Tosti

Pavarotti sings orchestrated songs by Tosti

Our investigation into the wonderful songs of the great Italian composer Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916) continues. Many know Pavarotti in Tosti from his studio albums where he performed the songs with a full symphony orchestra.

If you are familiar with hearing Tosti songs only with piano accompaniment these versions might be somewhat over the top, but I think the orchestrations go very well together with Pavarotti’s wonderful voice.

Here are five Tosti songs sung by Pavarotti in orchestrated versions taken from three of his studio albums. After listening to these versions you might want to listen to Pavarotti singing the same songs with piano accompaniment. The first two songs can be found here and the last three songs can be found here.

The five  orchestrated Tosti songs are in running order:

  • La Serenata – from Pavarotti in concert
  • L’ultima canzone – from Mattinata
  • Aprile – from Mattinata
  • ‘A vucchella – from O sole mio
  • Marechiare – from O sole mio

I’m sure you are madly in love with Pavarotti singing Tosti by now!

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This post was first published 21-03-2015. Last revised 21-03-2015.

Pavarotti sings more songs by Tosti

We continue our investigation into the songs of the great Italian composer Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916). Here are six more Tosti songs sung by Pavarotti which are all taken from various recitals with piano accompaniment.

Most of these recitals are issued on records on audio and/or video, but I have no or little information about the first two songs. The songs are in running order:

  • Aprile – recital and pianist unknown (audio only)
  • L’alba sepàra della luce l’ombra – San Francisco, 1983,  pianist unknown (video)
  • MalìaRoyce Hall, Los Angeles, September 23, 1973, pianist unknown (issued on CD)
  • ‘A vucchellaBarcelona, Liceu Opera, 1989, pianist Leone Magiera (issued on CD and DVD)
  • MarechiareLincoln Center, New York, 1988, pianist James Levine (issued on DVD)
  • Ideale – West German TV, 1978, pianist John Wustman (issued on VHS)

I’m sure you will enjoy these wonderful songs by Tosti as well!

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This post was first published 15-03-2015. Last revised 15-03-2015.

Pavarotti sings songs by Tosti

The songs of the Italian composer Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916) was an important part of Pavarotti’s repertoire outside opera. Pavarotti sang many songs of Tosti live and on records.

Many know Pavarotti in Tosti from his studio albums where he performed the songs with a full symphony orchestra, but Tosti songs were also regularly featured in his recitals with piano accompaniment. Some of these recitals are issued on records.

Here are five Tosti songs sung by Pavarotti in a 1986 recital in Modena, Italy, accompanied by Robert Kettlelson on piano. This recital is issued on DVD. The songs are in running order:

  • La Serenata
  • Non t’amo più
  • Luna d’estate
  • Chanson d’adieu
  • L’Ultima Canzone

If you only know Pavarotti from opera I can assure you that Tosti is the one to explore next!

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This post was first published 14-03-2015. Last revised 14-03-2015.

Pavarotti in Berlin (10): More arias from Pavarotti’s 1983 Berlin recital

Pavarotti held on 15th May 1983 a recital at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with John Wustman at the piano. There are many audio tracks from this recital out there on YouTube, so many that I think that the entire recital is out there!

In an earlier post I published four arias from that recital. Here are six more from that very same recital.

More about Pavarotti in Berlin in future blog posts!

Anyway, I’m off to Berlin! Soon! Very soon! 🙂

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This post was originally published 11-04-2014. Last revision 11-04-2014.

Pavarotti message of the month: It’s spring! It’s April!

It’s the month of April! It’s springtime! Let’s celebrate with Pavarotti singing the lovely song Aprile by the Italian composer Tosti.

Pavarotti recorded this song for his Decca studio album Mattinata. This album was recorded in 1977 and 1982, was issued on LP in 1983, and is now available on Decca CD, download and streaming. The National Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Antonio Tonini. This recording of Aprile is also available on several Pavarotti compilation CDs. You can hear this recoding in the first video below. This video also contains English translation of the lyrics.

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Pavarotti also sang this song in his recitals. At least one live version of Aprile sung with piano accompaniment is available on several unofficial Pavarotti recital CDs. The last two videos are from such live performances (audio only). There’s no information about the first, but the second is taken from a recital at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 15th May 1983 with John Wustman at the piano.

So enjoy spring! Enjoy April! Enjoy Life!

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This post was originally published 07-04-2014. Last revision 07-04-2014.

Pavarotti sings Tosti’s song “Non t’amo più“ on record

The more I listen to Pavarotti when he sings the wonderful song “Non t’amo più“ by the Italian composer Tosti, the more beautiful it gets.

There are two official audio recordings of Pavarotti singing “Non t’amo più“, one with orchestra and one with piano accompaniment.

The first Pavarotti recording of this song is on the studio album “Pavarotti in concert” with Richard Bonynge conducting the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. This album was recorded in 1973, originally issued on Decca LP in 1975, and is today available on Decca CD, download and streaming.

This Pavarotti recording of “Non t’amo più“ is also available on several Pavarotti compilation CDs.

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The second Pavarotti recording of this song is on the live album “Live Recital” (also known as “40th Anniversary“). On this album Pavarotti sings the song accompanied by Leone Magiera on piano. This album was recorded live in several European cities between 1997 and 1999, and was originally issued on Decca CD in 2001, and is also available on Decca download and streaming.

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At least one more live version of this song sung with piano accompaniment is available on several unofficial Pavarotti recital CDs. It might be the version on the video below (audio only), which is from a Pavarotti recital at Deutsche Oper Berlin on 15th May 1983 accompanied on piano by John Wustman.

Still hurting inside? Listen and weep a bit more! Then it’s time to move on!

This post was originally published 18-01-2013. Last revision 18-01-2013.

I don’t love you anymore! Or how to believe in love after love with Tosti and Pavarotti

Fallen out of love? Is your heart broken into an unknown number of pieces? Been dumped? Did it just not work out the way you planned? Was it just impossible to fall in love, what ever you did? Is it over before it even began?

If that’s how you feel, I feel with you! It’s time to drown yourself in whatever the emotions and thoughts that are spinning around in your mind and body. Take as much time as you need!

In order to help you in your struggles I give you Pavarotti singing a wonderful song from the Italian composer Tosti called “Non t’amo più“, which simply translates into something like “I don’t love you anymore“.

The title of the song says it all, but the lyrics are simply wonderful and will take you thru whatever you are dealing with in the love department (and that’s my money back guarantee!).

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It might be that you’ll have to play this song over and over for a while before it has any effect, but it will indeed help you! So here are two videos with Pavarotti singing this song, both with piano accompaniment.

The first video is from the tv documentary “Pavarotti and the Italian tenor” which also includes an introduction to the song. This tv documentary is available on Decca DVD. The second video (audio only) is from a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1973.

And after a while you’ll be strong enough to believe in love after love … with a little help of Tosti and Pavarotti.

Do you still remember the day we met?

Do you still remember your promises?

Madly in love I followed you

My dream of love is no longer you

I don’t long for your kisses

I don’t think of you

I dream of another ideal

I love you no more

I love you no more

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This post was originally published 17-01-2013. Last revision 18-01-2013.