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Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti (born 12th October 1935, died 6th September 2007), an Italian tenor, was one of the greatest and most famous singers of his time, not only in the world of opera, but across all genres. He was born in Modena (Emilia-Romagna), in northern Italy.

Pavarotti enjoyed a fortuitous introduction to British audiences in 1963 when his idol Giuseppe Di Stefano fell ill, and Pavarotti replaced him at the London Palladium. The performance was broadcast to 15 million viewers and the young star was signed by Decca, heralding the start of a prodigious recording career.

His La Scala debut took place in 1965, the same year he went on tour with Australian soprano Joan Sutherland. Pavarotti remained forever grateful for what he learned from her about vocal technique and breathing. He made his debut at his beloved Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1968, and was an international superstar within five years.

At Covent Garden in 1966, playing Tonio in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment, Pavarotti was tricked by his conductor and became the first tenor to hit all nine high C's of the first aria.

In 1990, with his fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, Pavarotti took opera out of the concert hall and into the stadium when he performed at the World Cup closing ceremony in Rome. He also made Puccini's Nessun Dorma forever his own. Pavarotti joined Domingo and Carreras again under the Eiffel Tower as part of the 1998 World Cup celebrations. This concert was televised to an estimated two billion people, a world record.

For more than 40 years, Luciano Pavarotti cut a most distinctive figure in the operatic world. His vast physique enabled his perfect pitch to reach the back of the opera house, but he was also capable of light, delicate phrasing. His rare combination of power and quality marked him out from his peers.

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Music in the Air

Music in the Air

A History of Classical Music on Television


A film by REINER E. MORITZ

Music on television has come in various guises over the last 50 years. It was already part of the programme mix at the very beginning and is still around, more sophisticated than ever, live and event driven and at it’s best reaching millions – at any rate more people than those experiencing music in opera houses, concert halls or other venues. Television has been instrumental in popularizing music, preserving precious moments of music making and helping to create music and performances which would not exist without it.

“When music lovers like you lean back today and enjoy a live broadcast from La Scala in Milan, a “Last Night of the Proms”, a “New Year´s Concert” from Vienna or any other Gala they benefit from enormous technical developments over the last fifty years or so and a breed of practitioners who are as virtuosic in handling today´s audiovisual recording equipment as the artists they sort of immortalize for you. While technology advances content ends to get more popular because of the ratings game. In any event television has played a significant role in popularizing classical music since it started. And think about the value of its archives, unless they have been destroyed by penny pinching executives. Isn´t it wonderful that we can watch the very first images of a regular television service in 1936, a Toscanini performing, a Leonard Bernstein with his knowledge and charisma attracting young people to classical music or a Stravinsky conducting his own “Firebird”? And that we have become used to expressive close-ups, behind the scenes material and cameras used like a “fly on the wall”? Even if staging for the camera is more or less out, we do enjoy every bit of live music on the box which slowly turns into your home cinema. And for us practitioners, television still remains a bit of an adventure.” Reiner E. Moritz

“perhaps the more interesting television is found in the rarer moments of observation: of Stravinsky using facial expressions to conduct his Petrushka, or Yan Pascal Tortelier totally immersing himself in an Elgar masterclass.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ***

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Arthaus Musik - 101640

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Metropolitan Opera Gala 1991

Metropolitan Opera Gala 1991

25th Anniversary at Lincoln Center


Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus: Act 2

Verdi:

Rigoletto: Act 3

Otello: Act 3


The Metropolitan Opera celebrates 25 years at Lincoln Center.

The cast-list for the evening reads like a Who's Who of 20th-century opera.

Thrill to “hours and hours of glorious opera...A triumphant celebration of virtuosity (Toronto Globe and Mail) as New York’s legendary opera company celebrates its first quarter century at Lincoln Center with “one of the most exquisitely refined and extravagant assemblages of vocal artistry the Met stage has yet hosted” (New York Times). “Not just another night at the opera” (Los Angeles Times), this extraordinary gala features complete acts from three favorite works, starring dozens of the world’s greatest singers, all conducted by Met music director James Levine.

