Lucia di Lammermoor
I've got these
was the first version I ever heard. I love it. Caballé is sparkling & Carreras at his best as Edgardo. His "Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali" always has me reaching for my hanky. 5/5
I got this one in May & it was my first Callas recording. It's in mono but for me that makes the sound more natural somehow (can't explain it very well). I think it's fantastic - Di Stefano, Callas & Gobbi all brilliant. My one complaint is that they miss out the duets with Lucia & Raimondo starting with "Di tua speranza l'ultimo raggio tramontò!" and they miss out the Wolf's Crag scene. 4/5
I got this as it does include the omitted scenes (as above) & because it's supposed to be the benchmark.
Milnes is fabulous, Pavarotti didn't compare favourably with di Stefano or Carreras and Sutherland can only sing in vowels. Maybe seeing her live she warranted 'La Stupenda' but not on studio recording. 2/5