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Maazel: Puccini – Tosca (2 CD, APE)

Maazel: Puccini - Tosca (2 CD, APE)

Maazel: Puccini - Tosca (2 CD, APE)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Decca
Size: 455 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no

Floria Tosca – Birgit Nilsson
Mario Cavaradossi – Franco Corelli
Il barone Scarpia – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Cesare Angelotti – Silvio Maionica
Il sagrestano – Alfredo Mariotti
Spoletta – Piero de Palma
Sciarrone – Dino Mantovani
Un carceriere – Dino Mantovani
Un pastore – Patrizio Veronelli

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Lorin Maazel
Giorgio Kirschner

Disc 1:
01. Tosca / Act 1 – “Ah! Finalmente!”
02. “E sempre lava!” – “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae” – “Che fai?”
03. “Dammi i colori!” – “Recondita armonia” (Aria)
04. Voi! Cavaradossi!
05. “Mario! Mario! Mario!” “Son qui!” – “Non la sospiri la nostra casetta”
06. “E buona la mia Tosca” – “Siam soli?”
07. “Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!”
08. “Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!”
09. “Or tutto è chiaro…” – “Mario?! Mario?!”
10. “Tre sbirri… Una carozza… Presto” – Te Deum

Disc 2:
01. Tosca / Act 2 – “Tosca è un buon falco!”
02. “Ha più forte sapore” – “Spoletta è giunto”
03. O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
04. “Ov’è Angelotti?” – “Mario, tu qui?!”
05. “Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?”
06. “Orsù, Tosca, parlate.” – “Mario, consenti ch’io parli?”
07. “Floria…” – “Amore…”
08. Vittoria! Vittoria!
09. Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
10. “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore”
11. Chi è là?
12. “Io tenni la promessa…” – “E qual via scegliete?” – “Tosca, finalmente mia!”
13. Tosca / Act 3 – Prelude – “Io de’ sospiri”
14. “Mario Cavaradossi?”
15. “E lucevan le stelle”
16. “Franchigia a Floria Tosca”
17. “O dolci mani”
18. “Come è lunga l’attesta!”
19. “Presto, su! Mario!”

One of the Top Four Or So

Though this recording will never topple the immortal Callas/Di Stefano/Gobbi recording, it is a very much in the running for second place. Nilsson and Corelli are in great form, Maazel provides a gread deal of excitement and for once Fischer-Dieskau doesn’t totally ruin the show though he is no Tito Gobbi and in the opera house Nilsson and Corelli would have sonically crushed him like a bug. This may be one of his best ACTING performances on disc in the Italian rep. Nilsson IS the diva, Corelli IS the lover though he does apply the sonic sledgehammer a bit too much to “Recondita Armonia”. But he gets things back under control for the rest of the performance and sounds great doing it. I rank this along with Tebaldi/Del Monaco/London and the Caballe/Carreras/Davis as a fitting second choice if you need one in stereo.

2 thoughts on “Maazel: Puccini – Tosca (2 CD, APE)”

  1. I really think they recorded this Tosca for a laugh. In this odd assortment of singers, even Corelli sounds out of place. And Fischer-Dieskau? Who is he kidding! Dietrich, this is bloody Puccini; verismo! Do you understand? NOT Schubert. You’ve gotta go all the way with this stuff. And Nilsson, convincing as she can be in Verdi, she should have avoided impersonating this passionate woman. Yuk!
    Thank you anyway, guys, for uploading :-))

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