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Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini, Rouslan Raichev, Sofia National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2


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The Poor Man's "Madam Butterfly" . . .
Matthew W. Dunn | Sparta, N.J. USA | 02/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a find this is: A two-CD set containing the entirety of Puccini's opera, "Madam Butterfly", for 4 bucks! I only wish some of the songs were provided for listening, so that customers could hear the quality of the production. Admittedly, I am not an expert when it comes to opera. But, no one should suspect that because the set is cheap, the music is also questionable. On the contrary, this version of "Madam Butterfly" by the Sofia National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Rouslan Raychev, is excellent. I would recommend this collection to anyone who can't afford the pricier versions out there. I was very pleased with my purchase."
You can't go wrong
Ny-er | NYC | 07/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was a little leary of buying a CD that was priced so cheaply. I figured the reproduction would be distorted, and the voices completely unhearable.I was wrong.This is a very legitimate recording of Madam Butterfly. Of course it doesn't compare to the more expensive versions of this lovely opera, but it's pretty decent and it's recorded digitally.If you enjoy this opera for its beauty of composure, the story it tells and the wonderous exchange and climatic ending, then buy this disc.I finally decided: Hey, it's only $, what can I lose?My point is: you can't."
One of the best dirt-cheap opera recordings anywhere
Ray Barnes | Surrey, British Columbia Canada | 04/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To be absolutely candid, this performance is not equal artistically to the classic Karajan recording with the Vienna Philharmonic. On the other hand, the Karajan set isn't ten times as good, but it is ten times as expensive. This set is enhanced by very respectable performances from Anna Tomowa-Sintow, who coincidentally has sung (as I recall) in the Beethoven 9th for Karajan, and from Giacomo Aragall. The rest of the cast is at least adequate,as is the orchestral playing and conducting. The body of orchestral tone is not unlike that of a typical opera orchestra, if not quite as opulent as a full symphony orchestra. The recording quality is very good indeed, unlike typical super bargain recordings. There is a brief synopsis but no libretto; this in itself is better than many EMI Seraphim and DGG Classikon releases which have virtually no documentation. I enjoyed this performance so much that I snapped up a few more issues from this company - there's a Carmen, La Traviata and Aida too. At this price, nobody will feel they paid too much. Recommended."