CELEBRATING THE LEGACY
OF AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED TENOR
SERENADE – A MARIO LANZA SONGBOOK
ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS
SEVEN NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED TRACKS,
RECORDED IN LANZA'S VOCAL PRIME,
FIVE VINTAGE LANZA ALBUMS RESTORED
IN ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS COLLECTION,
FROM ORIGINAL MASTERS,
WITH ORIGINAL ALBUM ART
As the world commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the death of beloved American tenor Mario Lanza, Masterworks celebrates Lanza's remarkable career with the release of Serenade – A Mario Lanza Songbook, a collection of timeless favorites featuring seven tracks that have never before been released. Serenade – A Mario Lanza Songbook is available on September 29, 2009.
On November 10, 2009, Masterworks will continue its recognition of the Lanza legacy with the release of a five-disc collection in the Original Album Classics series, bringing together vintage Lanza albums long unavailable in their original format. Each has been newly transferred from original masters and is presented in a slipcover that recreates the original LP album art. First released on LP in the 1950s, the five titles are:
• Mario Lanza Sings Hits from The Student Prince and Other Great Musical Comedies
• The Touch of Your Hand
• I'll Walk With God – Songs of Devotion and Love
• Mario Lanza Sings His Favorite Arias
• Seven Hills of Rome (Original Soundtrack Recording)
Mario Lanza was only 38 when he died suddenly in Rome on October 7, 1959, but he had become a worldwide favorite in the preceding decade. His meteoric career was largely in films, recordings and concerts – making him the first and greatest "crossover" tenor – but his voice was recognized as one of the finest tenors of his generation. Inspired by Enrico Caruso, the repertoire Lanza recorded included arias and Italian songs that have always been favorites of operatic tenors, as well as new songs he introduced in films and on records. Each of the "Three Tenors" – Jose Carreras, Plecido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti – has cited to Lanza's singing in the title role of the 1951 film The Great Caruso as a point of inspiration.
The selections for Serenade – A Mario Lanza Songbook were chosen by Derek Mannering, author of two books on Lanza's life, who also wrote the liner notes. Featured are seven tracks previously unreleased – rediscovered versions of Toselli's "Serenade," "Dicitencello vuie," "Fenesta che lucive," "Santa Lucia luntana," "Oh, Nights of Splendor (Neapolitan Serenade)," "Senza nisciuno" and "Because." Many of these recordings (and the other fifteen tracks heard here) were made for Lanza's popular radio show in the early 1950s, when his voice was in its prime. The collection ends with the complete recording of "Arrivederci Roma," restoring the charming Italian verse that previously had been edited out.
Also included on Serenade – A Mario Lanza Songbook are favorite recordings of "Marechiare," "'A vucchella," "O sole mio," "Valencia," "La spagnola," "Siboney," "Non ti scordar di me," "Granada," "Parlami d'amore, Mari?," "Musica proibita," "Besame mucho," "Mattinata" and "Ay-ay-ay."
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