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DG - 0734582

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Classic, all-star performance of one of the great Verdi operas, featuring Pavarotti in one of his most celebrated roles. Available for the first time on DVD, the complete opera of the classic 1980 production by Elijah Moshinsky of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera. This was an eye-catching and thought-provkoing production. Moshinsky staged the action in pre-revolutionary 1774 Boston.

“…a valuable record and a highly enjoyable one, in Elijah Moshinsky's clean-cut production… Pavarotti, in golden voice and intense presence, is well matched by Louis Quilico's rich-voiced, mordant Renato and Katia Ricciarelli's deeply felt if occasionally strained Amelia, not to mention Judith Blegen's sparkling Oscar.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 *****

“Pavarotti [is] at his very finest, both as singer and actor...Patane conducts throughout with flair and Brian Large's video direction could hardly be bettered.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Pavarotti in Hyde Park

Pavarotti in Hyde Park


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Decca - 0711509

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Mozart: Idomeneo, K366

Mozart: Idomeneo, K366

Video Director Brian Large & Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


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DG - 0734234

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Four-act Italian version


Luciano Pavarotti (Don Carlo), Samuel Ramey (Filippo II), Paolo Coni (Rodrigo), Daniela Dessi (Elisabetta), Luciana D’intino (Eboli), Alexander Anisimov (Il Grande Inquisitore), Marilena Laurenza (Tebaldo), Nuccia Focile (Una voce dal cielo), Orfeo Zanetti (Il Conte di Lerma), Mario Bolognesi (Un Araldo Reale), Un Araldo Reale (Un Frate)

Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Riccardo Muti

Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

“If you want the edition of the work revised in Italian by Verdi, first performed in 1884, this is your only choice to date on DVD – and it proves, as it did on VHS, a satisfying experience.
The work in this form is tauter and more direct than the five-act French original caught on the DVD of the Chatêlet production conducted by Pappano. Those who know Zeffirelli's style won't be surprised by the conventionally lavish production, but it effectively evokes the atmosphere of religious oppression and personal antagonisms Verdi so unerringly depicts.
The dark-hued, threatening setting fits Muti's energetic, rhythmically vital conception. He quickens the emotions in a peculiarly Italianate way, and throughout evinces a feeling for the colouring of the score. His reading is in turn a good background for some thoughtful and idiomatic singing.
Pavarotti delivers Carlo's music in a typically fervent manner, words ideally placed on the voice and his tone consistently firm and pliable.
His girth makes him unconvincing as the small, lean, nervous Carlo of history, but his simple, sincere acting is its own advocate. Daniella Dessì looks the very image of the wronged, sympathetic Elisabetta and sings with feeling and good phrasing. Paolo Coni offers a concerned, upright Rodrigo, sung in warm tones though he sometimes loses focus under pressure.
Zeffirelli's video direction is well fashioned and the sound picture catches the aural ambience of La Scala. As a whole, this is a vivid experience.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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The Three Tenors Christmas

The Three Tenors Christmas


Join the Three Tenors for their first ever Christmas concert, which features live performances of old-time favorite Christmas carols. Songs performed include: "O Holy Night", "White Christmas", "Ave Maria", "Jingle Bells", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Let It Snow", "Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle", "Adeste Fideles", "Amazing Grace", and many more. ~ Laura Mahnken, Rovi

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Sony - 890639

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The Verdi Collection

The Verdi Collection


Verdi:

Nabucco

Matteo Manuguerra (Nabucco), Veriano Luchetti (Ismaele), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Zaccaria), Renata Scotto (Abigaille), Elena Obraztsova (Fenena), Robert Lloyd (Gran Sacerdote), Kenneth Collins (Abdallo), Anne Edwards (Anna)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Ernani

