La Passione

La Passione

by Alfie Boe



Alfie Boe, Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, is not Italian or Scandinavian, but an English crossover tenor. He has made numerous appearances in English opera and musical theater, and released various mostly pop albums. The field of recordings of Neapolitan song is crowded, and there was no real reason for him to enter it except that he does them superbly; for those in search of an introduction to this repertory, which was most popular in Italy and America but had international reach, you can hardly do better. Boe's voice has the perfect dimensions for the music, with a big top that feels organic rather than artificial. In the more operatic pieces such as Lucio Dalla's Caruso (an imagining of Caruso's last days), earlier recorded by Luciano Pavarotti and even by Joan Baez, he has plenty of power, but he transitions easily to jokey fare like "Funiculì, Funiculà" (for which Richard Strauss, and presumably his estate, had to pay royalties at each performance of "Aus Italien"), and to an almost crooned sound in some of the quieter pieces. The variety in itself is another of the album's strengths; Neapolitan songs require a good interpreter and a coherent program to come alive, and there are too many recordings that fall into the sameness trap. Not here; this album is lively, beautifully executed, and in every way evocative of what these semipopular artifacts of southern Italy are all about. Translations of the texts in the booklet (especially for a song like Caruso, which has a very specific narration) might have been helpful. But Boe's career took off after the 2007 release of this album, and it will give you a very good idea of what the fuss is about.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2011
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099950441129
catalogNumber: 5044112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alfie Boe   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chris Cameron   Piano
John Parricelli   Mandolin
Mauro Di Doménico   Bouzouki,Guitar
Stephanie Gonley   Violin
Matteo Saggese   Piano
Alfonso Deidda   Soprano Saxophone,Woodwind
Metro Voices   Vocal Ensemble
Nigel Hopkins   Accordion
Valeriano Chiaravalle   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer
Lucio Dalla   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Teodoro Cottrau   Composer
Giancarlo Chiaramello   Arranger
Matteo Saggese   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
Paolo Tosti   Composer
Alberto Barberis   Text
Cesare Bixio   Composer
Libero Bovio   Text
Luigi Denza   Composer
Michele Galdieri   Composer
Giuseppe Turco   Text
Neil Ferris   Representation
Giovanni Capurro   Composer
Alfie Boe   Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Eduardo di Capua   Composer
Vincenzo Russo   Text
Gabriele D'Annunzio   Text
Eldo di Lazzaro   Composer
Jill Ferris   Representation
Giovanni de Curtis   Text
Vincenzo Valente   Composer
Ernesto Tagliaferri   Text
Salvatore di Giacomo   Text
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
Alfredo Mazzucchi   Text
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Ennio Neri   Text
Chris Porter   Producer,Engineering

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