PUCCINI Turandot / Sutherland, Pavarotti

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GIACOMO PUCCINI

Turandot
Joan Sutherland Ě Luciano Pavarotti
Montserrat CaballÚ Ě Nicolai Ghiaurov
John Alldis Choir Ě London Philharmonic
Zubin Mehta
Int. Release 10 Nov. 2014
2 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio
0289 478 7815 5 2 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio DH3
2 CDs ADD DH2


Track List

CD 1: Puccini: Turandot

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)

Act 1

Sabin Markov, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

2.
7:03

Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Pier Francesco Poli, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Montserrat CaballÚ, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Act 2

Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

10.
5:33

Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Peter Pears, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

14.
1:48

Sabin Markov, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Total Playing Time: 56:11

CD 2: Puccini: Turandot

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)

Act 2

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Pears, Montserrat CaballÚ, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, Peter Pears, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Pears, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Act 3

The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

6.
6:42

Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Tom Krause, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Nicolai Ghiaurov, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Montserrat CaballÚ, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

13.
2:13

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Total Playing Time: 1:01:03

BR 3: Puccini: Turandot

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano (1875-1954)

Act 1

Sabin Markov, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

2.
7:03

Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Pier Francesco Poli, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Montserrat CaballÚ, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Act 2

Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

10.
5:33

Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Peter Pears, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

14.
1:48

Sabin Markov, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

15.
6:34

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Pears, Montserrat CaballÚ, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, Peter Pears, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Pears, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Act 3

The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

20.
6:42

Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Tom Krause, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat CaballÚ, Nicolai Ghiaurov, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Montserrat CaballÚ, Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Tom Krause, Pier Francesco Poli, Piero de Palma, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

27.
2:13

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Joan Sutherland, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Total Playing Time: 1:57:14

. . . [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 Li¨] is the extraordinary Spanish soprano, Montserrat CaballÚ. 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.

. . . [the Blu-ray of Decca's] 1973 Turandot surely sounds magnificent . . . The exotic percussion that composer Puccini scored has wonderful presence. The orchestra and chorus tuttis are pretty awesome and the solo voices are well recorded. And what voices -- Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe, and Nicolai Ghiaurov, all at the peak of their careers. Condutor Zubin Mehta at his best, too. And Blu-ray has an often overlooked advantage, it can hold more material, so we get the whole opera on one Blu-ray disc, in PCM or DolbyTrueHD stereo with no breaks.