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Italia - Neapolitan and Italian Songs, including O Sole Mio, Arriverderci Roma, Mattinata, Non ti scordar di me / Juan Diego Florez, tenor; Avi Avital, mandolin; Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

Album Summary

>Curtis, Ernesto De : Torna a Surriento
>Rascel, Renato : Arrivederci Roma
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Amor marinaro ("Me voglio fà na casa"), canzonetta napoletana for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : La Canzone dell'amore, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il risentimento ("Mi lagnerò tacendo"), for voice & piano
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
>Anonymous, Italian : La nova gelosia
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Donaudy, Stefano : Vaghissima sembianza
>Gastaldon, Stanislao : Musica prohibita, for voice & orchestra, Op. 5
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra
>Curtis, Ernesto De : Non ti scordar di me
>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Parlami d'amore, Mariù for voice & orchestra
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Juan Diego Florez, Decca's dashing tenor and "king of the bel canto repertory" (New York Times) now joins the illustrious list of tenors to record an album of ever-popular Neapolitan and Italian songs, including some in arrangements made for his idol and mentor Luciano Pavarotti.

All the classic favorites are here from O Sole Mio to Arriverderci Roma, Mattinata and Non ti scordar di me and to breathe fresh life into this well-known music many of the songs have been newly arranged to evoke the feel of an authentic Neapolitan café band. For these Juan Diego is joined by the star mandolin player Avi Avital and acclaimed accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. Best-selling guitarist Craig Ogden also joins Juan Diego for two songs.

To complete the full Italian flavor these recordings were made in the Italian seaside resort of Fano, just south of Pesaro where Juan Diego makes his summer home as Pavarotti did before him. For the orchestral tracks the Pesaro-based Filarmonica Giacchino Rossini is conducted by the gifted young Italian Carlo Tenan.

This album perfectly complements Juan Diego's first disc of popular songs 'Sentimento Latino'. The Peruvian and Latin American songs on that album have a strong connection with the older repertory of Neapolitan song. Both showcase Florez's uniquely distinctive sound: 'His elegant, focused tone rang out clean and clear, with his famous high register the money-notes for a tenor of his distinction not just firm but flamboyant." (The Guardian)

Financial Times, 25th September 2015
The sun shines brightly out of Flórez's open-hearted singing, capturing the carefree élan of Neapolitan songs...Mandolin, guitar and accordion add a piquant flavour to some bubbly orchestrations. The open-air ebullience is catching.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
[Flórez] is best when he takes the foot off the throttle, relaxing into gentler moods of 'La canzone dell'amore', for example, where Craig Ogden's guitar-playing melds beautifully with the quivering urgency of Avi Avital's mandolin. A sunny album, though, which offers much to enjoy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Angel Studios, London (04/13/2015); Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (04/13/2015); Angel Studios, London (09/01/2014-09/10/2014); Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014).



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>Curtis, Ernesto De : Torna a Surriento
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Ensemble: Filarmonica Giacchino Rossini
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Rascel, Renato : Arrivederci Roma
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Ivan Gambini (Congas); Massimo Gambini (Double Bass); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion); Guido Sodo (Guitar); Walter Zanetti (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Amor marinaro ("Me voglio fà na casa"), canzonetta napoletana for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Massimo Gambini (Double Bass); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion); Guido Sodo (Guitar); Walter Zanetti (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : La Canzone dell'amore, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 19th Century

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il risentimento ("Mi lagnerò tacendo"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ana Badia (Violin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Guido Sodo (Guitar); Walter Zanetti (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Massimo Gambini (Double Bass); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion); Guido Sodo (Guitar); Walter Zanetti (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904

>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Massimo Gambini (Double Bass); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion); Guido Sodo (Guitar); Walter Zanetti (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1920-1950

>Anonymous, Italian : La nova gelosia
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Guido Sodo (Guitar)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Donaudy, Stefano : Vaghissima sembianza
  • Performers: Davide Felici (Clarinet); Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1892

>Gastaldon, Stanislao : Musica prohibita, for voice & orchestra, Op. 5
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Ana Badia (Violin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion); Guido Sodo (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra
  • Performer: Juan Flórez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Curtis, Ernesto De : Non ti scordar di me
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion); Guido Sodo (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Carlo Tenan
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935

>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Parlami d'amore, Mariù for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Juan Flórez (Tenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performers: Avi Avital (Mandolin); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Guido Sodo (Guitar)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (09/01/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900