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Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1: The First Decade (ltd Ed) Box set, Limited Edition


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  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
  • Audio CD (May 19, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 28
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Universal Music Classics
  • ASIN: B00G5WUIP4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and Decca a fitting occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of the 20th Century s greatest tenor.

This 27 CD survey reviews the totality of Pavarotti s remarkably intense first decade with Decca. Everything the artist recorded for the company from signing his contract until 1973 is here, allowing critics and collectors and opera lovers once more to appreciate his exceptional achievement in that first decade for the Decca label.

Every single track in the set has been remastered, under the supervision of long-term Decca balance engineer Philip Siney.

This is the first of three major releases in The Pavarotti Edition in 2014, of which the second is due in mid-2014, focusing on his remarkable middle period when he became an operatic star known as The King of the High Cs. The third, due late in 2014, is entitled The People s Tenor and will reflect the period when his fame extended across the world and transcended the classical genre.

The set includes an anniversary re-issue in vinyl of the famous May 1964 original first EP, cut by Pavarotti as his first recording for Decca five arias including Che gelida manina from La Bohème, E lucevan le stelle from Tosca and three arias from Rigoletto.

It also includes a Bonus CD of Arias featuring the newly re-surfaced recording of Che gelida manina from Pavarotti s debut performance of La Bohème on April 29, 1961 at the Teatro Muncipale in Reggio Emilia, before his contract with Decca even commenced in 1963.

The collection serves to highlight the key partnerships in Pavarotti s early recording career. The Sutherland-Pavarotti-Bonynge relationship was the first to be enshrined on record in Bellini s Beatrice di Tenda (CD 1 2). Their Donizetti recordings La Fille du Régiment (CD 2 3) and L elisir d amore (CD 4 5) still have few rivals.

Opera was not the sole musical outlet for the Pavarotti of the 1960s and 1970s. He sang in choral works, such as Verdi s Requiem and Rossini s Stabat Mater and as his reputation spread he became a dedicated recitalist. His Verdi and Donizetti Arias (CD 25) contain some of the most perfect, natural, unforced singing of his entire career.

Packaging
27 CDS / 1 45-RPM EP
LP-SIZED BOX
27 CDS IN 3 PRESENTERS, EACH CD PRESENTED IN DIE-CUT CARD
LP SIZED BOOKLET INCLUDING TRACKLISTS, CAST LISTS, SYNOPSES (E, G)
[NB F SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE ON DECCACLASSICS.COM];
NEW 3000-WORD ARTICLE BY JAMES JOLLY (E, F, G, It);
Libretti in original languages + English available on Decca Classics website

Tracklisting
CDs 1-2
Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda
Sutherland Opthof Pavarotti Veasey Ward
Ambrosian Opera Chorus London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge

CDs 3-4
Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment
Sutherland Pavarotti Sinclair Bruyère Malas Garrett Coates
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Richard Bonynge

CDs 5-6
Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore
Sutherland Pavarotti Cossa Malas Casula
Ambrosian Opera Chorus English Chamber Orchestra
Richard Bonynge

CDs 7-8
Verdi: Macbeth
Fischer-Dieskau Suliotis Ghiaurov Pavarotti Cassinelli
Ambrosian Opera Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra
Lamberto Gardelli

CDs 9-10
Verdi: Rigoletto
Milnes Sutherland Pavarotti Talvela Tourangeau
Ambrosian Opera Chorus London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge

CDs 11-12
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoo
Sutherland Pavarotti Milnes Ghiaurov Davies Tourangeau Poli
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Richard Bonynge

CDs 13-14
Puccini: Turandot
Sutherland Pavarotti Caballé Ghiaurov

Review

The Pavarotti Story, is in many ways, also The Decca Story as artist and record company worked hand-in-hand until the artist s death in 2007. It was a relationship that lasted some 45 years, and will continue to bear fruit forever. --James Jolly

Pavarotti has a Gigli-like quality in characterisation and this suits him ideally for the role… you should readily be won over by the sheer exuberance, vocal as well as dramatic, that Sutherland brings to the role --Gramophone original review

Pavarotti has a Gigli-like quality in characterisation and this suits him ideally for the role… you should readily be won over by the sheer exuberance, vocal as well as dramatic, that Sutherland brings to the role --Gramophone original review

Pavarotti has a Gigli-like quality in characterisation and this suits him ideally for the role… you should readily be won over by the sheer exuberance, vocal as well as dramatic, that Sutherland brings to the role --Gramophone original review

Pavarotti has a Gigli-like quality in characterisation and this suits him ideally for the role… you should readily be won over by the sheer exuberance, vocal as well as dramatic, that Sutherland brings to the role --Gramophone original review

