Monday, December 17, 2007

Pavarotti and Ramazzotti

Recently, when I posted about Eros Ramazzotti, one of my commenters, Sean, made a remark that if he had to choose between Zucchero and Ramazzotti, he would choose Pavarotti.

Of course with this video you don't have to choose because here they are together. The great Italian superstar tenor and the great Italian superstar cantautore together sing Se Bastasse una Canzone, If a Song were Enough. This is for you, Sean. Enjoy.

Accused of selling out to commercialism, Pavarotti was heavily criticized by many for his appearances with rock and pop singers in his Pavarotti and Friends concerts, which he organized to raise money for various charitable organizations. He sang not only with the Italians, Zucchero, Ramazzotti and Jovanotti, but he also collaborated with Sting, Bono, Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, Elton John and the Chieftains, among others.


Unpremeditated said...

It does seem unfair that people single Pavarotti out - he was hardly the first opera star to end up as celebrity first and operatic singer second. He may have had a limited dramatic range and he may have spent the last few years of his life ducking the top notes in Nessun Dorma but in his prime he was extraordinary.

Richard Havers said...

The Pav did more to introduce people to opera and 'serious' music than most anyone else in recent years; for that alone he deserves a lot of praise. But he was also blessed with a superb voice. Too often when people become popular it's an excuse to have 'a go'.

rlbates said...

JMB, it is because Pavarotti was willing to collaborate with the non-opera stars that made me (someone not exposed to much opera) a fan. I love his voice!

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

A very great man.

alex said...

I think he is a great opera singer, and in this industry he should have his own freedom to express and be creative. I felt nothing wrong with that.

The photos in your blog are very beautiful. Well done!

Alex's World! -

Janice Thomson said...

It is a shame the world will no longer hear Pavarotti live again - his voice was extraordinary.

Rositta said...

I concur with all previous comments. I loved Pavarotti and listen to his music often. He will be missed...ciao

Sean Jeating said...

Dear jmb,
can you see my lips smiling, and my eyes sparkling? :) Mille grazie.

Ian Lidster said...

Caruso used to get the same allegations leveled at him. Singing is singing and a superlative voice is a superlative voice, regardless of the musical genre. Such criticism is operatic snobbery, methinks.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Well, I will always remember he did the 1990 World Cup Theme Tune :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I think Pavarotti did a great thing with "Friends" and the fact that he could sing with all types of singers only emphasises his greatness.

Carver said...

Pavarotti was a remarkable man in many ways and my goodness, that voice (of course I'm stating the obvious). I like the fact that he worked with all different types of artists. I have to say though that all I was hearing was Pavarotti. Maybe it's my mood and the fact that he's no longer with us but I just didn't want to transition away from him and his voice so I couldn't give an adequate hearing to Ramazzotti.

jmb said...

Hi Unpremed.
I too think Pavarotti's voice was spectacular until his latter years. I think his attempt to make opera a more popular form was well done.

Hi Richard,
How true, at first everyone loves success but then they seem to turn on them. He did have a wonderful voice and I was lucky enough to see him live once.

Hi Ramona,
I'm glad that you found Pavarotti by whatever means for he gave a lot of pleasure to so many.

Yes indeed James, he was.

Hi Alex,
Thanks for visiting and commenting. I too see nothing wrong with his crossover work. Both genres gained by it.

Hi Janice,
Luckily we have all those CDs to remember him by. I did see him live here with the Three Tenors.

Hi Rositta,
We will all miss him for we truly appreciated him while he was here.

Hi Sean,
I'm glad you enjoyed this collaboration and I hoped you appreciated Ramazotti too.

Hi Ian,
Somehow people want to spoil it for the successful people in all fields. Not in the beginning but later on.

Hi Crushed,
You must have been a young sprout then. Of course it was in Italy so I'm sure it was a great honour for him.

Hi Welshcakes,
I too think that the Friends concerts were a good idea and both he and they benefited from them in my opinion.

Hi Carver,
I think this collaboration does not show Pavarotti at his best although Ramazzotti was great as usual here. But I loved Pavarotti and have many of his CDs.

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting.