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A te, Puccini
Giacomo Puccini

Angela Gheorghiu

A te, Puccini

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212078020
Catnr: SIGCD 780
Release date: 26 January 2024
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Signum Classics
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0635212078020
Catalogue number
SIGCD 780
Release date
26 January 2024
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Signum Classics are proud to present superstar soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s first album on the Grammy award winning label. Described as “the world’s most glamorous and gifted opera star” (New York Sun), Ms. Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as a unique international opera superstar. Her new album, released to mark the 100th anniversary of celebrated composer Giacomo Puccini's death, brings together a collection of little-known songs spanning his entire career. The album features a World Premiere Recording of the recently rediscovered song “Melanconia”. It also includes songs that Puccini used as an inspiration in his famous operas, such as "Sole e amore", "Mentia l'avviso", "Sogno d'or" and "Morire?". Other notable works on the recording are “Salve Regina” and the title track “A te” composed by Puccini at just 16 years old.

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Giacomo Puccini

The Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini is viewed as the most important succesor of Giuseppe Verdi. Puccini was a true theatre man, who knew how to combine words, gesture and music seamlessly to emotionally touch the audience. Puccini's creative process was a tormented him. Often, librettists had to swallow a lot before he was satisfied with the text. Because of this, he only composed relatively few operas, but among those are some real masterworks. In his opera Tosca, Puccini knows how to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, and in his operas La Bohème and Madame Butterfly, it is hard not to weep in the end. Moreover, Puccini was able to compose arias which Verdi would have called 'something for the organ...
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The Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini is viewed as the most important succesor of Giuseppe Verdi. Puccini was a true theatre man, who knew how to combine words, gesture and music seamlessly to emotionally touch the audience. Puccini's creative process was a tormented him. Often, librettists had to swallow a lot before he was satisfied with the text. Because of this, he only composed relatively few operas, but among those are some real masterworks. In his opera Tosca, Puccini knows how to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, and in his operas La Bohème and Madame Butterfly, it is hard not to weep in the end.
Moreover, Puccini was able to compose arias which Verdi would have called "something for the organ grinder": melodies which linger in your head and people sing in the streets. This was proven once again by his famous "Nessun Dorma", which was used for the world championship football, and his "O Mio Babbino Caro" which was used in a well-known commercial. Due to his popularity and commercial success, critics did not acknowledge his talents for a long time. They accused him of a sensationalist approach. His reputation as a lover of women and fast cars certainly didn't help with his image either!
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