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Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja claims that Mario Lanza's performance in The Great Caruso taught him that there was more to music than Iron Maiden and Metallica, inspiring him to take up an operatic career in the process. So there's little wonder why the man widely regarded as one of the greatest tenors of the 21st century sounds so at home on this 18-track tribute to the '40s/'50s legend. Backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and their conductor Steven Mercurio, Be My Love may remain resolutely faithful to the original arrangements of both Neapolitan classics such as "La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée" from Bizet's Carmen, "Vesti la Guibba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and "Mamma,...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja claims that Mario Lanza's performance in The Great Caruso taught him that there was more to music than Iron Maiden and Metallica, inspiring him to take up an operatic career in the process. So there's little wonder why the man widely regarded as one of the greatest tenors of the 21st century sounds so at home on this 18-track tribute to the '40s/'50s legend. Backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and their conductor Steven Mercurio, Be My Love may remain resolutely faithful to the original arrangements of both Neapolitan classics such as "La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée" from Bizet's Carmen, "Vesti la Guibba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and "Mamma, Quel Vino è Generoso" from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and romantic musical numbers such as the title track, "The Loveliest Night of the Year," and "Serenade." But whether he's rolling his Rs on the enchanting mandolin-led "Arrivederci Roma" or blasting the roof off with his tour de force tones on Mexican standard "Granada," Calleja's obvious passion for the material ensures that Be My Love never feels like an artist simply going through the motions. The track listing could undoubtedly do with a bit of a shuffle, with the middle section of arias a little heavy going compared to the lighter material surrounding it, while the emotionally stirring renditions of football favorites "Nessun Dorma" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" would have served as a more suitable finale than the elegant balladry of "Because." But nitpicking aside, Be My Love is an affectionate tribute that justifies Calleja's rising star status.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947835318
  • Catalog Number: 001743802
  • Sales rank: 62,946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be My Love - Joseph Calleja (3:03)
  2. 2 Granada - Joseph Calleja (3:59)
  3. 3 Arrivederci, Roma - Joseph Calleja (3:47)
  4. 4 The Loveliest Night of the Year - Joseph Calleja (3:39)
  5. 5 La Danza - Joseph Calleja (3:16)
  6. 6 Serenade - Joseph Calleja (3:26)
  7. 7 Recitar!...Vesti la giubba - Joseph Calleja (2:57)
  8. 8 Mamma, quel vino è generoso (Addio alla madre) - Joseph Calleja (3:58)
  9. 9 A vucchella - Joseph Calleja (3:09)
  10. 10 Marechiare - Joseph Calleja (3:01)
  11. 11 Parlami d'amore, Mariù - Joseph Calleja (2:47)
  12. 12 Cielo e Mar! - Joseph Calleja (4:34)
  13. 13 Amor ti Vieta - Joseph Calleja (1:53)
  14. 14 Because You're Mine - Joseph Calleja (2:02)
  15. 15 La Fleur que tu m'avais Jetée - Joseph Calleja (3:52)
  16. 16 Nessun dorma! - Joseph Calleja (3:07)
  17. 17 You'll never walk alone (from Carousel) - Joseph Calleja (1:44)
  18. 18 Because - Joseph Calleja (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
BBC Concert Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
Steven Mercurio Conductor
Joseph Calleja Tenor (Vocal)
New London Singers Choir, Chorus
Ivor Setterfield Choir Master
Technical Credits
Georges Bizet Composer
Arrigo Boito Text
Umberto Giordano Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo Composer
Pietro Mascagni Composer
Amilcare Ponchielli Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Fromental Halévy Text
Irving Aaronson Composer
Sammy Cahn Text
Oscar Hammerstein II Text
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Carl Sigman Text
Paul Francis Webster Text
Juventino Rosas Composer
Kenneth Chalmers Text Translation
Douglas Gamley Arranger
Daniel Zalay Producer
Renato Simoni Text
Paolo Tosti Composer
Giuseppe Adami Text
Nicholas Brodszky Composer
Guy d'Hardelot Composer
Dorothy Donnelly Text
Steven Mercurio Arranger
Avril Bardoni Text Translation
Pietro Garinei Text
Renato Rascel Composer
Charles Mutter Orchestra Leader
Derek Mannering Liner Notes
Joseph Calleja Liner Notes
Alessandro Giovannini Text
Henri Meilhac Text
Cesare Andrea Bixio Composer
Philip Siney Engineer
Carlo Peopli Text
Niall O'Rourke Executive Producer
Gabriele D'Annunzio Text
Edward Teschemacher Text
Guido Menasci Text
Susannah Howe Text Translation
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti Text
Arturo Colautti Text
Laura Mardon Text Translation
Salvatore di Giacomo Text
Alexander van Ingen Executive Producer
Ennio Neri Text
Paul Marc Mitchell Art Direction
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