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Puccini: Il Trittico - The Sony Opera House

Puccini: Il Trittico - The Sony Opera House

17 Jul 2009
3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 17 July 2009
  • Release Date: 7 Sept. 2009
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 2:46:58
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  • ASIN: B002LEJQL2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,819 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This 3 cd box presents the CBS Masterworks recordings under Lorin Maazel. Don't be put off by Maazel's sometimes-referred-to coolness and ego-centricity on the podium. These are fabulous recordings and, I believe, the best Sour Angelica ever committed to disk by some margin.
The sound is very rich and full, in the best analogue traditions of the 1970s. Maazel is fully the master of the music, which is performed with fire and passion. He does not rush, instead he allows breathing space for orchestra and singers. All 3 works are well done, but Angelica is really special. Renata Scotto is stunning as the wronged nun. She sings with a searing fire and utter identification with the role. The supposedly-saccherine finale is intensely moving, I defy all but the coldest of hearts not to be entranced and gripped. Scotto produces tone from the very pit of her being and rides over the huge tone of the orchestra like a woman possessed, which is what Puccini asks for in the music. The most famous other recording of old is the De Los Angeles EMI one from the late 50s. Comparing that to this is like comparing a Fiat 500 to a Ferrari F40.
Marilyn Horne is similarly fine in the mezzo role and the whole ensemble cast are as good as it gets.
Domingo is in prime form in the tenor roles in the other 2 works, but it is Sour Angelica which will sell this set and which is worth the asking price on its own.
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I admit to qualified rapture for this set, somewhere in between the two extremes of raves and the moans it seems to attract. It is certainly very good value and admirable in many respects, not least the presence of a young(ish) Domingo in two of the operas, the commitment of the great and large-voiced vocal actress Renata Scotto in the first two, the delightful, plangent soprano of Ileana Cotrubas in the last two and, finally, the reprise by veteran Tito Gobbi of one of his most acclaimed and character roles, as Gianni Schicchi.

Maazel's conducting is decidedly relaxed throughout, hence he gives his singers plenty of space to make their points but there is sometimes a lack of tension and excitement which slightly compromises the atmosphere of these most specifically and uniquely atmospheric of Puccini's works. Some will also lament the lack of a proper libretto - standard in more recent bargain boxes - but the synopses are quite detailed.

In many ways, I would like these recordings even more if I were not familiar with others which are even better. Scotto's admirers need not hesitate: they will overlook the incipient beat on loud notes and the added on screech on the highest, including uncomfortable high Cs in favour of her searing delivery of text and ability to ride an orchestra; she also cunningly exploits the little break between her registers to powerful emotive effect. Even her rather mature tone is not inappropriate in the case of Giorgetta if you envisage her as a woman no longer young, seeking solace in an unhappy marriage to a middle-aged man; this is how Margaret Mas plays her in the Bellezza recording of 1956, too.
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ignore all the whinging about lack of librettos and tracking. What is the internet for. Also there are more expensive versions of this set available with Libretto. A great puccini experience led by the incomparable Scotto, and backed by Domingo in fine form and Gobbi as a veteran but brilliant schicci. Shame Scotto didn't record the Lauretta if her contemporary recording of the aria is a guide. Contrubas is charming but breathy and musically adequate.
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