AllMusic Review by James Manheim [-]
This greatest-hits collection by tenor Plácido Domingo follows on a similar 50 Greatest Tracks release devoted to his Three Tenors comrade Luciano Pavarotti, which was commercially well received and seems to have done what it set out to do. Let it be known that the way to understand opera is to go and see one rather than picking and choosing from among the catalog of even the greatest singers, company in which Domingo inarguably resides. That said, Deutsche Grammophon has assembled a highly listenable group of Domingo tracks that gives casual listeners an idea of the range of his talent, a range that was probably greater than that of the other two of the Three Tenors. Start right in for an idea of Domingo's effortless clarion call in something like the standard "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" from Verdi's La traviata (CD 1, track 22). But the road through the program takes you into Wagner, for which Pavarotti never had much enthusiasm, into popular music (which Pavarotti did essay, but whose roots Domingo touches more closely), through lots of French music, and into Domingo's later career as a baritone. There's a good mix of familiar and unusual, and of material ranging across three decades (not arranged chronologically). Users of good stereo equipment will notice some lurching among the various sound environments represented, but in general this is a generous and reasonable introduction to one of history's great voices.
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