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Pavarotti in Berlin (10): More arias from Pavarotti’s 1983 Berlin recital

11 Apr

Pavarotti held on 15th May 1983 a recital at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with John Wustman at the piano. There are many audio tracks from this recital out there on YouTube, so many that I think that the entire recital is out there!

In an earlier post I published four arias from that recital. Here are six more from that very same recital.

More about Pavarotti in Berlin in future blog posts!

Anyway, I’m off to Berlin! Soon! Very soon! :)

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This post was originally published 11-04-2014. Last revision 11-04-2014.

Easter with Pavarotti: O Jesu mi dulcissime by Guida

11 Apr

Easter, the most important Christian holiday, is here. This is a good excuse as any to give you Pavarotti singing the lovely religious song O Jesu mi dulcissime by Guida.

The recording on the video is taken from the live solo album Pavarotti at Carnegie Hall. This album was recorded at a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in November 1987. Pavarotti is accompanied by John Wustman on piano.

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Pavarotti at Carnegie Hall is available on Decca CD, download and streaming. It’s a beautiful album that is highly recommended.

I wish you all a good Easter holiday!

This post was originally published 11-04-2014. Last revision 11-04-2014.

Pavarotti message of the month: It’s spring! It’s April!

7 Apr

It’s the month of April! It’s springtime! Let’s celebrate with Pavarotti singing the lovely song Aprile by the Italian composer Tosti.

Pavarotti recorded this song for his Decca studio album Mattinata. This album was recorded in 1977 and 1982, was issued on LP in 1983, and is now available on Decca CD, download and streaming. The National Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Antonio Tonini. This recording of Aprile is also available on several Pavarotti compilation CDs. You can hear this recoding in the first video below. This video also contains English translation of the lyrics.

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Pavarotti also sang this song in his recitals. At least one live version of Aprile sung with piano accompaniment is available on several unofficial Pavarotti recital CDs. The last two videos are from such live performances (audio only). There’s no information about the first, but the second is taken from a recital at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 15th May 1983 with John Wustman at the piano.

So enjoy spring! Enjoy April! Enjoy Life!

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This post was originally published 07-04-2014. Last revision 07-04-2014.

Pavarotti in commercial for financial services firm

31 Mar

In this tv commercial for the financial services firm J. G. Wentworth the image and voice of Pavarotti in the 1981 San Francisco Opera production of the Verdi opera Aida is used. Margaret Price sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti sings the role of Radamès. This performance is also out on DVD. This tv commercial is probably not. But it’s funny anyway!

This post was originally published 31-03-2014. Last revision 31-03-2014.

Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks – The marketing story

24 Mar

When it was time to celebrate Pavarotti’s 50 years on Decca Classics and 50 years since his international debut, a brand new compilation, Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks, was released in October 2013 on Decca CD (2 CD set), download and streaming.

The marketing of this release was massive, including a website for sharing photos, and another website to record and publish your own version of Pavarotti arias such as Nessun dorma!

Prior to the release, as part of the marketing strategy, the press reported that this compilation would contain a newly discovered Pavarotti recording, but as I wrote in August 2013 that was a bit far from the truth. Be that as it may, with this compilation Pavarotti once again topped the charts, six years after he died!

Besides the so-called newly discovered Pavarotti recording (which wasn’t!), the compilation didn’t contain any real surprises as all were previously released. Read more about each tracks here.

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In addition to the standard 2 CD set two additional releases followed (both on Decca):

The 2 CD set was also released as Pavarotti: Les 50 Triomphes by Decca in France. Other national releases may exist as well.

The CD artwork and the ads on TV and online were quite creative. There was a one minute teaser and a 20 seconds TV-spot, both narrated in English. However, on YouTube I’ve found many other versions of the TV-spot from various countries.

This was absolutely a marketing campaign for the greatest singer that ever lived!

Teaser UK

TV-spot UK

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TV-spot Germany

TV-spot The Netherlands

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TV-spot Denmark

TV-spot China

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TV-spot South Africa

This post was originally published 24-03-2014. Last revision 24-03-2014.

Pavarotti sings 101 Handel

24 Mar

The baroque composer George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) was one of the greatest composer who has ever lived. He composed many works in a range of genres. There’s so much Handel to handle … well … to explore!

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If you’re not familiar with Handel there’s a great compilation to start your exploration into his compositions. 101 Handel is a 6 CD box set with 101 Handel tracks covering many of his most famous works, including instrumental works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks,  Concerto grossi, Organ Concertos, and vocal works as such as anthems, Messiah and various opera and oratorio arias.

The compilation 101 Handel is a very good introduction to Handel as it covers the entire spectre of his works. 101 Handel was released in September 2013 and is available on Decca CDs, download and streaming.