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The drum-whacks in the "Dies Irae" will literally wake up the dead.
Harry Sillen
The set is a very beautiful package, Lp sized, with a lavish booklet, plus three inserts containing the Cds proper, plus a bonus Vinyl the size of a 45 rpm record.
Tenorqueiroz
Puccini Madama Butterfly with Mirella Freni as Butterfly is another superbly sang performance and there is plenty beautiful singing in the famous duet.
Peter Dietrich

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harry Sillen on May 20, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I received an email with the announcement of this re-issue, I thought "Here we go again. Another Pavarotti re-issue". However, when I visited the Decca website, it became clear that this was to be not just another Pavarotti re-issue. And this is not only for the beautifully crafted package, although that is certainly very impressive. The CDs are packaged in three LP-size albums with sleeves for easy removal and insertion. The booklet is complete with recording information and reproductions of the original Decca LP issues. There is also a vinyl EP record that duplicates Pavarotti's first recordings for Decca. But what matters most is what is on the discs themselves.
I started with a long-time favorite:

DONIZETTI: L'ELISIR D'AMORE": I consider this Pavarotti's best singing on disc ever. He is so involved and his tone is so sweet that one just wants to listen on and on. And, finally, Decca has corrected one of the most serious mistakes it ever made. When this recording was first issued on CD, Decca just transferred the first 3 LP sides to disc 1, and the last 3 LP sides to disc two, never thinking twice of what they subjected the listener to. The last 6 minutes of the Act 1 finale was put on CD 2, necessitating the listener to get out of the mood of the opera and change discs. This was totally unnecessary, since there was more than enough space on the disc to include these minutes. This is now corrected with the wonderful result that one can listen to the entire first act without interruption. As for the sound, it has been totally remastered. The sound is very clean and especially the choral passages benefit from this. There seems to be more bass as well and the clarity is wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Mitnick on September 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is all prime Pavarotti. The gorgeous voice is here in all it's glory, which constitutes a tenor sound not heard since the days of Jussi Bjoerling. The voice burst with the Italian sunshine and London/Decca cast him in operas that suited him to perfection. I'm not happy that the "Macbeth" was included here, since the tenor role consists of one scene only and is dominated by a totally miscast Dietrich Fischer-Diskeau (as Macbeth) and a vocally disastrous Elena Souliotis (as Lady Macbeth) trying to do a Maria Callas imitation but failing at every turn. Pavarotti's singing time on this opera amounts to less than fifteen minutes, which of course amounts to the best singing in the whole cast. Nevertheless, this particular opera should never have been included. Having said that, I can say happily that the rest of the operas heard here all feature Pavarotti in the principal tenor role. He is fortunate to have his mentor, Dame Joan Sutherland to collaborate with in "Lucia", "L'Elisir", "Fille", Beatrice", etc as well. All of the lyric splendor that Pavarotti will be remembered for is here. For his legions of admirers, this set is a must.
I think that the 1970's were his greatest decade, when his voice and artistic powers were in their finest balance. Unfortunately, this perfection was not to last. He let himself balloon up to over three hundred and fifty pounds in the 1980's, started taking on heavy dramatic tenor roles which compromised the lyric beauty of his instrument, and began to become a media cash cow by his agent Herbert Breslin (who wrote a not especially nice book about dealing with Pavarotti beginning in the 1980's).
The last seventeen years of Pavarotti's career is better left unmentioned. No need to worry about it here anyway. The Pavarotti that is heard in this box is the Pavarotti the world should remember and cherish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 11, 2014
Format: Audio CD
When I saw this beautifully wrapped up box set at the retail store, I gasped and hesitated for a moment, for the sheer fact that I ALREADY owned 80 per cent of its contents. However, the allure of a young Pavarotti proved far greater - and the fact that all the discs are now re-mastered to play in better sound than their original releases.
When I opened up this big box, my jaw dropped lower and lower with the beautiful contents and wonderful line-up. This is a real 'tribute', not just an ordinary box set!!!
No libretto but a big pictorial of Luciano's early years, done in state of the art details and tremendously good coverages.
The 27-disc contains mainly operas with Pavarotti, Sutherland and Bonynge in the early years (up to 1974). Needless to say, Pavarotti's voice was glorious, a true force of nature, and his artistic honesty fully in tact during this stage of his illustrious career.
The big treat to lovers of opera and fans of Pavarotti like me, is that in this fabulous set, there is one small vinyl of Pavarotti's earliest London recordings. For a vinyl lover like myself, I almost wept for joy upon the sight of this big 'bonus'! For all opera lovers, we all know that Pav sounded truly magical on vinyl!
If you ask me to choose one of the BEST disc in this fabulous album, it would have to be Solti's Verdi Requiem, showcasing Pavarotti, Sutherland, Horne and Tavela, recorded in 1967. This ranks pari passu with the same year's live recording with Herbert von Karajan, Cossotto, Price and Ghiaurov, also featuring Pavarotti as tenor.
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