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Puccini: La Bohème

Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Elizabeth Harwood, Rolando Panerai, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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La Bohème: Act 1  
1
"Questo Mar Rosso"
Giacomo Puccini; Rolando Panerai; Luciano Pavarotti; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
4:32
2
"Pensier profondo"
Giacomo Puccini; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Rolando Panerai; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:11
3
"Abasso, abbasso l'autor!"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Gianni Maffeo; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:50
4
"Si può...Chi è là?"
Giacomo Puccini; Michel Sénéchal; Rolando Panerai; Luciano Pavarotti; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Gianni Maffeo; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:18
5
"Io resto"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Gianni Maffeo; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:09
6
"Chi è là?"
Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:11
7
"Si sente meglio?"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
2:42
8
"Che gelida manina"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
4:37
9
"Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì"
Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:58
10
"O soave fanciulla"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
4:20
La Bohème: Act 2  
11
"Arranci, datteri!"
Giacomo Puccini; Rolando Panerai; Gianni Maffeo; Luciano Pavarotti; Mirella Freni; Schonberger Sangerknaben; Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
2:53
12
"Chi guardi?..- Ecco i giocattoli di Parpignol"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Mirella Freni; Gianni Maffeo; Gernot Pietsch; Schonberger Sangerknaben; Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:08
13
"Viva Parpignol...Una cuffietta a pizzi"
Giacomo Puccini; Rolando Panerai; Mirella Freni; Gianni Maffeo; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
2:21
14
"Oh!...Essa!...Musetta!"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Gianni Maffeo; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Rolando Panerai; Michel Sénéchal; Elizabeth Harwood; Schonberger Sangerknaben; Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:31
15
"Quando m'en vo'"
Giacomo Puccini; Elizabeth Harwood; Michel Sénéchal; Mirella Freni; Luciano Pavarotti; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Rolando Panerai; Gianni Maffeo; Schonberger Sangerknaben; Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:20
16
"Chi l'ha richiesto?"
Giacomo Puccini; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Gianni Maffeo; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Elizabeth Harwood; Schonberger Sangerknaben; Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
2:28
La Bohème: Act 3  
1
"Ohè, là, le guardie!...Aprite!"
Giacomo Puccini; Hans-Dietrich Pohl; Elizabeth Harwood; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
4:18
2
"Sa dirmi, scusi"
Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni; Hans-Dieter Appell; Hans-Dietrich Pohl; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:03
3
"Mimì! - Speravo di trovarvi qui"
Giacomo Puccini; Rolando Panerai; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:05
4
"Marcello. Finalmente!"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:18
5
"Mimì è una civetta"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:27
6
"Mimì è tanto malata!"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Mirella Freni; Rolando Panerai; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:21
7
"Donde lieta uscì"
Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:22
8
"Dunque: è proprio finita!...Addio, dolce svegliare"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Mirella Freni; Elizabeth Harwood; Rolando Panerai; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
6:16
La Bohème: Act 4  
9
"In un coupé?"
Giacomo Puccini; Rolando Panerai; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:44
10
"O Mimì, tu più non torni...Che ora sia"
Giacomo Puccini; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Gianni Maffeo; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:28
11
"Gavotta"
Giacomo Puccini; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Rolando Panerai; Gianni Maffeo; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
1:40
12
"C'è Mimì..."
Giacomo Puccini; Elizabeth Harwood; Luciano Pavarotti; Rolando Panerai; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Gianni Maffeo; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
6:08
13
"Vecchia zimarra, senti"
Giacomo Puccini; Nicolai Ghiaurov; Gianni Maffeo; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
2:32
14
"Sono andati"
Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni; Luciano Pavarotti; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:59
15
"Oh Dio! Mimi! ...Che avvien?"
Giacomo Puccini; Gianni Maffeo; Mirella Freni; Luciano Pavarotti; Elizabeth Harwood; Rolando Panerai; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
6:03
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"Pavarotti’s Rodolfo is perhaps the best thing he ever did ..."
- Gramophone

"... one of the greatest opera recordings of all times."
- MusicWeb International

“The tone is gorgeous, the legato pilled just enough to put a lump in your throat … Mirella Freni's Mimì is creamy in tone and as stylishly sung as ever …"
- BBC Music Magazine

"... the most sumptuous of all recorded Bohèmes, with conductor Herbert von Karajan coaxing ravishing playing and singing from the Berlin Philharmonic and his thoroughly-in-their-prime cast. Pavarotti is in full bloom, with golden sound pouring forth and impeccable diction; vocally this Rodolfo hasn’t a worry in the world, and Pavarotti has ardor and feelings to spare. This recording is a warm, loving experience."
- ClassicsToday.com

The role of Rodolfo from Puccini's La Bohème launched Luciano Pavarotti's career in 1961 when he made his professional debut in a small regional production in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He would revisit the role several times over his career, including this 1972 album considered to be one of the finest versions of La Bohème ever recorded. Equally impressive here is Pavarotti's childhood friend Mirella Freni as Mimi. Conductor Herbert von Karajan proves himself a masterful, sensitive interpreter of Puccini as he leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

"... Freni and Pavarotti were the dream team for La Bohème for years ... this recording is the ideal way to sample the work."
- MusicalCriticism.com
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Recording Producers: Ray Minshull, James Mallinson
Recording Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Lock, Colin Moorfoot
Recording Location: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, October 1972

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