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PUCCINI: Bohème (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956)

    






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PUCCINI: Bohème (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956)

This release brings together for the first time Sir Thomas Beecham’s prewar and postwar recordings of La Bohème as well as his spoken comments on the work, taken from a promotional LP issued at the time of the release of the complete recording. Beecham had known Puccini personally and had discussed La Bohème in great detail with him in London in the 1920s. Featuring Victoria de los Angeles and Jussi Björling in glorious form, the 1956 set ranks alongside the Callas De Sabata Tosca (Naxos 8.110256-57) as one of the greatest studio recordings of an opera ever made.When it was first released in the UK The Gramophone reviewer remarked that “Beecham’s power of reviving music is indescribable…. One goes head over heels in love with the opera all over again”.



Disc 1

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi / Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  La bohème
1.   Act I: Questo "Mar Rosso" mi ammollisce e assidera (Marcello, Rodolfo) 00:02:37
2.   Act I: Aguzza l'ingegno (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline) 00:03:11
3.   Act I: Legna! … Sigari! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard) 00:03:42
4.   Act I: Si puo … Chi e la (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 00:04:35
5.   Act I: Al Quartiere Latin ci attende Momus (Schaunard, Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline) 00:02:10
6.   Act I: Chi e la (Rodolfo, Mimi) 00:02:35
7.   Act I: Oh! sventata, sventata! (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:01:44
8.   Act I: Che gelida manina! (Rodolfo) 00:05:00
9.   Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:05:12
10.   Act I: Ehi! Rodolfo! (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimi) 00:00:48
11.   Act I: O soave fanciulla (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 00:04:09
12.   Act II: Aranci, datteri! (Chorus, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello) 00:02:59
13.   Act II: Chi guardi (Rodolfo, Colline, Mimi, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus, Parpignol) 00:03:23
14.   Act II: Viva Parpignol! (Chorus, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 00:02:11
15.   Act II: Oh! Musetta! (Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Chorus, Alcindoro, Musetta, Mimi) 00:03:17
16.   Act II: Quando men' vo soletta (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline) 00:04:41
17.   Act II: Chi l'ha richiesto (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Chorus, Marcello, Musetta, Mimi) 00:02:13
18.   Act III: Ohe, la, le guardie! … Aprite! (Chorus, Customs Officer, Musetta) 00:03:41
19.   Act III: Sa dirmi, scusi, qual'e l'osteria (Mimi, Sergeant, Customs Officer) 00:01:32
20.   Act III: Mimi! … Speravo di trovarvi qui (Marcello, Mimi) 00:05:05
21.   Act III: Marcello. Finalmente. (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 00:01:22
22.   Act III: Mimi e una civetta (Rodolfo, Marcello) 00:01:28
23.   Act III: Mimi e tanto malata! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 00:03:19
24.   Act III: Addio … D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:03:17
25.   Act III: Dunque e proprio finita (Rodolfo, Mimi) 00:01:51
26.   Act III: Che facevi Che dicevi (Marcello, Musetta, Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:03:31


Disc 2

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi / Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  La bohème
1.   Act IV: In un coupe (Marcello, Rodolfo) 00:01:28
2.   Act IV: O Mimi, tu più non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello) 00:02:59
3.   Act IV: Che ora sia! … L'ora del pranzo (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline) 00:02:20
4.   Act IV: Gavotta … Minuetto … Pavanella (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 00:01:43
5.   Act IV: C'e Mimi … c’e Mimi (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimi, Marcello) 00:03:24
6.   Act IV: Ho tanto freddo. Se avessi un manicotto! (Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello, Schaunard) 00:03:01
7.   Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard) 00:02:23
8.   Act IV: Sono andati Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:03:17
9.   Act IV: Mi chiamano Mimi … il perche non so (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 00:03:20
10.   Act IV: Dorme … Riposa (Musetta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline) 00:04:56

Beecham, Thomas

  Sir Thomas Beecham speaks about La bohème
11.   Sir Thomas Beecham speaks about La bohème 00:01:23

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi / Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  La bohème, Act III: D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore, "Mimi's Farewell"
12.   La bohème, Act III: D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore, "Mimi's Farewell" 00:03:36
13.   Act IV: In un coupe (Marcello, Rodolfo) 00:01:29
14.   Act IV: O Mimi, tu più non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello) 00:03:07
15.   Act IV: Che ora sia! … L'ora del pranzo (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline) 00:02:24
16.   Act IV: Gavotta … Minuetto … Pavanella (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 00:01:41
17.   Act IV: C'e Mimi … c'e Mimi (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimi, Marcello) 00:02:57
18.   Act IV: Ho tanto freddo. Se avessi un manicotto! (Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello, Schaunard) 00:02:35
19.   Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard) 00:02:20
20.   Act IV: Sono andati Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:03:02
21.   Act IV: Mi chiamano Mimi … il perche non so (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 00:03:15
22.   Act IV: Dorme … Riposa (Musetta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline) 00:04:52

Total Playing Time: 02:21:05






Composer(s):
Beecham, Thomas; Puccini, Giacomo

Lyricist(s):
Giacosa, Giuseppe; Illica, Luigi

Conductor(s):
Beecham, Thomas

Orchestra(s):
London Philharmonic Orchestra; RCA Victor Orchestra

Choir(s):
Columbus Boychoir; RCA Victor Chorus

Artist(s):
Alva, Robert; Amara, Lucine; Andreva, Stella; Angeles, Victoria de los; Beecham, Thomas; Björling, Jussi; Brownlee, John; Corena, Fernando; Easton, Robert; Labbette, Dora; Merrill, Robert; Monte, George del; Nahr, William; Nash, Heddle; Powell, Thomas; Reardon, John; Tozzi, Giorgio

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera; Vocal

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111249-50

Barcode: 0747313324927

Distribution Note(s):

Not available in the United States, Australia and Singapore due to possible copyright restrictions


Physical Release: 03/2007

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