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Luciano Pavarotti - The People's Tenor is KCRW 'Featured new Release'

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This week I'd like to share two new opera releases-one by stunning newcomer Pretty Yende and a second by the renowned veteran Luciano Pavarotti. Both CDs are highly recommended for devotees as well as opera neophytes.

This new set features the operatic side of the famous tenor as well as his embrace of Italian popular song. On the album's first CD we hear 25 famous arias tracks by Puccini, Bizet, Donizetti, and others. On the other hand, the second CD features 25 Italian popular song favorites. It's a wonderful selection that shows both sides of his musical personality. Pavarotti, along with singing great operas on the world stage, also worked and recorded with pop icons James Brown, Sting, Bono, and Elton John.

Pavarotti was quintessentially Italian-a lover of music, food and wine, and all forms of pleasure. He once said, "One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote ourselves to eating." It reminds me of something I once heard when the 1996 film Big Night came out: "Whereas other people eat to live, Italians live to eat." This might as well have applied to the great Pavarotti.

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