Mozart Idomeneo Pavarotti/Gruberova 4757041

Pavarotti is always compelling . . . Lucia Popp, with her distinctive bittersweet timbre, is especially moving in Ilia's Act 2 aria ["Se il padre perdei"] . . . [Agnes Baltsa is] the smoothest Idamante on disc . . . silkily beautiful playing of the Vienna Philharmonic.