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Giacomo Puccini: A Discography Hardcover – Jun 21 2012

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a masterpiece of research highly recommended June 28 2012
By Col William Russell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an exhaustive discography of Puccini's recordings and is well worth the price. 78s are listed with recording dates (at least the year), label number, and matrix number along with releases on 78s, LPs, and CDs. Many discographies often omit live performances as well as many former Soviet Melodiya recordings. As to the latter, a spot check shows many, especially Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and also gives the label for those.

Occasionally there is an error but it is based on the label information not a result of research. For example, the Bella Voce BUTTERFLY (107.247) is not the Met broadcast listed on the label but is one from San Francisco with Scotto and Carreras. Likewise, a FANCIULLA on Melodram 27081 is not a Philadelphia 1964 performance but the Met broadcast of 1966 with the same principals. But, in a book this massive and comprehensive, the author can hardly be expected to double-check every label cited. He also, rightly, neglects to list several low-quality CD labels such as Encore and Immortal Performances (an inferior label not to be confused with the superb British Canadian label).

The book is a masterpiece and belongs in every operaphile's library. Not cheap or light it is worth having although the several-pound weight won't make it attractive for bedtime browsing. Highly recommended! Now may we hope for a similar Wagner Discography?
The author and/or publisher should have a website from which one can update this wonderful tome. Perhaps one will be created in July 24 2014
By JMH - Published on
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This book is a MUST for any opera enthusiast. Not only does it list complete commercial and noncommercial Puccini opera recordings, it also lists highlight recordings and even arias from the operas. Yes, you can see who recorded Che Gelida Manina, Nessun Dorma, etc. The only downside to the book, and any book of this nature, is that it can become dated shortly after its publication. The author and/or publisher should have a website from which one can update this wonderful tome. Perhaps one will be created in the future. Despite this, the Discography is a treasure to own.