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A DVD that would have seemed a souvenir back in 1995 is now an historical record: Pavarotti Plus at the Royal Albert Hall features the great tenor and a welter of stars of the day performing less hackneyed pieces than one might fear. Pavarotti is in good voice for this stage of his career, but his dramatic involvement sometimes leaves something to be desired – witness Dolora Zajick almost combusting as Azucena while her Manrico looks confusedly at his music stand. Let’s just say it’s all in the voice. Zajick gets a better partner to bounce off in Kallen Esperian’s spirited Aida. Good contributions from Natalie Dessay. Giuseppe Sabbatini, Dwayne Croft and Nuccia Focile add to the lustre. Pavarotti also essays selections from roles he is less associated with, such as Macduff, Alvaro (Forza) and Otello (two concert performances were enough), so for completists this is a good choice.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica

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