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Pavarotti's Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection


Release Date: 09/30/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458000   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGiuseppe VerdiGaetano DonizettiFriedrich von Flotow,   ... 
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiDame Joan SutherlandCecilia BartoliAndrea Bocelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaHerbert von KarajanRichard BonyngeLorin Maazel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraJohn Alldis ChoirBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD contains both ADD and DDD recordings.
This two-disc set featuring Luciano Pavarotti is a crowd-pleasing collection of arias, songs and duets that will satisfy die-hard fans and newcomers alike. The big arias of the Italian repertoire--"Nessun dorma," "La donna é mobile" and a glowing "Che gelida manina"--are all here. Also included are a host of Italian song favorites, such as "O sole mio" and "Santa Lucia." Rounding out the disc are duets with Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli and Frank Sinatra.
Pavarotti's voice is, of course, superb and nowhere is this more evident than in the 'La Bohème' aria. He is one of the few tenors to sing it without transposing, and the top notes are thrilling. Equally memorable are the excerpts
Read more from operas by Donizetti and a rare foray into French repertoire with arias by Bizet and Massenet. The Donizetti arias display the exceptional tonal beauty of Pavarotti's voice, along with his ability to sing a seamless legato line. The Italian song favorites are delivered with a mixture of gusto and sentimentality.
If you are in search of a compact package featuring one of the great voices of our time, you need look no further. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3. La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7. Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Patanè
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
11. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
13. L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Mi batte il cuor..." 
14. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
15. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
16. Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle, brune, bionde by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ma se vi talenta..." 
17. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1876 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
18. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
19. La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
21. L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, buon dì "Cherry Duet" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
22. 'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Chiaramello 
23. Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Chiaramello 
24. Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Chiaramello 
25. Funiculì funiculà by Luigi Denza
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Chiaramello 
26. Notte 'e piscatore by M. Morante
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Chiaramello 
27. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
28. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
29. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 
30. Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Faris 
31. Caruso: Main Theme by Lucio Dalla
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
32. My way by Jacques Reveaux
Performer:  Frank Sinatra (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Williams,,  Miller,,  Frank Sinatra Jr.,  Elliott,
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; France 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
33. Santa Lucia by Teodoro Cottrau
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), David Romano (Baritone)
Conductor:  Emerson Buckley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Courage 
34. Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
35. Mamma by Cesare Andrea Bixio
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mancini and Cherubini 
36. La mia canzone al vento by Cesare Andrea Bixio
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mancini and Cherubini 
37. Volare by Domenico Modugno
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mancini and Migliacci 
38. Passione by Ernesto Tagliaferri
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Chiaramello and Bovio 
39. Granada by Agustín Lara
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Chiaramello 
40. Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gamley 

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 Beautiful collection October 31, 2013 By thomas m. (babylon, NY) See All My Reviews "From the moment the CD starts one is captivated. For Pavarotti fans a must." Report Abuse
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