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Madame Butterfly Import
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This classic recording of Puccini's saddest work catches its two leading protagonists at their most youthful and most ardent. Steber is a soprano sorely missed--she rarely sang badly, in poor taste, or shallowly; if anything is wrong here it's that she sounds a bit too... red-blooded American for Puccini's geisha. Tucker, too, is red-blooded, but his Pinkerton is supposed to be--he is his usually reliable, stentorian, unsubtle self. Rudolf's conducting is no-nonsense, and SONY has remastered the 50-ish year old recording well. Not a first Butterfly for a collection, perhaps, but one with fine, historical value. --Robert Levine
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True, Steber does not come across as a victim. But she is totally engaging nevertheless, and offers the listener a compelling and believable interpretation of the role. Tucker is outstanding as Pinkerton. His "Dovunque al mondo" is more ardent and convincing than most; he truly sounds like a "Yankee vagabondo". The love duet shows the intensity of emotion which both singers bring to the roles, and Steber really hits her stride with "Un bel di".
While this may not be the definitive "Butterfly", it has much to offer, and should not be ignored by anyone who loves this opera. As part of the Sony/Columbia Masterworks Heritage series, it has been remastered in rich, warm mono, with excellent packaging, including good notes and a libretto.
I agree with the others. This is not the recording to have if you only want one Butterfly. But if you enjoy Steber and have room in your collection for a worthy second or third Butterfly, buy it! P.S. Steber's Cosi is also available on Sony Classical Heritage.
weak moments of emotional turmoil. When I need an overwhelming wash of gorgeous melody bellowed out by a great dramatic soprano and tenor I turn to Turandot. For blood and guts balls to the walls melodrama I turn to Tosca and Karajan and Leontyne!
And when I am overwhelmed by Weltschmerz and an endless icy winter and a recalcitrant lover I turn to
Madama Butterfly. This opera is one of my Release operas. It unplugs the dammed up emotions I have been sitting on for long periods of time. A little gin and Cio Cio San does the trick. The next day I am
bright as a button.
Puccini had that gift, the Human gift, of unlocking emotions through unbridled heart on the sleeve melody coupled with an unerring sense of what the human heart does to us and it. Jealousy, Soul's yearning, rage and revenge are his specialities.
I do not know of a bad recording of this great masterpiece. I began my collection with the old Leinsdorf set with Anna Moffo, splendid, on old scratchy RCA vinyls. I lived with that for a couple of decades, having moved along to Wagner, Strauss and Verdi in the interim, shunning Puccini as Vulgar ostentation.
Now, in my 30s, a terrible decade for angst, I returned to Puccini just to see. I had heard, and seen, Karajan's version with Freni and Pavarotti, very fine but Pavarotti was to hammy for me. I like a little more verisimilitude even in Italian tenors, though the voice is unparalleled in beauty. I didn't buy that set however, I waited, until Sinopoli, again with Freni. His is a shattering performance, Freni not as fresh in voice as for HvK but even more inside the tragedy of Cio Cio San's unrequited love.
Then I put Butterfly away again until, now in LATE middle age. I had heard of this Met recording with Steber and Tucker but was not interested in what I thought would be inferior sound, probably boxy and one-dimensional. I was wrong. The sound is great, for mono, and amazing for a 1949. It is immediate and natural and very clear.
So no problems with the technical side of things on this wonderful Sony product.
What makes this Butterfly indispensable, in fact the ONLY necessary recording of this work are Max Rudolf's 'right' conducting and Eleanor Steber's subtle but ever-growing and powerful Cio Cio San.
And if Jean Madeira (Suzuki) had been born a dramatic soprano instead of a dramatic contralto she would have been a superstar. She sings like one here in what is usually a pretty thankless role.
If you don't know this recording and you love Madama Butterfly you will have to have this in the collection. I have missed years of great pleasure by not having it in my own.
Superlatives escape me at this point.