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Forbidden Love / Salvatore Licitra


Release Date: 08/22/2006 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 78852   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiPietro MascagniFrancesco CilèaUmberto Giordano,   ... 
Performer:  Salvatore LicitraWarren Jones
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanVerdi Chorus Milan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is tenor Salvatore Licitra's second solo CD, and it is far better than his first. The voice remains exciting, a true tenor with a solid top and an even range. The opening cavatina from Ernani shows a nice larmoyante quality I don't recall from his previous work; it is most welcome. And he has plenty of power for the cabaletta. His tendency to sing at one volume level (relatively loud) appears to be abating and he is making more of an effort to shade his tone. The L'Arlesiana aria is sung with a truly stunning sweetness. He skips the alternate high-B-natural ending, seemingly for matters of taste, which is to be admired. The aria from Mefistofele is delivered gently and with the right air of thoughtfulness.

Chenier's
Read more last-act aria is mournful and sensitive, with lovely legato. In fact, judging by his delivery of both of Chenier's arias, this is a superb role for him. His "Dio mi potevi" from Otello is striking--big and rueful, lacking only those special insights to bring the character vividly to life. But his tone is grand and pure. "Vesti la giubba" is restrained but emotional, with a subtle hint of bitterness rather than any sort of wild outburst.

Licitra remains a good singer who has yet to offer a truly individual stamp to any work (as does, say, Rolando Villazon), but he's the real ticket: a true Italian tenor with a handsome voice. He has no bad habits, offers no unnecessary sobs, gives us no explosive consonants for effect. The top doesn't quite blossom as grandly as you would expect from a voice of such hue, but he may be intentionally de-baritonizing his sound. In brief, this is the best work Licitra has done on CD so far, firmly assisted by the leadership of Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, who gives far more support than the mundane Carlo Rizzi on the tenor's last CD.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Ernani: O tu che l'alma adora, vien by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Mercè, diletti amici..."
Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
2. Cavalleria Rusticana: Viva il vino spumeggiante "Brindisi" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Inanto amici..."
Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
3. Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
4. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
5. Andrea Chénier: Un dì all' azzuro spazio "Improvviso" by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
6. Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
7. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido...L'ara, o l'avello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oh! fede negar potessi..."
Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
8. Don Carlos: Io la vidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Fontainebleau, foresta immense..."
Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
9. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
10. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Written: 1876 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
11. Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
12. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
13. Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy (01/13/2006 - 01/22/2006) 
14. Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Warren Jones (Piano), Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Venue:  Right Track Studio, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Right Track Studio, New York City (03/26/2006 - 03/30/2006) 

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