eMusic Review 0
A star vehicle, not only for Pavarotti but Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras as well. Is it opera? No? Is it cheesy? Yes? But the selections, though their drama is emasculated by their separation from their contexts, are chosen with (mostly) good taste. The overall tempo and style is pleasantly lugubrious: The goal is to overwhelm us with the glories of the voice, the comforts of overstuffed fainting couches. However…when Pavarotti begins to sing on "Recondita Armonia" from Tosca, or even "Torna a Sorriento," the effect is like the sun coming out from behind the clouds. If there was ever a need for proof of what a wonder he was, it is this, standing amidst two other great tenors, one of whom, Domingo, is one of the greatest artists of the operatic stage. The combination of the beauty, projection and power of Pavarotti's voice, the effortlessness, and the charm, still amaze.