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The Pavarotti Story


Release Date: 04/22/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001102160   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiRichard StraussGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiEric GarrettGiancarlo LuccardiNicolai Ghiaurov,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeSir Georg SoltiZubin MehtaHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This commemorative set documents Pavarotti’s life story in both words and music. Presented in superb, high-quality packaging, including a 70-page illustrated booklet of Pavarotti’s life story, a complete 82-page full-color illustrated Pavarotti discography, and two principal CDs as well as two bonus CDs.

James Jolly’s essay "A Tenor for our Times" is presented alongside notes on each of the songs and arias, all in three languages (English, French, German).

Of the CDs, containing many of the singer's outstanding and most-loved recordings, the first is entitled The Operas and the second Sacred Arias and Neapolitan Songs, while the two bonus CDs contain “Pavarotti in Conversation,” the great tenor in his
Read more own words, and his original debut EP recording from 1964 alongside six bonus tracks crossing from opera to duets with Bono, Elton John, and Frank Sinatra.
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Works on This Recording

1.
La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Eric Garrett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
2.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Di rigori armato il seno by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
6.
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 
7.
I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Giancarlo Luccardi (Bass), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
9.
Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
10.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
11.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
12.
Guillaume Tell: Asil héréditaire by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
13.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
14.
Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
15.
Idomeneo, K 366: Fuor del mar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
16.
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 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
17.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alan Opie (Baritone), Dimitri Kavrakos (Bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18.
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 
19.
I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
20.
Requiem Mass: Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
21.
Stabat mater: Cujus animam by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
23.
Romanze (2): no 2, Non t'amo più! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
24.
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 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
25.
In questa tomba oscura, WoO 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Carpani; Alexander Faris. 
26.
Vaga luna che inargenti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
27.
'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
28.
Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Giancarlo Chiaramello; G.B. De Curtis. 
29.
Non ti scordar di me by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henry Mancini. 
30.
Vivere by Cesare Andrea Bixio
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henry Mancini. 
31.
Santa Lucia luntana by E. A. Mario
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
32.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Giancarlo Chiaramello. 
33.
Fiorin fiorello by Vittorio Mascheroni
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henry Mancini. 
34.
Volare by Domenico Modugno
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henry Mancini. 
35.
Buongiorno a te by Michele Centonze
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stefano "Tellus" Nanni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stefano "Tellus" Nanni. 
36.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/1964 
37.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/1964 
38.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/1964 
39.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/1964 
40.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 5/1964 
41.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robin Stapleton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
42.
Hymn of the Nations by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
43.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
44.
Miss Sarajevo by Brian Eno
Performer:  Brian Eno (Guitar), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), The Edge (Guitar),
Bono (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Kamen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995; England 
45.
Live Like Horses by Elton John
Performer:  Elton John (Voice), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
46.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Douglas Gamley; Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure. 
47.
My way by Jacques Reveaux
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Frank Sinatra (Voice)
Conductor:  Bill Miller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

La fille du régiment / Act 1: "Ah mes amis - Pour mon âme"
Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 / Act 1: "Di rigori armato il seno"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Turandot / Act 3: Nessun dorma!
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
I Puritani / Act 1: A te, o cara
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Addio fiorito asil
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Di quella pira"
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba"
Tosca / Act 1: "Recondita armonia"
William Tell / Act 4: "O muto asil del pianto"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 3: "Forse la soglia attinse" - "Ma se m'è forza perderti"
Andrea Chénier / Act 4: Come un bel dì di maggio
Idomeneo / Act 2: "Fuor del mar"
Aida / Act 1: "Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida"
Otello / Act 4: "Niun mi tema"
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: Donna non vidi mai
I Lombardi / Act 2: "La mia letizia infondere"
Messa da Requiem: Ingemisco
Stabat Mater: Cujus animan gementem
Ave Maria
O Holy Night (Minuit Chrétien)
Non t'amo più
Soirées musicales: La Danza
In questa tomba oscura, WoO.133
Vaga luna che inargenti
'O sole mio
Torna a Surriento
Non ti scordar di me
Vivere
Santa Lucia luntana
Core 'ngrato
Fiorin Fiorello
Volare
Buongiorno a te

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