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Alfie Boe Visits the Romance of Mediterranean Music
on January 23, 2012
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