Puccini: La Bohème

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3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Puccini
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: La Bohème
PERFORMER: Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo; John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boy’s Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Georg Solti
CATALOGUE NO: 88697579022

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As, I imagined, would Solti’s La Bohème. But here the cut and thrust seem pushed, the edges rough, and the lead singers – wonderful artists both – not quite in their element: Caballé’s Mimì is too mannered and artistic to tell the simple truth, and Domingo is not your ideal top C man for the crucial aria, though immensely sympathetic as always. David Nice