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.

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