OK, friends. Be prepared. This is something extraordinary. This is it.
OK, the man had some vocal wear and tear, went on that commercial 3 Tenors venture, some snobs turned their noses away from him... sure, sure. But when you listen to him in his prime, he's right there with the all-time greats (well, I'm preaching to the choir, who doesn't know it?). Anyway.
This clip with Pour mon âme and its 9 high C's may be the best rendition of this difficult aria ever. I mean, the best one EVER. It's quite impressive. Nobody in my opinion has ever done it as well. I'm open to challenges, if you know of a better version, do post it and I will consider it, but as of now, I think Pavarotti here is the king. Perfect French articulation, perfect clarity, perfect mastery of the musical line, perfect musicality, perfect timing and rhythm. In one word, perfect.