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The Original Three Tenors Concert Review

review by James S.

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 86 minutes

Starring Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta

Studio: Polygram

Directed by Brian Large

Retail Price: $29.95

Features: Scene Access

Specs: Standard 4:3 format, English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Stereo

The Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Carreras, and Domingo) had an ill-fated tour a few years back. This kept the three from reaching the masses. The only way to see the three greats together was to catch their concerts on PBS. Their original concert, back in 1990, lives on in DVD format. The trio performs classics at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome in front of a full symphony conducted by the legendary Zubin Mehta.

 

Originally broadcast for television, the concert is shown in standard 4:3 format. With the exception of some stuttering of the video after the first song, the video is very nice. The picture looks as clear as a live television broadcast. In addition, the colors are vibrant.

The original audio was recorded in the digital domain. As such, tape hiss is absent. During "O paradis" I did take note of slight scratchiness on the left channel. It was brief and did not diminish the overall quality of the sound. What is left is a beautiful selection of some of the finest songs to grace our world. Pavoratti's and Domingo's voices are wonderfully rich, whereas Carreras seems like the odd man out. If Pavarotti's rendition of Puccini's "Nessun dorma" doesn't leave you with goosebumps, you need to be examined. That one selection seals his distinction as the best tenor ever.

Song selection is the only feature.

The Original Three Tenors Concert is a wonderful mix of songs sung by the best opera has to offer. The performance shows the tenors at their best. If you give it a chance, opera can most certainly grow on you. There is no debating the beauty of the music.

(Editor's Note: This title is currently out of print.)

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