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Dismayed by some other reviewers....
on 25 April 2011
La Boheme is not one of my favourite operas, but I'm adding my review because I'm dismayed and baffled by some of the mean-spirited reviews on this page.
Just to reiterate: this is one recording that certainly does justify the hype attached to it. Pavarotti and Freni - a pair of singers whose deep communicative bond was forged in childhood - were at the height of their powers when this was made; Karajan - the supreme Italian opera conductor of his time - for once was satisfied just to conduct and not to bother the engineers. The result is one of the finest (if not THE finest) recordings of the analogue era. I even know people who don't like Puccni, yet who own this set because it sounds so gorgeous....
Of course, it's probably not the only Boheme you need to own: the Beecham recording with Bjorling and de los Angeles is arguably at least as good as this musically, though the sound is mono. But if you want a great interpretation in stunning sound, this is the one you should go for. And ignore anyone who tells you otherwise....:)