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Luciano Pavarotti: The Best (Farewell Tour)

Eric Garrett , Rolando Panerai , Cesare Andrea Bixio , Eduardo di Capua , Salvatore Cardillo , Robin Centonze Michele / Smith , Ernesto de Curtis , Lucio Dalla , Gaetano Donizetti , Luciano Pavarotti Audio CD
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Pavarotti's popularity was arguably bigger than that of any other living tenor in the world. His 1993 live performance in the New York's Central Park was attended by 500,000 fans while millions watched it on television. Pavarotti was blessed with a voice of a rare range, beauty and clarity, which was best during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In 1966 he became the first opera tenor to hit all ... Read more in Amazon's Luciano Pavarotti Store

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  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
  • Conductor: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Composer: Eric Garrett, Rolando Panerai, Cesare Andrea Bixio, Eduardo di Capua, Salvatore Cardillo, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0007V5WB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La donna è mobile
2. Una furtiva lagrima
3. "Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Brindisi)
4. Donna non vidi mai
5. Che gelida manina
6. O soave fanciulla
7. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso!
8. M'appari
9. Quando le sere al placido chiaror d'un ciel stellato
10. Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida
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Disc: 2
1. Torna a Surriento
2. Santa Lucia luntana
3. La Danza
4. L'ultima canzone
5. Non t'amo più
6. Mattinata
7. 'O sole mio
8. 'A vucchella
9. Core 'ngrato
10. Nel blu, dipinto di blu
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Luciano Pavarotti, the best-selling classical artist of all-time, recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as a recording artist and has just begun his 40-date worldwide farewell tour that will kick off in the US. Luciano Pavarotti-The Best, is a 2-CD set highlighting 40-years of recordings and includes bonus tracks from his 1964 Decca debut. 2005.

Anyone discovering this album who had never heard or heard of Luciano Pavarotti would immediately recognize greatness, a one-of-a-kind, one-per-generation (maybe) talent and personality that commands attention, respect, and yes, even love. These 35 selections are an astonishing achievement: Taken, for the most part from the tenor's prime--the 1970s and '80s (although there are four earlier and three from 2003)--what we hear is golden tone, impeccable diction, an innate sense of style and line and where the music should be going, absolutely natural phrasing, an evenness of production from C to (shining) C, and an ability to communicate warmth, passion, and the sheer love of music-making. The first CD is devoted to opera, with a dazzling "La donna e mobile," a smooth-as-silk "Una furtive lagrima," the famous aria from "La fille du regiment" with nine high Cs, "Nessun dorma" and many more. The second CD is mostly songs ("Torna a Surriento," "La danza," "O sole mio," etc.) sung with élan and flawless style, plus a couple of ghastly pop tunes (from 2003); to make up for them, we get a bonus--the three arias from Pavarotti's first EP from Decca, recorded in 1964--"E lucevan le stelle" and two arias from Rigoletto. Bravo, Pavarotti--we miss you already. --Robert Levine

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luciano is the best! January 20, 2007
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I can't speak more highly of this collection of Pavrotti's songs. I keep this two CD pack in my car so I can enjoy it on my way to and from work. Even after I have arrived, I find myself sitting in my car waiting for a song to end. Walking out on a song seems sacriligious. While I grew up listening to Caruso and Lanza, there is no question that Pavrotti is the Master! Although, I do have to admit Pavrotti has the greater advantage of modern recording technology to better present his talent than Caruso and Lanza had. However, Lanza definitely didn't have the power that Pavrotti has. With Caruso, we will never know... I highly recommend this collection of Pavrotti's, if you are a Pavrotti fan. If you aren't, buy it anyway and become one:)
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is beautiful music September 6, 2007
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Luciano Pavarotti will live on forever. His powerful voice is so uplifting and soothing. I love this music, because it sparked my interest in learning the Italian language. My favorite track is the lively "La Donna E Mobile" composed by Verdi. I also love Pavrotti's rendition of Verdi's "Libiamo Ne Lieti Calici". This song is a celebration of life. "La Danza" or the dance is an up tempo track from Rossini. "O Sole Mio" is such a pretty romantic song. This track is a pure gem. His voice sounds so elegant on the track "Nessum Dorma". "Mappari" is another standout track. Pavarotti sounds so peaceful here singing about a place where sound never dies. This is beautiful music from a singing legend.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just one of the best, but THE best... September 6, 2007
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Pavarotti had a way of transcending musical boundaries, opening both the hearts and minds of music fans beyond the world of opera. Fans will find this a "must-own" album, while new listeners will be well served by the selection of material and the incredible performances. Long live Luciano Pavarotti!!!!!!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute We Should All Honor And Cherish For A Lifetime! November 21, 2007
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One of the greatest Tenors of our generation if not of all time has left us all to "sing among the spheres."
When I think about Luciano Pavarotti, I think about the numerous operas he loved and performed in, and how fortunate I was to have experienced his presence and vocal grandeur on the concert stage he often referred to as "the place I share with my God." Pavarotti found joy in many things, but one of his greatest was the joy of being able to on occasion get standing room tickets to hear Caruso perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Pavarotti had the ability to lift opera above itself. When still quite young I had the privilege of being taken to a live performance of "La Fille du regiment" with Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland. The performance was one that changed my musical life forever. The dramatic depth, passion and excitement conveyed is virtually unexplainable. I would only allow myself to listen to recordings of great pianists in my teens until something wondrous happened, I heard Pavarotti singing "Nessum dorma!" from Puccini's Turandot. My traditional pianistic thinking suddenly changed forever, I had realized that true sound came from the human voice, and this realization changed my approach to the piano, I stopped just playing notes, and began to try and make them sing. Pavarotti has brought his voice and opera to the world entering the hearts and souls of everyone in many various and personally special ways!
Pavarotti will never be replaced or forgotten, and the collection of "The Best" will be instilled into the opera libraries each of us have and without doubt be labelled a "Hallmark and Voice to be Treasured Forever."
"In a piece of music every note must sing, and there should always be a touch of spring."
(Robert Schumann)

Author: Raymond Vacchino M.Mus.(MT) A.Mus. L.R.S.M. Licentiate(honorary)
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luciano Pavrotti: The Best (Farewell Tour) June 26, 2007
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Wonderful Pavarotti sings the best of the best. His voice never ceases to amaze me. Listening pleasure at it's finest.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD March 10, 2009
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I have a few prior recordings of Pavarotti and mostly have been disappointed by the audio quality of the recordings. This CD varies from very good to excellent as far as the audio goes. The singing however is remarkable, there is no one who can sing like this man. And it is a terrfic selection of songs. If you want to hear the very best in vocals buy this CD you will love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, amazing, inspirational November 11, 2008
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Listening to Pavarotti every day, particularly his "The Best" CD, is a MUST. Disc #2 was glorious, his interpretation of folk songs is so seamless that your swept along with his joy in performing these gorgeous pieces. Do you want to be uplifted? Buy Pavarotti's The Best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pavarott's Farewell Tour December 31, 2007
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This is the best of the best. It brings tears to your eyes to hear his glorious voice and to know that it is no more. What a gift he was given and he used it well.
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