Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – 26th September – October 2nd 2022 – Hits 2004, Bocelli, Culinary ‘H’ foods, Basking Sharks, Podcast, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord.

I know this week has been very difficult for many of you living in the US and in the path of the hurricane weather. I do hope that you are safe and that you didn’t suffer any damage to your homes. You have been in our thoughts.

Nothing much to report on the home front as we carry on getting the small jobs in the house completed and get the garden ready for the autumn. We are keeping an eye on the house selling market and if necessary we may hold off until the spring. Once you get into November and Christmas (sorry to use that word so early) house sales do tail off. We are not in a rush and may well wait until spring when it picks up again. However, at least we will be ready should the opportunity present itself and we will keep an open mind.

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the second part of chart hits from 2004 and the second post in the series on Andrea Bocelli You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ will be here tomorrow morning with her first post in her Spiritual Awareness series on Angels… and over on her own blog you will find her less than successful attempt to switch internet providers with some lessons we can all learn from. Also links to two visits she made to Resa and Judith Barrow with a nostalgic look at a famous landmark in Toronto and photographic memories. Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘H’… on her own blog a welcome to October and what is coming up in the month…Monday Musings, a lovely recipe for Mushroom Lasagne, a post on the frightening and appalling statistics on food waste, more of the lovely fragrant leaves we can use in our cooking and Saturday Snippets where the prompt word was ‘Rain‘ -Head over to enjoy CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 25th September -1st October 2022

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

 

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2004 Part Two – Dido, No Doubt, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears

William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Andrea Bocelli – Pavarotti, Celine Dion, Awards 1990s

‘H’ is for Honey, Hamburgers, Hummus, Herbs, Haggis and Hoisin Sauce

#Ireland #Waterford 1950s – The Sea Angler’s Club by Geoff Cronin

#Ireland #Waterford 1950s – Achill Island and Keem Bay Shark by Geoff Cronin

Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – Cats at Play and My Mouse by Sally Cronin

Ancient Healing Therapies – #Tai Chi – Non-Combative Chinese Martial Art by Sally Cronin

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Putting your Healthy Eating Plan together Part One #Measurements #Motivation by Sally Cronin

#Malaya #1950s – The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly by Kwan Kew Lai

Book Reviews – September 2022 – #Poetry #Prose Lauren Scott, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Biography #Humour John Cornelius Rogers and Sue Bavey

New Book on the Shelves – #Contemporary #Romance – Falling by Stevie Turner

How To Prevent Leishmaniasis In Your Dog When Travelling In Europe by Jacqueline Lambert

#Pethealth – Pets Eat Grass – Why? by Nikki Frie

A Valentine Gift by Gwen Plano

#Children #Reading by Sue Wickstead

#History – Pump Organs by Joy Neal Kidney

Best Medicine 2022 – Host Malcolm Allen – WFH and Bagpipes

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Family Photos and Ramblings

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Andrea Bocelli – Pavarotti, Celine Dion, Awards 1990s


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured some of the music legends and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

Welcome to the next part in the Andrea Bocelli story. The multi-award winning cross over tenor has won not just critical acclaim for his beautiful voice, but the hearts of millions around the world

In September 1994 when Andrea was invited to sing at the renowned Pavarotti’s annual Charity Gala Concert, Pavarotti International in Modena. Bocelli sang Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s ‘Mattinata’ (Morning).. A song with quite an interesting back story.

It was the first song ever written for the then Gramophone Company in 1904 (which later became HMV). Ruggero Leoncavallo was an Italian composer who was best known for his two act opera, Pagliacci written in 1892, and still one of the top twenty list of most performed operas worldwide. ‘Mattinata’ was dedicated to the renowned Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, and he was the first to record the song with Leoncavallo at the piano.. Just one of over 260 recordings between 1902 and 1920 by the great Caruso.

Also during the gala performance, Andrea sang a duet with Pavarotti, Maurizio Morante’s Notte e Piscatore’. Luciano Pavarotti 

This was the year that Andrea Bocelli made his opera debut in Verdi’s Macbeth as Macduff. Performing at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa. It was also in 1994 that Andrea, who considered himself to be an agnostic, reverted to catholicism. It followed his immersion in the works of Leo Tolstoy who promoted the belief that life was not the result of pure chance, but had purpose and meaning. He performed the hymn ‘Adeste Fideles in Rome before Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica at Christmas.

Having won the newcomer section at the 1994 San Remo Festival, Andrea was invited to return in 1995. This time he entered the main competition with ‘Con ti Partiro’ and finished in fourth place.

The song was included on his second album, Bocelli, produced by Mauro Malavasi and released in November 1995. In Belgium, the song became the best-selling single of all time.

