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    Default Best Pavarotti YouTube clip ever

    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.

    Enjoy:

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    I really like Lawrence Brownlee's

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I really like Lawrence Brownlee's
    WoW!!!!
    I take back *everything* I just said.
    This version *is* superior.
    Oh my God, this is sublime!!!
    Is there a commercial version of this, a recital DVD or blu-ray?
    I must buy it NOW!!!!
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    That's one of my favorites too Alma, actually been listening to it repeatedly over the last few days. Another great one:

    Holy cow that whistle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I really like Lawrence Brownlee's

    Wow, great version indeed with more impressive Cs than Florez (which might not be a fair comparison ... I assume Mr. Brownlee is a lyrical tenor and as such his Cs, like Pavarotti's, will be more assertive sounding then a leggerio like Mr. Florez). If I were to be super nitpicky, I'd say that he scooped his last C a bit ... but I'm not so I won't

    Bravo Mr. Brownlee!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Wow, great version indeed with more impressive Cs than Florez (which might not be a fair comparison ... I assume Mr. Brownlee is a lyrical tenor and as such his Cs, like Pavarotti's, will be more assertive sounding then a leggerio like Mr. Florez). If I were to be super nitpicky, I'd say that he scooped his last C a bit ... but I'm not so I won't

    Bravo Mr. Brownlee!
    OK, my wife and I just went to our full set-up with the home theater linked to YouTube, and watched both versions one after the other.

    We both thought that the Pavarotti one is still superior. Sorry, Annie. I take back what I took back, and go back to Pavarotti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    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.
    You're lucky I can't find a Paul Potts version online as it would surely blow Mr. Pavarotti out of the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    That's one of my favorites too Alma, actually been listening to it repeatedly over the last few days. Another great one:

    Holy cow that whistle!
    What is this delightful documentary? Is it available commercially?
    Damn, there is so much that I don't own yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    What is this delightful documentary? Is it available commercially?
    Damn, there is so much that I don't own yet...
    You've probably already found it, but there is also a part 1

    From reading through comments, it seems this was recorded during an intermission of a concert they were performing, so I don't know that it's a full length documentary as such or whether there is much more than the 2 parts posted on YT
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    An amazing pour mon ame for sure, the third high c cracked a tad but awesome performance as a whole. the last high c is incredible. i honestly don't see how anyone doubts him as the best tenor ever. i'm biased because he was the first opera singer i listened to and he got me into the genre but honestly i've heard a lot of incredible tenors and he just takes the cake. i really have no clue how you can compare enrico caruso, gigli etc. and the older singers....the style and timbres of the human voice in general back then were just different. some of my other favorites are franco corelli, franco bonisolli, peter dvorsky etc. but pavarotti is still the best, and my favorite. he just had such a great charisma and personality, he always seemed incredibly happy while performing. what a jovial man! the one the thing i would do if i could go back in time is see him live

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_emptier View Post
    An amazing pour mon ame for sure, the third high c cracked a tad but awesome performance as a whole. the last high c is incredible. i honestly don't see how anyone doubts him as the best tenor ever. i'm biased because he was the first opera singer i listened to and he got me into the genre but honestly i've heard a lot of incredible tenors and he just takes the cake. i really have no clue how you can compare enrico caruso, gigli etc. and the older singers....the style and timbres of the human voice in general back then were just different. some of my other favorites are franco corelli, franco bonisolli, peter dvorsky etc. but pavarotti is still the best, and my favorite. he just had such a great charisma and personality, he always seemed incredibly happy while performing. what a jovial man! the one the thing i would do if i could go back in time is see him live
    I did see him live.
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    After listening to the two versions posted here a couple more times each, I think I like Browlee's better. Vocal quality wise, they're close enough that you can't fit a scrap of paper between the two, but the extra syllable Pavarotti invents in the first and third C pairs is annoying. Sounds like "Pourè mon ame!" Brownlee is much cleaner in his approach to the Cs.
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    eh, brownlee has that full frontal attack much like bjorling and the like. his is definitely class a stuff though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    We both thought that the Pavarotti one is still superior. Sorry, Annie. I take back what I took back, and go back to Pavarotti.
    I couldn't claim credit for finding that clip anyway - I think it was Natalie who recommended Brownlee's version to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I couldn't claim credit for finding that clip anyway - I think it was Natalie who recommended Brownlee's version to me.

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    Oh no, Annie, don't tempt me! I'm on a spending freeze!
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