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Pavarotti Up Close [Paperback]

Leone Magiera , Luciano Pavarotti

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Book Description

Dec 1 2008
(Misc). Pavarotti Up Close is an unprecedented and affectionate portrait of the greatest tenor of the twentieth century, told through the eyes of his longtime musical coach and accompanist Leone Magiera. The secrets of the legendary voice are revealed for the first time, written by the one person who was there throughout the singer's career and witnessed it all firsthand, making Pavarotti Up Close different from any other Pavarotti biography. Magiera discusses Luciano's humble beginnings, his early years of study, his debut, his international operatic triumphs, the most successful recording career in the history of opera, the arena concerts, the star's special relationship with Princess Diana, his personal and medical struggles, and Pavarotti's status as a cultural icon recognized around the world.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ricordi (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8875927820
  • ISBN-13: 978-8875927820
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.9 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,012,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Aria to One of the Greatest Tenors June 26 2010
By Ann B. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
This is an outstanding view of the personal and professional life of one of the greatest tenors of all time - Luciano Pavarotti. For years, I have marveled at Pavarotti's intensity and tone, the effortless manner in which he hit high Cs and the incredible emotion and feeling he put into every piece he sang. Still, the man behind the great opera performer was even more intriguing.

Pavarotti Up Close begins in Modena, where young Luciano was surrounded by a family who loved music. Choosing the best voice teacher was as difficult for Pavarotti as it is for many singers today and I followed with great interest those formative years, which set his feet upon the path of greatness. There were great debuts and operatic disputes, his friendships with Joan Sutherland and Mirella Freni, not to mention his close friendship with the author himself, Leone Magiera, who steadfastly remained by Pavarotti's side until the very end. This book is a must for every student of classical singing and a joy to those who loved Luciano Pavarotti.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti - Up Close Feb. 6 2010
By Therese M. Bednarowski - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a refreshing book, from someone who grew up with Luciano in Modena. As both of their careers advanced they became a support for each other. He (Magerie) as a Conductor, and Pavarotti as the greatest tenor. He sets aside a lot of the "stupid" things critics wrote about Luciano, and spoke from the heart, as to both their feelings on many things. They remained loyal, trusting, talented men and friends from Modena, until that date of: 09/06/07 when he heard the words: "He is gone". Very well written.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The great tenor's career, strengths and weaknesses. March 5 2009
By Adrienne Fischier - Published on Amazon.com
This is a brief biography from one of Luciano's closest friends, and an authority on his voice. Magiera is a voice teacher, extremely wise in the ways of operatic performance, etc. He was present at crucial moments - many -such as the opening scenes in the battle between Pavarotti and Solti in the Otello wars. A full and exact description of what happened to Luciano at thatinfamous Don Carlo at La Scala is detailed. It was much more than just his failure to make the high note. It seems that the tenor had been losing his musical memory for some time, both the words and the score - his entrances. Poignant scenes of Pavarotti's iron will to continue performing when all of his strengths - apart from his voice were deserting him- abound. A unique contribution both to Luciano-lore, and to the art. Magiera has written illustrated books on vocal production, etc., for classical singers in the past. Anyone planning to do a book or serious article on Pavarotti in the future would benefit from consulting this material.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti Up Close Sept. 13 2012
By Patty - Published on Amazon.com
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A very informative book written by a man who was a life-long friend of Pavarotti. There was quite a lot of very technical information relating to the voice and singing opera -- which was over my head -- by there were many more stories and insights into Pavarotti's life and personality. When I started to read it, I thought it was going to be too technical (musically) for me to read, but I ended up enjoying it very much. I learned a lot about Luciano.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti Up close Jan. 1 2014
By Fabric Nut - Published on Amazon.com
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A good review of Pavarotti's vocal development and success. It discusses technical voice techniques, which would be very meaningful for someone classically trained--a bit too technical for me. After reading the book, I passed it on to a friend who is a professional soprano.

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