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Pure Tenors: 18 Romantic Classics

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Pure Tenors ~ Pure Tenors: 18 Romantic Classi

If you're looking to play the devil, the lower male range gives you an advantage, at least according to stage convention. But when it comes to the art of romance--unless you happen to be a certain promiscuous Don--a thrilling tenor voice is worth its weight in gold. This Pure Tenors compilation showcases the gleaming brilliance of this voice type in its romantic guise. The tenor--so to speak--of the selections ranges from Broadway fare and favorites such as "Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing" to the fervent intensity of Puccini's Turandot (in the pulse-elevating closing number). Predictably, today's great tenor trinity--voice of gold Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo (in some very frisky moods), and the passionate José Carreras--gets by far the most representation. But of the huge world of other tenors out there, Universal at least gives a hint, with a vintage selection from the legendary Giuseppe di Stefano--a golden voice from the past very worth your while to seek out if you haven't yet discovered it. And, of course, pointing to today's contenders for the throne, there's an aria from Andrea Bocelli's recent Verdi compilation. When you listen to these voices, with their different ways of shading and coloring a phrase, you'll realize no two tenors sound alike. --Sarah Chin

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cats: Memory - Jose Carreras
  2. Rigoletto: La Donna E Mobile - Andrea Bocelli
  3. Be My Love - Placido Domingo
  4. Mattinata - Luciano Pavarotti
  5. Fedora: Amor Ti Vieta - Russell Watson
  6. Vida Mia - Placido Domingo
  7. Non Ti Scordar Di Me - Luciano Pavarotti
  8. West Side Story: Maria - Jose Carreras
  9. Chitarra Romana - Guiseppe Di Stefano
  10. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing - Jose Carreras
  11. Core 'Ngrato - Placido Domingo
  12. Maria Mari! - Luciano Pavarotti
  13. Munequita Linda - Placido Domingo
  14. West Side Story: One Hand, One Heart - Jose Carreras/Kiri Te Kanawa
  15. Because - Placido Domingo
  16. Vieni Sul Mar - Luciano Pavarotti
  17. You Belong To My Heart - Jose Carreras
  18. Turandot: Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti

Product Details

  • Performer: José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Russell Watson, et al.
  • Orchestra: Robert Farnon Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al.
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon, Zubin Mehta, Karl-Heinz Loges, Piero Gamba, Roberto Pansera, et al.
  • Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Giuseppe Verdi, Sammy Cahn, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Umberto Giordano, et al.
  • Audio CD (January 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UTV Records/Decca
  • ASIN: B000056VM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I would have liked to hear more of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, but this is a showcase for the brilliant majestic voices of Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Andreas Bocelli. They offer fluid tender, yet dynamic passion, on a marvelous blend of classical arias, and songs from Broadway Shows. "Maria" and "One Hand One Heart" is sung with the same enchanting artistry as "La Donna E Mobile". Placido Domingo's rendition of "Be My Love" re-awakens memories of the great Mario Lanza. This album is a music lovers delight. Four tenors and a very very lovely and gifted lady.
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Every once in a while I do my best to appreciate tenors, should accept the fact that I have a proclivity for Italian tenors and not try to change that fact.I have followed Maestro Pavarotti for 25 years and am always enthralled by the voice.Great cuts on this CD.Andrea Bocelli is a never ending amazement to me.In 1994 I saw/heard him on a PBS Pavarotti and Friends telecast and have followed his progress,which has been astounding to me.He has such a tone to his voice,it gets inside of me.It is so full of emotion.Dame Kiri deserves plaudits as well as the others on this CD.However,I would not have included Mr. Watson in this company.Power alone does not make a tenor.Perhaps 10 years from now,after study and dedication he will have that elusive quality which makes tenors truly great.I warned you,I am biased ,I love Italian tenors.Overall,this is an enjoyable CD,it gives an opportunity to hear various tenor voices and decide for yourself what qualities you prefer in the voice itself.If you are just getting to know the tenor voice you will be listening to some of the best.There are many more out there for you to investigate and enjoy.
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I love this CD and have listened to it several times a day and force my visitors to listen it also. My greatest joy was the tract by Russell Watson. What a glorious voice!!! I immediately began searching for his CD 'The Voice' and now play it several times a day. Reserve one now,it is worth the wait.
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This is an excellent run-down of all the tenors who's names you hear floating around right now. For a newcomer to opera or perhaps a possible convert from the insidious Pop-opera this will be great entertainment. All that is missing is Roberto Alagna to make this a full showing of the "stereotypical" tenors of our times.
Carreras gets gyped a bit in this Cd. They only really allow him to sing from Broadway and west side story which is a shame. This is not where is vocal glory lies. Don't get me wrong he sounds great, but I want to hear E lucevan le stelle or one of the arias from Carmen he is so famous for. His Maria is the highlight if only to hear him sing a decent high-note after hearing so much of his diminished "three-tenors" cannon fodder.
Anyone interested in him should buy "Carreras the Golden Years."
Im glad Bocelli was included on this Cd to show how thin he sounds next to some of the big tenors of the generation. Ladies and Gentelemen Bocelli is not an opera singer. He has no training or stylistic integrity in the field. He is, however, a smashing pop artist and would encourage you to hear his "Sueno" for proof. La Donna E Mobile is one of his best aria's as he shows he has firm high notes but his voice is also noticably thinner than the rest.
Domingo sounds awesome in this Cd. His voice is splendid in the Lanzaesque reperatoire which he sings here. Go out and buy his Dvd's and opera recordings. Check out "The greatest hits of Placido Domingo" His Core N'Grato rivals Carreras's 1978 recordin of the song. He is in absolutley electrifying form.
Pav sounds okay. He is recorded here very late in his carrer. Nessun Dorma is fantastic even though his voice is not heavy enough fundamentally for the aria. His Mattinata is not that impressive.
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