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Wiener Staatsoper Live - Puccini: La Boheme / von Karajan
Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Herbert von Karajan
Wiener Staatsoper Live - Puccini: La Boheme / von Karajan
Genre: Classical
 
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This is part of RCA's Wiener Staatsoper Live series, and there's a perverse kick to be had in hearing the Act II ensemble of this opera fall apart under the direction of the usually dour perfectionist Herbert von Karajan. ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Herbert von Karajan, Gianni Raimondi, Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Mirella Freni, Hilda Guden
Title: Wiener Staatsoper Live - Puccini: La Boheme / von Karajan
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Label: RCA Victor Europe
Original Release Date: 1/1/1963
Re-Release Date: 11/9/1998
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 743215773627

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This is part of RCA's Wiener Staatsoper Live series, and there's a perverse kick to be had in hearing the Act II ensemble of this opera fall apart under the direction of the usually dour perfectionist Herbert von Karajan. Perhaps he really was human! Surely, there's no question about that on the matter of Mirella Freni, the Mimi of this set. If anyone ever questions her stature in the opera world, this 1963 performance should silence all detractors. Not only is the voice pure velvet, but there's not a warmer-hearted Mimi to be heard in this opera's extensive discography. Also notable is Hilde Guden, the Viennese soubrette who brings a distinctive lilt and great personality to the role of Musetta. For some opera fans, these two could be worth the set's budget price. There's also some luxurious casting in the minor roles, such as Giuseppe Taddei as Schaunard, but the Rodolfo, Gianni Raimondi, is workmanlike (a nice way of saying the high notes sound strangulated). --David Patrick Stearns

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