disagree; likewise many will prefer a virile and young-sounding and Roberto Alagna to Carlo del Monte as Rinuccio.

The casts are larded with singers spotted and recruited early by Pappano and now famous names such as Sara Fulgoni and Patrizia Ciofi. Veteran Felicity Palmer makes a telling contribution to two opera with her tangy mezzo and I was impressed by Elena Zio who sings in all three. It's a luxury, too, to have the then glamour pair Alagna and Gheorghiu as the distant lovers off-stage in "Il tabarro".

This set is certainly no disappointment even if it is surpassed in certain regards by preceding, individual recordings and it makes a superb survey of one of Puccini's somewhat less popular creations - and the "Suor Angelica" is decidedly "best in class".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 May 2014
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Dont overlook this. This is a very fine recoding indeed of three opera, two of which not as frequently performed as Gianni Schicchi.
MD is Maestro Pappano. The diction is very clear. Beautiful sound quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini at hearts, 21 Nov 2012
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I can't review with so many words: this is a very distinguished, heart moving, first class sung and played tryptichon of an opera. Each opera stands for its own and still they are connected. I listen to them in a row and enjoy their drama and dynamics. All singers are very fine and Pappano's orchestra plays without any fault. The recording is first class - it's seldom that timpani sound that clear and dry. Puccini at hearts.
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