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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
This recording is remarkable. Pavarotti sings with unbound beauty and Sutherland is remarkable as Marie. Some of the Pavarotti/Sutherland sets (recorded over a long period between the mid 1960's into the mid-late 1980's) have Sutherland sounding a little old for her parts, but with this set both the singers are in their complete prime. Sutherland was only 41 when this...
Published on 20 Aug 2004 by D. Bennett

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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
With no information I had hoped that all the Tonio songs were by Pavarotti, only 'Ah mes Amis' was by Pavarotti (I felt this was not his best recording of this song). Only 4 songs were by Sutherland. All the rest by others. I wished I had either had had more information before I bought it, or actually, I wish I had not bought it.
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Mrs. E. A. Young


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super, 20 Aug 2004
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This review is from: Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (Audio CD)
This recording is remarkable. Pavarotti sings with unbound beauty and Sutherland is remarkable as Marie. Some of the Pavarotti/Sutherland sets (recorded over a long period between the mid 1960's into the mid-late 1980's) have Sutherland sounding a little old for her parts, but with this set both the singers are in their complete prime. Sutherland was only 41 when this recording was made in 1968 and Pavarotti was very young at 32. Both performers give their all and this makes for some brilliant moments, not least Pavarotti's "Ah! mes amis". The supporting cast is excellent, especially Spiro Malas, he is wickedly good as Sulpice with a magnificent voice.
The Orchestra is warm sounding and the conducting well paced. The sound is very good considering its age, the Decca engineering means there is very little distortion and literally no background noise.
Considering the amount of enjoyment you get from this recording the price is very fair, it is well presented also, it would be a nice gift for any Bel Canto lover.
All in all this is an excellent set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Sutherland, Dazzling Pavarotti - Essential Opera recording, 11 Aug 2008
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Amazing recording of amazing performances. Sutherland is unbelievable. Her singing is intensely brilliant and glorious - technically spectacular - unbelievable, as well as being full of real emotion. Pavarotti's voice is really splendid, young, clear and bell-like, while at the same time warm and rich, with those famous repeated and spectacular high C's at the end of Act I. This is one of the greatest opera recordings of all times. Amazing, absolutely fantastic performance by Sutherland. Essential.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best (only!) available!!, 1 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (Audio CD)
A wonderful period piece of almost unrivalled singing from two of the best at the peak of their performance, ably supported by the lesser characters and genuine humour from the classic speaking cameo of the Duchesse de Krakenthorp. The recording is also something of a tribute to an all but vanished style of bel canto performance; those lucky enough to see Dessay and Florez at Covent Garden last year (televised this Christmas) will realise how things have changed. However, until such stunning performers choose to perform on disc, "La Stupenda" and "Big Lucy" remain the only option. In any event, as a monument to it's style and artists it is indispensable.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb comic bel canto showpiece, 7 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (Audio CD)
This recording was made at the same time as the cast were appearing at Covent Garden in the Sixties, and the performance schedule has obviously allowed the cast to enjoy the recording and perfect the interpretation.

La Fille du Regiment is the French version of a terrific Donizetti comedy, and has Sutherland and Pavarotti in fabulous voice. The accents may be dodgy but the singing is fantastic, which it needs to be in an opera where almost every number is a showstopper of the bel canto style.

Unreservedly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 19 April 2011
I think someone commented that one note in the tenor aria distorted slightly. This is so minor and should not detract from an otherwise fantastic recording.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Oct 2007
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This is a superb performance. The recording, however, shows its age in places: for example, there is some distortion on the longest of the famous high Cs of Pavarotti. But where else are you going to find any recording of this performance?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sutherland and Pavarotti, 23 Feb 2013
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What a joy to return to this recording after so many years. Both leading artists are caught in their best voice ( or almost so).Sutherland always seemed to give of her very best in French works and it is so here,even though she still manages to swallow a few of her consonants and vowels. Her coloratura is simply stunning and managed to take my breath away.She is matched and even surpassed in this Opera by Pavarotti who puts all other tenors in the shade in this work ( Pace John McCormack fans).The rest of the cast is good.The opera is an enjoyable romp from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti at his finest, 29 Oct 2012
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The Daughter of the Regiment must be Pavarotti at his very best. This set contains his crisp high C, then another, and another. Superb.

Interestingly I had never heard of The Daughter of the regiment but I find it is full of beautiful tuneful music and is simply a lot of fun.

For a recording made in the 1970s the quality is superb. It is a must-have recording in any opera lover's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enregistrement definitif, 17 July 2012
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There's no and there won't be better recording than this one. Pavarotti, Sutherland and companions, touched by God's finger, give us what we call in French "l'enregistrement definitif"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassable, 22 Nov 2011
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This is the only recording ever to have done justice to Donizetti's bubbling comedy. Previous and later attempts have come to grief for various reasons, most of them inadequate vocal contributions. Sutherland is of course far too old to be playing an 18 year old fille, but just listen to the competition...
our Joanie takes no prisoners. Big Lucy is in a class of his own, needless to say, and Maestro Bonynge has the measure of both Donizetti and Opéra comique like no other. This Classic Decca recording pulls out all the stops and believe me you'll never hear it's like again!!
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