Plácido Domingo (Ernani), Mirella Freni (Elvira), Renato Bruson (Carlo), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Silva), Gianfranco Manganotti (Riccardo), Alfredo Giacomotti (Iago), Jolanda Michieli (Giovanna)

Teatro alla Scala

Attila

Samuel Ramey (Attila), Cheryl Studer (Odabella), Giorgio Zancanaro (Ezio), Neil Shicoff (Foresto), Ernesto Gavazzi (Uldino), Giorgio Surian (Leone)

Teatro alla Scala

Macbeth

Sherrill Milnes (Macbeth), Fiorenza Cossotto (Lady Macbeth), Jose Carreras (Macduff), Ruggero Raimondi (Banco), Giuliano Bernardi (Malcolm), Maria Borgato (Dama), Carlo Del Bosco (Medico)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra

Rigoletto

Giorgio Zancanaro (Rigoletto), Daniela Dessi (Gilda), Vincenzo La Scola (Duca di Mantova), Paata Burchuladze (Sparafucile), Martha Senn (Maddalena), Francesca Franci (Giovanna), Giorgio Surjan (Monterone), Lucio Gallo (Marullo), Ernesto Gavazzi (Borsa), Michele Pertusi (Conte di Ceprano), Nicoletta Curiel (Contessa di Ceprano), Valeria Esposito (Un paggio)

Teatro alla Scala

La Traviata

Renata Scotto (Violetta Valéry), Sarah Walker (Flora Bervoix), Cynthia Buchan (Annina), Alfredo Kraus (Alfredo Germont), Renato Bruson (Giorgio Germont), Suso Mariategui (Gastone), Henry Newman (Barone Douphol), Richard Van Allan (Marchese d’Obigny), Roderick Kennedy (Dottore Grenvil), Max-René Cosotti (Giuseppe) & Christopher Keyte (Commissionario)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Band of the Royal Marines

I Vespri Siciliani

Cheryl Studer (Elena), Chris Merritt (Arrigo), Giorgio Zancanaro (Monforte), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Procida), Gloria Banditelli (Ninetta), Ernesto Gavazzi (Danieli), Enzo Capuano (Bethune), Francesco Musinu (Vaudemont), Paolo Barbacini (Tebaldo), Marco Chingari (Roberto) & Ferrero Poggi (Manfredo)

Teatro alla Scala

Un ballo in maschera

Plácido Domingo (Riccardo), Martina Arroyo (Amelia), Piero Cappuccilli (Renato), Fiorenza Cossotto (Ulrica), Reri Grist (Oscar)

Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New Philharmonia Orchestra

La forza del destino

Placido Domingo (Don Alvaro), Sesto Bruscantini (Fra Melitone), Francesca Garbi (Curra), Ernesto Gavazzi (Mastro Trabuco), Giorgio Zancanaro (Don Carlo), Dolora Zajick (Preziosilla), Giorgio Surian (Il Marchese di Calatrava), Paul Plishka (Padre Guardiano), Mirella Freni (Leonora di Vargas), Silvestro Sammaritano (Un Alcalde)

Teatro alla Scala

Don Carlo

Luciano Pavarotti (Don Carlo), Samuel Ramey (Filippo II), Paolo Coni (Rodrigo), Daniela Dessi (Elisabetta), Luciana D’intino (Eboli), Alexander Anisimov (Il Grande Inquisitore), Marilena Laurenza (Tebaldo), Nuccia Focile (Una voce dal cielo), Orfeo Zanetti (Il Conte di Lerma), Mario Bolognesi (Un Araldo Reale), Andrea Silvestrellie (Un Frate)

Teatro alla Scala

Aida

Montserrat Caballé (Aida), Plácido Domingo (Radamès), Fiorenza Cossotto (Amneris), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ramfis), Piero Cappuccilli (Amonasro), Luigi Roni (The King of Egypt), Nicola Marinucci (Messenger) & Esther Casas (Priestess)

