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Carreras Domingo Pavarotti In Concert - Zubin Mehta CD Decca, 430433-2, 1990, 17 Track
Magic was created one starlit night in July 1990, when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became the Three Tenors. They eschewed competitive instincts and cooperated in the spirit of mutual admiration to create one of the greatest musical events ever. This concert is an awe-inspiring orgy of the greatest hits for the tenor voice. Domingo and Pavarotti sing perfectly. The audience wins as these vocal supermen compete to seduce the hearts of the audience. One moment Domingo brings thrilling fire and pain to "E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca; the next, Pavarotti rises to heavenly heights in an inspired rendition of "Nessun dorma" from Turandot. Carreras is the competent little brother, one step behind the greatness of the big brothers from opera's Ponderosa. His singing isn't as captivating as that of the big boys; but his enthusiasm and passion are unrivaled. Mehta exquisitely captures the largeness of this bonanza through the grandiose orchestra. --Barbara Eisner Bayer
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : Spanish
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 4.92 x 0.39 inches; 3.81 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Decca
- Item model number : 1990139
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : April 24, 2006
- Label : Decca
- ASIN : B0000041XX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,236 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I checked this out on VSH from my public library years ago. I forgot how beautiful this concert was. Three tenors they have their own unique and powerful voice that sounded so gorgeous together! I have ordered the LA and Paris concerts too.
I've been waiting for more than a decade for this DVD to come out, continually frustrated by trying to order the other format only to be told "it won't work in Australian DVD players". My only gripe is that they changed the cover - why should we Aussies not be able to have the original cover too?
Watching it with the benefit of nearly 20 years hindsight, perhaps what it shows most clearly is how developed Pavarotti's voice was at that time compared with Domingo and Carreras, both of whom have since become much more equal competition for Luciano. That said, nothing hides the sheer magic of Pavarotti as a singer. Long may the DVDs live as a testimony to him. Vale Luciano!
Only thing I didn't like was hearing Broadway's West Side Story song Maria done as an Opera song. Just didn't sound right to me, but that's likely just me. :)
to listen to Pavarotti and the 3 Tenors - nothing like these voices..truly gifted and what a bonus for the cultural
world of opera.
New in mint condition - w/insert. Highly recommend.
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Unfortunately, in this DVD all that has been lost; taken off the recording.
Of course, because of the original language during the concert between the tenors and Zubin Mehta was Italian, keeping the jokes in a DVD made available to a much wider audience wouldn't have made sense, unless, of course, the viewer understood Italian that is.
If you haven't watched the original broadcast, you wouldn't be any the wiser, so it will still be fantastic, but if you did watch the original broadcast, then, a little disappointment lingers on.
This original version of the original three tenors concerts given in Rome in 1990 was much copied but never matched for the sense of a unique and very special occasion. The actual recording is given good sound presented in stereo and DD 5.1 surround sound. The imaging is adequate by today's standards on close ups and only breaks up on distance shots. The camera work itself gives a good sense of immediacy and involvement - probably much better than being there at the time!
The selection of music, largely from opera and operetta, is unashamedly popular and is performed with total skill and a performance-aware delivery that positively invites increasingly enthusiastic audience support. All three singers are in good voice, probably more so than on the sequence of such concerts that followed. It would be easy for this to become a competitive activity, and so it is to a degree, but all three men are able to unite for the two encores - two Pavarotti specials ('O sole mio' and 'Nessun dorma') that are shared out between them with great camaraderie. Otherwise any competition is good humoured and fully understood as an essential ingredient to a very joyous occasion.
Everyone who buys this disc will have favourites in terms of aria and in terms of singer. Nevertheless, it would be hard to imagine anyone experiencing disappointment. Both Mehta and his orchestra accompany with evident enjoyment, rising to the occasion, including the orchestra only items which give the singers a bit of a 'breather' and add a touch of aural variety.
The booklet in the original single disc version provides all the texts and other basic information. The later 'deluxe' two disc set, published in 2007, provides subtitles which is a far preferable option to the supplied texts of the first version. There are no texts supplied in the abbreviated booklet of the deluxe version. The later deluxe version is not significantly sonically or visually superior to the first version and this has been carefully compared. The second disc in the deluxe version provides a second disc a documentary describing the creation of this concert narrated by Derek Jacobi. There is also a track enabling those who wish to join in a karaoke version of 'O sole mio.'
The single disc, or two disc deluxe version, of this unique concert and occasion cannot be compared to others and can confidently be recommended to anyone who finds the idea of such an event an attraction. That is why it has been such a top seller ever since it was issued.