PUCCINI: LA BOHEME (SUNG IN GERMAN) - ELECTROLA COLLECTION; POPP, L. (2 CDs)
Until the late 20th century, it was common practice to perform Italian operas in German language. The advantage of recording in German language persuaded Electrola to re-record Puccini's successful opera in 1985. This concept worked out brilliantly. The result was a piece of lively musical theater with no stage, convincing with the ensemble's outstanding performance - above all Lucia Popp, one of the greatest and most touching singers of her time, and Francisco Araiza, the splendid tenor - conducted by Stefan Soltesz, spirited and with exact respect to details.
Lucia Popp (Mimi), Francisco Araiza (Rodolfo), Ludwig Baumann (Schaunard), Wolfgang Brendel (Marcello), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Colline), Barbara Daniels (Musetta), Friedrich Lenz (Benoit), Heinrich Weber (Parpignol), Gerhard Auer (Alcindoro), Wilfried Vorwold (Sergente dei doganieri) & Theodor Nicolai (Un doganiere)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Munchner Rundfrunkorchester, Stefan Soltesz