In this piece, Con te Partiro, Bocelli’s young voice is strong and well supported.His mixing of high and low notes confirm his distinct timbrewhich is extraordinary and transcendent,and his performance is as impressive as the power he brings to its expression. Andrea Bocelli 

Later in 1995 Bocelli was invited to sing with soprano Sarah Brightman and they translated the title of the song to ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. The single topped the German charts and stayed there for over three months. Three million copies were sold and this beat the previous record of best-selling single by one million copies, the single also won a sextuple platinum award.

In 1996 Bocelli released his third album. Viaggio Italiano is Andrea Bocelli’s third studio album and first classical album. The album features some of the most popular opera arias and Neapolitan songs of all time, such as Ave Maria, Nessun Dorma, O Sole Mio and la Donna è Mobile. Although released only in Italy in 1996, it sold close to 300,000 copies. Bocelli later received the ECHO Klassik “Best seller of the year” award for the album, after its international release, in 1997

Bocelli gives a warm,passionate,and heartfelt delivery of Schubert’s Ave Maria. It’s unbelievably heavenly and inspirational.

Bocelli continued to gain fans around Europe, topping the charts in Spanish charts with ‘Vivo Por Ella’ ( I Live for Her) his duet with Queen of Spanish pop Marta Sanchez. This was followed in 1997 with the French version of the song, ‘Je Vis Pour Elle’ sung with French singer Hélène Ségara; a hit in Belgium and reaching number one in France.

On March 3rd 1997 he appeared in Hamburg, Germany, with Sarah Brightman to receive the ECHO music award for Best Single of the Year for Time to Say Goodbye. This was followed in the September with Bocelli’s concert at the Piazza dei Cavalieri in Piza, A Night in Tuscany which was his first concert to air on PBS.

Whilst continuing to perform concerts and to record further albums, Bocelli remained committed to performing opera roles and early in 1998 he made his debut in a major role as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari.

His fifth album Aria: The Opera Album’ was released in March. There was some negative reviews for the album from opera purists who felt that his voice was not strong enough to master the arias. If you read the reviews on Amazon, it is clear to see there is definitely a divide between the critics and the massive response from Bocelli’s fans who loved the album.. Here is one review that sums up this controversy.

CHANGE YOUR REVIEWER ! By DAVID WILLIAMS on March 1, 2000

Thanks to Rick Holden (Sceptic@traveller.com) for showing Ms Miller how to write a proper review. Having listened to the album myself I can only agree whole heartedly with his comments. Unfortunately there are too many critics out there who try to analyse music note by note and impress us with their technical jargon.

The joy of music is all about liking what you hear, and whether or not the music moves you. How can anyone enjoy listening if they’re listening for flaws or mistakes instead of enjoying what they hear. Perhaps Andrea Bocelli isn’t the greatest Opera singer, I don’t know, but I can say that he has one of the most wonderfully melodic voices I have ever heard and he sings like a man who is enjoying every note he delivers.

His background or his potential for the future don’t bother me, he is the man of the moment, and that’s all that matters. I recently watched a video performance of his ‘Evening in Tuscany’ which I would reccommend to all fans. Maybe Andrea will never be a great Opera singer, but who cares? He can move audiences without all the fancy dress. VIVA ANDREA!

It was now time to win over the United States and in April, Bocelli made his debut with a concert at the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington. This was followed the next day by a reception a the White House with President Bill Clinton.

As a very definite response to some of his critics, Bocelli appeared in Monte Carlo in the May and won two World Music Awards. One in the category “Best Italian Singer”, and one for “Best Classical Interpretation“. He was also named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People of 1998. This was consolidated in September when he received his second Echo Klassik award for the best-selling Aria: The Opera Album which sold almost two million copies, one million of them in the United States achieving Platinum status.

Here is ‘E lucevan le stelle‘ from the album – Bocelli’s grasp of style and vocal technique are quite evident in this aria, and his talent undeniable.His sound is not rounded in a Pavarotti-like way but is quite virile with a *baritone-like color used over a wide *vocal range without any suspicion of strain. Do enjoy this aria which is performed lovingly, sincerely,and skillfully.

Note: barione-like color – timbre
Note: vocal range –the measure of the breadth of pitches that a human voice can sing.

As the millennium drew to a close there was very little that could stop the phenomenon that was Andre Bocelli.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Andrea was a guest on Celine Dion’s televised These Are Special Times where they sang ‘The Prayer‘. The duet was included on Celine Dion’s album of the same name and the song also appeared on the film Quest for Camelot in 1998. ‘The Prayer’ won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 1999 and at the 41st Grammy Awards, Bocelli was nominated for Best New Artist.

