Album released in Spain and dedicated to Argentine singer Jorge Antonio Cafrune (Jujuy, 1937-1978). He was one of Argentina's most popular folk singers of his time, while he devoted himself tirelessly to the collection and dissemination of culture and music of his native country. With his unmistakable stamp, dressed in riding jacket, wearing hat and 'bamberas' and embedded in his huge white beard, toured his country trying to bring his art and popular message everywhere. Then visited the United States and Spain, where he managed the early 70's unprecedented success in his career before returning to Argentina in 1977. Shortly after he met his death in an accident never convincingly clarified.
Frescobaldi was the most influential composer for keyboard in Italy prior to Domenico Scarlatti. Bach copied out Frescobaldi’s Fiori Musicali, and he was also a strong influence on Fux and Buxtehude. His reputation has been slow to gain its rightful status over the past century or so. This edition provides a superb opportunity to discover this neglected master of the Baroque.
This studio recording was made in 1989 coinciding with a memorable production from the Metropolitan Opera, later captured on DVD. It's a delightful performance, and a wonderful highlight of Pavarotti's later career. Kathleen Battle's sparkling soprano is a brilliant accompaniment to Pavarotti's still-ringing tone.
"Pavarotti's voice was still beautiful and pliable, his phrasing exquisite. And he loved the role of Nemorino and always seemed happy with both its comedy and pathos–he steals every scene he's in, and no one minds…Kathleen Battle sings Adina with perfect, pearl-like tone, absolute fluency and commitment, and a trill to die for…Enzo Dara is an ideal Dulcamara, just the right combination of huckster and sentimentalist, with ease in every register and with fast music."
– Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com