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

Release Date: 10/2002

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