The Best of Salvatore Licitra

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886979896024
  • Catalog Number: 798960
  • Sales rank: 102,767

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turandot, opera: Nessun Dorma! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (3:03)
  2. 2 Pagliacci, opera: Recitar - Vesti la giubba - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Ruggero Leoncavallo (3:55)
  3. 3 Ernani, opera: Mercè diletti amici... Come rugiada al cespite - O - Giuseppe Verdi & Francesco Maria Piave (7:31)
  4. 4 Macbeth, opera: Ah! la paterna mano - Giuseppe Verdi & London Symphony Orchestra (3:25)
  5. 5 Il Trovatore, opera: Ah! sì, ben mio - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Emanuele Bardare (2:59)
  6. 6 Il Trovatore, opera: L'onda de' suoni mistici - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Emanuele Bardare (1:39)
  7. 7 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Emanuele Bardare (3:16)
  8. 8 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:19)
  9. 9 Tosca, opera: Oh dolci mani - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (1:32)
  10. 10 Tosca, opera: Senti... l'ora è vicina - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:45)
  11. 11 Tosca, opera: E non giungono - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (2:35)
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Addio, fiorito asil - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (1:46)
  13. 13 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Forse la soglia attinse - Giuseppe Verdi & London Symphony Orchestra (7:11)
  14. 14 Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placid - Giuseppe Verdi & Salvatore Cammarano (5:34)
  15. 15 Otello, opera: Dio, mi potevi scagliar - Arrigo Boito & Giuseppe Verdi (4:39)
  16. 16 Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Luigi Illica (3:11)
  17. 17 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar - Arrigo Boito & Amilcare Ponchielli (5:14)
  18. 18 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma, quel vino è generoso - Pietro Mascagni & Guido Menasci (5:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Aida, opera: Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Antonio Ghislanzoni (4:16)
  2. 2 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Dì tu se fedele - Giuseppe Verdi & London Symphony Orchestra (3:56)
  3. 3 L'Arlesiana, opera: È la solita storia del pastore - Francesco Cilèa & Leopoldo Marenco (4:39)
  4. 4 Tosca, opera: Ah, quegli occhi! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (5:23)
  5. 5 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - Giacomo Puccini & Luigi Illica (2:30)
  6. 6 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint - Georges Bizet & Michel Carré (3:49)
  7. 7 Il volo (after Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise") - Steve Wood & Marcelo Álvarez (4:26)
  8. 8 Son gli occhi tuoi (after Gounod's "Salut") - Steve Wood & Marcelo Álvarez (5:14)
  9. 9 Fantasma d'amore - Steve Wood & Marcelo Álvarez (4:25)
  10. 10 Oltre la tempesta - Francesco Sartori & Lucio Quarantotto (4:19)
  11. 11 The Man Who Cried, film score: Close Your Eyes (2:14)
  12. 12 Torna a Surriento, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ernesto de Curtis & Katia Labèque (3:12)
  13. 13 La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales) - Gioachino Rossini & Warren Jones (3:11)
  14. 14 Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - Luigi Denza & Marco Armiliato (2:53)
  15. 15 Ideale for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Paolo Tosti & Marco Armiliato (2:58)
  16. 16 Non t'amo più, for voice & piano/orchestra - Paolo Tosti & Marco Armiliato (4:30)
  17. 17 Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - Ernesto de Curtis & Marco Armiliato (3:01)
  18. 18 O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Eduardo di Capua & Marco Armiliato (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Salvatore Licitra Primary Artist
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