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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.   Play with flash player Act I: Questo "Mar Rosso" mi ammollisce e assidera (Marcello, Rodolfo) 00:02:37
2.   Play with flash player Act I: Aguzza l'ingegno (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline) 00:03:11
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Legna! … Sigari! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard) 00:03:42
4.   Play with flash player Act I: Si puo … Chi e la (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 00:04:35
5.   Play with flash player Act I: Al Quartiere Latin ci attende Momus (Schaunard, Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline) 00:02:10
6.   Play with flash player Act I: Chi e la (Rodolfo, Mimi) 00:02:35
7.   Play with flash player Act I: Oh! sventata, sventata! (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:01:44
8.   Play with flash player Act I: Che gelida manina! (Rodolfo) 00:05:00
9.   Play with flash player Act I: Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:05:12
10.   Play with flash player Act I: Ehi! Rodolfo! (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimi) 00:00:48
11.   Play with flash player Act I: O soave fanciulla (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 00:04:09
12.   Play with flash player Act II: Aranci, datteri! (Chorus, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello) 00:02:59
13.   Play with flash player Act II: Chi guardi (Rodolfo, Colline, Mimi, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus, Parpignol) 00:03:23
14.   Play with flash player Act II: Viva Parpignol! (Chorus, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo) 00:02:11
15.   Play with flash player Act II: Oh! Musetta! (Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Chorus, Alcindoro, Musetta, Mimi) 00:03:17
16.   Play with flash player Act II: Quando men' vo soletta (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Colline) 00:04:41
17.   Play with flash player Act II: Chi l'ha richiesto (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Chorus, Marcello, Musetta, Mimi) 00:02:13
18.   Play with flash player Act III: Ohe, la, le guardie! … Aprite! (Chorus, Customs Officer, Musetta) 00:03:41
19.   Play with flash player Act III: Sa dirmi, scusi, qual'e l'osteria (Mimi, Sergeant, Customs Officer) 00:01:32
20.   Play with flash player Act III: Mimi! … Speravo di trovarvi qui (Marcello, Mimi) 00:05:05
21.   Play with flash player Act III: Marcello. Finalmente. (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 00:01:22
22.   Play with flash player Act III: Mimi e una civetta (Rodolfo, Marcello) 00:01:28
23.   Play with flash player Act III: Mimi e tanto malata! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi) 00:03:19
24.   Play with flash player Act III: Addio … D'onde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:03:17
25.   Play with flash player Act III: Dunque e proprio finita (Rodolfo, Mimi) 00:01:51
26.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Act IV: In un coupe (Marcello, Rodolfo) 00:01:28
2.   Play with flash player Act IV: O Mimi, tu più non torni (Rodolfo, Marcello) 00:02:59
3.   Play with flash player Act IV: Che ora sia! … L'ora del pranzo (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline) 00:02:20
4.   Play with flash player Act IV: Gavotta … Minuetto … Pavanella (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 00:01:43
5.   Play with flash player Act IV: C'e Mimi … c’e Mimi (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimi, Marcello) 00:03:24
6.   Play with flash player Act IV: Ho tanto freddo. Se avessi un manicotto! (Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello, Schaunard) 00:03:01
7.   Play with flash player Act IV: Vecchia zimarra (Colline, Schaunard) 00:02:23
8.   Play with flash player Act IV: Sono andati Fingevo di dormire (Mimi, Rodolfo) 00:03:17
9.   Play with flash player Act IV: Mi chiamano Mimi … il perche non so (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard) 00:03:20
10.   Play with flash player Act IV: Dorme … Riposa (Musetta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi, Schaunard, Colline) 00:04:56

Beecham, Thomas

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

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Release Date: 03/2007

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