Puccini: Tosca - Montanaro

Puccini: Tosca - Montanaro

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5187055 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Opera

Puccini: Tosca

Melody Moore (Florian Tosca)
Stefan Pop (Mario Cavaradossi)
Lester Lynch (Il Barone Scarpia)
Kevin Short (Cesare Angelotti)
Colin Judson (Spoletta)
Alexander Köpeczi (Il Sagrestano)
Georg Streuber (Sciarrone)
Axel Scheidig (Un Carceriere)
Leon Miray Yüksel (Un Pastore)
Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Carlo Montanaro (conductor)

Passionate Rendition Of Puccini’s Electrifying Score

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and conductor Carlo Montanaro present a powerful interpretation of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, together with a cast of soloists including Melody Moore (Tosca), Ștefan Pop (Cavaradossi) and Lester Lynch (Scarpia). Tosca has been an audience favourite from the onset. Premiered in 1900, it marks the beginning of twentieth-century opera, in which sex, violence and the uncanny abysses of the human psyche would be explored, inspiring composers to expand the musical means of expression in all thinkable ways. Until today, Tosca has lost none of its expressive power, and Puccini’s intricate score deserves to be taken seriously. Its symphonic qualities are fully brought out by the inspired playing of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, led by the seasoned maestro Carlo Montanaro. Melody Moore, Ștefan Pop and Lester Lynch bring the passionate, electrifying score to life with performances of dazzling power.

The splendid cast is completed by Kevin Short (Angelotti), Alexander Köpeczi (Un Sagrestano), Colin Judson (Spoletta), Georg Streuber (Sciarrone), Axel Scheidig (Un Carceriere), and Lean Miray Yüksel (Un Pastore). The members of Rundfunkchor Berlin and Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin add their marvelous choral sound to the recording, culminating in the famous Te Deum.

Melody Moore and Lester Lynch both have a vast Pentatone discography, including complete opera recordings as well as solo recitals. The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin also has a long history with the label, having recorded multiple orchestral works, as well as Wagner’s ten mature operas, often in collaboration with the Rundfunkchor Berlin. Ștefan Pop and Carlo Montanaro make their Pentatone debut.

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Comments (2)

Comment by GROOT GELUID - January 6, 2024 (1 of 2)

Very proud of this recording. Based on a life concert version recording we managed to create an almost ideal microphone set up. Including atmos 7.1.4 but that is not released on a physical carrier. Looking forward to reactions here.

Comment by Tran - April 5, 2024 (2 of 2)

I was so looking forward to this Tosca, I was so excited about this Tosca, then everything changed because of Lester Lynch‘s terrible singing.

He ruined this new Tosca and all the efforts that everyone has made for this new recording. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly thankful for Pentatone who gave us this new Tosca, but the damage that Lester Lynch has made to it and other Pentatone’s Puccini opera recordings is so severe that this recording will never be able to rescue my ears.

I tried, tried and tried to include this new Tosca alongside my other favourite recordings, but I just can’t.

Thank you Pentatone. But Lester Lynch, please please upskill yourself.