Classical Reissue Reviews

“A Romantic Journey of Tuscany” (TrackList follows) – Music of VERDI, PUCCINI, CATALANI, LEONCAVALLO, DONIZETTI, VIVALDI Etc. – TopMusic

A gold CD compilation directed mainly toward audiophiles.

Published on June 28, 2013

“A Romantic Journey of Tuscany” (TrackList follows) – Music of VERDI, PUCCINI, CATALANI, LEONCAVALLO, DONIZETTI, VIVALDI Etc. – TopMusic

“A Romantic Journey of Tuscany” (TrackList follows) – Music of VERDI, PUCCINI, CATALANI, LEONCAVALLO, DONIZETTI, VIVALDI Etc. – TopMusic UQCD Gold CD™ -UQCD1077, 61:30 ***:

This is from a Hong Kong label that specializes in audiophile sound. The album has 16 tracks of orchestral versions of most themes from well-known Italian operas. But there is absolutely no identification of the orchestra, conductor, or arrangers. TopMusic used master equipment from IsoElan Power, SADiE Digital Precision, Almarro speakers, and Octave Jubilee monitor amp and preamp. The disc is a gold CD and plays on any CD player. It is better sonics than most CDs but not as advanced as the specially-mastered xrcds from Hi-Q Records.

TrackList:

1. O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi – Puccini 4:12
2. Con Te Partiro – Sartori 4:09
3. Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana – Mascagni 4:24
4. La Donna E Mobile from Rigoletto – Verdi 2:27
5. Un Bel Di Vedremo from Madama Butterfly – Puccini 3:57
6. Nessun Dorma from Turandot – Puccini 3:30
7. Intermezzo from La Traviata – Verdi 3:58
8. Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme 3:00
9. Caruso – Dalia 3:28
10. Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana from La Wally – Catalani 3:52
11. O Sole Mio Di Capua 4:22
12. Va Pensiero from Nabucco 4:20
13. Vesti La Giubba from Pagliacci – Leoncavallo 3:41
14. Una Furtiva Lagrima from Leusir D’Amore – Donizetti 4:27
15. Vissi D’Arte from Tosca – Puccini 3:24
16. Winter, from The Four Seasons (Largo) – Vivaldi 4:24

—John Sunier




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