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Great Composers: Puccini
Great Composers: Puccini

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Item #:  D4117
Our Price: $19.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 59 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031411791
ISBN: 0-7697-8390-2

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This landmark series presents the lives and works of seven musical giants from the Baroque era to the twentieth century. It examines the backgrounds, influences and relationships that make these seven composers part of the very fabric of the history of western music. Each composer's life and work is presented through extensive performance sequences, and through interviews and comment from some of today's greatest artists and most respected authorities.

Giacomo Puccini is today the most popular of opera composers, but not necessarily the most respected. From humble origins in the town of Lucca in Tuscany, he rose from the Milan Conservatoire to compose some of the greatest Italian operas. His love of his home and its local lake, his serial infidelities, his unhappy marriage, his obsession with hunting and his final illness are told alongside the story of his music.

Interviewees include Puccini’s grand-daughter Simonetta Puccini, opera producer and actor Simon Callow, experts Julian Budden, William Ashbrook, Leonardo Pinzauti, Alan Sievwright and conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.

The programme contains extracts from his operas, sung by José Cura, Leontina Vaduva and Julia Migenes, with conductor Richard Buckley and the BBC Phiharmonic.


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Music performed by
Jose Cura
Julia Migenes
Leontina Vaduva

The BBC Philharmonic
Conductor: Richard Buckley

Narrator: Kenneth Branagh

Raymond Gubbay • Jonathan Miller • Julia Migenes • Jose Cura • Simon Callow • Sir Charles Mackerras

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