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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Freni, Pavarotti, Ludwig, Kerns; Vienna PO; Karajan [CD+Blu-Ray Audio]

Notes & Reviews:

... he inspires singers and orchestra to a radiant performance which brings out all the beauty and intensity in Puccini's score, sweet but not sentimental, powerfully dramatic but not vulgar. Freni is an enchanting Butterfly, constantly growing in stature...Pavarotti is an intensely imaginative Pinkerton" Penguin Guide, 2010 edition "The sound is great, as before, but there is more clarity. Mirella Freni touches the heart like no one else for me, and again, Pavarotti in superb voice. The Vienna Philharmonic play for Karajan as if they play Puccini daily.

Decca is proud to reissue some of its most iconic Pavarotti recordings, including Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Now available with libretti on CD and High-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc, sales expectations are high for these deluxe editions. The editions highlight the key partnerships in Pavarotti's early recording career including those with Sutherland, Caballé, Freni, Ghiaurov, Mehta and Karajan (see below for a full list of performers). 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and Decca - a fitting occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of the 20th Century's greatest tenor.


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