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Pavarotti - The Early Years Vol 2

Release Date: 08/15/1995 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 68014   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiVincenzo BelliniGaetano DonizettiGiacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiBonaldo GiaiottiMirella FreniSofia Mazzeti,   ... 
Conductor:  Nino BonavolontŕRiccardo MutiMario RossiFrancesco Molinari-Pradelli,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeItalian Radio Chorus RomeItalian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Probably the unique penalty of singing as well as Pavarotti has been doing in his late fifties is that records of 'the early years' come as less of a revelation than they do with most other tenors. The impact is also lessened by the relatively late age at which these years find him. We have one item from 1964, when he was 29, but most of the rest come from 1967-69 when he was in his thirties. On the whole, the famous Italian tenors of the century were well-established internationally and on record by then, and we would be unlikely to include recordings made at, say, the age of 34 among those of the early period. What we have from Pavarotti in these two discs is a voice already in its prime and an art already mature.

Read more essential basis of the art is the legato style, the even binding of notes within the phrase. The first item of all on the disc, the "Una furtiva lagrima", is commonly regarded as a test-piece, with the result that tenors are often on best behaviour for the duration and return to their bad old ways as soon as it is over.. But hear Pavarotti's legato in the waltz, "Qual destin", from La fille du regiment: of course it is the nine top Cs that take the attention, but those are incidentals, and the basis lies in the fine evenness with which the melody is sung. He also refrains from disrupting the surface of a melody with the intrusive H, about which so many of his countrymen (critics as well as singers) seem more or less indifferent: thus the end of the Traviata recitative does not go "tu-hu-tto-ho i-hil pa-ha-ssa-ha-ha (etc.)-to" but is a broad, smooth, respectable piece of singing. He can also be discovered singing softly, offering (for example) a gracefully quiet ending to the RigoIetto aria only to have its most testing note, the final G flat, drowned in cries of "Braviss!". For variety of touch try "La donna è mobile", for tenderness of expression "Che gelida manina", for bitterness the Luisa Miller excerpt.

That aria also illustrates some of the artistic limitations, for the mood is too simply defined, just as the melodic line is too unimaginatively handled. The Puritani solos want light-and-shade and the more refined sensibility we gesture towards when we say 'poetry'. Never mind: it is a refined art compared with many, and the voice is a marvel.

The two discs (it will be observed) are not just another reassortment of the usual plentifully anthologized studio recordings, but instead come live from Rome, Catania, Modena and Turin. There are also five extracts from performances at La Scala, and one from the Grudgionz Festival of 1964. This is the "Nessun dorms" of which it would be pleasant, but untrue, to say that it is a revelation of youthful sensitivity to mood and the opportunities for shading: it is, in fact, just a lusty 'sing', and not markedly different from the performance which rang round the world more recently. I did find genuinely exciting the passage from I Capuleti e i Montecchi (La Scala, 1966), and very charming the duet from La fille du regiment with Mirella Freni.

Recorded sound is always clear though rather variable in level and quality. The items are presented in no discernibly logical order, though at least the three Rigoleuo solos are grouped together. Neither of the discs can be called generous in their timings, respectively, of 51 and 46 minutes. As most of them appear to derive from complete performances, one would have thought it might have been possible to extract a little more.

-- Gramophone [10/1995]
reviewing volume 1 and volume 2
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Works on This Recording

Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nino Bonavolontŕ
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1967 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oh! fede negar potessi..." 
I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/07/1969 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mario Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/26/1967 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mario Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 12/26/1967 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ella mi fu rapita..." 
Rigoletto: La donna č mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mario Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/26/1967 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/30/1967 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins "Tombe degl'avi miei..." 
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modena Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/07/1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Sofia Mazzeti (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1969 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "O madre mia..." 
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: E serbato a questo acciaro by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Gaetano Ferrin (Bass), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/26/1966 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "O di Cappelio generoso amici..." 
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianfranco Masini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grudgionz Festival Chorus,  Grudgionz Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/23/1964 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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