Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, a new 3CD best of collection, have been released today, coinciding with the theatrical release of Ron Howard’s documentary Pavarotti.
The collections both feature previously unreleased music and superstar duets with artists including Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, James Brown and Lou Reed.
Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture
Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture, the official soundtrack to Ron Howard’s Pavarotti documentary, draws from Pavarotti’s rich recorded catalogue and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas including Turandot, La Bohème, Aida, and Tosca as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends including Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, U2, Brain Eno and Passengers. The soundtrack also includes the complete recording of Puccini’s ‘Donna Non Vidi Mai’, which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana. Also featured are a previously unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli and Pavarotti’s ‘Ave Maria’ duet with Bono, available for the first time commercially, which was recorded live during the 2003 Pavarotti & Friends For SOS Iraq benefit concert in Modena, Italy. As Bono comments in the documentary, “The reason why he is so great is because he lived those songs.”
Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits
Pavarotti’s repertoire can be explored in further depth with the new 3CD/digital best of collection, Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, a companion to the soundtrack and film. The anthology features 67 of the world-renowned tenor’s most well-known recordings and collaborations and includes the best of his Opera Arias, Italian Songs & Sacred Arias and Great Duets with musical superstars including Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder. Exclusive to the album are five previously unreleased duets with Barry White, James Brown, Lou Reed, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Sting. These tracks, recorded live at the Pavarotti & Friends concerts, the series of star-studded benefit performances hosted by Pavarotti in his home town of Modena, Italy, have recently been unearthed and remastered.
Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s best loved operatic tenor, is the biggest-selling classical artist of all time and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. In Decca’s 90th anniversary year the historic label releases Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits continuing his musical legacy and celebrating his extraordinary life.
Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits are both out now and can be bought here.