His seventh album, Sacred Arias contained exclusively sacred music and reached number one on the US Classic Billboard charts two weeks later. This made Andre the first vocalist to hold all three top places on the chart with Aria: The Opera Album in second place and Viaggio Italiano in third place. To promote Sacred Arias, Bocelli recorded his second PBS concert in Rome and this special was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program.

To end the decade and millennium on a high note, Bocelli performed at the Royal Variety performance at the end of November 1999 by invitation of Queen Elizabeth. The following day his autobiographical novel, La Musica del Silenzio was released in Italy.

BUY Andrea Bocelli’s Music: Amazon

Official Website:Andrea Bocelli

Additional materialWikipedia

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

 

As always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2004 Part Two – Dido, No Doubt, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears


Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my second selection of top 2004 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Dido – White flag

“White flag” was the lead single from the album “Life for Rent” penned by Dido. The song reached #1 in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Portugal. In her native UK it peaked at #2 on their Singles Chart while stopping at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“White Flag” was nominated for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 46th annual Grammy Awards and won the Best British Single at the 2004 Brit Awards. It ranked at #317 on Blender’s list “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.”

May 26th 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win 

No Doubt – It’s my life

“It’s my life” was written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene. It was a strong hit in the US and peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In Europe it reached the top ten in many countries but peaked at #20 in the UK. “It’s My Life” was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group at the 47th Grammy Awards. At the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards it won the awards for Best Group Video, and Best Pop Video. It also received nominations for Best Direction, Best Cinematography , and Best Art Direction.

June 23rd Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university 

Now time for my second picks from 2004 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Kylie Minogue – I Believe in You

“I Believe in You” is a song recorded by Australian singer Kylie Minogue for her ninth greatest hits compilation, Ultimate Kylie (2004). It was written by Minogue alongside its producers Jake Shears and Babydaddy. It was released as the lead single from Ultimate Kylie on 29 November 2004, by Parlophone.in which she does not believe, but that she does believe in her lover.

Commercially the song was also successful, reaching number one on the Romanian Top 100, number two in the United Kingdom and at number six in Australia. The song became a dance club hit in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2005 and earning a nomination for a 2006 Grammy Award in the “Best Dance Recording” category.  Kylie Minogue 

June 30th British rock guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) suffers a debilitating stroke, at 57; he recovers in 2006 to resume his music career 

Britney Spears – Everytime

“Everytime” is a song by American singer Britney Spears for her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003). It was released on April 21, 2004, by Jive Records as the third single from the album. On May 22, 2004, “Everytime” debuted at number 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the “Highest Debut” of the week. On July 3, 2004, it peaked at number 15 and stayed in the position for four weeks. The song also peaked at number four on Billboard’s Pop Songs and at number 17 and number 25 on the Hot Dance Club Songs and Adult Pop Songs charts, respectively. Britney Spears

November 30th RCA releases “Breakaway”, Kelly Clarkson’s 2nd studio album; wins 2 Grammy Awards and becomes her best selling album to date with over 12 million units sold 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 2000s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 2005 Part One – We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 19th – 25th September 2022 – Hits 2004, Andrea Bocelli, Spiritual Awareness, Waterford Stories, Book reviews, Podcast, Health and Humour


Welcome to the posts from the week here on Smorgasbord that you might have missed.

Not a great deal to report this week on the home front. We have some areas that we think would benefit from some more work and that is okay. To be honest if we slip to the end of October we might consider waiting until the spring as a more appropriate time to sell. We are in no rush and the garden would look better then too. We shall see what happens. In the meantime plenty to be getting on with.

The weather is definitely on the turn but still some nice days and I have quite a bit of online work to catch up on anyway.

I am going to be working on my own WIP or two over the next few weeks as well as things around the house, so I have scheduled ahead. I will be in and out obviously to catch up with comments and your blogs.

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the first part of chart hits from 2004 and the first in the new series on Andrea Bocelli You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ was here on Monday with her next post in her Spiritual Awareness series… and over on her own blog you will find her introduction to her new podcast Grief Talk, a wonderful Q&A with Alex Craigie and her Sunday Book Review for Falling by Stevie Turner. Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor will be here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘H’… on her own blog Monday Musings, Homemade Chicken Curry with Bamboo, the Cuisine of Estonia, more aromatic leaves with the Maple and Saturday Snippets where the prompt was Curve. Head over to enjoy Carol’s Weekly Round Up

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2004 Part One – Hoobastank, Maroon 5, Keith Urban. Alicia Keys

 

William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Andrea Bocelli – The Early Years

Spiritual Awareness – How Do You Know If You Are An Empath – The Signs by D.G. Kaye

Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – A Dog’s Life and Runaway by Sally Cronin

Milestones Along the Way – #Ireland – Shakespeare and Traditional Fencing Methods by Geoff Cronin

Milestones Along the Way – #Ireland #Waterford 1950s The Saga of Selby by Geoff Cronin

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Delicious foods you can eat on a healthy #weightloss programme by Sally Cronin

Ancient Healing Therapies – Reflexology by Sally Cronin

#Biography – #Poetry – #Life – Daydreams and Narcoleptic Nightmares: Memoirs and Poems by John Cornelius Rogers

#WednesdayWonders – Lapis Lazuli by Jan Sikes

#Family – Memories in Photographs by Darlene Foster

#Nostalgia #Writing by Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Children’s – #New – #Playtime – David’s Bathtime Adventure by Sue Wickstead

#Comingofage #Fantasy – The Evil You Choose: Dreamer’s Alliance – Book 2 by Dan Antion

#Occult #Ghosts The Haunting of Chatham Hollow by Mae Clair and Staci Troilo

– Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Court and #Caught

Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Energy and Candle Power

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.. Sally

Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Andrea Bocelli – The Early Years


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured some of the music legends and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

Welcome to the first part in the Andrea Bocelli story. The multi-award winning cross over tenor has won not just critical acclaim for his beautiful voice, but the hearts of millions around the world.

Andrea Bocelli – The Early Years

51wcyjeld4l-_ss135_sl160_Andrea Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli who lived on a farm in the village of La Sterza, a suburb of the town of Lajatico, 50 kilometres from Florence the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. His parents made their living by selling farm machinery and making wine and his family continue to live there today.

Andrea was born in September 1958 following what must have been a stressful time for the family. Doctors determined that the baby was likely to be born with disabilities and his parents were recommended to terminate the pregnancy. But Alessandro and Edi decided not to do so, and Andrea was born apparently healthy. However, it soon became apparent that he did have sight problems and was diagnosed eventually with congenital glaucoma.

Throughout his early childhood his mother said that music was the only thing that brought this little boy comfort as he struggled with his condition, and by the age of six he had begun piano lessons. Over the next few years he went on to learn to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, guitar and drums. He was still only a small boy when he was introduced to opera. His nanny gave him his first record of the internationally renowned tenor Franco Corelli.

Born in 1921 this artist was associated with the dramatic tenor roles of the Italian repertory including composers such as Rossini, Verdi and Puccini. Dubbed the Prince of Tenors, he was celebrated universally for his powerhouse voice, electrifying top notes, clear timbre, passionate singing and remarkable performances. Having listened to Franco Corelli, Andrea was now determined to follow a singing career. Even at the age of seven he was able to recognise the foremost tenors of the time and within a few years he was performing their music in public.

Andrea gave his first concert in a small village near his home and I suspect that those in the audience, whilst marvelling at this young boy’s voice, would not have envisaged that one day he would be such an international star. Here is Franco Corelli singing Torna a Surriento.

In a devastating blow in 1970, at the age of 12, Andrea lost his sight completely following an accident during a football game. He was hit in the eye playing goalkeeper during a match and suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Undeterred, at age 14 Andrea won his first competition, The Margherita d’Oro in Viareggio singing O Sole Mio.

Apart from his passion for music, Andrea did well at school and at age twenty, he began law studies at the University of Pisa. To earn money, Andrea performed in local piano bars in the evenings and after obtaining his degree, he spent a year as a court appointed lawyer.

However, singing was still a driving force in Andrea’s life and in 1992, the Italian rock star Zucchero held auditions for tenors to make a demo tape of his song Miserere, to send to Luciano Pavarotti. His intention was to persuade the great tenor to duet with him on the song but initially, having heard Andrea Bocelli’s audition, Pavarotti suggested that Zucchero record with him instead.

However, eventually Pavarotti did record the original with Zucchero and it was a huge hit. But the following year during the rock star’s European concert tour, Andrea Bocelli accompanied him and as well as Miserere, Andrea performed solo sets singing Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot.

Andrea Bocelli gives an exquisite performance of Miserere. The emotion flows easily and his passion is evident. This is a remarkable cross-over duet with Zucchero in spite of the fact that they have two totally different *timbres. He, Kai-Ru

Note: timbre – the character and quality of a musical voice.

Later that year Bocelli signed with the Sugar Music label in Milan after the president of the label heard him sing both songs at Zucchero’s birthday party. In the December he entered the preliminary round of the world famous Sanremo Music Festival, performing Miserere and won the newcomer category with the highest marks ever received.

This was followed by his debut in the classical world in a concert at the Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia.

