PUCCINI Madama Butterfly / Freni,Pavarotti,Karajan

GIACOMO PUCCINI

Madama Butterfly
Mirella Freni · Luciano Pavarotti
Christa Ludwig · Robert Kerns
Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan
Int. Release 08 Jan. 1987
3 CDs / Download
0289 417 5772 2


Track List

CD 1: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Madama Butterfly

Act 1

Luciano Pavarotti, Michel Sénéchal, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Christa Ludwig, Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Michel Sénéchal, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Robert Kerns, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Michel Sénéchal, Mirella Freni, Robert Kerns, Luciano Pavarotti

Mirella Freni, Michel Sénéchal, Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Michel Sénéchal, Erna Maria Muhlberger, Mirella Freni, Eva Maria Hurdes, Martha Heigl, Wolfgang Schneider, Robert Kerns, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Michel Sénéchal, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Hans Helm, Michel Sénéchal, Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Kerns, Siegfried Rudolf Frese, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Michel Sénéchal, Wolfgang Schneider, Martha Heigl, Eva Maria Hurdes, Marius Rintzler, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Marius Rintzler, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time: 54:46

CD 2: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Madama Butterfly

Act 2

Christa Ludwig, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Robert Kerns, Michel Sénéchal, Mirella Freni, Giorgio Stendoro, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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Michel Sénéchal, Robert Kerns, Giorgio Stendoro, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Robert Kerns, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Christa Ludwig, Michel Sénéchal, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Christa Ludwig, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time: 54:31

CD 3: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Madama Butterfly

Act 2

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Christa Ludwig, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Christa Ludwig, Robert Kerns, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Robert Kerns, Luciano Pavarotti, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Robert Kerns, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Kerns, Elke Schary, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Robert Kerns, Elke Schary, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Christa Ludwig, Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time: 36:23

. . . [all three releases] capture the great tenor in his prime during the early 1970's. The sound quality is superb and the entire package (which contains the full libretto with essays about each opera and Pavarotti's career as well as photos taken at the sessions) is treasurable . . . ["Turandot" CD]: Conductor Zubin Mehta, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, obviously relishes the music and the exquisite cast . . . [Joan Sutherland] is majestic in the part . . . [the moving Liù] is the extraordinary Spanish soprano, Montserrat Caballé. Even the supporting roles are first-rate: bass Nicolai Ghiaurov as Timur and tenor Peter Pears as the Imperatore . . . ["Madama Butterfly"]: Soprano Mirella Freni was perhaps the greatest Puccini soprano of the late 20th century and ranks in this role with Victoria de los Angeles . . . and Renata Scotto (another wonderful singing actress). Pavarotti makes the hard-hearted American sound charming and delivers a beautiful love duet with Freni. There was probably no better Suzuki than Christa Ludwig . . . ["L'Elisir d'amore"]: Pavarotti's rendition of "Una Furtiva Lagrima" (the most famous aria in the opera) has to be counted among the finest renditions of the piece. Sutherland is amusing as Adina and of course her singing is brilliant . . . These three opera recordings are perfect gifts for opera fans, but buy one for yourself as well.

. . . [no one] could come close to Decca's sound in emphasizing realistic balances between the soloists and orchestra . . . This sumptuously casted performance undoubtedly has the best singing of any "Madama Butterfly" recording . . . Pavarotti was in a class by himself at this point in his career . . . The final scene is overwhelming . . . this is probably the best-sounding "Madama Butterfly" ever recorded, and the Blu-ray audio disc is the sonically preferred version.