- Performer: Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker
- Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
- Composer: Puccini
- Audio CD (Sept. 5 2006)
- Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered, SACD
- Label: Sme
- ASIN: B000G759KS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record | MP3 Download
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La Boheme Original recording remastered, SACD
La Bohème, straight from the horse's mouth to your CD player. Arturo Toscanini led the world premier for this indestructible opera in 1896, and his fiftieth anniversary broadcast performance crackles with nervous energy, rollicking brio in the ensembles, and the Maestro's uniquely controlled rubatos. And it's wonderful to hear him croaking along with Licia Albanese in Mimi's Act 1 aria, while turning that act's concluding love duet into a vocal ménage à trois! The dry acoustics of NBC's Studio 8-H are surprisingly vibrant and lifelike, and the principals make up in commitment and attentiveness to words for what they lack in pure vocal sheen. Your basic stereo Bohème is still Pavarotti/Freni/Karajan, but Toscanini's authenticity still shines across the decades. --Jed Distler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you do have a good SACD player, this is a great set. It's wonderful to have such a great recording of the best voices from a bygone era.
As always with Toscanini a taut, fast paced reading...you either like that or you don't. Great supporting cast headed by the recently deceased Anne McKnight as Musetta and featuring the great clown Salvatore Baccaloni. Sound is up close and personal 1946 mono complete with rumbling subway under the hall at one point. Again, you either like that or you don't.
I don't believe there is a one best recording of "La Boheme" as there are just too many and styles have changed over the years. And while Rodolfo was certainly one of Peerce's roles and Mimi one of Licia's I don't think there can be a 'definitive' of either as there are way too many to pick from. Now Licia and Butterfly is a different matter...BUT Toscanini knew Puccini and conducted the 1896 world premiere of this piece. That alone makes this a historical document even if it was not the great performance that it is.
Highest possible recommendation...