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This fairly new CD release is entitled LA PASSIONE and is a collection of some of the most well known and loved folksongs from the Mediterranean region. With an ensemble conducted by Valeriano Chiaravalle that features solo passages by John Parricelli (Mandolin), Nigel Hopkins (Accordion), Alfonso Deidda and Stephanie Gonley (Violin), Mauro di Domenico (Bouzouki), and Matteo Saggese (Piano), the sound conjured here is tasty and flavored with the scent of Olive orchards, vineyards and the glowing sun of the areas. Boe sings the following songs: 'Torna a Surriento', 'Funiculì Funculà', ' A Vucchella', 'O Sole Mio' (of course!), 'Passione', 'Granada', 'Parlami D'Amore Mariù', 'Marechiare', 'Santa Lucia', 'Chitarra Romana', 'Maria Mari', Munasterio' E Santa Chiara', 'Mattinata', 'Feneste Che Lucive' and a song many may not know - 'Caruso' - an homage to the man who made these songs part of his Neapolitan popularity.

The true pleasure of hearing Alfie Boe in this idiom is the fact that he never belts or scoops these like some singers of the past - Mario Lanza, for instance - but instead allows each of these beautiful ballades the honor of singing them not only form the heart but also with the perfectly tuned musicality of his operatically trained voice. This is a superb recording that should further the career of this very fine British tenor. Grady Harp, January 12
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Alfie Boe is a British tenor who is one of the few able to successfully mix classical music with musical theater/popular music. In this very enjoyable CD he has elected to focus on Neapolitan songs only. According to the artist 'These Italian folk songs have always been so close to my heart because of the passion they naturally express. Most of these songs were written in remembrance of their homeland. Many Italians emigrated west, in search of success and a new way of life. These songs were sung to evoke the life and land, they left behind. They talk of the towns, the mountains, the seas, the loves they have lost and the loves they still hold in their hearts. Whether the song is from the North, South, East or West of Italy, there is one thing that connects them all.'

Boe sings the following songs, accompanied by the sensitive conducting of Valeriano Chiaravalle and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra: 'Caruso' by Luciano Dalla, 'Torna a Surriento' by Ernesto De Curtis', the ever popular 'Funiculì Funiculà by Luigi Denza, 'A Vucchella' by Francesco Paolo Tosti, 'O Sole Mio' by Eduardo Di Capua, 'Passione' by Ernesto Tagliaferri, ' Granada' by Agustín Lara, 'Parlami D'Amore Mariu' by Cesare Andrea Bixio, 'Marechiare' by Tosti, 'Santa Lucia' by Teodoro Cottrau, 'Chitarra Romana' by Eldo di Lazarro, 'Maria Mari' by Di Capua, 'Munasterio' E Santa Chiara' by Alberto Barberis, 'Mattinata' by Ruggero Leoncavallo, and the traditional 'Feneste Che Lucive'. Boe's voice soars with this music, never making it sound tawdry but instead given each song (and each composer!) its due. Very satisfying CD for anytime of the day or evening and if you are driving, a perfect elixir for road rage! Grady Harp, February 11
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on January 3, 2008
This is a wonderful CD. Alfie's voice is beautiful, the song selection is great, this is a great gift for a music lover or not. People of all ages will enjoy this CD, as it is timeless and precious! It was about time that someone recorded these songs again! And this time with such brilliancy! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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on August 12, 2011
La Passione
A classical tenor not to be missed. This recording is all about the enjoyment of a man and his voice, music, and opera too! You cannot go wrong buying this recording.
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on May 23, 2013
Having only recently discovered Alfie, I found that I love his voice. Purchased this not knowing much about neapolitan songs and not knowing if I would like a whole album sung in Italian, but he makes you feel the song. His adage is true: there are only 2 kinds of music, good and bad and he drawing me into music I have not listened to before and it is GOOD!
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on November 14, 2012
This collection of familiar Italian and Spanish songs completely cheers me up. The songs are old warhorses, frequently used in films or as tenor concert encores. As an Alfie Boe fan, I am especially happy with this purchase.
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on June 23, 2015
This album is gorgeous. Took me a while to find Alfie Boe but now I'm hooked, buying anything I can get my hands on. He's a rare talent and also a rare person. His personality comes through his incredible singing. If you love romantic songs, you will love this CD. Alfie is the best tenor in a generation.
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on May 21, 2013
This is the best version of all of these songs that you will ever hear. Alfie Boe has absolutely the most beautifully trained and natural gift for interpreting these songs. I never tire of hearing this CD. If you like this kind of music, this will fast become your favorite. I dare say, I enjoy Alfie's voice over even the great Pavarotti.
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on February 9, 2013
I am transported to Italy every time I listen to this album. There is not enough good to say about Alfie Boe's presentation and passion.Truely an extrememly gifted man. I wish he would do another Italian album.
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on December 27, 2007
This album is so relaxing and his voice is just beautiful. You don't have to be a opera fan to like Alfie's music. I would recommend this album to anyone.
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