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The Best of the Three Tenors

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O Sole Mio -+ Funicul+¬, Funicul+  -+ Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici (Brindisi) -+ Sous le Ciel de Parris -+ Torero Quiero Ser -+ Parlami d' Amore, Mari+Ý -+ Manha de Carnaval -+ Lolita Dicitencello Vuie -+ Core 'Ngrato -+Because -+ You'll Never Walk Alone -+ Singin' in the Rain -+ Maria/Tonight/'O Paese d' 'O Sole/Cielito... -+ Ochi Tchorniye/Caminito/La Vie en Rose -+ Mattinata/Wien, Wien, Nur du Allein... -+ Lippen Schweigen -+ Brazil -+ Sous Les Ponts de Paris -+ Torna a Surriento -+ Nessun Dorma -+ La Donna +ˆ Mobile

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Back in 1990, three of the world's most celebrated tenors--namely, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti--combined forces to create the Three Tenors, now celebrated on a best-of CD. They gave their first concert in Rome. The event was recorded and went on to become one of the best-selling classical titles of all time.

This latest release brings together tracks from that night in Rome (including "Nessun dorma" and a competitive rendition of "O sole mio") with music performed in a 1994 concert in Los Angeles and at the 1998 event in Paris where the Three Tenors sang to an audience of thousands with the Eiffel Tower as their backdrop.

The 22 tracks making up The Best of the Three Tenors range from operatic standards, such as the joyful "Brindisi" from La Traviata, to popular songs like "Singin' in the Rain" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel). There are no solos on this disc; each piece is performed by all three singers. And with plenty of applause and cheering to be heard, not to mention the sense of fun in the singers' voices, the disc captures the atmosphere of these extraordinary musical events. --Rebecca Agnew


1. 'O sole mio
2. Funiculi, funicula
3. Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi)
4. Sous le ciel de Paris
5. Torero quiero ser
6. Parlami d'amore, Mariu
7. Manha de Carnaval
8. Lolita
9. Dicitencello vuie
10. Core 'ngrato
11. Because
12. You'll Never Walk Alone
13. Singin' In The Rain
14. Maria
15. Tonight
16. 'O paese d' 'o sole
17. Cielito lindo
18. Ochi tchorniye
19. Caminito
20. La Vie en Rose
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Product Details

  • Performer: Placido Domingo, Jose Carerras, Luciano Pavarotti
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta, James Levine
  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004UB8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By PhantomOfTheOpera on August 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first thing we must establish here is that this is not meant to be opera. This is three exceptionally talented tenors enjoying themselves and giving tremendous joy to those listening by singing mostly popular "evergreens" and also some operatic arias. The beauty in music lies in the diversity, in my opinion. One can better appreciate one type of music when one knows about the others. And why should we limit ourselves to listen to just one genre in music. It would be the same as having steak for dinner every day for the rest of your life, wouldn't it? So why should we limit three wonderful tenors to only sing operatic arias for the rest of their lives? If so we wouldn't have "Maria", "You'll never walk alone", "Singing in the rain" or any of the evergreens on this recording and that would be a shame.

There are no solos on the cd. I think I've read somewhere that they felt there had been enough "three tenors cd's" and if they were to release yet another one it would be one containing what the audience demands, the three of them joining forces and performing together in the songs.
The result, in my opinion is highly recommendable. The three voices blend perfectly together. I have to admit that I have a personal favourite among the tenors and that I would never buy an entire recording featuring only one of the two others, but I recognize their talents and -as stupid as it may sound- since they are performing together I can also appreciate the other two. (I like them too, but in smaller doses....)Some people have commented on their problems with mastering the english language. If anything, I think it just adds to their charm. By the way, who is perfect??

The songs on this cd is a mixture of beautiful songs, heartwrenching songs, toe-tapping songs and powerful songs.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Collen Jamison on October 20, 2004
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I got this CD as a gift and it changed my life! I was always a rocker and liked classical music, but never was much into this genre of music. This album changed all of that. Since getting the three tenors I've found a whole new world out there. Thank you guys!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Monica on July 13, 2005
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A few years ago I was lucky enough to actually see a Three Tenors concert. The experience was amazing. Later I bought this CD. I was so happy when I listened to it because the CD captures the mood of being present at the concert. I like the variety and every time I play it, I am taken back to my personal experience at the concert. Hearing the audiences on the CD really gets you excited about hearing this amazing trio.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2003
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Definitely worth purchasing. It is not an opera CD - it is a concert CD with 3 superb tenor voices that blend together so nicely. A wonderfully entertaining music CD with lots of variety and an opportunity for opera to grow on non-opera lovers. What else can you expect from the BEST. A DVD version would be wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miles on May 18, 2009
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The Best of the Three Tenors is a celebration of our greatest legends in Classical Music. Very little is available for classical music lovers today, so this is a must for your music library. Unless children and teens hear the classically trained voice when they are young, they will not develop the concept of music appreciation at its best. They are bombarded with screamers and contemporary ear drum blasting contemporary music which majors on the assumption that "loud" means "great", not the quality of the trained voice or the symphonic sound of beautifully orchestrated strings. Parents, let's expose our children and teens to the best quality of music by taking them to concerts of classical music, and playing this great "music of the masters" in our homes and cars. The Best of the Three Tenors is a great place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ EZ on May 6, 2012
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There is an applause at the beginning and end of each song. Quality is ok but not fantastic. For $10, wish it was higher quaity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clandis on April 6, 2014
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I wonder if God didn't make these men with each other in mind. Wonderful presentation of wonderful music. I love that they included the audiences reactions!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Loo on June 16, 2002
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Every World Cup since Italy we eagerly wait for the next 3 Tenors concert. Now on one disc the best of all 3 concerts. It is just a pity "The Best Of" disc is not on DVD. The vocal fit the beauty of the visuals.
Oh yes, dont forgot the final concert at Yokohama... please bring in the DVD ASAP. I hope they sing excerpts from Madama Butterfly, the very opera Carreras debuted on stage.
And yes ! Since the great Luciano is retiring, there is a vacancy for a new Tenor. Hey choose a new one before the next World Cup in Germany.
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