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Pavarotti albums lead the CLASSIC fM chart following new Ron Howard biopic

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Following the release of Ron Howard's new biopic, Pavarotti albums occupy the top two spots in this week's Classic FM Chart. Just behind Pavarotti – OST and the late tenor's Greatest Hits album, it's Winton Marsalis' Violin Concerto at No. 3, played by violinist Nicola Benedetti. The other new entry in this week's chart is Anne Dudley's soundtrack to Poldark, following the release of Series 5 last Sunday.

To coincide with the documentary "Pavarotti," Decca Records releases the original soundtrack, Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture.  from Decca/UMG. Pavarotti: Music from the Motion Picture draws from Pavarotti's rich recorded catalog and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas such as "Turandot," "La bohème," "Aida," "Tosca" and more as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras ("‘O sole mio"), U2, Brian Eno, Passengers ("Miss Sarajevo"), and others. Touchingly, the complete recording of Puccini's "Donna non vidi mai," which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included. In addition to a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli, the soundtrack also features Pavarotti's duet of "Ave Maria" with Bono, available for the first time commercially. The song, recorded live during the 2003 "Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq" benefit concert in Modena, Italy, is available now for streaming. 

Also to coincide with the release of the documentary, Decca Records releases the new 3-CD best of collection titled Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMG. The complementary releases both feature previously unreleased music and superstar duets with the likes of Bono, Elton John, James Brown, Lou Reed, and more.

Pavarotti's incredible repertoire can be explored in depth with the new three-disc/digital best of collection, Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, which serves as a companion to the soundtrack and film. The anthology 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." Fittingly opening with his iconic performance of "Nessun dorma," the "Opera Arias" disc spans the opera legend's entire career and includes beloved performances from "La bohéme," "Rigoletto," "Pagliacci," "Tosca," "Carmen" and"Madama Butterfly." More than 20 of Pavarotti's most powerful works including "O Sole Mio," "Caruso," "Volare," "O Holy Night," "Mama" and"Funiculì, funiculà" are collected together on "Italian Songs & Sacred Arias."

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