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The Best Of The Three Tenors


Release Date: 06/11/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466999   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eduardo Di CapuaLuigi DenzaGiuseppe VerdiHubert Giraud,   ... 
Performer:  Placido DomingoLuciano PavarottiJosé Carreras
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaJames Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale ChorusLos Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If further validation is required of the phenomenon that is the Three Tenors, it's provided here with an emphatic exclamation point. What began as the simple idea of bringing together the three leading male voices of the operatic world to commemorate the 1990 World Cup evolved into an enormously successful franchise that produced album sales and arena-style tours of the type normally associated with superstar pop acts. Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and José Carreras achieved this extraordinary level of success not by merely showing up on the same stage at the same time, but by combining their considerable vocal abilities with canny musical instincts to produce a monumentally crowd-pleasing collaboration.
Each singer brought a
Read more powerfully distinctive personal and musical style to the proceedings, yet they complemented each other in a way that proved irresistible to audiences. This best-of collection features a broad variety of examples of their winning formula. All the selections are collective efforts, yet the unique personality of each singer shines through: the smooth romanticism of Carreras, Domingo's dark elegance, and the old-school vocal fireworks of the larger-than-life Pavarotti. It's a thrilling demonstration of tenor artistry delivered jointly by three of the all-time greats. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Funiculì funiculà by Luigi Denza
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
3.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Sous le ciel de Paris: Sous le ciel de Paris by Hubert Giraud
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; France 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
5.
El gato montés: Si Torero quiero sé by Manuel Penella
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
6.
Parlami d'amore, Mariù by Cesare Andrea Bixio
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
7.
Black Orpheus: Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfá
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
8.
Lolita "Spanish Serenade" by Arturo Buzzi-Peccia
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
9.
Dicitencello vuie by Rodolfo Falvo
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
10.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
11.
Carousel: You'll never walk alone by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1998 
Venue:  Live  Champ de Mars, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Mathes 
12.
Singin' in the Rain by Nacio Herb Brown
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
13.
West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Tonight," "Cielito lindo" and "'O paese d' 'o sole." 
14.
West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Maria," "Cielito lindo" and "'O paese d' 'o sole." 
15.
'O paese d' 'o sole by Vincenzo D'Annibale
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Tonigh," "Maria" and "Cielito Lindo." 
16.
Cielito lindo by Quirino Mendoza y Cortez
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Tonight," "Maria" and "'O paese d' 'o sole." 
17.
Caminito by Juan de Dios Filiberto
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Dark Eyes" and "La Vie en Rose." 
18.
La vie en rose by R. S. Louiguy
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; France 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Dark Eyes" and "Caminito." 
19.
Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume by Rudolf Sieczynski
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Mattinata" and "Amapola." 
20.
Amapola by Joseph M. Lacalle
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Schiffrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Mattinata" and "Wien, Wien, nur du allein." 
21.
Aquarela do Brasil by Ary Barroso
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
22.
Sous les Ponts de Paris by Vincent Scotto
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
23.
Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
24.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26.
Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
27.
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Mattinata," "Wien, Wien, nur du allein" and "Amapola." 
28.
Because by Helen Guy
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
Date of Recording: 07/16/1994 
Venue:  Live  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin 
29.
Dark Eyes by Anonymous
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1990 
Venue:  Live  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Schifrin
This selection shares track and timing with "Caminito" and "La Vie en Rose." 

Sound Samples

'O sole mio
Funiculì, funiculà
La traviata / Act 1: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici"
Sous le ciel de Paris
Torero quiero ser... [El gato montés]
Parlami d'amore, Mariù
Manha do Carnaval [Black Orpheus]
Lolita
Dicitencello vuie
Core 'ngrato
Because
You'll Never Walk Alone [Carousel]
Singin' In The Rain
West Side Story - 'O paese d'o sole - Cielito lindo
Ochi tchorniye - Caminito - La vie en rose-
Mattinata. - Wien, Wien, nur du allein - - Amapola
The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) / Act 2: Lippen schweigen
Brazil
Sous les ponts de Paris (Under The Bridges Of Paris)
Torna a Surriento
Turandot / Act 3: "Nessun dorma"
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"

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