Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti

Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (20): Postscript (2): Ready for Tour de France?

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over and done with a very long time ago! Now it’s time to prepare for Le Tour de France 2012!

You probably do know that The Tour is the french parallel to The Giro, as the cyclists pedal around in France and not in Italy! The Tour is even more famous and even more prestigious to take part in than The Giro, they say. Well, that’s a matter of opinion! 😉

After talking to Big Luciano and Pavarotti the bird, Odd Pavarotti has decided not to follow the pedaling cyclist around France with The Tour as one did in Italy with The Giro. As Pavarotti mostly performed in Paris and not so many other places in France, it would have been a short blog post series anyway!

So this is how we will do it: In this last Giro postscript we will mark the start of The Tour on Saturday 30th June 2012 with this Paris related molto grande Pavarotti extravaganza blog post celebration! Here we go!

Today’s picture shows Pavarotti in concert in Paris on 17th May, 2005. I guess this was his last performance in Paris as part of his Farewell Tour.

The first video is Pavarotti singing the song “Vaga luna” by Vincenzo Bellini in Paris in 1985, accompanied on piano by John Wustman.

The second video is an interview from French television from 1988. The reporter speaks french and Pavarotti speaks italian! Some clips with Pavarotti singing.

The third video is a short television news clip about the open-air concert Pavarotti held on September 2, 1993, at the Champ de Mars in Paris, the same venue as The Three Tenors concert in 1998. The 1993 concert was broadcast on television with the title Pavarotti in Paris, and it was also issued at least twice on CD (Not so easy to get hold of! I bought both of mine in Italy!).

I saw this concert on tv in the mid 1990’s and I remember that Pavarotti wasn’t in his best form that day. Maybe that’s why this concert isn’t issued worldwide on audio or video. In fact, it’s not issued on video at all.

The fourth video is The Three Tenors singing a medley of songs, among them the french song “Sous le Ciel de Paris”. This performance is from The Three Tenors concert at the World Cup in 1998 in Paris (issued on Decca CD, VHS, and later on DVD).

The fifth video is just for fun! But it’s from Paris! 😉

So there you have it! Pavarotti in Paris to mark the Le Tour de France 2012! Hope you all now are ready for Tour de France like you never have been before!

But after 20 (!) blog posts it’s now definitively over! No more blog posts on The Giro or The Tour! No blog post containing pedaling cyclist, well at least until next year!

The great team of the Giro, Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti, together with our occasional assistant Pavarotti the bird, wish you well as we all pedal away together into the sunset. Look! We’re like three tenors on bicycles! Yes, we are. And, no, we aren’t! 😉

But don’t despair! Look out for more blog posts on Pavarotti and football!  Euro 2012 isn’t over yet! And Italy is still in the game! 🙂

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Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (19): Postscript (1): Pedalare!

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over and done with a long time ago! Yes, and we did end the journey gracefully!

But Pavarotti the bird tweeted a message to the great team of the Giro, Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti, that there’s one book we all should read this summer to learn more about The Giro.

The book is entitled Pedalare! Pedalare!: A history of italian cycling by the British historian John Foot who has modern Italian history as his speciality. John Foot is on Twitter where he tweets on Italy, sport and politics, among other things.

“It’s the same guy who wrote this book about Italian football“, said Pavarotti the bird.

“We know!”, said Big Luciano, and added: “What a lovely title for a book about Italian cycling”.

“One more quality book to read this summer!”, said Odd Pavarotti, and added “We’ll have to set aside some time to squeeze some lemons as well!”.

So now you know how to learn more about the Giro. Read “Pedalare! Pedalare”!

To celebrate this little book report Odd Pavarotti Blog gives you Pavarotti in Verdi’s opera “Luisa Miller”, live from the Paris Opera Garnier on 1 June 1983 (audio only, not commercially available).

This is just to point out that there might be something coming on Le Tour de France 2012 in the near future. One never knows these days.

Until then: Pedal on, kick some balls, or just sit down and listen to this great Pavarotti recording from his prime! And you’ll agree with the audience: Bravo!

Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (18): Milano Final post!

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over and it’s time to end the journey gracefully. The great team of the Giro, Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti, is still in the great italian city of Milan (Yes! Milano!) to summarize the Giro of 2012.

“This has been a great journey, but it’s time to move on”, Big Luciano said.

“I agree but there’s one thing we haven’t talked about”, responded Odd Pavarotti.

Big Luciano didn’t quite follow, so Odd Pavarotti had to remind him.

On the 21st of May the duelling duo of the Giro parted for a while. Before they parted, Big Luciano showed Odd Pavarotti a picture of a woman and asked: What’s her name?, What’s her connection to the Giro, and; What’s her connection to Pavarotti?

Big Luciano had more pictures of this woman that he showed to Odd Pavarotti.

Odd Pavarotti answered Big Luciano’s questions like this:

This woman’s name is Mina Mazzini, but her stage name is only Mina. She’s an italian pop singer with a career that spans from the 1950’s until this very day.

Her connection to the Giro is that she’s born on 25 March 1940 in Busto Arsizio, a small city in Lombardia, which were the city where the Giro started on Sunday 20th of May this year.

Her connection to Pavarotti is that he wanted her to join him in a duet in one of his Pavarotti & friends concert. That didn’t happen as Mina hasn’t performed publicly since the mid 1970’s.

Up to this day she has issued new and innovative pop albums almost every year. She’s truly a living italian legend, and she’s highly recommended for those who like “adult pop”. Listen to Mina on Odd Pavarotti’s Spotify Mina Mazzini playlist here!

“Bravo, ragazzo”, said Big Luciano about Odd Pavarotti’s answers. Big Luciano was very impressed.

Somebody has spliced a recording of Pavarotti with a recording of Mina singing the same opera aria. The opera aria is ”Vesti la giubba” (”Ridi Pagliaccio”) from Leoncavallo’s opera “Pagliacci”. And there’s two versions out there. This is what they call a virtual duet these days.

“Is this like a mashup?”, Pavarotti the bird wondered. He had just flown in from a visit to some of his distant relatives in York in Queen’s Britain.

“I guess it is”, said Big Luciano.

“And this is it, I guess”, said Odd Pavarotti.

So it’s time to say goodbye for now. The great team of the Giro hope you all have enjoyed the Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti blog posts.

Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti might be back for the Giro 2013, but there’s The Euro 2012 and Le Tour de France 2012 to look forward to. You’ll never know what will happen the next time you visit the Odd Pavarotti Blog!

Ciao, amici! 😉

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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!

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Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (16): Milano Don Carlo

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over a long time ago. The Giro ended in Milan, or Milano as it’s known by us italians, on Sunday 27th of May. Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti met the next day in Milan to summarize the Giro of 2012, but instead of doing that they enjoyed the joys of Milano big time, and for days.

Anyhow, suddenly Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti decided to get finished with the Giro, as they have lots of other things to investigate.

“The Euro 2012 started today!”, Big Luciano said.

“Yeah, that will keep us occupied”, Odd Pavarotti responded.

Big Luciano wasn’t sure if Odd Pavarotti was being sarcastic or just ironic.

So lets focus on Pavarotti in Milano! Milano is of course one of the opera capitals in the world. Teatro alla Scala, or just La Scala, is the world-renowned opera house in Milano. You’re nothing in italian opera if you haven’t sung there. It’s the most important opera house in Italy, and one of the most important in the world of opera.

Today’s Milano related Pavarotti videos are from the last opera Pavarotti did at La Scala. It’s from Verdi’s opera Don Carlo in December 1992. As you know Don Carlo is the italian version of Verdi’s french opera Don Carlos. This production was recorded live and exists on EMI Classics CDs and  DVD. The two videos below is the start of the opera (and the rest is out there on YouTube!). Glorious singing by Pavarotti  here, is spite of his age!

More Pavarotti in Milano to come! Watch this space as Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti returns with another Milan centred blog post to mark the end of Giro d’Italia 2012!

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Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (15): Milano slow

The Giro d’Italia of 2012 is over. Sad, but true! The Giro ended in Milan, or Milano as it’s known by the italians, on Sunday 27th of May. Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti met the next day in Milan to summarize the Giro of 2012. As you all might remember, the great team of the Giro, Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti, had been apart for almost a week, before they met again in Milan on Monday 28th of May.

Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti discussed in detail their impressions of the Giro, but suddenly Odd Pavarotti’s portable computer had a breakdown, which made this blog post somewhat late. It was planned to be posted on Monday 28th of May, but all this computer mess made it impossible to publish until today, Tuesday 29th of May. The great team of the Giro is truly sorry.

First and foremost Odd Pavarotti had to tell Big Luciano about his wonderful journey to fulfill his scientific and scholastic duties in York. Odd Pavarotti reported that York has an opera house, at least three italian restaurants and several pubs.

“Do we really need anything else in life?”, Odd Pavarotti asked rhetorically. Big Luciano agreed.

“And I met some distant relatives of Pavarotti the bird”, Odd Pavarotti said. Big Luciano looked with interest at the picture on one of the other of Odd Pavarotti’s portable devices.

“Splendid!”, said Big Luciano, feeling very English suddenly.

“Splendid!”, Odd Pavarotti repeated, feeling more English than ever before.

They both agreed that the picture was indeed splendid, but suddenly Odd Pavarotti said: “Shouldn’t we talk about the last stretches of the Giro 2012?”

“Domani”, said Big Luciano. Odd Pavarotti understood there of that any further talk about the Giro 2012 was postponed to tomorrow. Or one of the days after that.

But there were one song that Big Luciano just couldn’t stop singing that day. Wonder why … 🙂

So watch this space tomorrow or in some days time, as Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti will present some Milan centred blog posts to mark the end of Giro d’Italia 2012!

Giro d’Italia with Pavarotti (14): Milano mystery

The Giro d’Italia had one of its resting days today. Odd Pavarotti had to tell Big Luciano that he had to abort their italian pedaling extravaganza for the rest of the Giro as he’s been called for scientific and scholastic duties in York.

Big Luciano remembered vividly his many times in the great city of New York with cheese cakes in his eyes. Odd Pavarotti had to stress that he wasn’t talking about the Big Apple or apple strudel, but the great city of Old York. Big Luciano got the picture, finally.

Odd Pavarotti and Big Luciano decided to meet in Milan, or Milano as it’s known around here, on Monday 28th of May to summarize the Giro of 2012. As the Giro ends in Milan on Sunday 27th of May they both figured that to meet the next day in Milan to talk about it was a good idea.

After Odd Pavarotti left for York, Big Luciano decided to travel directly to Milan to prepare for the last days of the Giro, and to visit some well-known places in this great city of Lombardy, or Lombardia as we italians like to say.

But before they parted, Big Luciano showed Odd Pavarotti a picture of a woman and asked: What’s her name?, What’s her connection to the Giro, and; What’s her connection to Pavarotti?

Odd Pavarotti of course knew all the answers right away, but decided to tell Big Luciano when they met in Milan the following Monday. Maybe you know the answers as well?

Anyway, next blog post from the Giro in Bella Italia will follow on Monday 28th of May! Then Big Luciano and Odd Pavarotti will present some Milan centred blog posts to end this great ride thru the italian landscape known as Giro d’Italia!

They just can’t wait, and so can’t you! 🙂