Christmas with Pavarotti

Christmas with Pavarotti: A brand new Pavarotti Christmas album entitled “Christmas with Pavarotti”!

Today it’s exactly three months until Christmas Eve, so it’s really time to think about Christmas again! In my house, as well as in my office at work, I’ve started playing Pavarotti’s wonderful Christmas album entitled “O holy night”.

It’s therefore with delight that I can report that a brand new Christmas album with Pavarotti is on its way to us all this Christmas. The album is simply entitled “Christmas with Pavarotti”. This 2 CD album from Decca will be in stores from 4 November in Europe and 10 November in Japan.

The album contains 36 tracks (some sources indicates 34 tracks). Adding all this information together I can give you this preliminary overview of the tracks:

It looks like this new Pavarotti Christmas album features a great collection of both traditional and modern Christmas songs. And what a beautiful front cover for this album!

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Please note that the information above is preliminary as it’s based on information from various online record stores and not from any official Decca or Universal sources. Some of this information can therefore be wrong. I will update this blog post as soon as new information comes available.

In addition to listening to the “O holy night” album, I have another pre-Christmas activity. I love to watch Pavarotti’s Christmas concert from Montreal, Canada in 1978. Previously issued on VHS on Decca (I got an Italian version to prove it!), it’s now available on DVD on various labels. Maybe it’s time for Decca to issue this concert as well? Maybe next Christmas, Decca?

With all the best for Christmas! It’s going to be great now that there’s a new Pavarotti Christmas album to look forward to! 🙂

This blog post no. 314 was first published 24-09-2016. Last revision 24-09-2016.

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Christmas with Pavarotti: Deutsche Grammophon compilations

Christmas is here and there’s absolutely no Christmas without classical music! And not just by Pavarotti! Even the most ardent Pavarotti fan appreciates Christmas songs sung by other than Pavarotti himself, at least now and then!

In the spirit of even more Christmas music here is just a sample of Christmas compilations featuring Pavarotti and various other classical artists. All compilations are issued on the Decca sister label Deutsche Grammophon.

All the compilations includes only Pavarotti tracks from his Decca Christmas album O Holy Night, so there’s nothing new here for Pavarotti fans. These album should be obtained because of all the other Decca and Deutsche Grammophon artists that are included.

111 Classics for Christmas (2014) is a 5 CDs collection of Christmas songs, choral and instrumental works by various artists. What makes this compilation particularly interesting is the many tracks of German Christmas music. In Germany this compilation is naturally entitled “111 Klassik zu Weihnachten”.

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Christmas Gala with the Stars (2012) is a 2 CDs collection of mostly Christmas songs sung by various well-known classical artists. If you only want a small Christmas compilation I believe this compilation is a very good choice.

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Christmas ‘Round the World (2008) is a single CD collection of mostly Christmas songs and choral works from all around the globe. So how about Christmas songs from Sweden, Italy or Australia? Well, then this is the right Christmas compilation for you!

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All the compilations above are available on CD, download and streaming, but the last compilation might be hard to find in the CD format.

Many more Christmas compilations from Deutsche Grammophon are to be found, either on  CD, download or streaming, but some compilations might be hard to find in the CD format. Look and you shall find!

On of the second Christmas compilation mentioned above one of the featured Pavarotti track is “O Holy Night”. I really love this Christmas song!

I wish you all a merry Christmas! Thank you so much for visiting Odd Pavarotti Blog! 🙂

This post was first published 27-12-2015. Last revision 27-12-2015.

Christmas with Pavarotti: The film “Love Actually” … and clothes once owned by Pavarotti

Christmas is once again here, and along comes all the Christmas traditions that we have become so used to, and then some. One Christmas tradition is for many to watch cheesy, sentimental, more or less romantic films on television.

Not every one of these films have a clear Christmas theme, but they are in one way or another related to Christmas. Maybe the most famous Christmas film of them all, It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946, is a good example, if there’s such a thing as a Christmas film genre.

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And there are many more. One of the Christmas films from recent years is Love Actually from 2003 which is shown regularly on television every year around Christmas time. If you just accept that it is a Christmas film it’s quite entertaining!

One dialogue from this films I find particularly funny is this one. It starts off scene #51 where Emma Thompson is Karen and Alan Rickman is Harry:

  • Karen: That was a good night. Though I felt fat.
  • Harry: Oh don’t be ridiculous.
  • Karen: It’s true. Nowadays the only clothes I can get into were once owned by Pavarotti.
  • Harry: I always think Pavarotti dresses very well.

