PUCCINI Tabarro, LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci / Levine

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GIACOMO PUCCINI
Il Tabarro

RUGGIERO LEONCAVALLO
Pagliacci
Teresa Stratas · Juan Pons
Plácido Domingo · Luciano Pavarotti
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine

Stage Production, Set and Costume Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Video Director: Brian Large
Int. Release 29 Aug. 2005
1 DVD-Video
0440 073 4024 0 DVD Video NTSC GH
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: Italian/German/English/French/Spanish
A production of Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.
Pavarotti and Domingo star in MET 1994-1995 season opener


Track List

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Il Tabarro, Opera lirica in un atto

1.
1:52

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Charles Anthony, Federico Davia, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Philip Creech, Yvonne Gonzales, Tony Stevenson, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Teresa Stratas, Florence Quivar, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Plácido Domingo, Charles Anthony, Federico Davia, Florence Quivar, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

6.
3:27

Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Charles Anthony, Federico Davia, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Federico Davia, Florence Quivar, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

8.
3:07

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Juan Pons, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

12.
2:20

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857 - 1919)
Pagliacci

14.
1:36

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Prologue

15.
2:38

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Juan Pons, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 1

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

Juan Pons, Luciano Pavarotti, Kenn Chester, John Hanriot, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

20.
3:57

Luciano Pavarotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

Teresa Stratas, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Teresa Stratas, Dwayne Croft, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

25.
1:50

Juan Pons, Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, Dwayne Croft, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Luciano Pavarotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

28.
3:50

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 2

29.
2:54

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Dwayne Croft, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

Teresa Stratas, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Juan Pons, Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, Dwayne Croft, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

Juan Pons, Luciano Pavarotti, Teresa Stratas, Kenn Chester, Dwayne Croft, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Raymond Hughes

Total Playing Time 2:19:53

In "Il tabarro" Domingo . . . finds a real connection with the role of Luigi; Stratas sings and acts up a neurotic storm as Giorgetta, while Pons's simple, unhistrionic dignity enriches the ambiguity of the Michele/Giorgetta relationship. Levine conducts both scores with unruffled Karajanesque virtuosity, omitting Italianità or any sense of dramatic struggle. Brian Large's side-angle stage shots flatten out the three-dimensionalism of David Reppa's "Tabarro" setting. Strata's compelling presence on stage and on camera makes this reissue a must.

Pavarotti was singing Canio for the first time on stage, and he does so magnificently, dramatically as well as vocally. Zeffirelli¿s spectacular production (horses, dancing girls, fire-eaters ¿ really, it¿s marvellous) . . . Levine conducts both works with a profound understanding for pacing, rhythm and colour in these tow verismo masterpieces, drawing glorious playing from the Met Orchestra. The opulent sound is as good as any I have heard on an opera DVD.

What an opportunity -- to see two of the "Three Tenors" on the same stage on the same night . . . Add Teresa Stratas, one of the great singing actresses of that era, and a very acceptable Juan Pons in both operas, and it's hard to complain . . . Domingo is an intelligent, believable Luigi in "Il tabarro", and he sings "Hai ben ragione" as if it were a real plum . . . Pavarotti has the vocal goods for this role . . . Kenn Chester is a young and appealing Beppe . . . The picture (4:3) is crisp and clear.

. . . Karajan's special gift for "verismo" and the intriguing pairing of the stylish and passionate Bergonzi with Joan Carlyle just carry the day.

. . . Stratas reste fidèle à elle-même, courageuse et volontaire. Domingo, en docker de charme, vise à la succession de Brando . . . Levine fait miroiter les irisations pucciniennes et ennoblit Leoncavallo. Un programme rériste défendu avec goût, filmé avec une abondance de gros plans efficaces : à ne pas négliger.

Orquestalmente Levine domina perfectamente ambas partituras, logrando resaltar la teatralidad y el suspense de ambas óperas, así como dar vuelo a las melodías . . . La nitidez del sonido permite que el visionado de este insólito binomio verista sea un auténtico placer . . . Domingo y Pavarotti, cada cual desde sus respectivas personalidades canoras, derrochan su talento, aunque no hay que olvidar al tercero en cuestión, Juan Pons, que no por ser barítono merece menos aplauso. Con este DVD se consolida el cada vez más extenso catálogo del sello amarillo, especialmente en el capítulo de funciones en vivo.

. . . el equipo vocal está inmenso, sobresaliendo un Juan Pons en estado de gracia . . . En resumen, disco imprescindible en cualquier colección sea usted un aficionado medio o un gourmet de la música, que le deparará casi tres horas de gran arte.

James Levine dirige con su habitual maestría y habilidad a la magnífica orquesta del Metropolitan.

Domingo y Pavarotti bordan sus personajes, matizados, brillantes vocalmente . . . James Levine desde el podio concierta con precisión y naturalidad y mantiene siempre la tensión necesaria en estos reconcentrados dramas.