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La Passione

Album Summary

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Curtis, Ernesto De : Torna a Surriento
>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : 'A vucchella
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Valente, Vincenzo : Passione for voice & orchestra
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Parlami d'amore, Mariù
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
>Capua, Eduardo di : Ah! Maria, Mari, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Barberis, Alberto : Munasterio 'e Santa-Chiara (The Monastery at Santa Chiara), song
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Traditional, Italian : Fenesta che (ca) lucive
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Recording information: Angel Studios, London.

Alfie Boe, Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, is not Italian or Scandinavian, but an English crossover tenor. He has made numerous appearances in English opera and musical theater, and released various mostly pop albums. The field of recordings of Neapolitan song is crowded, and there was no real reason for him to enter it except that he does them superbly; for those in search of an introduction to this repertory, which was most popular in Italy and America but had international reach, you can hardly do better. Boe's voice has the perfect dimensions for the music, with a big top that feels organic rather than artificial. In the more operatic pieces such as Lucio Dalla's Caruso (an imagining of Caruso's last days), earlier recorded by Luciano Pavarotti and even by Joan Baez, he has plenty of power, but he transitions easily to jokey fare like Funiculì, Funiculà (for which Richard Strauss, and presumably his estate, had to pay royalties at each performance of Aus Italien), and to an almost crooned sound in some of the quieter pieces. The variety in itself is another of the album's strengths; Neapolitan songs require a good interpreter and a coherent program to come alive, and there are too many recordings that fall into the sameness trap. Not here; this album is lively, beautifully executed, and in every way evocative of what these semipopular artifacts of southern Italy are all about. Translations of the texts in the booklet (especially for a song like Caruso, which has a very specific narration) might have been helpful. But Boe's career took off after the 2007 release of this album, and it will give you a very good idea of what the fuss is about. ~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
  • Performers: Alfie Bo; Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Matteo Saggese (Piano); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1989

>Curtis, Ernesto De : Torna a Surriento
  • Performers: Chris Cameron (Piano); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Stephanie Gonley (Violin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì funiculà
  • Performers: John Parricelli (Mandolin); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Alfie Bo
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : 'A vucchella
  • Performers: Stephanie Gonley (Violin); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performers: Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Alfie Bo; John Parricelli (Mandolin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Alfonso Deidda
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Valente, Vincenzo : Passione for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Alfie Bo; John Parricelli (Mandolin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : Granada
  • Performers: Alfonso Deidda; Alfie Bo; Stephanie Gonley (Violin); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Parlami d'amore, Mariù
  • Performers: Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
  • Performers: Alfie Bo; John Parricelli (Mandolin); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Alfonso Deidda; Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
  • Performers: Matteo Saggese (Piano); Alfie Bo; Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Alfonso Deidda; John Parricelli (Mandolin); Stephanie Gonley (Violin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1860

>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: John Parricelli (Mandolin); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Alfie Bo
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1920-1950

>Capua, Eduardo di : Ah! Maria, Marì, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Alfie Bo; Stephanie Gonley (Violin); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Alfonso Deidda
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1890

>Barberis, Alberto : Munasterio 'e Santa-Chiara (The Monastery at Santa Chiara), song
  • Performers: Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Alfie Bo; Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Alfonso Deidda; Stephanie Gonley (Violin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performers: Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Alfie Bo; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Alfonso Deidda; Stephanie Gonley (Violin); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904

>Traditional, Italian : Fenesta che (ca) lucive
  • Performers: Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Alfonso Deidda; Stephanie Gonley (Violin); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Alfie Bo; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); Matteo Saggese (Piano)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1835