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Beware: identical, less expensive CD set available from Amazon
December 14, 2012
The content of this 2 CD set is excellent. It includes orchestral excerpts as well as arias. Composers included are Bizet, Donizetti, Dvorak, Gounod, Mascagni, Mozart, Offenbach. Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, and Wagner. The price of the Decca set is/was $13.73.
The warning is that the identical content is available from Amazon on a London 2 CD set, entitled "The Greatest Opera Show on Earth," for $2.99.
I ordered both at the same time (alas, I did not check the contents closely enough), opened both upon their arrival, and only then discovered the exact same content (selections, artists, sequence on the CDs, individual and total times, etc.).
I got permission to return the more expensive Decca set, but was then notified that I would only receive a credit of $3.88, because of a "Return Shipping Fee Refund Deduction" of $2.98, plus a "Restocking Fee Refund Deduction" of $6.87.
I feel that Amazon was delinquent/remiss in offering CD sets which had exactly identical content, but with different titles and (significantly!) different prices.
Please don't make the same mistake I did. If you want the (excellent) content which these sets carry, order the London selection at $2.99.