In February 1994, he entered the main Sanremo Festival competition with Il mare calmo della sera, and he won the newcomers section, again with a record score. Following his win, Bocelli released his debut album of the same name in April, and it entered the Italian Top Ten, being certified platinum within weeks.

el-mare

With his distinctive *classical crossover sound, Bocelli delights us with a vocal contrast between the light, tenor quality of his voice and a cutting edge raspy tone filled with emotion. He is an impressive communicator, and in this song the emotion speaks for itself.

Note: classical crossover – a style that hovers between classical and popular music, targeted for fans of both genres and in this case for classically trained singers.Andrea Bocelli 

BUY Andrea Bocelli’s Music: Amazon

Official Website:Andrea Bocelli

Additional materialWikipedia

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

 

As always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2004 Part One – Hoobastank, Maroon 5, Keith Urban. Alicia Keys


Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my first selection of top 2004 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Hoobastank – The reason

“The reason” was Hoobastank’s most successful single. It reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. This was their second single from the album of the same name. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Internationally, the song peaked at #1 in Italy and in the top ten in several other countries.

January 27th “Yeah!” single released by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (Grammy Award Best Rap/Sung Collaboration 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004) 

Maroon 5 – This love

“This love” reached the top ten in most charts around the globe and topped Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart for 10 weeks while in the UK it peaked at #3. The music video won the MTV Music Award for Best New Artist. The live version of the song won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

February 10th Kanye West releases his debut album “The College Dropout” (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album) 

Now time for my first picks from 2004 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Keith Urban – You’ll Think of Me

“You’ll Think of Me” is a song written by Darrell Brown, Ty Lacy, and Dennis Matkosky and recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released in January 2004 as the fourth and final single from his 2002 album Golden Road. The song reached number one with a two-week stay on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It additionally peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. It even peaked at number 6 on the US Adult Top 40 chart. Keith Urban

March 13th Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera’s “Tosca” 

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You

“If I Ain’t Got You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys from her second studio album The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003) released as a single in 2004. Inspired by the 2001 death of singer Aaliyah, the terrorist September 11 attacks, and other events in the world and in Keys’ life, the song is about “how material things don’t feed the soul.”
The song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Keys’ second consecutive R&B chart-topper, remaining atop of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for six weeks. The song received two nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, winning the latter. Keys herself said that it is one of her favorite songs. Alicia Keys 

May 15th 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing “Wild Dances” in Istanbul 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 2000s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 2004 Part Two – We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 12th – 18th September 2022 – Tapestry, Chart Hits 2003,Water Devining, Book Reviews, Blogger Stars, Food A-Z, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

A mixed week for us with sun and rain and I took advantage of the sunshine to empty and refill some of the flower pots with autumn bloomers. I also took some photographs of our trees whilst they still have leaves on them. They will be useful when we put together the images when the house goes on the market, likely mid to late October when most of the leaves will be gone. At least prospective buyers will be able to see what it can look like.

I have also picked up my tapestry again after a break of some years where blogging and writing seemed to fill most of the waking hours of the day. I have eight full size canvases around the house and some smaller ones going back 30 years to when we lived in London and I gave up smoking. I needed something to keep my fingers busy when watching television so began the first one in 1992. I have two unfinished pieces, one of which is a mother elephant and her calf which is about a metre square which is a major project. I am hoping the mild weather continues for a little while longer as I am enjoying sitting in the garden and sewing.  Here are two of my full size pieces including my first effort Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Blogging and writing are still high on my priority list but I had forgotten the pleasure working with these pieces brought me.

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the second part of chart hits from 2003 and the finale of the series on Pavarotti. Coming up in a few weeks we step back in time back to the 40s and 50s for the rest of the year. Get your dancing shoes ready. You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ will be here tomorrow morning with her next post in her Spiritual Awareness series… and over on her own blog there is a lovely tribute to her brother-in-law who sadly passed away this week, her monthly writer’s tips packed with useful information and ideas and her Sunday Book Review for Upon Departure by John Roedel. Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘G’… on her own blog she welcomed us to September with her Monday Musings, a recipe for eggy bread with crumpets, spinach, feta cheese, thyme and mushrooms, a review of aromatic leaves including Sassafras and Nasturtium Leaves and Saturday Snippets where she explore’s the word ‘Bread’. Head over to enjoy Carol’s Weekly Round Up

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2003 Part Two – Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow, Evanescence, Annie Lennox, Celine Dion

Music Legends – #Classical – Luciano Pavarotti – The Finale

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘G’ for Ginger, Garlic, Guacamole, Goosefat and Gribige…

Milestones Along the Way – #Ireland #1930s – The Yards of Waterford by Geoff Cronin

