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La Passione

Album Summary

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Curtis, Ernesto De : Torna a Surriento
>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
>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 for voice & orchestra
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
>Capua, Eduardo di : Ah! Maria, Marì, 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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Notes & Reviews:

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

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

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

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

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performers: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • 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: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

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

>Bixio, Cesare Andrea : Parlami d'amore, Mariù for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • 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; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
  • Performers: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin); Matteo Saggese (Piano)
  • 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: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • 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: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • 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: Alfie Bo; Alfonso Deidda; Mauro Doménico (Bouzouki); Mauro Doménico (Guitar); Stephanie Gonley (Violin); Nigel Hopkins (Accordion); John Parricelli (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Valeriano Chiaravalle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

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