Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza

 
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Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza
Joseph Calleja (tenor) / BBC Concert Orchestra, Steven Mercurio

[ Decca Music Group / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 23 August 2012

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"It's an unashamedly populist collection, Calleja rolling the Rs of "Granada" and "Arrivederci, Roma" with obvious relish in arrangements replete with castanets and trilling mandolins." (The Independent)

"Calleja doesn't suffer from...self-imposed comparisons: the voice is burnished and focused; the top notes whammy yet unforced; the legato tone garnished with saccharine slithers but not sloppy. Calleja doesn't do final consonants; and sometimes you wish his conductor (Steven Mercurio) had encouraged more ebb and flow. But these throbbing ballads will delight Calleja's fans." (TheTimes)

"It's an unashamedly populist collection, Calleja rolling the Rs of "Granada" and "Arrivederci, Roma" with obvious relish in arrangements replete with castanets and trilling mandolins, before building to the full football climax with spirited renditions of "Nessun Dorma" and a mighty "You'll Never Walk Alone"."
(The Independent)

Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons with legendary singers, Joseph Calleja follows 2011's success of 'The Maltese Tenor' with a tribute to one of the most popular tenors of all time; the unique star of the Hollywood musical - Mario Lanza.

'Be My Love' is an album that Joseph has always wanted to record. As a young boy in Malta he saw Lanza in the cult film 'The Great Caruso' and was so captivated that he gave up his fondness for Metallica and Iron Maiden, and followed his dream to become an opera singer... now that's some turnaround, eh?

Born in America to Italian parents, Mario Lanza was an International screen idol and recording star with a fan base to rival Elvis Presley. 'Be My Love' features all the Lanza evergreens including "Be My Love" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" as well as opera arias made famous by his movie performances, such as "Addioalla Madre" and "Nessun Dorma".

Tracks:

1. Nicholas Brodszky / Sammy Cahn: Be My Love*
2. Agustín Lara: Granada -- arr. Steven Mercurio
3. PietroGarinei / Alessandro Giovanni / Carl Sigman / Renato Rascel: Arrivederci Roma
4. Irving Aaaronson / Paul Francis Webster / Juventino Rosas: The Loveliest Night of the Year*
5. Gioachino Rossini / Carlo Pepoli: La Danza -- arr. Douglas Gamley
6. Sigmund Romberg / Dorothy Donnelly: Serenade -- arr. Peter Hope
7. Ruggero Leoncavallo: Vesti la Giubba (from I Pagliacci)
8. Pietro Mascagni: Addioalla Madre (from Cavalleria Rusticana)
9. Francesco Paolo Tosti / Gabriele d'Annunzio: A Vucchella -- arr. Steven Mercurio
10. Francesco Paolo Tosti / Salvatore di Giacomo: Marechiare -- arr. Steven Mercurio
11. Cesare Andrea Bixio / EnnioNeri: Parlami d'Amore Mariù*
12. Amilcare Ponchielli: Cielo e Mar (from La Gioconda)
13. Umberto Giordano: Amor ti Vieta (from Fedora)
14. Nicholas Brodszky / Sammy Cahn: Because You're Mine -- arr. Paul Bateman
15. Georges Bizet: La Fleur Que tu M'Avais Jetée (from Carmen)
16. Giacomo Puccini: Nessun Dorma
17. Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II: You'll Never Walk Alone
18. Guy d'Hardelot / Edward Teschemacher: Because -- arr. Steven Mercurio

* Reconstructed by Steven Mecurio from manuscripts from original Lanza performances

Joseph's rendition of "Nessun Dorma" (via YouTube).