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Nessun Dorma: The Amazing Tenor

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Capua, Eduardo di : Ah! Maria, Mari, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Brodszky, Nicholas : The Toast of New Orleans, film score
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Carrell, James P. : Amazing Grace (Tune
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Chilean-by-way-of-Sweden opera tenor Tito Beltrán's recording of Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot (an aria that has gained surprising ubiquity outside of the opera world) was heard in the 2003 soccer film Bend It Like Beckham and his record label, Silva, takes advantage of that exposure by assembling this compilation drawn from his four albums. The Puccini work, Granada, and "Be My Love" (famous for Mario Lanza's rendition of it in the film The Toast of New Orleans) come from his 1998 disc A Tenor at the Movies; Rossini's "La Danza" and "Che Gelida Manina" from Puccini's La Bohème come from the 1995 collection Tito; "Maria, Mari" and "Amapola" are from 1996's Romantica; and the rest, fully half of the selections, are from Beltrán's seasonal album, Amazing Grace, released in 2001. The singer, who maintains a busy international schedule, tackles some of the basic texts of the opera repertoire for his voice, a kind of Tenor 101 with a few novelties thrown in. He is certainly capable, earning his career on technical facility alone, though he is still young enough to come across as more in love with the sound of his own voice than with the music he is singing. Still, the material is well performed and the compilation may appeal beyond the ranks of opera lovers alone. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun Dorma
  • Performers: Crouch End Festival Chorus; Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
  • Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano); Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performers: Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Capua, Eduardo di : Ah! Maria, Marì, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Tito Beltran (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1890
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
  • Performers: Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1860
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835
  • Language: Spanish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida Manina
  • Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano); Tito Beltran (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : Granada
  • Performers: Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Tito Beltran (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Crouch End Festival Chorus; Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano); Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brodszky, Nicholas : The Toast of New Orleans, film score :: Be My Love
  • Performers: Crouch End Festival Chorus; Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Crouch End Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
  • Performers: Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1989
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Carrell, James P. : Amazing Grace (Tune :: New Britain)
  • Performers: Crouch End Festival Chorus; Tito Beltran (Tenor); Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio