by Joseph Calleja


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Amore, Joseph Calleja's 2013 Decca release, is a collection of 19 sentimental songs, most of which have been favorites of the vocal repertoire for decades. Bringing youth and vitality to these classics, the Maltese tenor interprets the music in an old-fashioned style, with plenty of schmaltz ladled on by Steven Mercurio and the BBC Concert Orchestra in richly scored arrangements. Yet Calleja's unpretentiousness and light approach keep this album from being cloying, and the ease of his phrasing keeps the music from seeming corny or stagey. While such numbers as "La vie en rose" and "O sole mio" will necessarily evoke memories of Édith Piaf and Enrico Caruso, respectively, Calleja's versions have his own expressive stamp, without a trace of mimicry, and even such chestnuts as "Bésame mucho" and "Mattinata" have a fresh feeling that makes them enjoyable. Of course, the inclusion of such modern easy listening hits as "Time to Say Goodbye" and "You Raise Me Up" produces a different effect, giving the album a crossover quality that is at variance with the quaint nostalgic mood found in the other songs. Decca's excellent recording gives the album a smooth sound that makes listening effortless.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947853404
catalogNumber: 001921802
Rank: 118204

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joseph Calleja   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
BBC Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Steven Mercurio   Conductor
Nicola Benedetti   Violin
Ksenija Sidorova   Accordion

Technical Credits

Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer,Lyricist
Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Lucio Dalla   Composer,Lyricist
Stefano Donaudy   Composer
John Lenehan   Arranger
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Frank Peterson   Lyricist
Paul Bateman   Arranger
Kenneth Chalmers   Text Translation
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Jean-Claude Poyet   Text Translation
Chris Hazell   Arranger,Recording Producer
Jonathan Stokes   Engineer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer,Lyricist
Alfredo García Segura   Lyricist
Paolo Tosti   Composer
Riccardo Cordiferro   Lyricist
Alois Melichar   Composer
Andrea Morricone   Composer
Steven Mercurio   Arranger
Alberto Bevilacqua   Lyricist
Francesco Sartori   Composer
Avril Bardoni   Text Translation
Federico Romero   Lyricist
Guillermo Fernandez Shaw   Lyricist
Charles Mutter   Orchestra Leader
David Ylla-Somers   Text Translation,Liner Note Translation
Gery Bramall   Text Translation
Sue Baxter   Text Translation
Domenico Furno   Lyricist
Giovanni Capurro   Lyricist
Salvatore Cardillo   Composer
Lucio Quarantotto   Lyricist
Lorin Maazel   Arranger,Orchestration
Brendan Graham   Lyricist
Gudrun Meier   Text Translation
Peter Hope   Arranger
David Mellor   Liner Notes
Eduardo di Capua   Composer
Alessio de Sensi   Lyricist
Philip Siney   Engineer
Rosine Fitzgerald   Text Translation
Neil Varley   Producer
Alberto Donaudy   Arranger
C. Errico   Lyricist
Ernst Marischka   Lyricist
Pablo Sorozábal   Composer
Flick Flock   Lyricist
Susannah Howe   Text Translation
Lev Mei   Lyricist
Giovanni Alfredo Cesareo   Lyricist
Gerhard Kneifel   Arranger
Paul Mitchell   Art Direction
Daniel Fesquet   Text Translation
Stanislao Gastaldon   Composer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
Alfredo Mazzucchi   Lyricist
Louis Guglielmi   Songwriter
Alexander van Ingen   Executive Producer
Leandra Rhoese   Text Translation,Liner Note Translation

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