Best of Salvatore Licitra

The Best of Salvatore Licitra

by Salvatore Licitra
     
 
Best of Salvatore Licitra is a two-disc set of recordings made by the Italian tenor who was hailed as a successor to Pavarotti but who died tragically young in a moped accident in 2011. The collection is taken from his small number of albums, including The Debut, Forbidden Love, Duetto (with tenor Marcelo Álvarez)

Overview

Best of Salvatore Licitra is a two-disc set of recordings made by the Italian tenor who was hailed as a successor to Pavarotti but who died tragically young in a moped accident in 2011. The collection is taken from his small number of albums, including The Debut, Forbidden Love, Duetto (with tenor Marcelo Álvarez), and the soundtrack to the film The Man Who Cried, plus several scenes taken from his video of "Tosca" with soprano Maria Guleghina. The album includes Licitra's last recordings, five tracks that have never been released, so even fans of the tenor who already have his other albums will want to hear this one. With a handful of exceptions, the set is devoted to Italian songs, arias, and duets, and about half the tracks are from the operas of Verdi and Puccini, Licitra's core repertoire. Purists should be aware that the duets with Álvarez include familiar repertoire, but some are in new arrangements, so, for example, "Au fond du temple saint" includes a women's chorus instead of a baritone. In the operatic selections Licitra is sometimes tempted to push his voice, but in the popular Romantic Italian songs like "Funiculì, Funiculà" and "O sole mio" his expansive lyricism of shines at its best. The five newly released songs, accompanied by Marco Armiliato leading the Prague Philharmonic, are in fact some of Licitra's most satisfying recorded performances; they demonstrate a new level of vocal and artistic maturity and control, so his untimely death is an especially tragic artistic loss. The sound is never less than very fine, but since the recordings are taken from various sources, the ambience can vary considerably.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886979896024
catalogNumber:
798960

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Turandot, opera: Nessun Dorma!

    1. Nessun Dorma!  (03:03)
  2. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar - Vesti la giubba

    1. Recitar - Vesti la giubba  (03:55)
  3. Ernani, opera: Mercè diletti amici... Come rugiada al cespite - O

    1. Mercè diletti amici... Come rugiada al cespite - O tu che l'alma  (07:31)
  4. Macbeth, opera: Ah! la paterna mano

    1. Ah! la paterna mano  (03:25)
  5. Il Trovatore, opera: Ah! sì, ben mio

    1. Ah! sì, ben mio  (02:59)
  6. Il Trovatore, opera: L'onda de' suoni mistici

    1. L'onda de' suoni mistici  (01:39)
  7. Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira

    1. Di quella pira  (03:16)
  8. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle

    1. E lucevan le stelle  (03:19)
  9. Tosca, opera: Oh dolci mani

    1. Oh dolci mani  (01:32)
  10. Tosca, opera: Senti... l'ora è vicina

    1. Senti... l'ora è vicina  (03:45)
  11. Tosca, opera: E non giungono

    1. E non giungono  (02:35)
  12. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Addio, fiorito asil

    1. Addio, fiorito asil  (01:46)
  13. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Forse la soglia attinse

    1. Forse la soglia attinse  (07:11)
  14. Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placid

    1. Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido  (05:34)
  15. Otello, opera: Dio, mi potevi scagliar

    1. Dio, mi potevi scagliar  (04:39)
  16. Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio

    1. Come un bel dì di maggio  (03:11)
  17. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar

    1. Cielo e mar  (05:14)
  18. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

    1. Mamma, quel vino è generoso  (05:28)

Disc 2

  1. Aida, opera: Celeste Aida

    1. Celeste Aida  (04:16)
  2. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Dì tu se fedele

    1. Dì tu se fedele  (03:56)
  3. L'Arlesiana, opera: È la solita storia del pastore

    1. È la solita storia del pastore  (04:39)
  4. Tosca, opera: Ah, quegli occhi!

    1. Ah, quegli occhi!  (05:23)
  5. Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai

    1. Donna non vidi mai  (02:30)
  6. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint

    1. Au fond du temple saint  (03:49)
  7. Il volo (after Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise")  (04:26)
  8. Son gli occhi tuoi (after Gounod's "Salut")  (05:14)
  9. Fantasma d'amore  (04:25)
  10. Oltre la tempesta  (04:19)
  11. The Man Who Cried, film score: Close Your Eyes

    1. Close Your Eyes  (02:14)
  12. Torna a Surriento, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (03:12)
  13. La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales)  (03:11)
  14. Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)  (02:53)
  15. Ideale for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (02:58)
  16. Non t'amo più, for voice & piano/orchestra  (04:30)
  17. Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)  (03:01)
  18. O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (03:23)

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