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Puccini - La Bohème / Freni, Pavarotti, Harwood, Berlin Phil., Karajan [Highlights]
Giacomo Puccini, Elizabeth Harwood, Nicolai Ghiaurov
Puccini - La Bohème / Freni, Pavarotti, Harwood, Berlin Phil., Karajan [Highlights]
Genre: Classical
 
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These excerpts were taken from the recording that has established itself as the standard by which all others should be measured. Herbert von Karajan's orchestra is no less than perfect, as much a virtuosic performer as the...  more »

     
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These excerpts were taken from the recording that has established itself as the standard by which all others should be measured. Herbert von Karajan's orchestra is no less than perfect, as much a virtuosic performer as the singers, evoking each moment's unique mood. Can there be any doubt that Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni were born to sing Puccini? Their sweet, creamy voices splendidly blend, creating a complete aural portrait of the bohemians' souls. Elizabeth Harwood is a wonderfully high-strung Musetta, with the vocal talent to support her many moods. After hearing these highlights, you won't be able to resist the whole set, which is the greatest recording ever of the world's most beloved opera. --Barbara Eisner Bayer

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David N. (ilikeallmusic) from GADSDEN, AL
Reviewed on 7/4/2015...
This recording is what all other recordings of "La Boheme" are compared against. Top 5.0 rating at AMG, Recorded in 1972 with a young Pavarotti. Googled this for other top notch reviews of this recording!! - David N.

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This is an extraordinary experience!!!!!!!
Sabad One | 09/17/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording is among the top3 recordings in my opera collection. Really a special experience. I have an Erato recording of La Boheme with Carreras, which is not even getting close to this one. Just buy it! It is really a must have!!!!"
One of the best recordings ever of a magnificent voice that
Sabad One | 09/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am writing this review a few days after the death of Luciano Pavarotti. Even if I do not know music, I like opera, and I love Puccini. This recording is one of the most beautiful I ever heard, and will make it clear, if ever there was any doubt, that we just lost one of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century.

Forget about his incursions in pop music, forget about his late years marriage with a younger woman and forget about his frequent cancellations and all that. Just listen to "Che gelida manina" in this recording and weep... Mirella Freni is an amazing co-star, and her Mimi' is as superb as Pavarotti's Rodolfo. Everyone in this recording is superb. Here you will truly hear Pavarotti at his peak. Nothing less than magical. Indeed the full production is well worth its price, and if you can my recommendation is to purchase that rather than this (still beautiful) abridgment.

For another outstanding recording of the best Pavarotti, try the Turandot from the same label, directed by Mehta, and with an amazing Caballe' in the role of Liu'. Then, you will hear the most memorable "Nessun dorma" you will ever hear.

Thanks Mr Pavarotti for having made this world a better place."