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This review is from: Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Audio CD)
Madam Butterfly, one of the most popular operas ever composed is given full justice with this wonderful recording. Karajan maintains a superb tempi throughout, preferring to allow the music to flow naturally. The singers, Freni and Pavarotti especially are at their best here. The entire First Act just flows and must be deemed to be the best version of this act available. What I also like about this version; the sound is wonderfully balanced. Neither too loud, nor too quiet, I did not have to adjust the level of sound on my system once throughout the entire recording which I sometimes have to do with some recordings of other operas and musical works. All I had to do was to sit back and thoroughly enjoy this sublime work. First Class!
If you already have recordings of this opera, you should really add this to your collection. My only criticism though is that it is rather highly priced bearing in mind that it has been available for a number of years now. Perhaps, discounting should be made more readily available, particularly to regular customers of Amazon.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2010 07:02:30 BDT
W. von Gruenewaldt says:
I agree with your comments. I've heard a lot of scathing reviews on Amazon.com regarding this recording. I think it's beautiful. The sound balance seems to perfectly fine to me. Freni and Pavarotti are both excellent. While Karajan is taking it at a rather slowish tempo, it never bothers me. I quite like it!
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