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Luciano Pavarotti Edition, Vol. 1: The First Decade - Complete performances of Beatrice di Tenda, La fille du régiment, L'Elisir d'Amore, Macbeth, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, La Boheme, I Puritani, La Favorita, more, plus arias [27 C

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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 CenturyâEuro™s greatest tenor.

This 27 CD survey reviews the totality of PavarottiâEuro™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 âEuro˜The King of the High CsâEuro™. The third, due late in 2014, is entitled âEuro˜The PeopleâEuro™s TenorâEuro™ 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 âEuro˜Che gelida maninaâEuro™ from La BohÈme, âEuro˜E lucevan le stelleâEuro™ from Tosca and three arias from Rigoletto.

It also includes a Bonus CD of Arias featuring the newly re-surfaced recording of âEuro˜Che gelida maninaâEuro™ from PavarottiâEuro™s debut performance of La BohÈme 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 PavarottiâEuro™s early recording career. The Sutherland-Pavarotti-Bonynge relationship was the first to be enshrined on record in BelliniâEuro™s Beatrice di Tenda (CD 1 - 2). Their Donizetti recordings - La Fille du RÉgiment (CD 2 - 3) and LâEuro™elisir dâEuro™amore (CD 4 - 5) still have few rivals: âEuroPavarotti 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 roleâEuro by Gramophone.

Opera was not the sole musical outlet for the Pavarotti of the 1960s and 1970s. He sang in choral works, such as VerdiâEuro™s Requiem and RossiniâEuro™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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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

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

LâEuro™Elisir dâEuro™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

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

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

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

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 BoysâEuro™ Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/1972
Venue: Kingsway, Hall, London, England
Length: 118 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: Italian

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

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

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

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

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

Lucia di Lammermoor: Tombe deglâEuro™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.

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

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

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.

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.

Il Duca dâEuro™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.

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.

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.

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

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

Don Pasquale: ComâEuro™ 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LâEuro™Arlesiana: E la solita storia...AnchâEuro™io vorrei âEuroLamentoâEuro 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

LâEuro™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.

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.

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: 1829; Italy
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs.

Ariette (6) da camera: no 3, Bella Nice che dâEuro™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.

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: by 1829; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs.

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.

Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 3, Luna dâEuro™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.

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.

Romanze (2): no 2, Non tâEuro™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.

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.

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; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The Times, 11th April 2014
Whatever he sings, that bright voice, so responsive to the music's emotions and rhythmic life, shines abundantly in remastered glory.



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