Luciano Pavarotti may be the best known opera singer in the world due to his nonstop output since his introduction to the genre. But poor Pavarotti will put his name on anything, as this terrible Christmas album proves. The music is fine, the performance is fine, but the sound quality is wretched, bringing to mind a Pearl Jam bootleg more than an album of Christmas carols. There is obviously a lot of talent behind this music, but to hear it in these circumstances is more than a little annoying. Avoid this album; Pavarotti has attached his name to many other holiday collections that are far superior.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano
Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Intermezzo from L'arlésienne Suite No. 2/6, arranged by Ernest Guirard)
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