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Neapolitan Songs 1 + Giuseppe di Stefano Sings Neopolitan & Other Songs - Volume II: Stereo Recordings + Giuseppe Di Stefano - Torna a Surriento (Songs of Italy & Sicily)
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  • Audio CD (April 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Testament UK
  • ASIN: B000003XK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 'O Sole Mio
2. Marechiare
3. Dicitencello Vuje
4. Tu, Ca Nun Chiagne!
5. L'te Vurria Vasa!
6. Core 'Ngrato
7. Torna A Surriento
8. Silenzio Cantatore
9. Chiove
10. 'O Paese D' 'O Sole
11. Santa Lucia Luntana
12. Maria, Mari'!
13. E Pallume
14. Fenesta Che Lucive
15. 'Na Sera E Maggio
16. Voce E Note!
17. Autunno
18. Santa Lucia
19. Senza Nisciuno
20. Piscatore
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Here's a yummy CD platter, filled to the brim with prime examples of the irrepressible Giuseppe Di Stefano, singing what he was born to sing. The tenor is in close to pristine voice throughout these 1953-7 sessions, with none of the frayed edges and crooning that seeped into his work in the 1960s. More to the point, Di Stefano approaches familiar favorites like "O Solo Mio" and "Santa Lucia" with a kind of seriousness of purpose and elegant restraint that will be revelations to listeners weaned on showboating by the Three Tenors. You may, however, wish to investigate Testament's companion stereo volume, which has better sound and a wider variety of material. But Di Stefano fans will gladly dig in. --Jed Distler

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
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Mr. Distler of Amazon does not do justice to this album. It is prime DiStefano doing some of the more beautiful "art songs" - as well as popular - in this very Italian genre. Vol. 2 is great also, but this volume should not be overlooked. I have given both to people who know nothing about him or opera and they love it. This is not Italian wedding music out of "The Godfather" nor is it a vehicle for the Three Tenors style of "hamming it up." Some of these beautiful songs were written for the Royal Court at Naples - whoever happened to be in power at the time - and are not easy for amateur singers. Peter Hutchinson's liner notes should be reproduced here as he makes clear the artistry and interpretation required to bring them to life, as DiStefano does. DiStefano was the model for all singers in this genre today.And if you think these are songs for fishermen in the Bay of Naples - well, the Met better get over there and hold auditions if they all sing like this. Forget Bocelli. And be assured of some beautiful, enjoyable and evocative music and singing as only DiStefano can do it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Luis Juarez Echenique on May 3, 2000
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Some tenors you admire, others you like, but Giuseppe DiStefano you simply have to adore. Here is the most golden of tenor voices tied with the warmest of personalities, God was certainly in a very good mood when He created Pippo. So buy these cd's and enjoy some of Italy's sunshine in your livingroom.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Cabrera Munoz on July 22, 2000
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Of course Di Stefano fans are legion, what other tenor ever sang with such passion, generosity, musicianship and a voice to die for? Pippo makes every little song a jewel, something important never to be forgotten. I have no idea why EMI licensed these ever best sellers to Testament, but they have made a top notch job. Buy them!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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I heartily agree with the other review (March 20). This Neapolitan album is the "how to" of Neapolitan singing.
Di Stefano was the master of Neapolitan singing (just ask Pavarotti).
Listen to "Core N Grato" (his signature Neapoltian song) for one of the most wonderful moments in singing.
All these songs require the full range of tenor singing ability, range, phrasing,emotion etc. Di Stefano caresses lyrics when needed, and belts it out when needed, without "hamming it up" as so many others do.
Buying this album, or it its stereo follow-up, would be a most worthwile purchase for any fan of Neapolitan singing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
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First,I must say that Pippo is my all time favorite singer who I've had the pleasure of seeing when he was in his prime as well as the end on tour with Callas.The reason that I purchased the Vol # 1 CD is because I had to replace the two records that this CD was made from due to being worn out.I would heartily recommend the Vol. # 1 & 2 CDs to anybody even remotely interested in singing.There will never be another Pippo.
Pippo's biggest fan from New Jersey
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Austin VINE VOICE on July 6, 2003
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These little Neapolitan songs, many dating from the C19th, travel well across international boundaries, language barriers, and time divisions. Giuseppe di Stefano recorded dozens of them during his prime, and Testament has gathered together 21 of them, recorded in the 1950s, on this CD. The producer and conductor was Dino Olivieri who, twenty years earlier, had added to the repertoire himself and conducted countless records of Neapolitan songs sung by Tito Schipa and Beniamino Gigli.
Di Stefano sings here with more musicianship than the latter and a more robust voice than the former. Dino Olivieri, who likes swirling strings and problematic counterpoints, contrives occasionally with Di Stefano to enact musically something in total contradiction to the words. My favorite songs here - I' tu vurria vasà - depicts the singer lying beside his beloved at dawn and hesitating even to kiss her lest it wake her. What we hear is a performance that is so loud as to suggest something that might lift the roof off the Festspielhaus at Bayreuth. Perhaps the blame lies with the balance engineers. The sound engineering is of the "zoom lens" type, evening out all the dynamic changes in Di Stefano's singing so that everything is heard at a steady forte volume throughout.
If this is one of your favorite singers, you'll want to have this CD, but if you love listening to these perennial favorite songs, which always start in a minor key and then switch to the tonic major key half way through each verse, then try versions by other singers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Moore on January 9, 2007
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Neapolitan songs sung by Guiseppe Di Stefano was one of my favourite vynil long play records. I no longer have the facility to play vynil records so I was delighted to be able to acquire this CD version from Amazon. I believe that the original recordings were made in 1953 - certainly my vynil was from that era. The digital remastering is very successful and we aficionados have cause to be grateful. A huge part of the enjoyment is the characteristic Italian accompaniment,flowing,soaring, romantic and full bodied,but never over-intrusive, by the orchestra conducted by Dino Olivieri. I mark the CD 4 and not 5 purely because of the advances, since 1953, in recording techniques.
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