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Luciano Pavarotti Ti Adoro UK CD album
The voice, it must be said, is under great strain, but hard-core Pavarotti fans might want this anyway. There are lots of recording gimmicks--echoes, reverberation, overdubbing--and, at times, Pavarotti tries a jazzy style at which he's not very good. There's a big high C at the close of one song which is uncomfortable but shows a certain bravery, and the final song is sung in a sort of Sting-like high register which sounds totally alien. Those who never heard Pavarotti before 1990 will have no idea what all the fuss was about if they judge him by this CD; those who have loved and/or admired him all these years may be saddened and puzzled. An oddity, to be sure. --Robert Levine
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There are a few things to be said about this CD and I'm sure die hard fans of Maestro Pavarotti will take me off their X-mas card lists this year.
To begin with, this is not a very good CD in that the song selection is uneven and..well...boring for the most part.
Maestro Pavarotti's singing is still above and beyond what most tenor's can ever hope to attain in a lifetime, but there are definite and immutable signs of aging and at times he sounds like a bad imitation of his former self.
Again, why the aging maestro choose to do "pop" in the first place and then with such sub-par material is beyond me.
There are a few songs that stand out, namely "Notte" and "Caruso". "Caruso" has been heavily critizesed because of the Maestro's decision to NOT sing it operatically, rather with a more "Pop" like tone.
This is precisely why I like the track. It's different and by and far the most "modern" sounding on the CD.
Overall the CD isn't a failure, but neither is it what one would expect from one of the pre-eminent tenors of all time...even within the confines of the "Popera" genre. On the other hand, how many tenors other than Domingo still perform much less record in their late sixties? None,and perhaps both Maestro's Pavarotti and Domingo ought to take that final bow from the limelight, but that's not relevant to this review.
My verdict is that if you want "Popera" go with Bocelli, Safina, Frangoulis, Watson or Amante...not Pavarotti. Maestro Pavarotti is and always will be one of the greatest OPERATIC tenors of all time.
On a final note, this CD may well be worth purchasing simply because it is very likely the last new recording as well as the first non-operatic CD by Maestro Pavarotti. At over 70 years of age, I doubt even the great Pavarotti will attempt to make anymore commercial recordings. Collectors beware!
My favorite on the disc is Il Gladiatore. Focus, listen and see if you have dry eyes when it's over. Ti Adoro, Il Canto, Notte and Buongiorno a te are my overall favs.
This disc is worth every penny you'll spend!
(Another great CD that grows on you to the point of not being able to live without it, is Bryn Terfel's Wales CD. Great, stirring, moving.)
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Especially the part when Pavarotti sings:
"Aprò le mie ali, posso solo amarti cosi... vieni, vieni con me…"
Translated: ( I open up my wings, I can only love you like this , come, come with me")
As if he knew he was leaving the earth soon…..
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je recommande même si l'on n'est pas fan, qu'elle grande voix!!