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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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."
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Few operatic tenors of the 20th century were more honored than Luciano Pavarotti, and none were as popular; his fame went far beyond the usual boundaries of classical music and his music was as widely embraced as any pop star. The Best is a two-disc collection released in 2005 that features 35 classic arias from Pavarotti's recordings for the Decca and London labels, including selections by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Tosti, and Centonze.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947568162
  • Catalog Number: 000518302
  • Sales rank: 27,928
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luciano Pavarotti Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Joan Sutherland Soprano (Vocal)
Henry Mancini Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Piero Odorici Saxophone
John Alldis Choir Master
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Herbert von Karajan Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Rob Mathes Conductor
Antonella Pepe Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Bonynge Conductor
Zubin Mehta Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nicola Rescigno Conductor
Giancarlo Chiaramello Conductor
Georg Solti Conductor
Anton Guadagno Conductor
Mirella Freni Soprano (Vocal)
Alberto Bartoli Percussion
Riccardo Chailly Conductor
Marco Tamburini Trumpet
Romano Musumarra Conductor
Peter Maag Conductor
Edward Downes Conductor
Giuseppe Patanè Conductor
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Russell Burgess Choir Master
Veris "Pecos" Giannetti Tenor (Vocal)
Stefano "Tellus" Nanni Piano, Conductor
Fabio Sartoni Drums
London Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Wandsworth School Boys' Choir Choir, Chorus
Michele Centonze Guitar
Piero Gamba Conductor
Eric Garrett Baritone (Vocal)
Oliviero de Fabritiis Conductor
Rolando Panerai Bass (Vocal)
Kameron Brown Double Bass
La Scala Theater Orchestra Performing Ensemble
John Alldis Choir Choir, Chorus
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus Choir, Chorus
Orchester di Roma della RAI Performing Ensemble
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bologna Community Theater Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Roberto Rossi Trombone
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Arranger
Franco Alfano Librettist
Rob Mathes Arranger
Giancarlo Chiaramello Arranger
Alexander Faris Arranger
Douglas Gamley Arranger
Renato Simoni Librettist
Giuseppe Adami Librettist
Francesco Cimmino Lyricist
Riccardo Cordiferro Lyricist
Stefano "Tellus" Nanni Arranger
Giovanni Capurro Lyricist
Giuseppe Giacosa Librettist
Luigi Illica Librettist
Michele Centonze Composer
James Jolly Liner Notes
Francesco Maria Piave Librettist
Rudolph W. Giuliani Liner Notes
Salvatore Cammarano Librettist
Gabriele D'Annunzio Lyricist
C. Errico Lyricist
Felice Romani Librettist
Jean-François Bayard Librettist
Migliaccio Lyricist
G.B. (Giambattista) de Curtis Lyricist
Friedrich Wilhelm Riese Librettist
L. Barbarossa Lyricist
Antonio Somma Librettist
Jules Vernoy de Saint-Georges Librettist
Eugène Scribe Librettist
Domenico Oliva Librettist
Antonio Ghislanzoni Librettist
Carlo Pepoli (Count) Lyricist
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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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