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Artists of the Century [Import]

Mario Lanza Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Be My Love
2. Drink, Drink, Drink
3. Rigoletto: Act IV: La Donna E Mobile
4. Danny Boy
5. Granada
6. Because You're Mine
7. Ave Maria
8. Valencia
9. The Loveliest Night Of The Year
10. Song Of India
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Disc: 2
1. And This Is My Beloved
2. Cielo E Mar (La Gioconda)
3. If I Loved You
4. Deep In My Heart
5. Core 'Ngrato
6. Una Furtiva Lagrima (L' Elisir D'Amore)
7. Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life
8. Canta Pe' Me
9. Santa Lucia Luntana
10. Memories
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Tenor May 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm more a fan of classic popular standards than of classical music, but as the classical numbers give Mario Lanza a little more opportunity to show off his glorious voice, I find myself enjoying these fully as much as the popular selections.
His approach to popular song is admittedly on the operatic side, and it's fascinating to hear how well such pieces translate into a more classical orchestration. And Lanza's versions stand as equals alongside the popular versions (by such greats as Perry Como, Frankie Laine, Kate Smith, Georgia Gibbs, Dean Martin, Vic Damone and Vaughn Monroe) that have been among my favorites for many years.
The spoken introductions on the selections from his show are an added bonus, and (contrary to one of the reviews below) these songs are beautifully done. The fact that they are live and only minimally rehearsed only makes them all the more amazing.
The 2-cd set consists of high quality recordings of 47 songs and is a real bargain at the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad in one collection Sept. 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is (unintentionally, I'm sure) a warts-and-all illustration of Mario Lanza. True, there are magnificent recordings scattered throughout (Serenade, Beloved, E Lucevan Le Stelle, Passione, etc) but the impression one is left with is of a sloppy and undisciplined singer who just happened to possess a great voice. The fault lies squarely with BMG and their predilection for selecting the very worst of Lanza, and placing it next to the best. Many of the inferior choices come from Lanza's Coca-Cola radio show, recorded between 1951 and 1952, and are featured on Disc Two. (Disc One is a more consistent selection, and repeats the same tracks from the British one-CD set "The Ultimate Collection", reviewed elsewhere on this site.) The "Coke" shows were largely rushed and under-rehearsed, with the emphasis on arrangements that showcased the tenor's remarkable high notes, often to the detriment of the musical content. Don't blame Lanza - he never intended for these recordings to be heard beyond their initial broadcast. They were supposedly "once-off" affairs. Sometimes the results WERE magnificent, but one needs to look elsewhere for examples of these. The three big exceptions on this set are the gloriously romantic If I Loved You & One Night of Love and the poignant Memories. Danny Boy also deserves honorable mention, although there should have been a retake on the ending.
O Paradiso, Somewhere a Voice is Calling, Core 'Ngrato, Deep in My Heart and With a Song in My Heart represent low points from the Coke Shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mario Lanza -- God's Voice in a Human Being Jan. 2 2000
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Format:Audio CD
My father, who was born in the late 19th Century, had seen and heard Caruso in his prime, and considered him the greatest tenor of all. One day in the early 1950's my father came home enraptured. Walking down the street past a record shop, he had heard another voice. My father, whose second home was Carnegie Hall, said excitedly," I have heard another Caruso!" What he had heard, of course, was the voice of Mario Lanza, then starring in "The Great Caruso." My father hated movies, but Mom, my sister, and I persuaded him to come with us to see "The Great Caruso" at, I believe, Radio City Music Hall. After the film was over, my father said of Lanza, "The voice of God in a human being." My father and Lanza are long gone, but in the almost 50 years that have gone by, I see no reason to alter his opinion of Lanza. In the richness, color, and power of his singing, Lanza has no equal, and may never have one. This album is sufficient proof. Magnificent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous CD set! Dec 3 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is truly a wonderful set to own whether you are a dyed in the wool Lanza fan or if you just want to hear what one of the greatest singers of al time sounded like. Lanza as a singer was a phenomenon . He sounded equally adept at singing a sweet love song like "Memories" or "A Night to Remember" as he did singing a highly dramatic aria like "Vesti la Giubba" or E Lucevan Le Stelle. Lanza's "Danny Boy" will literally melt your heart away, showing a deep emotionalism here without having to resort to the maudlin. ""And This is My beloved""is quite simply put one of the most beautiful recordings ever made. Other songs and arias in this collection like "Donkey Serenade," "Cielo E Mar", "The Serenade from The Student Prince", Song of India", "I'll Walk with God", and a host of others have never been equaled in sheer power and beauty. Buy this set and treat yourself to listening to "The Voice of the Century" in his glorious prime!
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