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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The vocal quintet Bell'Aria was assembled through auditions from singers responding to an ad in Backstage magazine for the purpose of creating an act to play in Las Vegas. Who placed the ad? Their press biography doesn't say, but a good guess might be Ian Ralfini, credited as executive producer of this album. The idea of the act might be described as a cross between the Rat Pack and the Three Tenors, with a heavy distaff participation, three women Jessica Carvo, Angelica DiCastro, and Miriam Pultro joining two men the baritone Gabriel Burrafato and the tenor Christopher Macchio to sing Italian-oriented music ranging from 1950s pop standards popularized by the likes of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The vocal quintet Bell'Aria was assembled through auditions from singers responding to an ad in Backstage magazine for the purpose of creating an act to play in Las Vegas. Who placed the ad? Their press biography doesn't say, but a good guess might be Ian Ralfini, credited as executive producer of this album. The idea of the act might be described as a cross between the Rat Pack and the Three Tenors, with a heavy distaff participation, three women Jessica Carvo, Angelica DiCastro, and Miriam Pultro joining two men the baritone Gabriel Burrafato and the tenor Christopher Macchio to sing Italian-oriented music ranging from 1950s pop standards popularized by the likes of Dean Martin to opera arias by Verdi. The inevitable album version of the act which debuted at the Venetian in August 2010 mixes just that sort of music, with a higher complement of pop than opera. In solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets, the five young singers address songs like "Volare," "That's Amore," and "Be My Love" on the one hand, and "Brindisi" from La Traviata on the other. If this is a gimmick, so was the concept of the Three Tenors, and, having passed their auditions, these are five talented singers. There may be no personality voices like those of Martin or Louis Prima, nor voices of the distinction of Mario Lanza, but the singers do creditable jobs with the material. It's hard to believe there's more than one more album in this concept, but as a souvenir of a Vegas act aimed at Italian-Americans, it was at least worth doing once.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2010
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • EAN: 5099994628425
  • Catalog Number: 46284
  • Sales rank: 118,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Volare (3:23)
  2. 2 O Sole Mio (2:06)
  3. 3 Santa Lucia (1:34)
  4. 4 Come Back To Sorrento (2:31)
  5. 5 Non Dimenticar (3:14)
  6. 6 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (2:43)
  7. 7 Oh Marie (2:34)
  8. 8 Al Di La (3:48)
  9. 9 That's Amore (3:12)
  10. 10 Finiculi Finicula (2:10)
  11. 11 Tarantella (2:33)
  12. 12 O Mio Babbino Caro (3:32)
  13. 13 Be My Love (2:37)
  14. 14 Brindisi (2:59)
  15. 15 Mamma (3:37)
  16. 16 Mambo Italiano (3:58)
  17. 17 Botch-a Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina) (2:58)
  18. 18 Arrivederci Roma (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bell'aria Primary Artist
Hans Vroomans Piano
John Parricelli Guitar, Mandolin
Ernö Olah Concert Master
Angelica di Castro Vocals, Group Member
Benny Ludemann Mandolin
Aram Kersbergen Bass
Jessica Carvo Vocals, Group Member
Giancarlo Malozzi Conductor
Gabriel Burrafato Vocals, Group Member
Dominique Paats Accordion
Christopher Macchio Vocals, Group Member
Marcel Serierle Drums
Peter Tiehus Guitar
Orchestra Bell'aria Musician
Miriam Pulto Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Craig Leon Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Domenico Modugno Composer, Lyricist
Jack Brooks Composer, Lyricist
Sammy Cahn Composer, Lyricist
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ervin Drake Composer, Lyricist
Mitchell Parish Composer, Lyricist
Carl Sigman Composer, Lyricist
Harry Warren Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Phil Brito Composer, Lyricist
Harold Barlow Composer, Lyricist
Luigi Denza Composer, Lyricist
Shelley Dobbins Composer, Lyricist
Traditional Composer
Renato Rascel Composer
Ian Ralfini Executive Producer
Paul Power Engineer
P.G. Redi Composer
Giovanni Capurro Composer, Lyricist
Cesare Andrea Bixio Composer, Lyricist
Eduardo di Capua Composer, Lyricist
Chris Allen Engineer
Ernesto de Curtis Composer
V. Wickham Composer
S. Napier-Bell Composer
Joris Wolff Engineer
R. Morbelli Composer, Lyricist
Eddie Y. Stanley Lyric Adaptations, Music Adaptations
L. Astore Composer, Lyricist
B. Cherubini Composer, Lyricist
Nikolaus Brodsky Composer
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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    Beautiful!

    I just bought one for my parents for Christmas! old school italians have an appreciation for this kind of stuff. It's almost like a legacy, carrying over traditions from their era ;)

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