Viva Italia [Decca 2003]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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'...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 028947608622
  • Catalog Number: 000055502
  • Sales rank: 51,274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - National Philharmonic Orchestra (3:23)
  2. 2 Santa Lucia, Neapolitan song - Luciano Pavarotti (1:31)
  3. 3 Vieni Sul Mar for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - Luciano Pavarotti (3:30)
  4. 4 La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for vo - English Chamber Orchestra (2:06)
  5. 5 Arrivederci Roma, song (3:09)
  6. 6 Brindisi - Libiamo ne' lieti calici - Carlo Bergonzi (3:01)
  7. 7 La donna è mobile - Luciano Pavarotti (2:22)
  8. 8 Mattinata ("L'aurora di bianco vestita"), song for voice & piano (or or - English Chamber Orchestra (2:17)
  9. 9 Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - Luciano Pavarotti (2:41)
  10. 10 Non Dimenticar (Do Not Forget), song (3:18)
  11. 11 Volare, for voice & orchestra (a.k.a. "Nel blu dipinto di blu") - Luciano Pavarotti (4:33)
  12. 12 Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - London Symphony Orchestra (3:13)
  13. 13 Maria, Marì (Oh, Marie) - Luciano Pavarotti (4:00)
  14. 14 M'apparì - Luciano Pavarotti (3:28)
  15. 15 Anema e core (With All My Heart and Soul), song - English Chamber Orchestra (4:25)
  16. 16 L' Ultima Canzone for voice & piano/orchestra - English Chamber Orchestra (4:37)
  17. 17 Mamma, for voice & orchestra - Luciano Pavarotti (3:34)
  18. 18 Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra - Luciano Pavarotti (4:54)
  19. 19 Torna a Surriento, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (3:07)
  20. 20 Chitarra Romana for voice & orchestra - Luciano Pavarotti (3:18)
  21. 21 Speak Softly Love (3:15)
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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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