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Romantica / John Bayless


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56719   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John BaylessAndrea MorriconeAlfredo CatalaniGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  John BaylessNorman ShankleRichard Elliot
Conductor:  Matt Catingub
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraSan Francisco Boys Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Once again pianist and arranger John Bayless demonstrates his inimitable skills as an arranger of well-known melodies. This time his tribute is directed toward the wide scope of Italian music's most fetching melodies: opera arias, popular songs, and film scores. After opening with a tolling bell, the CD begins with a majestic pastiche of various melodies from 'Cavalleria Rusticana.' With contrasting moods as his goal, Bayless performs a meditative solo piano arrangement of Ennio Morricone's love theme from 'Cinema Paradiso.'
"Ebben, ne andrò lontana" from Catalani's 'La Wally,' another delicate arrangement for solo piano, continues the placid mood set by the
Read more Morricone but this time with a more dynamic work marked by rippling passages and a dynamism that suggest the expansiveness of Chopin's Ballades. Another standout track is Donizetti's "Una furtiva lagrima," an arrangement that is memorable for its delicate, sparse, almost Satie-like arrangement filtered through a sensibility that again recalls Chopin, the grand master of romantic piano music. Bayless saves the best for last: with just a pinch of melancholy, "Torna a surriento" for piano and orchestra serves as a stirring summation for the unforgettable originality of Italian melody-making. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Musica d'amora by John Bayless
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Conductor:  Matt Catingub
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This composition includes an arrangement of the Intermezzo from Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana". 
2.
Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme by Andrea Morricone
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
3.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
4.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
5.
Santa Lucia by John Bayless
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano), Norman Shankle (Tenor)
Conductor:  Matt Catingub
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  San Francisco Boys Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This composition includes a transcription of the 2nd movement from the Oboe Concerto by Alessandro Marcello and "Santa Lucia" by Teodoro Cottrau.
Arranged: John Bayless, Matt Catingub and Earl Brown. 
6.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Conductor:  Matt Catingub
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Bayless and Matt Catingub 
7.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
8.
Caruso: Main Theme by Lucio Dalla
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
9.
Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
10.
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Bayless 
11.
Time to say goodbye by Lucio Quarantotto
Performer:  Richard Elliot (Saxophone), John Bayless (Piano)
Conductor:  Matt Catingub
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with F. Sartori
Arranged: John Bayless and Matt Catingub 

Sound Samples

Medley: Prelude/Intermezzo (From Cavalleria Rusticana)/Musica D'Amore
Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme From Cinema Paradiso)
Ebben, Ne Andro Lontana (From La Wally)
Vissi d'Arte (From Tosca)
Medley: Santa Lucia/Oboe Concerto 2nd Movement
Una Furtiva Lagrima (From L'elisir d'amore)
Core'ngrato
Mattinata
Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye)
Caruso
Torna A Surriento

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