9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2012
Yes, indeed-this is a great recording !
Domingo, Freni, Sinopoli-in any case hard to say ,who is inspired by whom? Poweful and dramatic orchestra,perfect singing in all aspects !
The recording team has done theirs work more than well.
Impressive and profoundly touching "Lescaut!"
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2009
Why buy a more recent recording than this? Domingo and Freni are magnificent (she was 50 at the time - you would never, ever guess) and the recording is sumptuous. A great bargain, complete with libretto in full translation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
I have heard various splendid versions over the years, but retain two. The classic mono Callas reading is still the most intensely moving account of this opera on recordings that I know. For a modern choice, although this has been around for some thirty years, this Sinopoli conducted version with the Philharmonia in top form is beautifully characterised and superbly recorded. This was my first opera CD set when I bought my first CD player way back in 1986! Freni is moving and sings the part with great beauty, as does Domingo. Bruson is no less memorable. highly recommended.
on 11 August 2014
This was Puccini's breakthrough opera and it's a clear indication of his evolving style: high romance, emotionally charged and good characterisation. This serves as an excellent companion piece to a recent production that I saw of it, from Covent Garden. Manon and her lover pay a terrible price for their love and Puccini more than any other composer can catch the wretchedness of it, the heartbreak and despair.