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Opera Explained: PUCCINI - La Bohème (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: PUCCINI - La Bohème (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... PUCCINI: La Bohème

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558011
ISBN: 1-84379-037-8

La Bohème is one of the three operas - the others are Carmen and Aida - believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term 'romantic'. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini's intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our emotions and senses

'Che gelida manina - Your tiny hand is frozen...' The moment when Mimì and Rodolfo meet and first touch is one of the very great moments of opera - created by the master hand of Giacomo Puccini, who unerringly trod the fine line between romance and sentimentality. Thomson Smillie outlines the background to the opera, explaining how painstakingly the composer worked to achieve this effect. An absorbing introduction both for those approaching La Bohème for the first time and for those wanting to know a bit more than just the big arias.

Puccini, Giacomo

  An Introduction to... PUCCINI La Bohème
1.   La Bohème 00:02:42
2.   'Donna non vidi mai' from Manon Lescaut 00:01:24
3.   'Un bel di': One fine day from Madama Butterfly 00:04:24
4.   The story... 00:03:38
5.   Benoit is ejected 00:01:21
6.   Minì's theme tune 00:04:57
7.   'Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì' - Yes. They call me Mimì 00:04:34
8.   'O soave fanciulla' - Oh beautiful maiden 00:03:36
9.   Act II - The Café Momus 00:02:35
10.   'Questa è Mimì' - This is Mimì 00:01:36
11.   The arrival of Musetta 00:01:06
12.   'Quando m'en vo... ' - When I stroll out alone... 00:03:56
13.   The closing minutes of Act II 00:02:06
14.   Act III 00:03:28
15.   Mimì sings of Rodolfo's jealousy 00:02:48
16.   Mimì è tanta malata! - Mimì is desperately ill! 00:01:08
17.   'D'onde lieta uscì - Mimì. Mimì's aria leading to the great quartet 00:03:09
18.   Act IV 00:04:09
19.   Musetta arrives 00:00:53
20.   Colline's farewell to his coat 00:00:42
21.   'Sono andati' - Are they all gone 00:03:50
22.   The death of Mimì 00:01:56

Total Playing Time: 00:59:58

Smillie, Thomson

Puccini, Giacomo

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558011

Barcode: 0636943801123

Boxset: 8.660907-09

Physical Release: 10/2002

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