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Album Titles

La Stanza del Figlio, Nicola Piovani
I Grandi Successi Originali (2000), Domenico Modugno
"9", Eros Ramazzotti
Andrea, Andrea Bocelli
C’era una volta, Renato Rascel
Concerti, Paolo Conte
I Grandi Successi Originali, Gabriella Ferri
Mina Celentano, Mina and Adriano Celentano
Romanza, Andrea Bocelli
Sogno, Andrea Bocelli

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Album Reviews

Nicola Piovani. La Stanza del Figlio
Nicola Piovani has had an illustrious career composing sound tracks for major Italian films. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Davide di Donatello for Ginger and Fred (1986), Caro Diario (1994), and La Stanza del Figlio (2001). He also won an Oscar for La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful) in 1991. The CD produced by Piero Colasanti (Virgin Music Italy, 2001) entitled La stanza del figlio includes 12 songs from the film of the same name and two songs each from the films Caro diario, Palombella rossa, and La messa è finita. Perhaps the best known is the melodic but achingly sad music of the title song. If you have seen the film, it will evoke the image of the father and the son running along the beach for the last time before the son’s tragic accident. The other songs from this film are equally moving and melancholic. Reviews of La stanza del figlio, Ginger e Fred, Caro diario, and La vita è bella are available in the Italian Film Collection of the Culture Club. This CD is available from amazon.com.
- Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni, Culture Club Editor

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I Grandi Successi Originali (2000), Domenico Modugno
BMG Ricordi (http://www.bmgricordi.it)
This album contains two CDs with 24 songs written and sung by the great Sicilian singer Domenico Modugno. The song that most teachers will recognize is "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu" (also known as "Volare.") Modugno won first place in the 1958 Festival di San Remo with this song which became an instant global success and revolutionized Italian music. Many other songs in this album will be recognized such as "Vecchio Frack," "Resta cu Mme," "Ciao Ciao Bambina," and "Lazzarella." Some are in Sicilian, some in Neapolitan, and others in Italian. All are passionate and a delight to listen to, whether one understands the lyrics or not.

The great Roman singer Claudio Villa wrote in 1969, "E’ il più grande di tutti. Nessuno ha scritto tante belle canzoni che rimarranno per decenni, nessuno è completo come lui quale cantautore, showman, attore." (Trans. He is the greatest of all. No one has written so many beautiful songs that will remain for decades; no one is as complete as he as a singer, showman, actor.") We can expect Modugno’s popularity to last for several more decades.
- Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni, Culture Club Editor

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Andrea (2004)
Bocelli, Andrea
Andrea Bocelli’s latest album Andrea is bound to delight all of his loyal fans. It consists of 13 romantic songs that Bocelli sings with his usual passion, sometimes with great force as in "Dell&rsquoAmore Non Si Sa" and at times with softer but equally warm emotion as in "Tu Ci Sei." Two of the songs are powerful duets, "Sin Tu Amor" in Spanish with Mario Reyes and "Go Where Love Goes" with Holly Stell in English. The album comes with the lyrics, 10 songs in Italian, 2 in English, and 1 in Spanish. Available from amazon.com
- Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni

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Romanza (1997)
Bocelli, Andrea
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has become very popular in his own country, but he has found even more success in the United States. CDs of his music can easily be found in stores throughout the country.
Bocelli was born in 1958 in Tuscany and his dream was to become a great tenor like his idols Del Monaco, Gigli, and Franco Corelli, who actually recognized Bocelli’s talent and encouraged him to pursue his dream. After winning the prestigious San Remo Song Festival in 1994, his fame spread widely and rapidly.
This album was his first success in the U.S. and it remains his most popular album to date. "Con Te Partirò" (Time to Say Goodbye) is a heart-rending duet performed with Sarah Brightman in which the two pledge their love as they prepare to part. "Vivo per Lei" (I Live for Her) is another romantic duet, with Giorgia, in which the singers declare their undying love for each other. In the sentimental song "Per Amore" (For Love), Bocelli expresses his profound love for a woman.
Other albums by Bocelli include Cieli di Toscana, Sogno, Viaggio Italiano, Aria, The Opera Album, Sacred Arias (with songs like Ave Maria and Silent Night), and his most recent, Sentimento: a collection of romantic songs in Italian, French and Spanish. Whether you understand the Italian or not, you will be carried away by the beautiful singing of this Italian tenor. Light some candles, curl up in a cozy armchair, and dream with Andrea Bocelli.
Recommended by Christine Meloni

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Sogno (1998)
Bocelli, Andrea
Sogno (Italian for dream) is a collection of 14 passionate original songs sung by the internationally popular Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. In the title song Bocelli says good-bye to his love and with great conviction tells her that he will dream of her until she returns. In "Immenso" Bocelli ardently proclaims his immense devotion for his special love. Bocelli and Eros Ramazzotti sing the very romantic song "Nel Cuore Lei" in which they voice their immeasurable love for their respective women. In their bilingual duet "The Prayer," Bocelli (in Italian) and Celine Dion (in English) fervently appeal to God for a secure world without violence. The album concludes with "A Mio Padre," a song tinged with sadness in which Bocelli touchingly tries to convince his father that he has the strength to solve any problems that he might face.
- Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni

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Mina Celentano (1999)
Celentano, Mina and Adriano
This album is a delight. Mina and Adriano Celentano, two Italian singers who have been wildly popular for many years, have teamed up to sing 10 wonderful love songs to celebrate their incredible 40-year careers. The songs chosen represent lyrical moments in these four decades. The songs, all very well known and loved, are "Acqua e Sale," "Brivido Felino," "Io non volevo," "Specchi Riflessi," "Dolce Fuoco dell'Amore," "Che T’aggia Di’," "Io ho Te," "Dolly," "Sempre Sempre Sempre," and "Messaggio d'Amore." Some are duets and others by one of the artists. Mina is beautifully suggestive as she sings "Io ho te" and Celentano is his usual amusing self as he sings "Dolly." "Messaggio d'Amore" is a duet and sung by both with intense passion. This is Italian "musica leggera" ("light music") at its best. The music is soothing, comforting, and romantic. It is music to make you feel good.
- Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni

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Concerti (1989)
Conte, Paolo
Paolo Conte was born in 1937 in Asti , a town in northern Italy near Turin . As a youth, Conte developed a passion for American jazz, and this passion continues to be reflected in the music that he composes today. Another obvious influence on his music is the popular Italian and French music of the 60s.
This album Concerti contains songs that he composed and sang while on tour in many European countries. All of the songs soothe the listener with their gentleness and tranquillity and hint of nostalgia. Often Conte seems to be speaking more than singing. A frequent theme is the beauty and peace of nature and natural things. In his childhood in Asti he spent many hours outside, in nature. Songs include "Lo Zio," "Parigi," "Una Giornata al Mare," and "Genova per noi." Available from amazon.com
-  Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni

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I Grandi Successi Originali
Ferri, Gabriella
The name Gabriella Ferri is synonymous with the voice of Rome. Ferri’s voice is warm, passionate, and strong - qualities that have undoubtedly earned her legions of loyal fans. This CD is a collection of 24 of Ferri’s greatest hits. Many of them are either in Roman dialect (e.g. "Tanto Pe Canta" and "Attaccete, Nunziata") or have Rome as the subject (e.g. "Barcarolo Romano" and "Quanto Sei Bella, Roma"). Her husky, melodious voice makes each song a pleasure to listen to. This CD is available for purchase through Amazon.
- Recommended by Christine Foster Meloni

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"9" (2003)
Ramazzotti, Eros
This is the first studio album in three years from Italian pop singer Eros Ramazzotti. This album shows the singer’s maturity, as it is marked by more acoustic components than his previous work. At the same time, however, in some ways this album is similar to those he has released in the past. For example, each song is still performed in the same "nasal" fashion as were his previous titles. All the songs are catchy and the listener can’t help but hum along. Even if one doesn’t understand or speak Italian, it is still quite easy to understand the messages that Eros is attempting to convey through his music. Some of the themes he touches upon on this ninth album include his love for his mother, as well as his own imperfections. In sum, this album has a new and edgy sound, that still manages the preserve the essence of Eros, and this is what makes it so great.
- Recommended by Anna Pavlitchenko

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C’era una volta
Rascel, Renato
Take an amble down memory lane as you listen to this wonderful CD featuring popular Italian comedian, song writer, and singer Renato Rascel. His amusing dialogue between songs will make you laugh out loud. His enthusiastic and melodic singing will raise your spirits. The CD includes the best–loved songs of Rascel’s long career such as "Vogliamoci Tanto Bene," "E’ Arrivata La Bufera," and "Ninna Nanna del Cavallino." The distributor is Warner Music Manufacturing Europe.
-Recommended by Christine Meloni

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