Top positive review
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on 8 August 2004
This set really stuns.
Julia Varady is a superb Santuzza, her voice is especially beautiful in this role. Pavarotti gives a first rate account of Turiddu, his big voice can portray the vulgar aspects of the character well. Pavarotti's rendition of "Viva il vino spumeggiante" is a real highlight of this set. The Alfio of Cappuccilli is a strong, unexaggerated potrayal and Carmen Gonzales has lots of charm as Lola.
Both the orchestra and the cast are served well by the excellent stereo. Gavazzeni is a great conductor of Mascagni (as can be heard in his brilliant recording of "L'amico Fritz" with Pavarotti and Freni) and draws nice warmth from the National Philharmonic. All in all a perfect set.