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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Alfie Boe, Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, is not Italian or Scandinavian, but an English crossover tenor. He has made numerous appearances in English opera and musical theater, and released various mostly pop albums. The field of recordings of Neapolitan song is crowded, and there was no real reason for him to enter it except that he does them superbly; for those in search of an introduction to this repertory, which was most popular in Italy and America but had international reach, you can hardly do better. Boe's voice has the perfect dimensions for the music, with a big top that feels organic rather than artificial. In the more operatic pieces such as Lucio Dalla's Caruso...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Alfie Boe, Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, is not Italian or Scandinavian, but an English crossover tenor. He has made numerous appearances in English opera and musical theater, and released various mostly pop albums. The field of recordings of Neapolitan song is crowded, and there was no real reason for him to enter it except that he does them superbly; for those in search of an introduction to this repertory, which was most popular in Italy and America but had international reach, you can hardly do better. Boe's voice has the perfect dimensions for the music, with a big top that feels organic rather than artificial. In the more operatic pieces such as Lucio Dalla's Caruso an imagining of Caruso's last days, earlier recorded by Luciano Pavarotti and even by Joan Baez, he has plenty of power, but he transitions easily to jokey fare like "Funiculì, Funiculà" for which Richard Strauss, and presumably his estate, had to pay royalties at each performance of "Aus Italien", and to an almost crooned sound in some of the quieter pieces. The variety in itself is another of the album's strengths; Neapolitan songs require a good interpreter and a coherent program to come alive, and there are too many recordings that fall into the sameness trap. Not here; this album is lively, beautifully executed, and in every way evocative of what these semipopular artifacts of southern Italy are all about. Translations of the texts in the booklet especially for a song like Caruso, which has a very specific narration might have been helpful. But Boe's career took off after the 2007 release of this album, and it will give you a very good idea of what the fuss is about.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099950441129
  • Catalog Number: 5044112
  • Sales rank: 43,858

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caruso (4:18)
  2. 2 Torna a Surriento (3:35)
  3. 3 Funiculì Funculà (2:42)
  4. 4 A Vucchella (2:45)
  5. 5 O Sole Mio (3:11)
  6. 6 Passione (3:41)
  7. 7 Granada (3:33)
  8. 8 Parlami D'Amore Mariù (2:53)
  9. 9 Marechiare (3:16)
  10. 10 Santa Lucia (4:21)
  11. 11 Chitarra Romana (2:24)
  12. 12 Maria Mari' (3:09)
  13. 13 Munasterio' E Santa Chiara (4:13)
  14. 14 Mattinata (2:10)
  15. 15 Feneste Che Lucive (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfie Boe Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Chris Cameron Piano
John Parricelli Mandolin
Mauro Di Doménico Bouzouki, Guitar
Stephanie Gonley Violin
Matteo Saggese Piano
Alfonso Deidda Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind
Metro Voices Vocal Ensemble
Nigel Hopkins Accordion
Valeriano Chiaravalle Conductor
Technical Credits
Ruggero Leoncavallo Composer
Lucio Dalla Composer
Teodoro Cottrau Composer
Chris Porter Producer, Engineering
Giancarlo Chiaramello Arranger
Matteo Saggese Arranger, Producer, Music Direction
Paolo Tosti Composer
Alberto Barberis Text
Libero Bovio Text
Luigi Denza Composer
Michele Galdieri Composer
Giuseppe Turco Text
Neil Ferris Representation
Giovanni Capurro Composer
Alfie Boe Liner Notes, Vocal Arrangements
Cesare Andrea Bixio Composer
Eduardo di Capua Composer
Vincenzo Russo Text
Gabriele D'Annunzio Text
Eldo di Lazzaro Composer
Jill Ferris Representation
Giovanni de Curtis Text
Vincenzo Valente Composer
Ernesto Tagliaferri Text
Salvatore di Giacomo Text
Ernesto de Curtis Composer
Alfredo Mazzucchi Text
Gary Thomas Engineer
Augustín Lara Composer
Ennio Neri Text
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