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Madame Butterfly Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 16 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007QCG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
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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)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
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)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb4178d44) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb43b6810) out of 5 stars A classic recording which offers many pleasures Oct. 24 1998
By A Customer - Published on
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb43b6c78) out of 5 stars Steber Fans, Rejoice! May 19 2001
By Paul Bunkerr - Published on
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb43b6c9c) out of 5 stars The only Butterfly recording you need. Jan. 31 2014
By pekinman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Giacomo Puccini is a composer that I sometimes am reluctant to admit that I have an addiction to in
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb43b6c84) out of 5 stars Revenge is sweet! Dec 26 2004
By R. Jessen - Published on
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb43bc120) out of 5 stars Still amazed at this recording April 21 2011
By R. B. - Published on
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!