Luigi Denza

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Born: February 24, 1846; Castellammare di Stabia   Died: January 26, 1922; London, England  
Luigi Denza's birthplace is near the city of Naples. He studied music in the Naples Conservatory with Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870) and that composer's pupil Paolo Serrao. He had a modest success in Naples with his opera Wallenstein in 1876.

In 1884 he spent the opera season in London, liking the English music scene well enough to settle there permanently in 1887. Like his countryman Giorgio Tosti, he lived in London while producing
Read more large quantities of songs and ballads in Italian fashion and often in Neapolitan dialect. He was a director at the London Academy of Music and, in 1898, was appointed Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music.

His songs were very popular with singers and many continue to be sung on lighter programs. Among these are "Oct di fatter" (Fateful Eyes), "Se..." (If...), "Torn!" (Return!), and "Vein!" (Come!).

But by far his best known composition was "Funiculi-funicula." This rollicking dance-song in tarantella rhythm was written to be played at the opening of the new tourist attraction in Naples, the funicular railroad that takes travelers to the top of Mount Vesuvius. It has become a kind of cliché for Southern Italy and is often taken to be a folk song. Under that misapprehension, Richard Strauss as a precocious teenager used it as the subject of the finale of his Aus Italien and was deeply embarrassed to find he had ripped off a living composer who held its copyright. It was also used by Alfredo Casella in the orchestral rhapsody Italia and by Rimsky-Korsakov. Read less
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    3 Tenors In Concert 1994 [20th Anniversary] CD+DVD
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633737 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Richard Rodgers,  Agustín Lara  ... 
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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    Voice For The Ages / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002038509 Release Date: 04/15/2014  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Leone Magiera,  Luciano Pavarotti,  José Carreras,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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    The 50 Greatest Tracks / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922802 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Malcolm King,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
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    Fernando De Lucia - Complete Gramophone Company Recordings 1902-1909
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54004 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Fernando de Lucia,  Salvatore Cattone,  Antonio Pini-Corsi,  Josefina Huguet  ... 
    Conductor:  Salvatore Sassano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    La Musica dei Baci - Italian Love Songs / Benori, Grollo
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802168 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isabella Colbran,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Fabio Campana  ... 
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    Richard Tucker - The Song And Cantorial Album Collection [14-CD Set]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544474 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Emanuele Nutile,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  John Wustman,  John Huston,  Ben Irving  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Nicolas Flagello,  Sholom Secunda,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Mandolins From Italy: 24 Most Popular Melodies
    Label: Arc Music   Catalog: 2439 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paolo Conte,  Joël Francisco Perri,  Eduardo Capua,  Traditional  ... 
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    Sensatiable
    Label: Bon Operatit!   Catalog: 5638070440 Release Date: 01/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  George Gershwin,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
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    Label: Avalon   Catalog: 57227 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Sartori,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Nick Lucchese,  Attila Darvas,  Igor Romanyk,  Jerry Caringi  ... 
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    Cantus Angelicus
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Giulio Caccini,  Charles Gounod,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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    Conductor:  Risto Joost
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610309 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
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    Neapolitan Songs / Giuseppe Di Stefano
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55926 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Pasquale Mario Costa,  Emanuele Nutile  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano
    Conductor:  G. M. Guarino
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    Pavarotti Collection Vol 2
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9913 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001597702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610000 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Dame Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals  [23-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619502 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nadine Sautereau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Richard Conrad,  Ambrose Gauntlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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    Icon / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001591602 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Capua,  Luigi Denza,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello,  Anton Guadagno,  Herbert von Karajan,  Piero Gamba  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Cesar Siepi, Vol. 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89743 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Luigi Denza,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Augusto Rotoli  ... 
    Performer:  Cesare Siepi
    Conductor:  Cesare Gallino
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    Malinconia d'Amore / Carreras, Bavaj, Ensemble Wien
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474591 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Luigi Denza,  Pasquale Mario Costa,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Niederhammer,  Peter Goetzel,  Raimund Lissy,  Lorenzo Bavaj  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Ensemble
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    Il Mito Dell Opera - Giuseppe Vendittelli
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Venditelli,  Magda [Soprano Vocal] Olivero,  Bianca Berini,  Benito di Bella  ... 
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    A Passion For Pavarotti - Art Songs & Lieder
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 6003 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
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    The Hit Men: The Greatest Voices Of Our Time
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28546 Release Date: 04/20/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Franco Corelli,  Placido [Tenor Vocals] Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Rafaele Mingardo,  Bruno Bartoletti,  James Levine  ... 
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    Icon - Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet Of The Tenor Voice
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Ottorino Respighi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lonya Kolbouss,  Robert Stolz,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Men's Chorus,  Balalaika Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Tito Gobbi - Complete Solo Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55378 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  Pietro Mascagni,  Renato Brogi,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Gerald Moore,  Carlo Del Monte,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Gabriele Santini,  Lovro von Matacic,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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