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Pure Tenors: Eighteen Romantic Classics
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Giuseppe Verdi, Sammy Cahn
Pure Tenors: Eighteen Romantic Classics
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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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 thrill...  more »

      
   
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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

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
There are tenors,and then there are Italian tenors
helenes | Canton, Texas United States | 05/30/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Every once in a while I do my best to appreciate tenors,et.al.I 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."
Tenors old and new
Pat Purdin | Montgomery, Alabama United States | 03/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."