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PUCCINI: Boheme (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956)

Composer(s):Beecham, ThomasPuccini, Giacomo
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.111249-50
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

This release brings together for the first time Sir Thomas Beecham’s prewar and postwar recordings of La Bohème as well as his spoken comments on the work, taken from a promotional LP issued at the time of the release of the complete recording. Beecham had known Puccini personally and had discussed La Bohème in great detail with him in London in the 1920s. Featuring Victoria de los Angeles and Jussi Björling in glorious form, the 1956 set ranks alongside the Callas De Sabata Tosca (Naxos 8.110256-57) as one of the greatest studio recordings of an opera ever made.When it was first released in the UK The Gramophone reviewer remarked that “Beecham’s power of reviving music is indescribable…. One goes head over heels in love with



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Naxos…offer what their transfer engineer calls ‘The Ultimate Beecham Bohème’, as it brings together the 1956 set as above (transferred from the best portions of four RCA ‘shade dog’ pressings which preserve the openness and impact of the original master-tapes) and Beecham’s pre-war recording of the whole of Act IV, made in 1935/6 at Abbey Road, with Heddle Nash and Dora Labbette singing superbly as Rodolfo and Mimì; also included is Labbette’s exquisite performance of D’onde lieta usci from Act III. What is astonishing about this earlier studio performance is that it has all the spontaneity of the later set and treasurable performances from all the principals involved. The LPO plays ravishingly, and the


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

When it was discovered that Victoria de los Angeles, Jussi Bjorling and Sir Thomas Beecham would be in New York at the same time and with time on their hands, the wheels in set in motion to put together this legendary recording of Puccini's La Boheme. The remaining parts were taken by members of the Metropolitan Opera, while the orchestra was most probably also drawn from the Metropolitan. With session time limited, mistakes just had to stay in the finished product, though the whole is still one of the most magical opera performances placed on disc. De los Angeles was a delicate Mimi, her eventual death almost predestined from her first entry, the voice both gentle and open at the top end. It acted is a perfect foil for the elegant



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