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Great Modern Carmen

Advantages: Smooth voiced protagonists, nice sound
Disadvantages: Slightly tame Escamillo, maybe lacking in some french style

Arguably the best recording of Carmen in the past 30 years. Teresa Berganza has a smooth and warm voice here, rather darker than Victoria de los Angeles (Thomas Beecham conducts, EMI) but smoother and lighter than Maria Callas (Georges Pretre conducts, EM ...

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Review of Bizet: Carmen

Terrific Selection

Advantages: Golden-age singers in great sound and a good variety of performances
Disadvantages: None

I listen to this CD an awful lot and I am very happy with it. The mixture of French and Italian opera here is excellent. Some of the very best opera singers DECCA have ever had are here, Sutherland, Pavarotti (a lot of Pavarotti), Carreras (rather straine ...

operalover2000 01.01.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Bellini, Delibes, Puccini, Verdi: Great Opera Duets

Pavarotti at his very best

Advantages: Young/Prime Pavarotti in core repertoire in brilliant stereo sound
Disadvantages: Very little

This is probably the best introduction you could have to Pavarotti. It has everything, early work (1960s) and more mature work (1970s/1980s) it also has earlier composers such as Donizetti and Rossini as well as later greats such as Bizet (not a big figur ...

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Review of Pavarotti's Greatest Hits