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  Decca Classics -
  470 635-2
  Luciano Pavarotti: Ti Adoro
  "Ti Adoro"

Luciano Pavarotti
Track listing:
  1. Il Canto
2. Neapolis
3. Starai con Me
4. Ti Adoro
5. Notte
6. Come Aquile
7. Domani Verra
8. Buongiorno
9. Ai Ghiochi Addio
10. Stella
11. Tue E Il Tuo Mare
12. Gladiatore
13. Caruso (with Jeff Beck)

Total time: 55:29
  Classical - Vocal
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Reviews: 2

Review by Dinko October 23, 2003 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The Great One does pop. Not the first time of course. But this is a weird album. On first listen it's very bad. On second listen, it's a bit better. Finally after a good number of repeated listens, it all falls into place, and the album becomes better with time. One gets used to the strange combination of pop and opera (call it POPera).
The problems first stem from the constant struggle between the pop & classical styles. Pavarotti sings in operatic style, without the soulful singing required for a great pop ballad. The orchestra often fights with the pop/rock band and the synthesizers because all are arranged in their respective styles, but do not necessarily work very well when combined. The blend is not very successful, at least initially. Much of the same can be said about the mixing. The engineers sound as if they constantly struggle to maintain some sort of fine balance between the various participants, without making the orchestra too loud, or the synths, or the electronic percussion...

All in all, if the first listen is a terrible one, repeated listens reveal a good continuity. One gets passed the pop vs. classical struggle to blend in a coherent whole, and the album becomes quite enjoyable. Particularly Pavarotti's swinging tune (Ti Adoro); as well as the song based on Nino Rota's Romeo and Juliet score (Ai Giocchi Addio); also in Il Gladiatore, based on Hans Zimmer's Gladiator film music. Other songs range from grandiose, to average pop ballads.

Weird at first, gets better with time, though still not as efficient a blend as other pop/classical crossover acts (Mario Frangoulis comes to mind).

Stereo sounds fine on the CD layer, but much better on SACD which has deeper bass, and more satisfying dynamic range. SACD surround keeps Pavarotti in the front speakers, adding ambience (and occasional effects and instruments) from the rears.

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Review by twodolphins April 18, 2006 (2 of 9 found this review helpful)
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This is not classical music CD, this is popular music CD from the great "canzone italiano" tradition. Great songs, great words and great performance. Evry music lover MUST love this CD, unless you are a kind of snobish audiophile who listen exclusively classical music and nothing else.

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