The Pops Play Puccini
CAT # 80260-25
1. Puccini: Gianni Schicci: O mio babbino caro 2:04 2. Puccini: Tosca: Recondita armonia from Act I 3:47 3. Puccini: Tosca: Perche chiuso? - Qual occhio - Mia gelosa! from Act I 7:45 4. Puccini: Tosca: Largo religioso sostenuto molto (Te Deum) finale from Act I 4:52 5. Puccini: Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore from Act II 3:07 6. Puccini: Tosca: E lucevan le stelle from Act III 2:51 7. Puccini: Turandot: Nessun dorma! from Act III 3:12 8. Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Ancora un passo or via from Act I 3:32 9. Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene from Act I 7:57 10. Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Un bel di from Act II 4:17 11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus finale from Act II 2:37 12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Orchestral Prelude from Act III 6:57 13. Puccini: Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide from Act II 2:04 14. Puccini: La Boheme: Che gelida manina from Act I 4:45 15. Puccini: La Boheme: Mi chiamano Mimi from Act 1 3:57 16. Puccini: La Boheme: O soave fanciulla from Act I 1:50 17. Puccini: La Boheme: Quando me'n vo' from Act II 2:27 18. Puccini: La Boheme: Speravo di trovarvi qui from Act III 2:13 19. Puccini: La Boheme: Sono andati? from Act IV 3:23
For their thirty-second release on the Telarc label, Erich Kunzel and the Cincy Pops made a splendid recording of orchestral transcriptions from Puccini's best-known and most-loved operas, following the example set by Andre Kostelanetz in his recordings from the early "50s. Included are all-instrumental versions of three arias and two duets from La Boheme; selections from Madama Butterfly; duets and arias from Tosca; the lyrical "O mio babbino caro," from Gianni Schicchi ; and "In quelle trine morbide," from Manon Lescaut.
The disc, released in 1991, hit the top on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart and stayed there for several weeks.
Find out more about Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra