Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Dolce Napoli: The Neapolitan Songs

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Dolce Napoli: The Neapolitan Songs

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Dolce Napoli: The Neapolitan Songs. Charles Castronovo, tenor; Anastasios Comanescu, Austin Grant, guitar; Jake Jamieson, percussion; Alexander Lavruk, accordian; Aaron Stern, double bass. (GRP Records; 69:02)

Bovio: "Chiove," "Guapperia"; Califano: "O surdato"; DeCresenzo: "Luna rossa"; Russo: "Scetate," "Maria, marì"; Manlio: "Anema 'e core"; Capaldo: "Comme facette màmmeta"; Totó: "Malafemmena"; Mario: "lo, 'na chitarra e 'a luna," "Canzone appassiunata"; Cordiferro: "Core 'ngrato"; Cottrau: "Santa Lucia"; Ottaviano: "O maranariello"; DeCurtis: "Carmela"; Pisano: "Na sera 'e maggio"; DiGiacomo: "Catari"; DeFlaviis: "Pecchè."

This collection of Neapolitan songs is a hugely successful effort, thanks to the impassioned singing of Charles Castronovo. This tenor is one of the finest young artists before the public today, and he has scored tremendous successes in everything from Mozart to Puccini. The sound blends brilliance with plenty of baritonal warmth, and its even and effortless flow serves him well in a variety of styles and genres. Also impressive is Castronovo's ability to sing passionately without the expressive excesses that one so often hears with less grounded artists. He trusts his material and resists whatever urge he might feel to drown the music with "interpretation. …

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