Milestones Along the Way – #Ireland #1930s – Divine Guidance by Geoff Cronin

Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – A Celebration and Tramp’s Heartbreak by Sally Cronin

Creatures, Wild Animals, Bird, Dove, Measurement

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #Weightloss – How much should you weigh? by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Health Column – Ancient Healing Therapies – Acupuncture by Sally Cronin

#Fantasy – The Necromancer’s Daughter by D.Wallace Peach

– #Poetry – A Specialist At The Recycled Heart (Free Verse Poetry) by Frank Prem

September 12th 2022 – #Bullying Pete Springer, #Memories Robbie Cheadle and Judith Barrow, #Luck Marcia Meara, #Reviews Sandra Cox, #Grief D.G. Kaye

#Historical Andrew Joyce, #Historical Paulette Mahurin

Close up of Big Red Kitty at rest

#Feralcats Big Red Kitty Callie by Nikki Frie

 

#Shortstory #Snowstorm #Outage by D.L. Finn

#History – Nancy and the “Wilson Schoolbus” by Joy Neal Kidney

#Legohouses #Denbies by Sue Wickstead

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – ATM’s and Spaghetti

Irish Weather The Musical with International guests presented by I.V.E Mildew… AKA Herself.

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Luciano Pavarotti – The Finale


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured some of the music legends and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

We have reached the end of the story about the incredible rise to fame and stunning career of Luciano Pavarotti. Today it is time to pay this wonderful tenor tribute as we follow him through the last years of his life. He won awards and thrilled millions with his unique performance style but until his death, very few knew about the health issues that took their toll on his vitality and his ability to perform

Luciano Pavarotti in Concert

“Music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion” Luciano Pavarotti

The new millennium did not start on a high note for Pavarotti as the Italian tax authorities took him to court on tax fraud charges. Although he lived in Monte Carlo he still owned a great many properties in Italy and he was accused of owing almost five million dollars in back tax. This carried a prison sentence of as much as eighteen months in prison. Thankfully he was acquitted and all charges dropped.

This difficult, and what must have been humiliating episode, was offset by the continued support of his fans and also by the awards and honours he received in these years. This included Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.

Following on from the scrutiny into his business affairs, Luciano’s personal life became the subject of public interest when he left his wife Adua after over thirty years of marriage in 2003. It was revealed that he was now living with his assistant with whom he already had a young daughter. Once his divorce was finalised he married Nicoletta Mantovani and in tribute to their relationship he released his final compilation which was his only ‘crossover’ album.

Ti Adoro featured thirteen songs which were written and produced by Michele Centonze who had been part of the production team for the Pavarotti and Friends concerts between 1998 and 2000.

Luciano described his album as a wedding gift to his new wife Nicoletta.

In the Il Canto video one can easily see how versatile Pavarotti was. The modern Italian pop style of that day suited him well and the soft musical arrangements did not compete with his voice, leaving him free to just have “fun” in a lighter vocal medium.

Also in 2003 Luciano Pavarotti was made a Commander of Monaco’s Order of Cultural Merit. This was not to be his only award in these last years as his work for charity was also recognised.

Pavarotti had annually hosted the Pavarotti and Friends charity concerts in his home town of Modena, inviting top artists from the music industy to join him in raising awareness and money for several United Nation causes. Artists included B.B. King, Andrea Bocelli, Bono, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Elton John, Queen, Sting and the Spice Girls.

Concerts were held for War Child, and victims of war and civil unrest in Bosnia, Guatemala, Kosovo and Iraq. After the war in Bosnia, he financed and established the Pavarotti Music Centre in the southern city of Mostar to offer Bosnia’s artists the opportunity to develop their skills. For these contributions, the city of Sarajevo named him an honorary citizen in 2006.

In 2001, Pavarotti received the Nansen Medal from the UN High Commission for Refugees for his efforts raising money on behalf of refugees worldwide. Through benefit concerts and volunteer work, he has raised more than any other individual.

Other honors he received include the Freedom of London Award and The Red Cross Award for Services to Humanity, for his work in raising money for that organization, and the 1998 MusiCares Person of the Year, given to humanitarian heroes by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Unfortunately the awards for recognition were accompanied by continued criticism of his performance skills in a tell all book written in 2004 by one of his former managers. In The King & I, Herbert Breslin one of his former managers, was critical of Luciano’s acting abilities when performing opera; also his ability to read music and learn new roles. These criticisms were addressed by Pavarotti in his 2005 interview with Jeremy Paxman for the BBC, where he was adamant that he could read music although he admitted that he did not read orchestral scores.

