Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West remastered from a 1958 recording

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COMPOSERS: Puccini
LABELS: Alto
ALBUM TITLE: Puccini
WORKS: La Fanciulla del West
PERFORMER: Tebaldi, MacNeil, Del Monaco; Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome/Franco Capuana
CATALOGUE NO: AlC 2028 (1958)  

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This remastering of a 1958 stereo recording of Puccini’s Wild West opera comes up vividly, with Cornell MacNeil’s blunt Rance, Mario del Monaco’s obstreperous Dick Johnson and Tebaldi’s roughhouse Minnie all striking.

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George Hall