Viva Italia [Decca 2003]

Viva Italia [Decca 2003]

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Decca's Viva Italia features over an hour's worth of arias, traditional songs, and popular songs as performed by some of Italy's most famous singers, including Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and Mario del Monaco, as well as instrumentals by Mantovani and Ronnie Aldrich. It almost goes without saying that the vocal performances are excellent. Highlights

Overview

Decca's Viva Italia features over an hour's worth of arias, traditional songs, and popular songs as performed by some of Italy's most famous singers, including Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and Mario del Monaco, as well as instrumentals by Mantovani and Ronnie Aldrich. It almost goes without saying that the vocal performances are excellent. Highlights include Pavarotti's romantic "O Sole Mio" and "Santa Lucia" and his playful turns on "La Donna è Mobile" (from Rigoletto) and "Funiculì Funiculà," Carreras' lively "La Danza" and serene "Anema e Core," and del Monaco's "Torna a Surriento." Another high point is Joan Sutherland and Carlo Bergonzi's "Brindisi -- Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici" from La Traviata. Mantovani & His Orchestra's "Arrivederci, Roma" and Aldrich's version of "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)" are both serviceable but a little fussy and uninspired; it's too bad that they don't match the quality of the collection's vocal performances. Nevertheless, Viva Italia is a pleasant collection of Italian mood music that manages to be more authentic than many other likeminded compilations.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0028947608622
catalogNumber:
000055502
Rank:
78117

Tracks

  1. O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  2. Santa Lucia, Neapolitan song
  3. Vieni Sul Mar for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  4. La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for vo
  5. Arrivederci Roma, song
  6. Brindisi - Libiamo ne' lieti calici
  7. La donna è mobile
  8. Mattinata ("L'aurora di bianco vestita"), song for voice & piano (or or
  9. Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  10. Non Dimenticar (Do Not Forget), song
  11. Volare, for voice & orchestra (a.k.a. "Nel blu dipinto di blu")
  12. Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  13. Maria, Marì (Oh, Marie)
  14. M'apparì
  15. Anema e core (With All My Heart and Soul), song
  16. L' Ultima Canzone for voice & piano/orchestra
  17. Mamma, for voice & orchestra
  18. Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra
  19. Torna a Surriento, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  20. Chitarra Romana for voice & orchestra
  21. Speak Softly Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Sutherland   Soprano (Vocal)
Henry Mancini   Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Luciano Pavarotti   Tenor (Vocal)
José Carreras   Tenor (Vocal)
Ronnie Aldrich   Piano
Plácido Domingo   Tenor (Vocal)
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Carlo Bergonzi   Tenor (Vocal)
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Richard Bonynge   Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Giancarlo Chiaramello   Conductor
Anton Guadagno   Conductor
Mantovani Orchestra   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Giuseppe di Stefano   Tenor (Vocal)
Karl-Heinz Loges   Conductor
John Pritchard   Conductor
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Enrique García Asensio   Conductor
Emerson Buckley   Conductor
Walter Malgoni   Conductor
Edoardo Müller   Conductor
Ernest Nicelli   Conductor
David Romano   Vocals
Mario del Monaco   Tenor (Vocal)
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir   Choir, Chorus
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Walter Malgoni Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bologna Community Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Gioachino Rossini   Composer
Paolo Tosti   Composer
Cesare Bixio   Composer
Eduardo DeCapua   Composer
Luigi Denza   Composer
Michele Galdieri   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Renato Rascel   Composer
Joseph S. Szurly   Executive Producer
Domenico Furno   Composer
Gino Redi   Composer
Salvatore Cardillo   Composer
Joseph Szurly   Executive Producer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
Aniello Califano   Composer

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