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Madame Butterfly [Import]

Puccini , Steber , Tucker , Met Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Overture (Pinkerton)
2. Madame Butterfly: Act I: E soffitto e pareti (Pinkerton, Goro)
3. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Dovunque al mondo lo Yankee (Pinkerton, Sharpless)
4. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Amore o grillo (Pinkerton)
5. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Ancoro un passo or via (Butterfly)
6. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Gran ventura (Butterfly, Pinkerton, Sharpless, Friends)
7. Madame Butterfly: Act I: L'imperial Commissario (Goro)
8. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Vieni, amor mio! (Pinkerton, Butterfly)
9. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Ieri son salita tutta sola (Butterfly)
10. Madame Butterfly: Act I: Tutti zitti! (Goro, Commissioner)
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Disc: 2
1. Madame Butterfly: Act II: C'è Entrate (Goro)
2. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Yamadori, ancor le pene (Butterfly, Yamadori, Goro, Sharpless)
3. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Ora a noi (Sharpless)
4. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Due cose potrei far (Butterfly)
5. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Ah! M'ha scordata (Butterfly)
6. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Io Scendo al piano (Sharpless)
7. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Il Cannone del porto! (Suzuki)
8. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Tutti i fior? (Flower Dust - Butterfly, Suzuki)
9. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Or vienmi ad adornar (Butterfly)
10. Madame Butterfly: Act II: Humming Chorus (Offstage)
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Product Description


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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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic recording which offers many pleasures Oct. 24 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording is unusual in that none of the principals had much prior experience with "Butterfly". Therefore, the performance is not exactly what one is accustomed to hearing, but that in no way diminshes its power and the beauty of the singing.
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steber Fans, Rejoice! May 19 2001
By Paul Bunkerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The older I get, the more I appreciate opera singers from the past. Eleanor Steber is one of my favorite sopranos, and, as any one of her fans knows, there are not many recordings of her singing available. Thanks to Sony Classical, the wonderful Heritage series now contains a stunning reissue of this classic 1949 recording with Metropolitan Opera stars of the time. Enough has already been written on these pages about Steber bringing perhaps too much "red-blooded" Americanism to the role, but for me, this recording is a glorious treasure, capturing Steber at the height of her career. Her unfailing diction, intonation and colorful sound are thrilling to hear. Richard Tucker is a great match for Steber (they would work again in a brilliant Cosi in 1952 at the Met) and captures the essence of Pinkerton well.
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is sweet! Dec 26 2004
By R. Jessen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the loveliest moments surely has to be listening to a great performance such as this one. Eleanor Steber, in spite of the size of her voice, is in great form in this role which she never sang at the Met or anywhere else. Richard Tucker, as Pinkerton, also never sang this role at the Met. But what a loss! He is truly magnetic as is Steber in their respective role, singing with a passionate involvement seldom seen on stage since. Max Rudolf conducts with absolute knowledge of the score. As a side note, one Penelope Smith who was a girlfriend at the time, stole this album from myself and sold the LP version. This CD set more than made up for all of the pain and suffering this loss put on me so many years ago. Take that Penelope!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazed at this recording April 21 2011
By R. B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Singing, as recorded here, just does not exist like this anymore. The New York based opera singers of the 40s and 50s are as good as it gets for me and Tucker and Steber, both in their primes in 1949, are among my favorite singers. Sony did a fantastic job with the remastering. I wish they'd remaster more recordings with great singers of the past instead of signing ones like Paul Potts. Time to get back on the right track Sony!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully powerful and moving Jan. 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is music at its best, stunning, beautiful, and powerful. Puccini's classic will live forever.

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