Funiculi Funicula

Michel Legrand and His Orchestra - European Holiday: Paris, Rome, Vienna (2006)

Michel Legrand and His Orchestra - European Holiday: Paris, Rome, Vienna (2006)
Easy Listening, Instrumental | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 125 min | 287 MB
Label: Golden Stars | Rel: 2006

Before this French jazz man made his name writing for films (and before his famous Legrand Jazz with Miles and Coltrane), he broke through with his 1954 tribute to his native city, I Love Paris . Here's that classic plus his portraits of Rome and Vienna; includes Autumn Leaves; Paris in the Spring; The Song from Moulin Rouge; Non Dimenticar; Luna Rossa; Funiculi Funicula; Tales from the Vienna Woods; Artist's Life Waltz; The Merry Widow Waltz , and more.Michel Legrand was the most inventive of any orchestrator working at that time. His genius is evident through-out, absolutely gorgeous music. This is what you expect to hear when you visit these countries.

Luciano Pavarotti - Favourite Neapolitan Songs  

Posted by leetest at April 11, 2011
Luciano Pavarotti - Favourite Neapolitan Songs

Luciano Pavarotti - Favourite Neapolitan Songs
Classical | EAC Rip | APE+LOG+CUE+3%RR | Covers | 1 CD, 230 MB
2010 | Decca Japan | UCCD-9512 SHM-CD | Filesonic + Fileserve

Even people who care nothing for opera will be won over by the graceful performances of popular Neapolitan songs on this disk. Many of the tunes, from the title O Sole Mio to Funiculi Funicula, are part of even non-Italian-descent American culture, and they are all sung with an easy grace and charm and gusto. It is easy to forget (!!) that Pavarotti is an international opera star when listening to this disk; he sounds so natural it's almost as if a good friend (who happens to have a magnificent voice) were entertaining you after a few glasses of chianti. By comparison, Mario Lanza's renditions of these songs sound artificial and mannered. The orchestrations are excellent, too. Pointed, lively, and well balanced with the soloist. This is an album recorded in Pavarotti's prime, in the 1970's, before he became one of "The Three Tenors."