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2 new Decca recordings from Luciano Pavarotti make this week's OPERAWIRE 'featured CD/DVD releases'

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Three major releases are set for this week. Two will be world premiere recordings while the other will be the soundtrack to a highly anticipated movie.

In celebration of the release of Ron Howard's new movie, Decca is releasing two CD sets. Decca Records will release the original soundtrack, "Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture," as well as a new 3-CD best of collection titled "Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMe."

The soundtrack to the film will feature aria "Nessun Dorma," selections from operas such as "Turandot," "La bohème," "Aida," "Tosca" and Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, U2, Brian Eno, Passengers ("Miss Sarajevo"), and others. The complete recording of Puccini's "Donna non vidi mai," which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included and a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli and "Ave Maria" with Bono.

The Greatest hits box set features 67 of the world-renowned tenor's most well-known recordings and collaborations and includes the best of his "Opera Arias," "Italian Songs & Sacred Arias" and "Great Duets."

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