31 Songs, 1 Hour 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Herbert von Karajan’s vast catalog contains some hotly debated flashpoint entries. But on the agreed-upon hits, there’s no denying the energy of his conductor’s art. This is one of the latter releases—a performance of Puccini’s famous bohemian tearjerker that feels alive from the downbeat, and that only gets stronger once a young tenor named Luciano Pavarotti enters, one minute into the proceedings (in the role of Rodolfo). Soprano Mirella Freni’s Mimi is a key part of the killer cast too. (Check out her warm, affecting way with the would-be separation tune “Donde lieta uscì.”)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Herbert von Karajan’s vast catalog contains some hotly debated flashpoint entries. But on the agreed-upon hits, there’s no denying the energy of his conductor’s art. This is one of the latter releases—a performance of Puccini’s famous bohemian tearjerker that feels alive from the downbeat, and that only gets stronger once a young tenor named Luciano Pavarotti enters, one minute into the proceedings (in the role of Rodolfo). Soprano Mirella Freni’s Mimi is a key part of the killer cast too. (Check out her warm, affecting way with the would-be separation tune “Donde lieta uscì.”)

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