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What Music Puts You in an Italian State of Mind?

What Music Puts You in an Italian State of Mind?

Nov 8th, 2004, 03:11 AM
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Actually, the thing that works best for me is an actual airline ticket but Madama Butterfly will suffice until take-off.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 03:15 AM
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What transports me musically, among other selections, is Connie Francis singing in Italian (there are two CDs out of her recordings from the early 60s). I also enjoy Eros Ramazotti for the more contemporary feeling.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 03:32 AM
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You can go to amazon and listen to samples of many of these CD's and then buy there or at half.com which looks to be cheaper in many cases.

The Funiculi Funicula Italian Mandoline Vol. 1 and 2 were 3 dollars and change and the Viva Italia Festive Italian Classics was around 10 bucks.

I may dust off my credit card today.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 04:21 AM
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But "Butterfly" is set in Japan. I'm surprised that people would pick it. "Tosca" seems to fit the bill much better. Then there's the tear jerker "Boheme," but I guess it's set in Paris.

In terms of the Verdi operas, "Traviata" is also set in Paris. "Aida" is set in Egypt, I guess. But "Rigoletto" is set in Mantua.

It's interesting thinking about this. Most of the famous operas are actually not set in Italy.

There's also "Cavalleria Rusticana." It's set in a Sicilian village.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 04:52 AM
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DougP, are you remembering the movie or have you seen it lately?I saw it years ago and then within last couple of years-it sure brought back memories of my first trip to Europe in 1961--even S. Pleshette's wardrobe for travel!
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Nov 8th, 2004, 05:00 AM
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Then there's Puccini's La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West) where the Italian miners in California are pining away for Italy & their mammas!

Actually, in the 50s especially, Carmen was typically sung in Italian in Italy & I have a couple of those. But, for a wild & woolly & pure Italian performance, I'd go for Cavalleria Rusticana...the performance that opened LaScala in 1963 (available on a single CD from mdt.co.uk and on amazon, I think) as it is quite short)and featured Giulietta Simionato and Franco Corelli. Demented!

Agree about the Neapolitan songs, too. Isn't the popular tune Al di la featured on Rome Adventures? With Troy Donahue (what a lousy actor!) and Suzanne Pleshette and Rossano Brazzi, as someone above mentioned? Lovely scenery....silly film.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 05:22 AM
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Those of you of WWII age, at least 11 by 1945, will remember a song called One Meatball. (Guy goes into an Italian place, orders a dish with one meatball. He gets no bread with it and complains. The only line I remember is this one: "All up and down that big long hall, you could hear that waiter call "You get no bread with one meatball.")

That is very Italian.
Or perhaps Licia Albanese singing Italian songs is a good mood setter.
Or Cecilia Bartoli, but she is so highly trained that I am not sure that her Italian countryside manner is perfect. It reminds me of the time I heard a Met singer do gospel songs and spirituals. Did not sound all that authentic.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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Nov 8th, 2004, 07:17 AM
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DG: glad you liked them...I'm going to half.com to look for such a good deal!

People are recommending Dean Martin,Connie Francis, ect...here is another compulation with all of those artists and Louie Prima,Jerry Vale,Al Martino, Lou Monte:

Eh, Paisano!

I also love anything by Louie Prima, especially
Angelina & Zooma Zooma

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Nov 8th, 2004, 07:24 AM
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The soundtrack to the movie "Cinema Paradiso." Wonderful movie to watch, too.
Nov 8th, 2004, 07:24 AM
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Eros Ramazotti
Laura Pausini
Marina Rei
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Nov 8th, 2004, 08:27 AM
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I love Respighi's Pini di Roma, Fontane di Roma and Feste Romane. Also, anything Vivaldi.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 09:04 AM
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I second aj for anything Vivaldi. Also, anything Cecilia Bartoli. Cecilia Bartoli singing Vivaldi is truly wondrous.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 09:34 AM
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I vote for Dino Crocetti a.k.a. "Dean Martin". " On an Evening in Roma" is my favorite. Sitting at home with a glass of Chianti, I can close my eyes and be back in the Piazza Novanna with my wife.
We will be there in June and I can't wait.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 09:43 AM
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For me it is Puccini or maybe traditional selections from a great Italian singer like Pavarotti. So what if many of the operas are set outside of Italy. It is the language that does the trick for me. This post makes me think of the movie "Breaking Away." Remember the guy who was infatuated with the Italian cycling team?
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Nov 8th, 2004, 09:49 AM
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Louis Prima figures prominently in the movie Big Night, which not only has music that will transport you, but also food

(the poster, not the opera)
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Nov 8th, 2004, 09:50 AM
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I'm a hopeless devotee of the cantautori singer-songwriters: Ivano Fossati, Francesco de Gregori, Fabrizio de Andre, and good old Lucio Dalla and Gino Paoli, just to name a few.

As for operatic tenors, I could listen to Carlo Begonzi (in his prime) sing the phonebook.

There's also a wonderful series of regional Italian traditional folk music on Rounder Records. The series, called Italian Treasury, was originally collected by famed folklorist Alan Lomax and is pretty amazing.
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Nov 8th, 2004, 10:53 AM
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I love to listen to Emilio Pericoli singing, Al Di La..His voice is so Suave,so passionate..Mamma Mia..it make my blood boil

I wish that I could find Rome Adventure, but Amazon does not have it..and I am not able to find in the video stores either..
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Nov 8th, 2004, 12:11 PM
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For a change of pace from all this classical music stuff, I would suggest getting a CD of Italian pop diva GEORGIA (or is it spelled "GIORGIA"?). Her voice is just INCREDIBLE. I have her Greatest Hits album.
Just make sure whatever CD you get of hers has the song "E poi". It will knock you out!
(I was told about her by my Italian husband.) She is from Rome.
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