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Puccini: Tosca - Andrea Velis (tenor); Dominick Martinez (alto); Itzhak Perlman (bass); John Cheek (bass); Paul Hudson (bass);...
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EMI's 1980 recording of Tosca has many strengths, not the least of which is the brilliant and incisive conducting of James Levine. He leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a stellar performance that allows details of orchestration to emerge with great clarity. His emphasis on the score's many dramatic contrasts and mercurial moods highlights the opera's character as a psychological thriller, and his rhythmic suppleness give it a surging romantic power. Plácido Domingo is a refined but passionate Cavaradossi. He was at the ...