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The Legendary Tenor

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003EP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The chief problem with the majority of Lanza releases on BMG is that they are, at best, a hodgepodge of the tenor's career. Seldom is any logic applied to the programming. A case in point is this CD.
Lanza excelled in three genres: Neapolitan Songs; Songs of Love and Celebration; and Operatic Arias. If only BMG could be persuaded to release carefully compiled collections in each genre (as they do with Caruso, for example) rather than lumping pop songs next to arias! Such practices only undermine Lanza's credibility with the general public; after all, who but the diehard fans will buy such collections?
The Legendary Tenor highlights all that is wrong with BMG's sloppy approach to Lanza. A mere two arias have been selected, both of which Lanza recorded better versions of elsewhere. The love songs generally reinforce the misleading impression that Lanza was purely a singer of schmaltz; missing are his masterpieces in this genre such as Serenade from the Student Prince (instead we have the title song from the movie Serenade - one of the low points on this CD). The Neapolitan songs are limited to just one outstanding example - Torna a Surriento - and the tenor's badly sung Marechiare from his Albert Hall concert of 1958 has been chosen over his far superior 1951 studio effort. (Evidently BMG intended the studio version, as it is erroneously listed in the contents.)
On the plus side, O Sole Mio, Granada and Mattinata have never sounded better. Ditto Only a Rose and One Alone from Lanza's final recording sessions. There are also a number of pleasant recordings (A Kiss, Because, the ubiquitous Be My Love, and an exciting Because You're Mine from the aforementioned Albert Hall concert).
But there is far more to Lanza than this collection would indicate.
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I believe I have already reviewed this CD but with each listening I am impressed with the depth of his singing & one knows a higher power was responsible for Mr. Lanza's voice because it is beyond description by even some of the greatest writers who know how to use the English language better than most. In one of his books...and I have forgotten which one.....someone wrote they wished they could have examined his vocal chords as he must have "one up & one down" which means nothing to me as I am not familiar with our vocal chords. Although I am a singer I learn from listening as he did. I can identify what note it is but he could not and yet his musicality is , again beyond description. You will not be sorry to have this CD and I play Mr. Lanza all the time & never tire of him & especially this CD. Such a shamr who never have known how really great he was but he did know HE COULD SING AND NEVER CRITICIZE WHAT HE DID. Do it...get this CD. I find it difficult to sing with him because his range is so vast.
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I loved this CD. I just had his records. I looked at all of the CD's that were offered & I chose this one. It is just what I wanted. The songs I liked best all on one CD. It was just wonderful & I would very much reccommend this to any Mario Lanza fan.
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