In December 2004 at the age of 69, Pavarotti announced his farewell tour beginning in 2005 and finishing in 2006. He intended to celebrate his forty years on the stage by appearing in many of his old venues and include new locations on this forty city tour.

In March 2005 Pavarotti underwent neck surgery to repair two vertebrae and further back surgery in early 2006. Following this it was clear that the great man was physically and vocally frailer. However, he received a rapturous welcome from his devoted fans as he began his tour, including at his last performance of 2005 in Taiwan.

Despite being very ill at the start of 2006, Pavarotti was approached by the Winter Olympics committee to sing during the opening ceremony for the winter games on February 10th. His performance received the longest and loudest ovation of the night from the thousands of international athletes, officials and guests. Little did they know at the time that there was a story behind the performance.

Pavarotti *lip synched his performance. Though his voice was in great shape the bitter cold made a live performance impossible. Also Pavarotti was in severe pain with his spinal problems. Consequently, it was decided in advance that the only way to do this performance was to pre-record. So, in this video the orchestra pretends to play, the conductor (Leone Magiera) pretends to conduct and Pavarotti pretends to sing. None the less, this is a great recording and a tribute to a great artist at the end of his career. Video credit Olympics

Note. lip synch is a technical term for matching lip movements with pre-recorded sung or spoken vocals that the listener hears.

While continuing with his international “farewell tour”, Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2006. He underwent surgery and the tumour was completely removed but it did obviously result in the cancellations of most of his planned concerts in the USA and Europe. His health declinded further following the surgery and he was forced to cancel the tour completely.

He died at his home in Modena on September 6th, 2007 just before his 72nd birthday surrounded by his family.

His manager, Terri Robson, issued this statement, “The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterized his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness”.

Pavarotti’s funeral was held in Modena Cathedral. His ceremony was an international event attended by political heads of state, Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, celebrities and over fifty thousand music lovers from all over the world. The funeral procession wound its way through the streets of Modena, crowded with mourners and his coffin was laid to rest in the Pavarotti family crypt. The funeral was televised around the world by CNN and Opera Houses including the Vienna State Opera and London’s Royal Opera House published tributes.

He posthumously received the Italy-USA Foundation’s America Award in 2013.

Without a doubt, Nessun Dorma is the aria which sums up all that is great about Pavarotti.

The whole world knows him thanks to his knock-out, rock star performance of this piece. But for me, personally, my favorite tenor aria is Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme, my all time favorite opera.

Rodolfo, the leading tenor in this opera, must be youthful, passionate, warm, and sensitive and no one has done it better than Pavarotti in my book. He was always elegant and brilliant in this role. In this video from a performance at the Met in 1977 you’ll find an amazing Pavarotti, completely convincing as he sings “Che Gelida Manina” with that unforced, open-throated quality -*lasciarsi andare – that made him the greatest tenor of modern times. He shares the stage with Renata Scotto as “Mimi.”Vincenzo Moscato 

Note: lasciarsi andare – to let go

Additional material : Wikipedia

Autobiography: Amazon

Buy the music of Luciano Pavarotti:Amazon

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

 

As always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2003 Part Two – Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow, Evanescence, Annie Lennox, Celine Dion


Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my second selection of top 2003 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow – Picture

“Picture” was penned by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow from the album “Cocky,” and peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #21 on its Hot Country Songs chart where it spent 33 weeks. In Canada “Picture “ was a huge success peaking at #2, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The song is Sheryl Crow’s second-most successful single in the US.

September 15th ISO/Columbia Records releases David Bowie’s 23rd studio album, “Reality”; he supports it with what becomes his final concert tour 

Evanescence – Bring me to life

“Bring me to life” is from Evanescence’s debut album, “Fallen” and topped the charts in Australia, the UK, and Italy. It charted in the top ten in more than 15 countries including the US, Argentina, Germany and New Zealand. At the 46th Grammy Awards the band won in the category for Best Hard Rock Performance, the song was also nominated for Best Rock Song. At the MTV Awards the band was nominated in the category for Best New Artist, and at the MTV Europe Music Awards it was nominated for Best Song. It won the Soundtrack Single of the Year award at the annual Billboard Music Awards and was ranked #69 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s.