Royal Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra

Requiem

Renata Scotto, Agnes Baltsa, Veriano Luchetti and Evgeny Nesterenko

Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Chorus

Quattro Pezzi Sacri

Swedish Radio Chorus, Stockholm Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Requiem, Attila, Macbeth rehearsals and Live performances excerpts (DVD)


Riccardo Muti is the greatest living interpreter of Verdi’s music, applauded by the critics and audiences all over the world. This collection includes 11 complete operas, the Requiem and the Four Sacred Pieces offering an immersive experience of Verdi’s repertoire. Drawn from the EMI catalogues and covering more than 20 years of cooperation between Riccardo Muti and the historical English label, each recording included in this box set is a legendary masterpiece and an example of the interpretation of Verdi’s music. The DVD documentary is a special companion to the CDs as Riccardo Muti himself leads us, in his own words, through rehearsals, works and concerts, in a fascinating journey into the depths of Verdi’s music.

Warner Classics - 9029594588

(28 CDs + DVD Video - 29 discs)

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Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Recorded at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, December 31, 1990


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Bishop, H R:

Home, Sweet Home

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Donizetti:

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Rossini:

Serbami ognor (from Semiramide)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (soprano)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Marilyn Horne (soprano)

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Judith Howarth (Adele), Nancy Gustafson (Rosalinde), Jochen Kowalski (Prince Orlofsky), Bonaventura Bottone (Alfredo), Louis Oley (Gabriel von Eisenstein), John Dobson (Dr Blind), Anthony Michaels-More (Dr Falke), Eric Garrett (Colonel Frank)

Verdi:

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)


This special performance of Die Fledermaus was Dame Joan Sutherland’s farewell gala from the Royal Opera House after singing on the London stage for almost 40 years. In this gala, she sings in Act II with her two special colleagues and friends Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne. The celebrated dramatic soprano Joan Sutherland was born and grew up in Australia. She joined the Covent Garden Company in 1952 singing the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberfl öte. Amongst her numerous honours she was named Dame of the British Empire in 1979 and joined the Order of Merit in 1991. Even after her retirement from the opera stage she was frequently seen at major vocal competitions as adjudicator along with her colleague and friend Marilyn Horne. She died in 2010 in Switzerland, aged 83.

Special Feature:

Dame Joan Sutherland singing at the Australian Opera under the direction of her

husband Richard Bonynge: “D’amor sull’ali rosee“ from Verdi’s Il trovatore“

The Mad Scene” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor| “ Casta Diva“ from Bellini’s Norma

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Audio Language: GB

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: FR, DE, JP

2x DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 223 mins

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Best Wishes from Luciano Pavarotti

Best Wishes from Luciano Pavarotti

80th birthday edition 2015


Puccini:

La Bohème

San Francisco Opera, 1988

Mirella Freni (Mimi), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Gino Quilico (Marcello), Stephen Dickson (Schaunard), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Colline), Sandra Pacetti (Musetta), Italo Tajo (Benoit/Alcindoro)

San Francisco Opera House, Tiziano Severini (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Verdi:

Aida

Live from Teatro alla Scala di Milano 1985

Maria Chiara (Aida), Luciano Pavarotti (Radames), Ghena Dimitrova (Amneris), Juan Pons (Amonasro), Paata Burchuladze (The King of Egypt), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ramphis), Francesca Garbi (Priestess) & Ernesto Gavazzi (Messenger)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala, Lorin Maazel (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (stage director)


Luciano Pavarotti is probably the most significant tenor of the 20th century. His career spanned 45 years and every one of his stage performances are unforgettable, especially La Bohème, Turandot and Aida.

Arthaus Musik is very proud to offer two of these marvellous performances.

Bonus: The 'Aida File', a film documentary about Verdi’s most famous opera, with Luciano Pavarotti, Carlo Bergonzi, Grace Bumbry and others.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: GB, IT

Subtitles: DE, FR, GB, ES, NL, IT

DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: ca. 160 mins, 116 mins, 78 mins

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Arthaus Musik - 101790

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