Top positive review
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on 20 August 2004
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.