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2-CD Set Compiles The Legendary Tenor's Movie Hits, Opera Arias and More, Including Six Previously Unreleased Tracks available August 27, 2013.
TCM to Celebrate with All-Night Marathon of Lanza Classics on September
In conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Sony Masterworks is proud to present The Toast of Hollywood, a new 2-CD set celebrating legendary tenor Mario
Lanza's extraordinary film and recording career, available on August 27, 2013.
Lanza started out in the world of opera and the concert stage, but became an international star when his golden voice began to ring out from the celebrated soundstages of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. By shifting to film work, he believed he was bringing good music - and grand opera in particular - to more people through his movies than he could ever hope to from the classical stage. Luminaries like Luciano
Pavarotti, Renée Fleming and tenor Joseph Calleja tended to agree, each of them citing the tremendous impact Lanza's groundbreaking film The Great Caruso had on their respective careers. The Toast of Hollywood displays the full range of Lanza's vocal brilliance in a glittering compilation of popular ballads, opera arias, classic show tunes, and jewels from the Great American Songbook, including six previously unreleased gems.
Disc 1, "A Tenor at the Movies," covers the Hollywood years, with songs and arias made popular by Lanza in his classic musicals for MGM. Standouts include his signature tune, "Be My Love," written for him by Nicholas Brodzsky and Sammy Cahn for The Toast of New Orleans; a sublime, one-take recording of the famous "Serenade
" from The Student Prince; and a sensational "Granada," one of the musical high points in Because You're Mine. Lanza's Hollywood recordings also included classic opera arias, and this disc features Verdi's "La donna e mobile" (from Rigoletto) and "Libiamo ne' lieti clici" (from La Traviata) among others.
Disc 2, "A Tenor in Love," is chock full of songs of love and longing, all recorded for "The Mario
Lanza Show" radio broadcasts in 1951 and 1952. Its many treasures include "Day In, Day Out," Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer's hooray-for-love salute to hopeful romantics; a ravishing "'A vucchella" that positively bursts with bright Italian sunshine; and a sweet and tender "My Romance," here making its debut on CD. Lanza also pays tribute to the composers and lyricists of musical theater and the Great American Songbook with his inimitably passionate renditions of songs by Cole Porter, Jerome
Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more. Some selections include the singer's own spoken introductions.
Lanza lived life to the fullest, but died in 1959 at only 38. The Toast of Hollywood is bound to delight not only lovers of Hollywood's golden era, but those of any generation who appreciate how a voice for the ages can turn music, both popular and operatic, into timeless classics.
Lanza: The Toast of Hollywood Tracklisting:
A Tenor at the Movies
1 Be My Love
3 Rigoletto, "La donna e mobile"
4 The Loveliest Night of the Year
6 They Didn't Believe Me
7 Because You're Mine
8 Ave Maria
9 La Traviata, "Libiamo, ne'lieti calici"
12 La Bohème, "Che gelida manina"
13 Drink, Drink, Drink
14 Arrivederci Roma
15 Tosca, "E lucevan le stelle"
A Tenor in Love
2 Day in, Day Out (previously unreleased)
3 What is This Thing Called Love?
4 The Night is Young and You're so Beautiful
5 The Best Things in Life Are Free
6 'A vucchella (previously unreleased)
7 If I Loved You
8 For You Along
9 Make Believe
10 I'll Never Love You (previously unreleased)
11 You'll Never Walk Along
12 Among My Souvenirs
13 I Love Thee (previously unreleased)
14 My Romance
15 Along Together
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the life and career of Mario
Lanza with a night featuring five of his most beloved films. The following is a complete schedule:
TCM Celebrates Mario
Lanza - Wednesday, Sept. 18
8 p.m. - The Seven
Hills of Rome (1958)
10 p.m. - For the First Time (1959)
Midnight - The Great Caruso (1951)
2 a.m. - The Student Prince
4 a.m. - Because You're Mine (1952)