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Ultimate Collection
     

The Ultimate Collection

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by Luciano Pavarotti
 

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A well-balanced overview of the Luciano Pavarotti's illustrious career, The Ultimate Collection is a double-disc best-of compilation showcasing 21 of the Italian tenor's operatic classics on its first disc and 20 of his classical crossover favorites on its second. The arias compiled on the first disc span three decades, dating from 1968 to 1997, while the

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A well-balanced overview of the Luciano Pavarotti's illustrious career, The Ultimate Collection is a double-disc best-of compilation showcasing 21 of the Italian tenor's operatic classics on its first disc and 20 of his classical crossover favorites on its second. The arias compiled on the first disc span three decades, dating from 1968 to 1997, while the pop-crossover songs on the second disc span two decades, dating from 1974 to 1995. There's a wonderful range of music showcased on The Ultimate Collection, and while some opera aficionados might balk at some of the inclusions on the second disc (for instance, the duet with Frank Sinatra on "My Way" or the duet with Andrea Bocelli on "Notte 'E Piscatore"), the fact of the matter is that Pavarotti often flirted with the pop mainstream, especially during the '90s, and so a bit of his pop-crossover material is rightly included, even if it's slight in comparison to much of what's found on the first disc. Aficionados aside, neophytes looking for an ideal entry point into Pavarotti's back catalog of recording output are well-served by The Ultimate Collection. It covers practically all sides of his career, and the decision to split the discs evenly between operatic classics and classical crossover favorites does listeners a favor, particularly those who prefer one side of Pavarotti to another.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/1997
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028945800028
catalogNumber:
458000

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Performance Credits

Luciano Pavarotti   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
César Franck   Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Lucio Dalla   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Giuseppe Giordani   Composer
Francesci Migliacci   Composer
Alexander Faris   Composer
Enrico Tagliaferri   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Cesare Bixio   Composer
Libero Bovio   Composer
Eduardo DeCapua   Composer
Luigi Denza   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Nicola Valente   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Salvatore Cardillo   Composer

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The Ultimate Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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If you could have only one or two CDs of Luciano Pavarotti, this 2-CD set probably would be an excellent choice. The first CD contains a great selection of 21 arias (such as Nessun dorma, Brindisi, Di quella pira, M'appari, Una furtiva lagrima, Amor ti vieta, La donna e mobile, etc.) recorded over a period of three decades (from 1968 to 1997), and the second CD comprises 20 beautiful songs (mostly Italian lyric songs, such as O sole mio, Torna a Surriento, Core 'ngrato, Ave maria, Caro mio ben, Santa Lucia, etc.) recorded from 1974 to 1995. Two songs in CD #2 appear to be ill-chosen among the otherwise excellent selections: "My Way", where Pavarotti sings along with Frank Sinatra, is not the sort of song one would expect in this CD set. In "Notte 'e piscatore", where Andrea Bocelli joins Pavarotti, Bocelli's voice is rather disappointing in comparison to Pavarotti's. But overall this CD set is, in my opinion, the best of Pavarotti's CDs. If this set is too pricey for you, you may want to consider Pavarotti's "Romantic Italian Love Songs", which has a good selection of arias and Italian lyric songs (a total of 17 selections) in just one CD.