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Best Of Everything

Mario Lanza

CD  |  Classical  |  17 Mar 2017


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In a remarkable career that spanned little more than a decade, Mario Lanza set the gold standard for every romantic tenor who followed in his footsteps.

  Groomed at the outset for a career on the opera stage, Lanza instead found lasting fame through a series of hugely popular films for MGM, the highlight of which, The Great Caruso, was a spectacular tribute to his idol. Released in 1951, the film was a box-office smash and influenced the careers of an entire generation of future opera stars, the famed Three Tenors among them. Lanza’s recordings for RCA Victor sold in their millions and to this day he remains the classical crossover artist supreme.

Memories of Mario Lanza’s fabulous film and recording career are featured now on this dazzling collection of 44 songs and arias. From a glorious “Che gelida manina” captured at the tenor’s first session for RCA in New York in 1949, to an ardent “One Alone” recorded a few short weeks before his untimely passing in Rome a decade later, the collection is a joyous and moving testament to Lanza’s deeply expressive style of singing. All of the legendary Lanza recordings are here: “Because You’re Mine,” “Granada,” “Arrivederci, Roma,” and “Because,” along with a number of songs from The Student Prince and many of the great popular arias. Also included are seven selections appearing on CD for the very first time, among them an electrifying performance of his signature tune “Be My Love” from the tenor’s radio show, a powerful rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer,” and an alternate take of the ever-popular “Nessun dorma” recorded for one his movies.

  Mario Lanza’s voice was one for the ages and The Best of Everything captures it in all its stunning, unforgettable glory.
 

DETAILS

Title: Best Of Everything

Format: CD

Release Date: 17 Mar 2017

Artist: Mario Lanza

Sku: 2331868

Catalogue No: 88985382642

Category: Classical

TRACKS

DISC 1

1. Be My Love

2. La bohème/ Act I/ Che gelida manina

3. Some Day   

4. Bésame mucho   

5. Guardian Angels

6. Rigoletto/ Act I/ Questa o quella   

7. Song of India   

8. Danny Boy  

9. Drink, Drink, Drink (From "The Student Prince")   

10. You and the Night and the Music (From "Revenge With Music")

11. Carmen/ Act II/ Flower Song

12. My Romance (From "Billy Rose's Jumbo")   

13. Mattinata   

14. Night and Day (From "Gay Divorce")   

15. Serenade (From "The Student Prince")   

16. Because   

17. A vucchella

18. Tosca/ Act I/ Recondita armonia   

19. Without a Song (From "Great Day")   

20. I'll Walk with God (From "The Student Prince")   

21. If You Were Mine*

22. The Loveliest Night of The Year+   

DISC 2

1. Because You're Mine (From "Because You're Mine")/ Martha

2. M'apparì, tutt' amor   

3. Beloved (From "The Student Prince")   

4. None But The Lonely Heart

5. Fedora/ Act II/ Amor ti vieta   

6. Granada

7. Thine Alone (From "Eileen")   

8. Golden Days (From "The Student Prince")

9. Aida/ Act I/ Celeste Aida (1991 Remastered)

10. All the Things You Are (From "Very Warm for May")/

11. Rigoletto Act IV/ La donna è mobile

12. Arrivederci, Roma (featured in "The Seven Hills of Rome")/ I Pagliacci (From "For the First Time")

13. Vesti la giubba (From "For the First Time")   

14. Ave Maria   

15. Passione  

16. One Alone (From "The Desert Song")   

17. Turandot: Nessun Dorma*   

18. Sign off from Mario Lanza 

19. Be My Love* 

20. The Lord's Prayer*   

21. Serenade* 

22. Silent Night*   

 *Previously unreleased · +First time on CD