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Pavarotti's Greatest Hits [2 CD] Extra tracks

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Back by popular demand Pavarotti's Greatest Hits. First released as an LP in 1980 and then again in 1985, this is one of Pavarotti's best-selling albums. Instantly recognizable cover features classic photo of Luciano Pavarotti dressed as Pagliaccio from I pagliacci. Chock-full of his all-time greatest hits including Nessun dorma, La donna Š mobile, Vesti la giubba, Funiculi Funicul… and more! Reissued in a slim-line jewel box for the first time and at a special 2 for 1price point. Celebrate the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti the world's most famous tenor and King of the High C's!

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Here's a feast of great tenor singing. It's also a feast of thrills--one selection after another offers Pavarotti's remarkable, full-throated excitement in the music, whether the infectious spirit of his renditions of Neapolitan songs or the trumpet-like High C's he effortlessly tears off in the extended scene from Donizetti's La fille du regiment. Apparent throughout is Pavarotti's big-hearted emotional generosity that infuses this superb collection with an immediacy and communicative power that's impossible to resist. Of course, "Nessun dorma!" is here to lead off the set with the tenor's biggest hit, but his other Puccini arias are, if anything, even more compelling. Verdi is represented by such well-loved Pavarotti favorites as "La donna è mobile" and "Questa o quella" from Rigoletto. He's as compelling in the "Ingemisco" from Verdi's Requiem, the voice blooming in the "Inter oves" section and then fined down to a gorgeous pianissimo. But there's not a single weak track on these discs, whose attractions are enhanced by full texts and translations. --Dan Davis
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000R7I3GE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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Luciano Pavarotti, who has died aged 71, attained a pinnacle of fame among opera singers matched in the last century only by Caruso and Gigli; and given the enormous increase in media coverage since the days of his great predecessors, he can safely be called the best-known tenor of all time, acclaimed by a public far beyond the select circle of operagoers.
Indeed those who promoted Pavarotti realised very quickly that, with his appealing voice and larger-than-life personality, he could become the darling of millions.
Already widely known and admired by 1990, the selection of his disc of Nessun dorma, from Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun dorma (Arias & Duets), as the theme song of that year's football World Cup brought him new legions of fans. People who had never thought to hear a note of opera were suddenly humming the tune and adoring Pavarotti.
The "Three Tenors" concerts he performed with Carreras and Domingo, the last of which took place beside the Eiffel Tower in 1998, reinforced Pavarotti's appeal, as did his appearances with artists from the world of pop Carreras · Domingo · Pavarotti: The Three Tenors in Concert / Mehta, The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994.
To most, he will forever be known as the man who brought classical music to the masses with his performance of Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot, the anthem of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
To serious fans, he was known for the unforced beauty and thrilling urgency of his voice.
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I can't say much more than the first reviewer, who did an excellent job. All I can can add is that this is a wonderful collection of the great tenor's special arias. The music breaks your heart and brings tears to your eyes. His great voice will live forever.
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Decca Records presents "PAVAROTTI''S GREATEST HITS" --- Pavarotti was an Italian tenor in opera music, who crossed into popular music and became one of the most beloved vocal performers --- Known for his televised concerts, media appearances and as one of The Three Tenors --- This album features the cream of the crop with one of the greatest tenors ever inclusively with operatic performances --- A nice tribute to a brilliant interpreter of the classics who helped introduce opera to the masses.

Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI -- (October 12, 1935 - September 6, 2007) --- Pavarotti made his American début with the Greater Miami Opera in February 1965 singing in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor opposite Joan Sutherland on the stage of the Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami --- The tenor scheduled to perform that night was ill and had no understudy --- As Sutherland was traveling with him on tour, she recommended the young Pavarotti as he was well acquainted with the role --- His major breakthrough in the United States came on February 17, 1972, in a production of La fille du régiment at New York's Metropolitan Opera, in which he drove the crowd into a frenzy with his nine effortless high Cs in the signature aria --- He achieved a record 17 curtain calls --- He began to give frequent television performances, starting with his performances in the of role as Rodolfo (La bohème) in the first Live From The Met telecast in March 1977, which attracted one of the largest audiences ever for a televised opera --- He won many Grammy awards and platinum and gold discs for his performances. In addition to the previously listed titles, his La favorita with Fiorenza Cossotto and his I puritani (1975) with Sutherland stand out.
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For someone who is already a student of opera, this dual set will probably be somewhat redundant. However, if you are curious about opera in general or are unfamiliar with Pavarotti's recordings, this is an excellent anthology. I bought it as two cassettes some 20 years ago and wore it out, beginning a life-long love affair with opera. Use it to familiarize yourself with the songs and arias represented here, then explore the complete operas and/or song albums that these came from.

I would especially recommend:

RIGOLETTO (Verdi), Milnes, Pavarotti, Sutherland, Bonynge
La BOHEME (Puccini), Freni, Pavarotti, Karajan
TURANDOT (Puccini), Sutherland, Pavarotti, Mehta
O SOLE MIO/Neapolitan Songs (Various)

And to the two trolls who gave this set a review of ONE STAR (FP Wright LF Barker), because a CD skipped or a CD was missing, good grief. The review is supposed to be of the recording in question! Use your head! Is the fact that you received damaged goods--which very occasionally happens to everyone, and I'm sure Amazon cheerfully fixed the problem--a reason for someone to not buy the recording? If a recording is lousy because the performer had an off day, or the recording process was sub-par (and therefore ALL discs are effected), or whatever, then by all means, give it a "1" or "2" and STATE YOUR REASONS LOGICALLY. Your "reviews" are of NO help to anyone.
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