Notes & Reviews:
Joseph Calleja's New Decca Recording, Amore, Is Set To Steal Listeners' Hearts With Its Sheer Romance
Joseph sings his most popular program yet, inspired by romance; a captivating program of beautiful Italian and Mediterranean song with a contemporary twist. The Maltese tenor evokes the golden era of Mediterranean song connecting with the great legacy of songs performed and recorded by, among others, Gigli, Schipa and the legendary Enrico Caruso. Calleja's "Golden Voice" takes us through repertoire such as La Serenata and Barcarolle, to cinema classics by Morricone, Time To Say Goodbye / Con ti Partiro (made famous by Andrea Bocelli), and di Capua's perennial O Sole Mio to round off a captivating program of compositions known and loved by millions worldwide.
The album features three duets with Nicola Benedetti including Mattinata, which they performed together at the UK Last Night of the Proms 2012. Calleja's sublime artistry combined with sumptuous new orchestral arrangements enhances the beguiling attraction of Amore. This emotive, engaging album - featuring songs in six languages - is sure to speak to a massive audience, with sensational melodies and Joseph's charismatic, heartfelt singing.
Joseph plays the role of Enrico Caruso in the forthcoming major film The Immigrant starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cottilard, due for release in the US November 2013 (ROW tbc). At just 35 years of age, Joseph Calleja is one of the most sought-after young tenors on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of Gramophone's Artist of the Year in 2012, his voice regularly inspires comparisons to "legendary singers from earlier eras: Jussi Björling, Beniamino Gigli, even Enrico Caruso" Associated Press.
Financial Times, 7th September 2013
Not every track is a winner, and Calleja has yet to develop a Pavarotti-like embrace of this repertoire. But to most of these songs...the Maltese tenor brings a beguiling elegance, supported by some fabulous orchestrations.
You can hear the golden Mediterranean sunshine in his voice.
... a voice that hits you in a way that bypasses the brain and goes straight to the hairs on the back of your neck.
... a firm, even and true tenor with that heroic Italianate ingredient that draws comparisons with Pavarotti.
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
A very mixed bag from the young Maltese tenor. Calleja sings everything with complete involvement, and his very individual timbre, with its old-fashioned, rapid vibrato, is a pleasure to hear.
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