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Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1 - The First Decade

Pavarotti,Luciano
Release Date: 05/19/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002051802  
Composer:  Vincenzo BelliniGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandLuciano PavarottiJosephine VeaseyCornelius Opthof,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeLamberto GardelliZubin MehtaHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 28 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“The Pavarotti Story, is in many ways, also The Decca Story as artist and record company worked hand-in-hand until the artist’s death in 2007. It was a relationship that lasted some 45 years, and will continue to bear fruit forever.” James Jolly

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and Decca – a fitting occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of the 20th Century’s greatest tenor.

This 28 CD survey reviews the totality of Pavarotti’s remarkably intense first decade with Decca. Everything the artist recorded for the company from signing his contract until 1973 is here, allowing critics and collectors and opera lovers once more to
Read more appreciate his exceptional achievement in that first decade for the Decca label. Every single track in the set has been remastered, under the supervision of long-term Decca balance engineer Philip Siney.

This is the first of three major releases in The Pavarotti Edition in 2014, of which the second is due in mid-2014, focusing on his remarkable middle period when he became an operatic star known as ‘The King of the High Cs’. The third, due late in 2014, is entitled ‘The People’s Tenor’ and will reflect the period when his fame extended across the world and transcended the classical genre.

The set includes an anniversary re-issue in vinyl of the famous May 1964 original first EP, cut by Pavarotti as his first recording for Decca – five arias including ‘Che gelida manina’ from La Boheme, ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Tosca and three arias from Rigoletto.

It also includes a Bonus CD of Arias featuring the newly re-surfaced recording of ‘Che gelida manina’ from Pavarotti’s debut performance of La Boheme on April 29, 1961 at the Teatro Muncipale in Reggio Emilia, before his contract with Decca even commenced in 1963.

The collection serves to highlight the key partnerships in Pavarotti’s early recording career. The Sutherland-Pavarotti-Bonynge relationship was the first to be enshrined on record in Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda (CD 1 – 2). Their Donizetti recordings – La Fille du Regiment (CD 2 – 3) and L’elisir d’amore (CD 4 – 5) still have few rivals: “Pavarotti has a Gigli-like quality in characterisation and this suits him ideally for the role... you should readily be won over by the sheer exuberance, vocal as well as dramatic, that Sutherland brings to the role” – Gramophone original review

Opera was not the sole musical outlet for the Pavarotti of the 1960s and 1970s. He sang in choral works, such as Verdi’s Requiem and Rossini’s Stabat Mater and as his reputation spread he became a dedicated recitalist. His Verdi and Donizetti Arias (CD 25) contain some of the most perfect, natural, unforced singing of his entire career.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano),
Cornelius Opthof (Baritone), Joseph Ward (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Written: 1833 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 147 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Monica Sinclair (Alto),
Spiro Malas (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/1967 
3.
L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Maria Casula (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Spiro Malas (Bass), Dominic Cossa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Length: 140 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Leslie Fyson (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Helen Lawrence (Soprano), Raymond Myers (Baritone), John Noble (Baritone),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), David Reed (Bass), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor),
Elena Souliotis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
5.
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano),
Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor), John Gibbs (Baritone), Christian Du Plessis (Baritone),
Clifford Grant (Bass), Gillian Knight (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Josephte Clément (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone),
John Noble (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1971 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 112 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Ryland Davies (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone),
Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden 
Language: Italian 
7.
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone),
Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Sabin Markov (Bass)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway, Hall, London, England 
Length: 118 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone),
Gianni Maffeo (Baritone), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Hans-Dieter Appelt (Bass),
Mirella Freni (Soprano), Gernot Pietsch (Tenor), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor),
Hans-Dietrich Pohl (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Schöneberg Boys Choir,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 110 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
10.
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Wolfgang Schneider (Bass), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Mirella Freni (Soprano), Giorgio Stendoro (Baritone), Siegfried Rudolf Frese (Baritone),
Elke Schary (Mezzo Soprano), Evamaria Hurdes (Soprano), Erna Maria Mühlberger (Soprano),
Martha Heigl (Soprano), Marius Rintzler (Bass), Hans Helm (Bass),
Robert Kerns (Baritone), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1974 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 145 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Gabriel Bacquier (Bass),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Language: Italian 
12.
Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1967 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 84 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Tombe degl'avi miei...Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
14.
Luisa Miller: Oh! Fede negar potessi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
I due Foscari: Dal più remoto esiglio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
17.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Il Duca d'Alba: Angelo casto e bel by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
19.
Dom Sébastien: Deserto in terra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
20.
La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
21.
I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Reid Bunger (Bass), Herbert Lackner (Baritone), Arleen Augér (Soprano),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Chorus,  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22.
Guillaume Tell: Asil héréditaire by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Chorus,  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23.
Don Pasquale: Com' è gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
24.
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
25.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio...Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gildis Flossman (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Peter Baillie (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Chorus,  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
26.
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1876 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
27.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
28.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Chorus,  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
29.
Maristella: Io conosco un giardino by Giuseppe Pietri
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
30.
Ariette (6) da camera: no 6, Ma rendi pur contento by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
31.
Griselda: Per la gloria by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
32.
Atalanta, HWV 35: Care selve by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
33.
L'honestà negli amori: Già il sole dal Gange by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
34.
Dolente immagine di Fille mia by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1824; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
35.
Ariette (6) da camera: no 1, Malinconia, ninfa gentile by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
36.
Ariette (6) da camera: no 3, Bella Nice che d'amore by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
37.
Ariette (6) da camera: no 2, Vanne, o rosa fortunata by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
38.
La serenata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
39.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 3, Luna d'estate by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
40.
Romanze (3): no 2, Malia by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
41.
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 28 Secs. 
42.
Nevicata by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
43.
Liriche (6), Set 1: no 6, Pioggia by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1909; Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
44.
Nebbie by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
45.
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. 
46.
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 
47.
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 
48.
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 
49.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Written: 1851 
50.
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 

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