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The Best

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Mario, E.A. : Santa Lucia luntana, for voice & orchestra
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Non t'amo più
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : 'A vucchella
>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Vivere
>Musumarra, Romano : Il canto
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Nanni, Stefano : Buongiorno a te
>Michele Centonze / Robin : Ti adoro
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Luciano Pavarotti recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as a recording artist and has just begun his 40-date worldwide farewell tour that will kick off in the US at the Hollywood Bowl on September 24th. This 2-CD set highlights the 40-years of recordings. It includes bonus tracks from his 1964 Decca debut.

Luciano Pavarotti, the best-selling classical artist of all-time, recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as a recording artist and has just begun his 40-date worldwide farewell tour that will kick off in the US. Luciano Pavarotti-The Best, is a 2-CD set highlighting 40-years of recordings and includes bonus tracks from his 1964 Decca debut. 2005.

Notes & Reviews:

Few operatic tenors of the 20th century were more honored than Luciano Pavarotti, and none were as popular; his fame went far beyond the usual boundaries of classical music and his music was as widely embraced as any pop star. The Best is a two-disc collection released in 2005 that features 35 classic arias from Pavarotti's recordings for the Decca and London labels, including selections by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Tosti, and Centonze. ~ Mark Deming



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi)
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Donna non vidi mai
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Rolando Panerai (Baritone); Mirella Freni; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin :: Mi batte il cuor...O paradiso
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera :: M'appari
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Quando le sere al placido chiaror
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Peter Maag
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quel guerrier io fossi!....Celeste Aida
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Forse la soglia attinse
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Come un bel di maggio
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera :: Ah! mes amies, quel jour de fête!...Pour mon âme
  • Performers: Eric Garrett (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Di quella pira
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma!
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: John Alldis Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mario, E.A. : Santa Lucia luntana, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1919
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Piero Gamba
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Non t'amo più
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1870-1915
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Piero Gamba
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : 'A vucchella
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1907
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Henry Mancini
  • Ensemble: Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Vivere
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Henry Mancini
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Musumarra, Romano : Il canto
  • Performers: Alberto Bartoli (Percussion); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Romano Musumarra
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Dei Concerti Di Roma
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Rob Mathes
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1989
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Nanni, Stefano : Buongiorno a te
  • Performers: Fabio Sartoni (Drums); Stefano Nanni (Piano); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Antonella Pepe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rob Mathes
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Veris Giannetti, Michele Centonze.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Michele Centonze / Robin : Ti adoro
  • Performers: Kameron Brown (Double Bass); Fabio Sartoni (Drums); Veris Giannetti (Voice); Roberto Rossi (Trombone); Marco Tamburini (Trumpet); Piero Odorici (Saxophone); Michele Centonze (Guitar); Stefano Nanni (Piano); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stefano Nanni
  • Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Questa o quella
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Parmi veder le lagrime
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio