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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Silent
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003FVZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recommend this collection as a good starting point for those interested in this extraordinary tenor. It's not a complete representation of the man by any stretch of the imagination, but it includes a handful of unforgettable recordings that will make newcomers to Lanza sit up in astonishment.
Highlights include the immortal Serenade & Golden Days from The Student Prince, Beloved (from the film version of the Student Prince, and arguably Lanza's best English-language love song), Because You're Mine, If I Loved You, and the stirring Addio Alla Madre from Cavalleria Rusticana. If love songs seem a little over-represented at the expense of arias and (notably) Italian & Neapolitan Songs, then blame BMG for their habitual neglect of Lanza's more serious side. In any event, this is essentially a one-CD version of the three-CD set, The Mario Lanza Collection. All of the renditions are the same as on the earlier CD, as are the sound sources. With the exception of The Student Prince Serenade, most of the selections here have never sounded better.
Be aware, however, that several of the arias are in fact retakes of more familiar versions. Vesti La Giubba, for instance, is an alternate take from Lanza's May 1950 session, and although the tenor is in great voice, the orchestra lets him down on the climactic phrase by moving on before he has finished his High A on the word "infranto". The Flower Song is even more unrestrained than the familiar take - great fun, but not the kind of recording you'd want newcomers to Lanza to hear! (Lanza never quite "nailed" this aria, but his heart was in the right place.
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In a professional career that lasted just a bit over ten years Mario Lanza created more memorable recordings, broadcasts, concert perfomances and feature films than any other major vocalist in the classical and pop-jazz music genre. He was a man blessed with arguably the finest tenor voice in recorded music. Fans of Caruso, Pavarotti, Jan Peerce, Placido Domingo or Careras may argue that their tenor interpreted a particular aria better than anyone else but few if any can argue against the sheer beauty, power and emotion of Mario Lanza. He achieved worldwide success too fast and his penchant for the good life: wine, women and good food got the best of him in the end. It is so sad, when one contemplates Lanza's short but brilliant career and what might have been, that he was gone at age 38, an age when some tenors are just beginning to hit their stride. This album is a fine overview of some of his most memorable heavy classics as well as lighter operetta standards and showcases his voice so well. Nearly fifty years have transpired since his untimely death in 1959 and there is yet to appear on the scene a tenor with the power, charisma or sheer beauty of Lanza's voice. I highly recommend this album to the Lanza novice or those just starting their Opera CD collections.
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I've listened to Mario Lanza sing for 40 years or more and still consider him one of the best. This CD has all the different songs I love to hear him sing. What a great tenor voice!
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Mario Lanza was possibly--and definitely was, in my opinion--the greatest tenor of modern times! His voice was not only powerful, but had a pleasant, golden kind of tone to it.
Lanza was also one of the first operatic tenors who could sing popular songs fluidly, as well. The songs on this album represent some of the greatest songs written for a tenor's voice, too. So, it is a classic.
Even when only his voice was used--as in The Student Prince--he made the movie the great film entertainment it was.
Placido is very good, but Lanza will always be my favorite.
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Most of you out there are probably too young to remember Mario Lanza. This "Greatest Hits" album has 20 of them! Warning: If you don't like opera or romance, this is probably not for you. But if you know of Mr. Lanza (from the late 40's to 50's in the movies), you'll love this CD! My favorites are (19) The Lord's Prayer, (2) Because, (5) La Donna e Mobile, from Rigoletto, (6) If I Loved You, from Carousel, (7) Golden Days, from The Student Prince, & (20) Granada. I know that he's long, been considered as the true temperamental tenor, but I've been doing some research. Our "Three Tenors" (Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti) were in some way influenced by Lanza, my research says. I hope that's true, because one of Lanza's earliest teachers said he had the greatest voice in 100 years. Try this CD and find out for yourself!
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Mario Lanza has one of the finest voices I have ever heard.
When I play the CD for other people they marvel at his
voice. He sings both opera and popular music with both
the same vitality and energy. He was one of my favorites
years ago and we lost him much too soon. So glad I can
listen to him whenever I chose to and enjoy his beautiful
voice.
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This album has some really splendid songs, and yes, it's a good introduction to the King of the high last notes. I grew up with one of Lanza's albums and more or less learned to sing by singing along with his wonderful warm voice. What good energy he had... and too bad he died so young (sigh). It certainly lifts my spirits to listen to his music again and I hope anyone reading this will take a chance and get to know him too.
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