Puccini

Puccini

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924) was an Italian opera composer who has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi".

Puccini's early work was rooted in traditional late-19th-century romantic Italian opera. Later, he successfully developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

Puccini's most renowned works are La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (1924), all of which are among the important operas played as standards.

Both during his lifetime and in posterity, Puccini's success outstripped other Italian opera composers of his time, and he has been matched in this regard by only a handful of composers in the entire history of opera. Eleven of Puccini's operas are numbered among the 200 most-performed operas (worldwide, by composers of any nationality, as surveyed by Operabase). Three of his works (La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly) rank among the top ten works performed, and Puccini ranks third (behind Verdi and Mozart) in the number of performances of his operas over all.

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Puccini

Puccini

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924) was an Italian opera composer who has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi".

Puccini's early work was rooted in traditional late-19th-century romantic Italian opera. Later, he successfully developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

Puccini's most renown...

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
REGER Four Tone Poems after Böcklin
IBERT Escales
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos
CHOPIN/ROGAL-LEVITZKY Chopiniana
MENOTTI Sebastian - Ballet Suite
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3

Live and Studio recordings, 1945-47
Total duration: 3hr 32:16

Vitya Vronsky, piano
Victor Babin, piano
Dimitri Mitropoulos, piano
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia

conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos

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PUCCINI La fanciulla del West

Studio recording, 1958
Total duration: 2hr 6:22

Birgit Nilsson - Minnie
João Gibin - Dick Johnson
Andrea Mongelli - Jack Rance

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan
conducted by Lovro von Matačić

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PUCCINI Tosca

Recorded in Milan, 1929-30
Total duration: 1hr 47:06

Carmen Melis
Piero Pauli
Apollo Granforte
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
conducted by Carlo Sabajno
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J. STRAUSS, DVOŘÁK, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, SAINT-SAËNS, SIBELIUS, BRAHMS, SCHUBERT, MUSSORGSKY, R. STRAUSS, EICHHEIM, PUCCINI, HOFFSTETTER

Acoustic studio recordings, 1919-1924
Total duration: 64:44

Leopold Stokowski, conductor
The Philadelphia Orchestra
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PUCCINI Turandot

Broadcast performance, 1961
Total duration: 1hr 58:41

Birgit Nilsson Turandot
Anna Moffo Liù
Franco Corelli Calaf
Choir and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Leopold Stokowski, conductor 
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PUCCINI La Bohème

Studio recording, 1951
Total duration: 1hr 44:32

Renata Tebaldi  Mimì
Hilde Gueden  Musetta
Giacinto Prandelli  Rodolfo
Giovanni Inghilleri  Marcello
Fernando Corena  Schaunard

Santa Cecilia Academy Chorus and Orchestra
conducted by Alberto Erede