fredag, september 07, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti dead

Most of us now know that the great tenor is dead and this did not come as a surprise if one knew what kind of disease he was suffering from.

I have only heard him once in my life, in Stockholm, the Stocholm Globe Arena. I think it was in 1995 and he sang in a settingup of Guiseppe Verdi's 'Requiem'.

A choir of 1500 persons and other fine soloists like Carol Vaness, Franco de Grandis (if I remember correctly) and another female opera singer. Right now I don't seem to remember this other singer and I can't find any information on the internet.

I remember being somewhat sceptical towards the acoustic conditons in the Globe Arena. When it came to the soloists, it functioned well. The choir however did not always sound well, but not because of them but because of the fact that there where to many singers in the choir and this became impossible to moderate.

Many critics say that Pavarotti should have ended his singing career earlier. This is probably right from an artistic point of view. On the other hand, if people still want to pay money in order to listen to an artist even if he is not at the peak of his career, who can blame him for continuing?
It's true that he reached his peak as a singer many, many years ago. He managed though to keep his voice in good shape even at this fairly high age for a singer. It is also hard for an artist to end his career and stop singing publically when - like in this case - his instrument always is within him.
One can always discuss if Pavarotti promoted opera as an art form or only Pavarotti as an artist? I think he managed both.
The problem is that this art form becomes more and more dependant on these world artists. People are eager to see a Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Bartoli, Nilsson, Callas or the like.

But the music, the drama, the passion of opera itself? When the audience after hearing a singer like this - when being at his best - arrive to an opera house with 'ordinary' opera singers, this can create a situation of disappointment.

Sometimes Pavarotti also sang songs together with pop artists (like Queen), songs that wasn't always suitable for his voice. In this case his judgment failed him. And again: He became rich by doing so and this was of course one driving force.
Recommended recordings would be those from the 1960's, 70's, 80's and early 90's.

A great opera artist is dead but still I hold Jussi Björling as the foremost lyrical dramatical opera tenor of all time!

(Black and white photo of Luciano Pavarotti copied from:

2 commentaires:

Björn Jakobsson sa...

... och Pavarotti ansåg väl själv att Jussi var den allra störste, om jag minns rätt. Ett gemensamt drag (förutom röstläget förstås) tycker jag annars är att såväl Pavarotti som Björling var tämligen jordnära människor med bägge fötterna på jorden - det är i alla fall mitt intryck.

Hur som helst, tack för senast. /Björn.

Castor sa...

Det är riktigt att Pavarotti höll Björling som den främste. Detta omdöme har många andra tenorer instämt i. Att Jussi var en jordnära person står nog ställt utom allt tvivel. De som träffat Pavarotti och vilkas omdömen jag hört, talar om en ödmjuk person. Tack själv! Det var mycket trevligt tyckte Aurore och jag. Gunnar