Italian Songs: The Digital Recordings

Italian Songs: The Digital Recordings

by Enrico Caruso
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
06/25/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0743218256929
catalogNumber:
82569
Rank:
41967

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Tracks

  1. Vieni Sul Mar  - Italian Traditional  - Enrico Caruso  -  Traditional  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  2. O Sole Mio for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Eduardo di Capua  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  3. Tu, ca nun chiagne!, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Ernesto de Curtis  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Libero Bovio  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  4. Santa Lucia  - Italian Traditional  - Enrico Caruso  -  Traditional  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  5. Pecchè? for voice & orchestra  -  Gaetano Errico Pennino  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  6. L'Alba separa dalla luce l'ombra, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Paolo Tosti  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gabriele D'Annunzio  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  7. Fenesta Che Lucive for voice & orchestra  -  Guglielmo Cottrau  - Enrico Caruso  -  Traditional  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  8. Mamma mia, che vo' sapè, for voice & orchestra  -  Emanuele Nutile  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  9. Musica proibita, for voice & orchestra, Op 5  -  Stanislao Gastaldon  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Peter Matzka  - Gottfried Rabl  - Peter Matzka  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  10. Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra  - Salvatore Cardillo  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Riccardo Cordiferro  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  11. Luna d'estate, for voice & piano/orchestra  - Paolo Tosti  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Caterino Mazzola  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  12. Ideale for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Paolo Tosti  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Caterino Mazzola  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  13. A vucchella ("Arietta di Posilippo") for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Paolo Tosti  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gabriele D'Annunzio  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  14. Vaghissima sembianza for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Stefano Donaudy  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  15. Tarantella Sincera for voice & orchestra  - Vincenzo De Crescenzo  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  16. Senza Nisciuno for voice & orchestra  - Ernesto de Curtis  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Antonio Barbieri  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  17. Addio a Napoli for voice & orchestra  - Teodoro Cottrau  - Enrico Caruso  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Gottfried Rabl  -  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Enrico Caruso   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Peter Matzka   Violin
Gottfried Rabl   Conductor
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra   Ensemble
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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