ITALIAN POPULAR SONGS, Vol. 2 (1926-1953) (Alessandro Valente/ Armand Tokatyan/ Aureliano Pertile/ Beniamino Gigli/ Enrico di Mazzei/ Giuseppe di Stefano/ Joseph Schmidt/ Mario del Monaco/ Tito Schipa/ Ward Marston) (Naxos Historical: 8.110773)
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With its predominantly Neapolitan overtones of sunshine and romance, the Italian canzone popolare, or canzonetta, has long held its place in the global market. The selections on this disc are mostly survivors from the last Golden Age of this popular genre, which spanned a period of about one hundred years.
The best known, such as Cottrau's 'Addio a Napoli', Tosti's 'Non t'amo pi??' and Mascagni's 'Stornelli marini' have been recorded over several decades by famous singers as varied as Caruso, McCormack, Mario Lanza and the Bulgarian-born Armand Tokatyan.
\It can only be considered a joy to find so many of these songs restored to such an amazing degree, and performed by such a cast of amazing Italian tenors. Simply stated, this is a collection of the best and most popular of Italian song. The performances could easily be considered among the best of their era and stand the test of time." Music Web on Volume 1 of the series, available on Naxos 8.110768