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Luciano Pavarotti Sings Tenor Arias from William Tell, I Puritani, Don Pasquale and Others
Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti
Luciano Pavarotti Sings Tenor Arias from William Tell, I Puritani, Don Pasquale and Others
Genre: Classical
 
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The Studio Albums comprise the twelve original studio albums Luciano Pavarotti recorded during the course of his unparalleled and historic career on Decca. Fully remastered with enhanced sound from the original analogue ta...  more »

     
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The Studio Albums comprise the twelve original studio albums Luciano Pavarotti recorded during the course of his unparalleled and historic career on Decca. Fully remastered with enhanced sound from the original analogue tapes. The new recordings comprise six operatic and four Neapolitan albums. All feature the original cover art--Pavarotti through the years! Also available--12 CD BOXED SET! - Special boxed set price: "12 for the price of 10." Ti Adoro and O Holy Night in this edition are only available in the boxed set. Many of these albums have been deleted for years and are a welcome return to the active catalog.
 

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Pavarotti's voice at its best
Ralph Moore | Bishop's Stortford, UK | 10/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In this recital CD, a youthful Pavarotti sings nine arias: eight favourites including extended excerpts from "Guglielmo Tell" and "Trovatore" and a rarity, "Io conosco un giardino" from Petri's "Maristella". Four are with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Callas' long-time accompanist Nicola Rescigno and the other five are with the New Philharmonia ably conducted by the then husband of Mirella Freni (like Pavarotti, from Modena) Leone Magiera. Pavarotti is supported by the Ambrosian Singers in "Com'e gentil" and a variety of competent comprimario singers, including a young Arleen Auger. In other words, Decca spared no expense in their production of recordings by their star tenor property.

As a result, Pavarotti made a dozen or so mostly superb recitals for Decca and here is a very pleasing selection, showcasing his voice in finest estate. He is thrilling, expressive, tender and impassioned, only very occasionally lapsing into the slightly irritating glottal habit but mostly singing with flawless legato and pellucid enunciation of the text. He was exceptionally consistent in his prime and there is little difference between these arias and the complete opera recordings of the Rossini, Bellini or "La Boheme". Particularly fine is his gentle moulding of that most affectingly plangent of arias, "E la solita storia"; the shading of his mezza voce and pianissimi is truly beautiful. It is easily my favourite item on this disc and gives the lie to the accusation that Pavarotti just stood and sang in stentorian manner.

This album makes a lovely companion piece to his earlier Verdi and Donizetti recital conducted by Edward Downes. Between them, those two discs illustrate what the fuss was all about."