Not a bad bang for your buck
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I stumbled across this recording in [the store], and for the broke opera lover I am, I figured it was worth a whirl.
There aren't any noteworthy names in this Turandot, which I found to be rather disappointing, but taken on its own, for [$$]it didn't disappoint! Liu's voice conveyed every ounce of innocence and raw passion she has for Calef far better than I've previously heard. Calef is adequate enough, although his Nessun Dorma was rather disappointing. Turandot was incredible, taken on her own, but I know that I won't be the only one who can't help but compare her to Callas or Sutherland. Ping, Pang, and Pong are probably the most delightful trio I've heard or seen in any recording or production.
The most rewarding quality to this recording seems to be the orchestra and chorus of Romanian Radio-Television under the direction of Carol Litvin. They are perfectly in sync with one another, and carry the brutality of a people living under the bloody reign of Turandot. The moods are intense and leave you holding your breath, waiting for the next measure. The sound quality is impeccable, especially given the fact it was recorded in 1970; its digital re-master from the original analog tapes was incredibly well-done.
All-in-all, you could very well do worse, and this recording made for a delightful find and addition to my CD collection. Running time 78:48 minutes and 40:23 minutes on Discs 1 and 2, respectively, VoxBox records.