Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1 - The First Decade

Release Date: 5/19/2014
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B002051802
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 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.

Works on This Recording
1. Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Joseph Ward (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Cornelius Opthof (Baritone), Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Written: 1833 ;
2. La fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Italy
3. L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Spiro Malas (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Maria Casula (Soprano), Dominic Cossa (Baritone)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832 ; Italy
4. Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Raymond Myers (Baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Elena Souliotis (Soprano), Helen Lawrence (Soprano), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), David Reed (Bass), Leslie Fyson (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), John Noble (Baritone)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865 ; Italy
5. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor), Martti Talvela (Bass), Clifford Grant (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), John Gibbs (Baritone), John Noble (Baritone), Christian Du Plessis (Baritone), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Gillian Knight (Mezzo Soprano), Josephte Clément (Mezzo Soprano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
6. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Ryland Davies (Tenor)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
7. Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Tom Krause (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Sabin Markov (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
8. La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Gernot Pietsch (Tenor), Hans-Dietrich Pohl (Baritone), Gianni Maffeo (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Hans-Dieter Appelt (Bass), Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
9. I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
10. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Robert Kerns (Baritone), Giorgio Stendoro (Baritone), Siegfried Rudolf Frese (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Erna Maria Mühlberger (Soprano), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Wolfgang Schneider (Bass), Marius Rintzler (Bass), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Martha Heigl (Soprano), Evamaria Hurdes (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Elke Schary (Mezzo Soprano), Hans Helm (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
11. La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Gabriel Bacquier (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Italy
12. Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Martti Talvela (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Italy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
20. La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Opera Orchestra
Written: 1843 ;
21. I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Arleen Augér (Soprano), Reid Bunger (Bass), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Herbert Lackner (Baritone)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
22. Guillaume Tell: Asil héréditaire by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Italy
23. Don Pasquale: Com' è gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Leone Magiera
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Italy
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
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
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
26. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Leone Magiera
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1876 ;
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
28. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897/1937 ; Italy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
42. Nevicata by Ottorino Respighi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Italy
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
44. Nebbie by Ottorino Respighi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Italy
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
46. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
47. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
48. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
49. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Written: 1851 ;
50. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
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