Italian Songs: The Digital Recordings

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Those who heard the innovative Caruso 2000 will already be familiar with the brand of technical wizardry on this follow-up album, Italian Songs. Like the earlier recording, this one features the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, accompanied, remarkably, by a newly recorded orchestra. Caruso died in 1921, when recording know-how was just getting off the ground, and though the recordings he made reveal only a portion of his astonishing voice, a strong sense of its power and lyricism comes through nonetheless. They are precious documents, however imperfect, of arguably the greatest tenor who ever sang. The sound of the orchestral accompaniment on those old shellac discs, ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Those who heard the innovative Caruso 2000 will already be familiar with the brand of technical wizardry on this follow-up album, Italian Songs. Like the earlier recording, this one features the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, accompanied, remarkably, by a newly recorded orchestra. Caruso died in 1921, when recording know-how was just getting off the ground, and though the recordings he made reveal only a portion of his astonishing voice, a strong sense of its power and lyricism comes through nonetheless. They are precious documents, however imperfect, of arguably the greatest tenor who ever sang. The sound of the orchestral accompaniment on those old shellac discs, however, is more bothersome, thin and shrouded in surface noise. Here, that drawback is put right by a new and sparklingly clear recording by the Vienna Radio Symphony, directed by Gottfried Rabl. At first, it seems like an odd mix of old and new, but the ear adjusts, and one is left to admire freely Caruso's voice and wonder at what it must have been like to hear him in person. The repertoire consists of classic Italian songs "Santa Lucia," "O sole mio," and others less familiar, which he sings quite literally to the manner born. There's little sense of artifice or mannerism here, just pure, superb singing -- here's a tenor who knew how to carry a legato line! Italian Songs is a window onto a golden age, one that is less opaque than usual by several degrees. And you have to admit it's quite a feat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 743218256929
  • Catalog Number: 82569
  • Sales rank: 47,832

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vieni Sul Mar - Enrico Caruso & Italian Traditional (3:40)
  2. 2 O Sole Mio for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Enrico Caruso & Eduardo di Capua (3:33)
  3. 3 Tu, ca nun chiagne!, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Enrico Caruso & Ernesto de Curtis (2:47)
  4. 4 Santa Lucia - Enrico Caruso & Italian Traditional (4:16)
  5. 5 Pecchè? for voice & orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Gaetano Errico Pennino (4:37)
  6. 6 L'Alba separa dalla luce l'ombra, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Enrico Caruso & Paolo Tosti (2:32)
  7. 7 Fenesta Che Lucive for voice & orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Guglielmo Cottrau (3:55)
  8. 8 Mamma mia, che vo' sapè, for voice & orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Emanuele Nutile (3:47)
  9. 9 Musica proibita, for voice & orchestra, Op 5 - Enrico Caruso & Stanislao Gastaldon (3:50)
  10. 10 Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra - Salvatore Cardillo & Enrico Caruso (5:03)
  11. 11 Luna d'estate, for voice & piano/orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Paolo Tosti (2:16)
  12. 12 Ideale for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Enrico Caruso & Paolo Tosti (3:28)
  13. 13 A vucchella ("Arietta di Posilippo") for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Enrico Caruso & Paolo Tosti (3:03)
  14. 14 Vaghissima sembianza for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Enrico Caruso & Stefano Donaudy (3:15)
  15. 15 Tarantella Sincera for voice & orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Vincenzo De Crescenzo (3:45)
  16. 16 Senza Nisciuno for voice & orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Ernesto de Curtis (3:05)
  17. 17 Addio a Napoli for voice & orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Teodoro Cottrau (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enrico Caruso Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Peter Matzka Violin
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
Gottfried Rabl Conductor
Peter Matzka Violin
Technical Credits
Stefano Donaudy Composer
Paolo Tosti Composer
Libero Bovio Lyricist
Riccardo Cordiferro Lyricist
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Traditional Composer
Robert Pavlecka Engineer
Salvatore Cardillo Composer
Rita Koch Liner Note Translation
Gottfried Ettl Producer
Josef Schutz Sound Design
Gabriele D'Annunzio Lyricist
Antonio Barbieri Lyricist
Caterino Mazzola Lyricist
Stanislao Gastaldon Composer
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