Monday, February 13, 2006

None shall sleep

The infernal search for audio/video of Luciano Pavarotti's performance at the Turin Olympics last week has borne no fruit. But I've managed to grab an mp3 of the aria from a 1972 recording of the opera within which it is featured, Puccini's Turandot. Despite the quality of this particular performance and its popular appeal, Pavarotti's rendition is said to pale in comparison to those of his predecesors, Franco Corelli and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. Unfortunately, I don't have access to recordings by these eminent gentlemen.

So here's your Valentine's treat.

Pavarotti - 'Nessun dorma' (1972)

Finally, here's a link to some analytical and historical notes about the aria.

*Yes, I know you have to go through an annoying process of clicking links and subsequent waiting in order to actually download the file, but there's no way I'm paying for one of those "proper" file hosting websites. And the music is worth the trouble.

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