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Passione di Napoli

Passione di Napoli

by Dmitri HvorostovskyDmitri Hvorostovsky


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Think of Neapolitan songs, and Italian tenors like Mario Lanza or Giuseppe di Stefano come to mind. Think of Russian baritones, and Naples certainly isn't the first place that pops up. But that doesn't matter to Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Passione di Napoli is the sonorous Siberian's homage to this well-loved repertoire, and you'd hardly know he's not to the manner born. Hvorostovsky, who is one of the great baritones of the opera stage, has already given us a splendid take on the folk music of his homeland with Kalinka: Russian Folk Songs, and so Passione isn't that much of a departure for him. Still, he pulls off these familiar songs -- "Santa Lucia," "O sole mio," "Torna a Surriento" -- with marvelous aplomb, and his resplendent, darkly resonant voice -- so different from the bell-like clarity of great Italian tenors -- casts them in an appealingly fresh light. Constantine Orbelian and the Philharmonic of Russia accompany with a rich, full sound, giving a touch of Russian heft to the sunny lightness of Neapolitan songs. But don't get the wrong idea: There's nothing ponderous about this album. It's a stylish and joyous affair through and through, and it gives new meaning to the phrase "From Russia with Love."

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Release Date: 10/09/2001
Label: Delos Records
UPC: 0013491329024
catalogNumber: 3290
Rank: 60121


  1. Torna a Surriento for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  2. Passione
  3. Maria, Marí for voice & piano (or orchestra) - orchestrated by Chiaramello, G.
  4. Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra
  5. Parlami D'Amore, Mariu for voice & orchestra
  6. Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  7. O Sole Mio for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  8. Marechiare for voice & piano/orchestra
  9. Voce 'e notte! for voice & orchestra
  10. Dicitencello Vuje, for voice & orchestra
  11. Comme facette mammeta? - orchestrated by Medvedev, A.
  12. Musica proibita, for voice & orchestra, Op 5
  13. A vucchella ("Arietta di Posilippo") for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  14. Canta pe'me, for voice & orchestra
  15. Fenesta che (ca) lucive - arranged by Gritsevitch, A.
  16. Santa Lucia for voice & orchestra
  17. O Surdato 'nnamurato, for voice & orchestra (with chorus, ad lib)

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