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So good that it Ultimately leaves you wanting more
on 23 December 2007
This 2007 single CD release is a compilation of opera's best known arias performed by one of our generations most popular and successful tenors.
None of the recordings are particularly new, ranging from the 1973 version of 'Nessun Dorma' (long before the Three Tenors era) to slightly newer releases like the 1989 'Live like Horses' duet with Elton John.
In between these two are all the favourites like Verdi's 'Brindisi' and 'La Donna e Mobile', and of course Lara's 'Granada'.
Whether this is, or if in fact any 1 CD of just one hour of music could be, the ultimate Pavarotti collection I'm not certain, for there are several other such titled releases available (most notable being Decca's 2 disc compilation which guests stars Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Bocelli and Frank Sinatra), but for a compilation consisting of so many of his popular songs this one can't be faulted.
My favourite is the previously mentioned duet with Elton John, which is perhaps one of the finest examples of 'crossover' (when pop meets classical) music you could ever wish to hear, combining Elton's song writing talents with Luciano's powerful yet passionately emotional vocals. It's a great closing number to the CD and demonstrates just why Pavarotti is regarded as one of the legends of the opera world.