October 30th “Wicked” premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth 

Now time for my second picks from 2003 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Annie Lennox – Into The West

“Into the West” is a song performed by Annie Lennox, and the end-credit song of the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It is written by Lennox, Return of the King producer and co-writer Fran Walsh, and composed and co-written by the film’s composer Howard Shore. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 76th Academy Awards Annie Lennox

November 17th Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Celine Dion – I drove all night

“I Drove All Night” is a song written and composed by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and originally intended for Roy Orbison. Orbison recorded the song in 1987, the year before his death, but his version was not released until 1992. Cyndi Lauper recorded the song and released it as a single for her A Night to Remember album. Her version become a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1989. The song was covered by Canadian singer Celine Dion, whose version topped the Canadian Singles Chart and reached number 7 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in 2003. CelineDion 

November 29th The first of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS benefit concerts held at Green Point Stadium, Capetown 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 2000s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 2004 Part One – We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Luciano Pavarotti – 1980s – Media, Princess Diana, Charity


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured some of the music legends and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

Last week we discovered more about the career and performances of Luciano Pavarotti in the 1970s and this week we cover his increasing popularity in the media, his friendship with Princess Diana and his work for charity.

Massenet: Werther / Act 3 - "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?" (Live)

To begin the article today, here is a 1980 recording of Pavarotti, who was a master at spreading the joys of fine music to the masses sings “Pourquoi me reveiller, au souffle du printemps? (Why do you wake me now,ohsweetest breath of spring?)” from the opera “Werther” (Act 3) with *lyrical warmth and delicacy. You’ll find in his performance the familiar suppleness and expressiveness that have been the foundations of Pavarotti’s fame. This incredibly beautiful music was composed by one of my favorite French classical composers, Jules Massenet.

Note: lyrical – lighter voices are often associated with the term “lyric” and are usually brighter and more agile; heavier voices are often associated with the term “dramatic” and are usually powerful, rich, and darker.

At the beginning of the 1980s, Luciano set up The Pavarotti International Voice Competition for young singers. The Academy of Music, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Opera Company of Philadelphia was the venue for the finals for the first competition in 1981 with over 80 finalists selected from 27 countries.

The second competition, in 1986, staged excerpts of La bohème and Un ballo in maschera. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his career, he brought the winners of the competition to Italy for gala performances of La bohème in Modena and Genoa, and then to China where they staged performances of La bohème in Beijing. To conclude the visit, Pavarotti performed the inaugural concert in the Great Hall of the People before 10,000 people, receiving a standing ovation for nine effortless high Cs.

In 1982, Pavarotti was persuaded to appear in the film Yes, Giorgio which unfortunately received negative feedback from the critics, but it did reinforce Luciano’s popularity with his fans. Here is an excerpt from the film which shows a very different side to Luciano.

He was deemed to be more successful in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s adaptation of Rigoletto for television, released that same year. Over 20 of his live opera performances were also televised and most are still available on DVD and are well worth collecting as a record of his amazing career. He was able to reach millions every time one of his performances was televised and this strengthened his status as one of opera’s leading figures.

He returned to the Vienna State Opera and La Scala in the mid 1980s and to the role of Rodolfo in La bohème with Carlos Kleiber conducting and his long term friend and soprano Mirella Freni as Mimi. In 1985, Pavarotti sang Radames at La Scala opposite Maria Chiara in a Luca Ronconi production conducted by Maazel, recorded on video.

His performance of the aria “Celeste Aida” received a two-minute ovation on the opening night. He was reunited with Mirella Freni for the San Francisco Opera production of La bohème in 1988, also recorded on video.

Pavarotti also reached those who might not be opera fans but still appreciated the beauty of his voice. He recorded contemporary songs with composer and conductor Henry Mancini and became the world’s third highest top-selling musician behind Madonna and Elton John.

Here is Moon River with the Henry Mancini Orcherstra and American soprano Nancy Gustafson.

Luciano also turned his talent to support charities and he performed at benefit concerts to raise money for victims of natural disasters. He was a friend of Princess Diana and he supported her cause to eliminate landmines worldwide. Likewise Princess Diana would attend his own benefit concerts, raising their profile, such as the benefit to raise money for Bosnian children in light of the civil war during the mid 1990′ staged in Modena in September, 1995. Pavarotti was asked to sing at Princess Diana’ funeral but declined as he felt he would be unable to perform ‘with grief in his throat’, but he did attend the service.

With Pavarotti’s popularity and his move into solo tours and performances, it was considered by many in the opera world that he was not focusing on broadening his classical repertory for recitals or new operatic roles. But here is a performance recorded in 1990 that should have reassured his critics

In the role of Cavaradossi, Pavarotti is unbelievably moving, *appropriately dark and fully convincing in the aria “E lucevan le stelle (And the stars shone)” which he sings with aplomb. He, once again, showed himself to be a persuasive Puccini hero. His voice is strong and pure, and his performance exhibits the characteristic strength, warmth, and passion of his singing.

Note: appropriately dark – suggests the color of the voice.

Next time the 1990s and the new millennium

Additional material : Wikipedia

Autobiography: Amazon

Buy the music of Luciano Pavarotti:Amazon

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

 

As always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.