Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (17): Milano Karajan Requiem

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over. Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti are still in the great italian city of Milan, or Milano as one should say, to summarize the Giro of 2012. Once again we focus on Pavarotti in Milano!

Today’s Milano related Pavarotti videos are also from Teatro alla Scala, or just La Scala, in Milano. This time Pavarotti sings in Verdi’s Requiem in a recording made in 1967. Look: Pavarotti without his famous beard! 🙂

The conductor here is the famous german master Herbert von Karajan. This recording looks like it’s done in an empty La Scala, and I believe I’ve read that they are “singing” to a prerecorded taping of an actual performance in that same place. This video was supposed to be done “the Karajan way”, and this time it seem to have meant “no audience, bitte”.

This production exists on Deutsche Grammophon DVD, but non-official CD issues of the audio recording are also floating around, and can easily be obtained.

The first video below is the start of the Requiem where all four voices are showing off, followed by a video of Pavarotti in the tenor solo “Ingemisco” (and the rest is out there on YouTube!). Glorious singing by Pavarotti here, is his tender young age!

Watch this space as Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti returns with the 18th and last blog post on Giro d’Italia 2012!