Luciano Pavarotti, tenor. National Philharmonic Orchestra. Oliviero de Fabritis & Riccardo Chailly, conductors.
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The term verismo is used loosely to describe opera that portrays "everyday" characters such as Dick Johnson ("Ch'ella mě creda libero") in Puccini's La fanciulla del West or Werther ("Pourquoi me reveiller?") in Massenet's opera of the same name.
"In this fascinating and highly enjoyable collection, the voice is not recorded in quite such close-up as we have often heard with Pavarotti, and it seems naturally bigger for that. Pavarotti does achieve refinement and grace … in such a passage as the opening of 'O paradiso', and the items from Andrea Chénier and La fanciulla del West are particularly impressive with the full resonance and brilliance of the voice superbly caught."—Gramophone