This is a very good example of Pavarotti in popular culture. At least since the 1980’s many references to Pavarotti have popped up in for example films and tv-series. One day I’ll publish a list of the many films and tv-series that use Pavarotti as a cultural reference. In fact, I have counted around 100 (!!!) films and tv-series so far, and the list keeps growing.

Anyhow, it’s once again time to dress as well as Pavarotti and to celebrate Christmas in style with family, friends, good food and drink, a Christmas film, and the one and only Pavarotti!

In fact, that’s all you need for Christmas! 🙂

This post was first published 23-12-2015. Last revision 23-12-2015.

Christmas with Pavarotti: Adeste Fideles (O Come, All ye Faithful)

Christmas is once again upon us! Christmas is either here, there, or it’s just around the corner, depending on when you read this. Anyhow, it’s once again time to celebrate Christmas with the one and only Pavarotti!

One of the many wonderful songs from Pavarotti’s Christmas album “O holy night” is the carol Adeste Fideles. This carol was originally written with Latin lyrics but is maybe more known with English lyrics as “O Come, All ye Faithful”. In this recording Pavarotti sings it in Latin.

So let’s go! Let it be Christmas! 🙂

This post was first published 22-11-2015. Last revision 22-11-2015.

Christmas with Pavarotti: The East German “O holy night” album

During the Cold War Pavarotti’s recordings were rarely published in the Communist Bloc countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and he rarely held concerts behind the Iron Curtain during that period.

One of the very few exceptions took place in East Germany, or the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which was its official name, or Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR). as it was known in German.

In 1982, the East German state classical record label Eterna, based in East Berlin, published Pavarotti’s Christmas album “O holy night” under the title Ave Maria” on LP and Music Cassette.

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The album contained 9 tracks, which was the same tracks as the original UK Decca LP release. The US London LP version contained two more tracks, but these two tracks later appeared on later editions of the album in UK and around the world.

The Ave Maria Eterna LP can easily be found in second-hand stores in Germany and elsewhere. What a treasure to have in your Pavarotti collection!

Imagine the divided city of Berlin in 1982: Pavarotti’s Christmas album was published in East Berlin, and in West Berlin Pavarotti sang in the Verdi opera Aida at Deutsche Oper. Read about Pavarotti in that West Berlin Aida here and here.

Imagine also this: In 1989 the Berlin Wall was open and would later be teared down. The divided city was no longer divided and soon Berlin would become the capital of a united Germany.

I wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas!

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This post was first published 21-12-2014. Last revision 21-12-2014.

Christmas with Pavarotti: The two Ave Marias

Two of the most popular Christmas songs are both named Ave Maria. There is the one by Franz Schubert and the one by Charles Gounod based on a work by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Pavarotti sang both Ave Marias. Here is first the Schubert version followed by the Gounod/Bach version. Which one do you like best?

Merry Christmas to all!

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This post was first published 20-12-2014. Last revision 20-12-2014.

Christmas with The Three Tenors: Polish Christmas song

It’s time again to celebrate Christmas with The Three Tenors! And it’s time again to go back to the great musical city of Wien (Vienna).

Why? It’s because The Three Tenors performed their only Christmas concert together ever right there in the Austrian capital on December 23, 1999.

We have visited this grand event in an earlier post, but this concert has so many great Christmas tunes it’s only fair that we visit this concert one more time.

Today I want to share with you my favorite song from that concert. It’s in fact a traditional Polish song, “Lulajze Jezuniu”. The Three Tenors sang this song together, but they didn’t perform the song in Polish, but in Italian with the title “Dormi, o bambino” (“Sleep, child”).

I believe that this song is a Christmas song about the sleeping baby Jesus Christ, or about any sleeping child, making it a kind of lullaby as well!

Anyhow, it’s to beautiful to leave out this Christmas, so here it is!

The Three Tenors Christmas concert was broadcasted on tv and is available on CD, download and streaming, as well as VHS and DVD, all on Sony Classics.

Below is the German CD cover of the album. In fact, also French and Italian CD and DVD covers exists!

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So good night, children and adults, and merry Christmas to all around the globe, in particular to all Polish Pavarotti fans in Poland and all over the world! 🙂

This post was originally published 03-12-2013. Last revision 03-12-2013.