The Three Tenors 1994

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Giuseppe Verdi, Jules (Emile Frédéric) Massenet, Augustin Lara, Lalo (Boris) Schifrin, Giacomo Puccini, Ernesto De Curtis, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Richard Rodgers, Federico Moreno Torroba

Label: Teldec (Warner Classics)

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 4509-96200-2

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(La) traviata Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
Plácido Domingo
Zubin Mehta
José Carreras
Luciano Pavarotti
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
(Le) Cid Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Jules (Emile Frédéric) Massenet Composer
Zubin Mehta
José Carreras
Granada Plácido Domingo
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Augustin Lara Composer
Zubin Mehta
Werther Zubin Mehta
Jules (Emile Frédéric) Massenet Composer
Luciano Pavarotti
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
(A) Tribute to Hollywood Lalo (Boris) Schifrin Composer
Luciano Pavarotti
José Carreras
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta
Plácido Domingo
Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
Turandot Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Luciano Pavarotti
Zubin Mehta
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Non ti scordar di me Zubin Mehta
Ernesto De Curtis Composer
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Luciano Pavarotti
Tu, ca nun chiagne! Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta
José Carreras
Ernesto De Curtis Composer
Around the World José Carreras
Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
Plácido Domingo
Lalo (Boris) Schifrin Composer
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Luciano Pavarotti
Zubin Mehta
Rigoletto Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Zubin Mehta
Luciano Pavarotti
José Carreras
Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
Plácido Domingo
Pagliacci, 'Players' Ruggiero Leoncavallo Composer
Zubin Mehta
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Plácido Domingo
Spring Is Here José Carreras
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta
Richard Rodgers Composer
Maravilla Federico Moreno Torroba Composer
Plácido Domingo
Zubin Mehta
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
''They're very good'', said my next door neighbour, who had just seen The Three Tenors on television. He explained that it was not their singing that he had in mind (the goodness of that went without saying) but their work as a team, or as a turn. The event was, I imagine, one for sight as well as sound, and no doubt the video gives a better idea of it than the record. As clapping arises after the chorus in the Traviata Brindisi presumably there was a certain amount of waltzing or capering on stage, and one imagines that a comically competitive element came into play as each in turn adds his ''pensier'' to the end of ''La donna e mobile''. But the CD preserves only the musical aspects, and what was good about them should not take long to recount.
Domingo sings the first phrase of ''Vesti la giubba'' quite beautifully and sustains the broad climax well. With richness of tone, well-covered 'passage' notes, an exciting ring and, in the middle section, non-disruptive emphasis, he gives an exemplary demonstration of how to sing a popular song in his first solo, ''Amor, vida de mi vida''. In Granada he exercises the traditional charm of a good stylist at the point of leading back into the melody. Pavarotti still thrills with the clarity and resonance of his voice in the long line of high As in ''Nessun dorma''. The medleys include some pleasant quiet moments in ''Santa Lucia lontana'' and some unabashed big brassy ones in ''Brazil''. If one were to engage upon a balanced critical account it would have to start with the opening number, Carreras uneven and over-emphatic in the Prayer from Le Cid, and then continue with Pavarotti's Werther sung in l'accent du Sud. But it is not the sort of occasion, or the sort of record, for such commentary. Perhaps one might raise a quibble about the representation, in the Around the World medley, of Britain with ''All I ask of you'', and about the frequent returns in this geographically-guided selection, to Italy. For the rest, it's true there is a kind of pleasure in the lush, glitzy chorus swirling around in ''With a song in my heart'', and in The Three Tenors ''Singing in the Rain'' in unison like the football crowd of a dream. And yes, of course, ''They're very good''.'

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