The Best

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
It's hard to argue with the title of this compilation: Not only does it offer a selection of "the best" recordings Luciano Pavarotti made over the past four decades, but it also goes a long way toward proving that Pavarotti was "the best" tenor of his generation. Sure, Plácido Domingo has shown broader artistic ambitions, and José Carreras, for a time at least, may have had the most luscious voice of the Three Tenors. But Pavarotti's talent played second fiddle to none at the peak of his career. Celebrating his 70th birthday, this two-disc set will show you why he became a star -- a singer whose name is practically synonymous with opera itself. Disc 1 is a survey of the...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
It's hard to argue with the title of this compilation: Not only does it offer a selection of "the best" recordings Luciano Pavarotti made over the past four decades, but it also goes a long way toward proving that Pavarotti was "the best" tenor of his generation. Sure, Plácido Domingo has shown broader artistic ambitions, and José Carreras, for a time at least, may have had the most luscious voice of the Three Tenors. But Pavarotti's talent played second fiddle to none at the peak of his career. Celebrating his 70th birthday, this two-disc set will show you why he became a star -- a singer whose name is practically synonymous with opera itself. Disc 1 is a survey of the greatest arias for tenor: from Donizetti in the early 19th century to Puccini 100 years later, with a heavy dose of Verdi as the main course. Many of these performances come from the tenor's complete opera recordings of the 1970s and '80s, featuring costars like Joan Sutherland and Mirella Freni. All of Pavarotti's most acclaimed stage roles are here: Cavardossi in Tosca, the Duke in Rigoletto a perfect "La donna è mobile" to begin the program, and, of course, Calaf in Turandot, with the "Nessun dorma" to end all "Nessun dormas." Disc 2 offers a different kind of pleasure: popular Italian songs by Tosti, Bixio, and di Capua "'O sole mio" -- tunes that Pavarotti transforms into high art through the sheer force his vocal charisma. Perhaps most valuable of all to the serious Pavarotti collector are the last three tracks: Tosca and Rigoletto excerpts from his very first Decca recording, dating back to 1964, his gleaming voice captured in the full bloom of youth. Not the first and surely not the last, this Pavarotti compilation nevertheless can honestly claim to be "the best."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 821838370628
  • Catalog Number: 000518302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (2:28)
  2. 2 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Romano Romani & Gaetano Donizetti (4:55)
  3. 3 La Traviata, opera: Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi) - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (2:55)
  4. 4 Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:03)
  5. 5 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:46)
  6. 6 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:42)
  7. 7 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:18)
  8. 8 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Mi batte il cuor...O paradiso - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Oliviero de Fabritiis (3:36)
  9. 9 Martha, opera: M'appari - Friedrich von Flotow & Richard Bonynge (3:34)
  10. 10 Luisa Miller, opera: Quando le sere al placido chiaror - Giuseppe Verdi & Salvatore Cammarano (3:54)
  11. 11 Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!....Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Antonio Ghislanzoni (4:11)
  12. 12 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Forse la soglia attinse - Giuseppe Verdi & National Philharmonic Orchestra (2:46)
  13. 13 Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba - Ruggero Leoncavallo & National Philharmonic Orchestra (4:10)
  14. 14 Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Riccardo Chailly (2:59)
  15. 15 La fille du régiment, opera: Ah! mes amies, quel jour de fête!...Pour mon âme - Gaetano Donizetti & Jean-François Bayard (6:58)
  16. 16 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (3:26)
  17. 17 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma! - Franco Alfano & Giacomo Puccini (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Torna a Surriento for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ernesto de Curtis & Giancarlo Chiaramello (4:29)
  2. 2 Santa Lucia luntana, for voice & orchestra - E.A. Mario & Giancarlo Chiaramello (5:46)
  3. 3 La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales) - Gioachino Rossini & Richard Bonynge (3:11)
  4. 4 L'Ultima Canzone for voice & piano/orchestra - Paolo Tosti & Francesco Cimmino (4:22)
  5. 5 Non t'amo più, for voice & piano/orchestra - Paolo Tosti & Richard Bonynge (5:30)
  6. 6 Mattinata, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Alexander Faris (2:03)
  7. 7 O Sole Mio for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Eduardo di Capua & Giovanni Capurro (3:25)
  8. 8 A vucchella ("Arietta di Posilippo") for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Paolo Tosti & Giancarlo Chiaramello (3:16)
  9. 9 Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra - Salvatore Cardillo & Giancarlo Chiaramello (4:57)
  10. 10 Volare, for voice & orchestra - Domenico Modugno & Henry Mancini (3:18)
  11. 11 Vivere for voice & orchestra - Cesare Andrea Bixio & Henry Mancini (3:29)
  12. 12 Il canto - Romano Musumarra & Luciano Pavarotti (3:47)
  13. 13 Caruso for voice & orchestra - Lucio Dalla & Luciano Pavarotti (5:25)
  14. 14 Buongiorno a te - Veris Giannetti / Michele Centonze / Stefano Nanni & Luciano Pavarotti (4:15)
  15. 15 Ti adoro - Michele Centonze / Robin Smith & Luciano Pavarotti (3:23)
  16. 16 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:57)
  17. 17 Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Edward Downes (2:03)
  18. 18 Rigoletto, opera: Parmi veder le lagrime - Giuseppe Verdi & Edward Downes (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luciano Pavarotti Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic compilation of Pavrotii's best

    I particularly enjoyed the second disc which had some traditional Italian songs that I had not heard before.

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