The only Handel aria Pavarotti ever sang, the wonderful Care selve from the opera Atalanta, is included on this compilation. This aria is taken from his Decca studio album “Pavarotti in concert” (recorded in 1973, issued on LP in 1975, and now available on Decca CD, download and streaming). Richard Bonynge conducts the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

Listen to the video below (The aria starts 14 seconds into the video).

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This post was originally published 24-03-2014. Last revision 24-03-2014.

Ti adoro – Luciano Pavarotti’s very last album release

26 Feb

In 2003 the album “Ti adoro” was released. This was Pavarotti’s first studio album in many years. It also turned out to be his very last album release before he died.

The “Ti adoro” album is a collection of popular songs. Almost all the songs were brand new songs, written especially for Luciano and this album. The notable exception was Pavarotti’s new version of his earlier hit song Caruso, written by the Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla, which he recorded again for this album.

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The album title “Ti adoro” means “I adore you” in Italian. What a proper title! Pavarotti fans love this album, but it never became a huge hit in the album charts.

The “Ti adoro” album was released on Decca in September 2003 and was reissued in September 2007, also as part of The studio collection. The album is of course still available on Decca CD, as well as download and streaming.

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The first two videos below are the two official music videos from this album. The songs are “Ti adoro” and “Il Canto”. In the last video Pavarotti talks about the album in what is the official video about the album.

What more is there to say, than: Ti adoro, Luciano! :)

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This post was originally published 26-02-2014. Last revision 26-02-2014.

Wonderful news: Odd Pavarotti Blog is now on Google+ !

24 Feb

Odd Pavarotti has once again realised that we live in a world with many platforms and channels, and that there’s a place for Pavarotti on and in all of them. This time Odd Pavarotti is doing his thing on Google+ !

If you’re on Google+ there are many advantages in becoming friendly with Odd Pavarotti Blog: Whenever a new blog post is published a message will be sent to your Google+ page. In addition I will regularly put some extra exciting material on the Google+ page which not necessarily will appear on this blog … ever!

Odd Pavarotti Blog’s Google+ page is still under development, but there are already exciting things published! All in the name of Odd Pavarotti Blog! Isn’t that wonderful news, or what? :)

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So take this time to follow Odd Pavarotti Blog on Google+ ! Not on Google+ yet, you say? Oh, it’s so easy to register, and when you’ve done that it’s just a piece of cake to follow Odd Pavarotti Blog on Google+ ! So follow Odd Pavarotti Blog on Google+ for that little extra!

So take a look by going directly to Odd Pavarotti Blog’s Google+ page here! And while you’re in Google land, why not visit Odd Pavarotti Blog’s YouTube channel as well? It has lots of Pavarotti videos, and more videos will be added. Take a look by going directly to Odd Pavarotti Blog’s YouTube channel here!

You’ll also find permanent links on the Google+ and YouTube pages on the right side of the screen under the “Essential links” section.

And if you like what your see and hear, you might want to become a follower of Odd Pavarotti Blog’s Google+ page and the YouTube channel as well?

To celebrate the launch of Odd Pavarotti Blog’s Google+ page, here are Pavarotti and the great Australian soprano Joan Sutherland singing Libiamo from the Verdi opera La Traviata. Richard Bonynge is conducting. Cheers! :)

This post was originally published 24-02-2014. Last revision 24-02-2014.

Tenor vs. countertenor: Per la gloria d’adorarvi

7 Feb

Yes, I’m a tenor man, but my mad love affair with the countertenor voice continues. It’s time once again to compare the tenor voice with the countertenor voice!

Here is the same aria sung twice. First by a tenor, then by a countertenor. The aria is Per la gloria d’adorarvi from Bononcini’s Griselda.

It goes without saying that the tenor is Luciano Pavarotti. The countertenor is the wonderful German Jochen Kowalski. Only the best in the business (as always)!

The Pavarotti recording can be found on his studio album Pavarotti in concert. The Kowalski recording can be found on his album Arien aus der Berliner Operngeschichte (Arias from Berlin’s operatic history), a highly recommended introduction to Jochen Kowalski’s countertenor voice.

Which version do you like best? Tenor or countertenor? Is it possible to like them both? I think so!

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Read more about my writings on countertenors here!

This post was originally published 07-02-2014. Last revision 07-02-2014.

Pavarotti – The one and only King of the High C’s

6 Feb

Pavarotti was indeed the King of the High C’s. No question about that! So let’s celebrate Big Luciano’s many high C’s!

Here is the one and only King of the High C’s showing off what he did best in La Fille du Régiment, La Favorita (both by Donizetti), and Il Trovatore (by Verdi). We finish with a study in Pavarotti’s vocal range. Fascinating!

Happy listening! Your singing in the shower will never be the same again! :)

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This post was originally published 06-02-2014. Last revision 06-02-2014.

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