Pavarotti is an in-depth, no holds barred look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon. Dubbed ‘The People’s Tenor,’ through the sheer force of his talent, Luciano Pavarotti commanded the great stages of the world, and captured the hearts of audiences everywhere.
Pavarotti’s popularity will surely endure for many decades, thanks largely to a remarkable legacy of recordings. Lovers of fine singing are fortunate that virtually the entire repertoire of the tenor has been documented, whether in commercial releases or pirated performances. The shining voice of his youthful prime can be heard in his initial operatic recital disc for Decca. One of the first of more than 40 complete operas in his discography, Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, is early evidence of the magic that could ensue when Pavarotti performed opposite his lifelong friend Mirella Freni (the two recorded seven other operas together, including a glorious La bohème under Herbert von Karajan). Another thrilling partnership, between Pavarotti and Sutherland, can be relished in no fewer than 13 operas recorded for Decca, ranging in character from L’elisir d’amore to Turandot. The confident style and sheer effortlessness of Pavarotti’s singing yields especially memorable results in his Donizetti roles, as well as in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Rigoletto. The many recitals and live concerts give a taste of Pavarotti’s persuasive way with a vast array of Italian arias and songs.
In Decca’s 90th anniversary year, the historic label releases the official soundtrack to the film, continuing Pavarotti’s musical legacy and celebrating his extraordinary life. Listen to the performances that thrilled audiences all around the world. Probably the most famous artist in the history of classical music, Pavarotti was a unique phenomenon. From humble roots as a baker’s son to sold-out arena tours; Pavarotti possessed a voice of pure gold and innate beauty, precision and expressiveness.
This release includes his most popular, signature arias and songs alongside iconic live moments from some of the biggest concerts ever to take place:
- Turandot: ‘Nessun dorma!’
- ‘Voce e notte’
- La fille du régiment: ‘Pour mon âme quel destin’
- L’elisir d’amore: ‘Una furtiva lagrima’
- Aida: ‘Celeste Aida’
- 6Me voglio fa’ ‘na casa’ (Arr. Chiaramello)
- Rigoletto: ‘Questa o quella’
- Rigoletto: ‘La donna è mobile’
- La Bohème: ‘O soave fanciulla’
- Tosca: ‘E lucevan le stelle’
- Pagliacci: ‘Vesti la giubba’ (Live)
- ‘Silenzio cantatore’
- ‘A vucchella’ (Live)
- La traviata: ‘Libiamo ne’lieti calici’ (Brindisi)
- ‘‘O sole mio’ (Live)
- Manon Lescaut: ‘Donna non vidi mai’ (Live)
- ‘Miss Sarajevo’ (Live)
- ‘Pietà, Signore’ (Live)
- Turandot: ‘Nessun dorma!’ (Live)
- ‘Ave Maria, Dolce Maria’ (Live)
- ‘Miserere’ (Live with Zucchero & Andrea Bocelli)
- Schubert: ‘Ave Maria’ (Live with Bono; alternative lyrics by Bono)
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