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|Sergio Franchi||Primary Artist|
|Nacio Herb Brown||Composer|
|Oscar Hammerstein II||Composer, Composer|
|Neil Warner||Arranger, Orchestra Director|
Posted October 1, 2010
Finally, the famous live recording of Sergio at the Los Angeles' Cocoanut Grove is available on CD. This is, arguably, the finest recording made by this wonderfully gifted singer. It was October of 1964 and Sergio was appearing at the Grove with the Freddy Martin Orchestra. Franchi and his musical director Neil Warner weave a magical musical evening with beautifully arranged standards, Italian canzone and an opera aria ("E lucevan le stelle" TOSCA). The TOSCA aria dissembles any doubt that Sergio's was a brilliant operatic voice, and it was due solely his own desire to establish a closer relationship with his audience that moved him from the opera stage. It indeed seems odd that it is only thanks to Collectibles records, and not RCA that we finally have this recording available at all. RCA possesses a treasure of great vocal recordings by artists such as Franchi, Mario Lanza, Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti and many others. Would that they could see the wisdom of re-releasing these gems, especially when one considers the relatively sorry state that currently exists in contemporary classical vocal artistry. Finally, the inclusion of the 1963 recording, THE EXCITING VOICE OF SERGIO FRANCHI is a wonderful addendum to what is a long overdue realease.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.