Amore

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Amore, Joseph Calleja's 2013 Decca release, is a collection of 19 sentimental songs, most of which have been favorites of the vocal repertoire for decades. Bringing youth and vitality to these classics, the Maltese tenor interprets the music in an old-fashioned style, with plenty of schmaltz ladled on by Steven Mercurio and the BBC Concert Orchestra in richly scored arrangements. Yet Calleja's unpretentiousness and light approach keep this album from being cloying, and the ease of his phrasing keeps the music from seeming corny or stagey. While such numbers as "La vie en rose" and "O sole mio" will necessarily evoke memories of Édith Piaf and Enrico Caruso, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Amore, Joseph Calleja's 2013 Decca release, is a collection of 19 sentimental songs, most of which have been favorites of the vocal repertoire for decades. Bringing youth and vitality to these classics, the Maltese tenor interprets the music in an old-fashioned style, with plenty of schmaltz ladled on by Steven Mercurio and the BBC Concert Orchestra in richly scored arrangements. Yet Calleja's unpretentiousness and light approach keep this album from being cloying, and the ease of his phrasing keeps the music from seeming corny or stagey. While such numbers as "La vie en rose" and "O sole mio" will necessarily evoke memories of Édith Piaf and Enrico Caruso, respectively, Calleja's versions have his own expressive stamp, without a trace of mimicry, and even such chestnuts as "Bésame mucho" and "Mattinata" have a fresh feeling that makes them enjoyable. Of course, the inclusion of such modern easy listening hits as "Time to Say Goodbye" and "You Raise Me Up" produces a different effect, giving the album a crossover quality that is at variance with the quaint nostalgic mood found in the other songs. Decca's excellent recording gives the album a smooth sound that makes listening effortless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947853404
  • Catalog Number: 001921802
  • Sales rank: 39,546

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joseph Calleja Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
BBC Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Steven Mercurio Conductor
Nicola Benedetti Violin
Ksenija Sidorova Accordion
Technical Credits
Ruggero Leoncavallo Composer, Lyricist
Joaquín Rodrigo Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Edith Piaf Composer
Lucio Dalla Composer, Lyricist
Stefano Donaudy Composer
John Lenehan Arranger
Ennio Morricone Composer
Frank Peterson Lyricist
Paul Bateman Arranger
Kenneth Chalmers Text Translation
Rolf Lovland Composer
Jean-Claude Poyet Text Translation
Chris Hazell Arranger, Recording Producer
Jonathan Stokes Engineer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer, Lyricist
Alfredo García Segura Lyricist
Paolo Tosti Composer
Riccardo Cordiferro Lyricist
Alois Melichar Composer
Andrea Morricone Composer
Steven Mercurio Arranger
Alberto Bevilacqua Lyricist
Francesco Sartori Composer
Avril Bardoni Text Translation
Federico Romero Lyricist
Guillermo Fernandez Shaw Lyricist
Charles Mutter Orchestra Leader
David Ylla-Somers Text Translation, Liner Note Translation
Gery Bramall Text Translation
Sue Baxter Text Translation
Domenico Furno Lyricist
Giovanni Capurro Lyricist
Salvatore Cardillo Composer
Lucio Quarantotto Lyricist
Lorin Maazel Arranger, Orchestration
Brendan Graham Lyricist
Gudrun Meier Text Translation
Peter Hope Arranger
David Mellor Liner Notes
Eduardo di Capua Composer
Alessio de Sensi Lyricist
Philip Siney Engineer
Rosine Fitzgerald Text Translation
Neil Varley Producer
Carmelo Errico Lyricist
Alberto Donaudy Arranger
Ernst Marischka Lyricist
Pablo Sorozábal Composer
Flick Flock Lyricist
Susannah Howe Text Translation
Lev Mei Lyricist
Giovanni Alfredo Cesareo Lyricist
Gerhard Kneifel Arranger
Daniel Fesquet Text Translation
Ernesto de Curtis Composer
Alfredo Mazzucchi Lyricist
Louis Guglielmi Songwriter
Alexander van Ingen Executive Producer
Paul Marc Mitchell Art Direction
Stanislaus Gastaldon Composer
Leandra Rhoese Text Translation, Liner Note Translation
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