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Roberto Alagna - Serenades / David Alagna, Frederico Alagna


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56426   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eduardo Di CapuaErnesto TagliaferriRafaele MingardoFrancesco Paolo Tosti,   ... 
Performer:  Roberto AlagnaFrédérico AlagnaDavid AlagnaAngela Gheorghiu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

No doubt it depends on the degree of one's commitment to these songs. Personally, I am theirs for life, having been introduced to them at a tender age by records of Gigli, Ruffo, Caruso, Martinelli, Schipa, De Lucia, Stracciani and so forth. With that background you listen to this recital at your peril as ecstasy wars with apoplexy in a veritable psychomachia. Here they are, these melodies of the impassioned South. sung by a voice which is excitingly within the tradition and with temperament to match. There is not a moment when you don't listen to hear what he is going to do next - for, though within the tradition, there is much individuality. The arrangements also promise well (and how many times have glossy orchestras with inflated Read more arrangements spoilt comparable programmes even before the singing has started?). Guitars are not mandolins, but they'll do. Maria, mali conies first, approached with a difference, rhythmical. exact, neither lingering nor humorous (none of Gigli's chuckles), almost fierce, yet viable, almost attractive. Then Carrettiere, with a soft, surprisingly deep-voiced start, eventually aflame with passion. Then A vucchella again surprising in its intimacy and lightness.

But - and the 'but' has arisen long before this where is it happening? In the bathroom, the swimming-pool. the church? An absurd imposition is created by the reverberance around the voice. Another cause of distraction can he the guitarists' harmonies. Whether improvised or intentionally 'wrong' one cannot say. but when they diverge from the expected harmonies, cries of delight do not follow in their wake. Core'ngrato for instance. as published has perfectly good harmonies, some of which are renounced here in favour of flavourless substitutes. It was a good idea to include Don Giovanni's serenade but not for Alagna to refashion his voice and sing it like a baritone. It was also a good idea for Mrs Alagna to join the three brothers for a few exclamations ("Dieu! ... Ciel! C'est lui') in the Pecheurs de perles extract, but by the same token she might have appeared at the balcony to oblige with Rosina's answering phrases to her serenader in Il barbiere di Siviglia. As it is, the exclamations constitute Angela Gheorghiu's sole contribution to the record, so her place in the heading may be misleading.

In sum: many are the incitements to miching malecho. but I'd buy it all the same.

-- Gramophone [1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Maria, Marě by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
2.
Passione by Ernesto Tagliaferri
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
3.
Carretieré by Rafaele Mingardo
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
4.
Canzoni napoletane (3): no 1, 'A vucchella by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), David Alagna (Guitar), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
5.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
6.
Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
7.
Pecchč? by Gaetano Errico Pennino
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
8.
Sérénades (2): no 1, Sérénade française by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
9.
La jolie fille de Perth: A la voix d'un amant fidčle by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
10.
Na sera 'e maggio by Giuseppe Cioffi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
11.
Dicitencello vuie by Rodolfo Falvo
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
12.
Senza nisciuno by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
13.
Les pęcheurs de perles: De mon amie, fleur endormie by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano),
Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arrangers: David Alagna; Frédérico Alagna. 
14.
Canta pe' me by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
15.
'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
16.
Fenesta che lucive by Teodoro Cottrau
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
17.
I Pagliacci: O Colombina il tenero fido "Beppe's Serenade" by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
18.
Tu ca nun chiagne by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
19.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
20.
Lolita "Spanish Serenade" by Arturo Buzzi-Peccia
Performer:  David Alagna (Guitar), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 
21.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Se il mio nome saper voi bramate by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Frédérico Alagna (Guitar), David Alagna (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Chiesa degli Armenii, Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arrangers: Frédérico Alagna; David Alagna. 

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