Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza

Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza

by BBC Concert Orchestra


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Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja claims that Mario Lanza's performance in The Great Caruso taught him that there was more to music than Iron Maiden and Metallica, inspiring him to take up an operatic career in the process. So there's little wonder why the man widely regarded as one of the greatest tenors of the 21st century sounds so at home on this 18-track tribute to the '40s/'50s legend. Backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and their conductor Steven Mercurio, Be My Love may remain resolutely faithful to the original arrangements of both Neapolitan classics such as "La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée" from Bizet's Carmen, "Vesti la Guibba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and "Mamma, Quel Vino è Generoso" from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and romantic musical numbers such as the title track, "The Loveliest Night of the Year," and "Serenade." But whether he's rolling his Rs on the enchanting mandolin-led "Arrivederci Roma" or blasting the roof off with his tour de force tones on Mexican standard "Granada," Calleja's obvious passion for the material ensures that Be My Love never feels like an artist simply going through the motions. The track listing could undoubtedly do with a bit of a shuffle, with the middle section of arias a little heavy going compared to the lighter material surrounding it, while the emotionally stirring renditions of football favorites "Nessun Dorma" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" would have served as a more suitable finale than the elegant balladry of "Because." But nitpicking aside, Be My Love is an affectionate tribute that justifies Calleja's rising star status.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947835318
catalogNumber: 001743802
Rank: 242023

Album Credits

Performance Credits

BBC Concert Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Steven Mercurio   Conductor
Joseph Calleja   Tenor (Vocal)
New London Singers   Choir, Chorus
Ivor Setterfield   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Georges Bizet   Composer
Arrigo Boito   Text
Umberto Giordano   Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer
Pietro Mascagni   Composer
Amilcare Ponchielli   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Fromental Halévy   Text
Irving Aaronson   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Text
Oscar Hammerstein   Text
Gioachino Rossini   Composer
Carl Sigman   Text
Paul Francis Webster   Text
Juventino Rosas   Composer
Kenneth Chalmers   Text Translation
Douglas Gamley   Arranger
Daniel Zalay   Producer
Renato Simoni   Text
Paolo Tosti   Composer
Giuseppe Adami   Text
Cesare Bixio   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Guy d'Hardelot   Composer
Dorothy Donnelly   Text
Steven Mercurio   Arranger
Avril Bardoni   Text Translation
Pietro Garinei   Text
Renato Rascel   Composer
Charles Mutter   Orchestra Leader
Derek Mannering   Liner Notes
Joseph Calleja   Liner Notes
Alessandro Giovannini   Text
Henri Meilhac   Text
Philip Siney   Engineer
Carlo Peopli   Text
Niall O'Rourke   Executive Producer
Gabriele D'Annunzio   Text
Edward Teschemacher   Text
Guido Menasci   Text
Susannah Howe   Text Translation
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti   Text
Paul Mitchell   Art Direction
Arturo Colautti   Text
Laura Mardon   Text Translation
Salvatore di Giacomo   Text
Alexander van Ingen   Executive Producer
Ennio Neri   Text

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