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5.0 out of 5 stars I would like to kiss you, 5 Dec 2001
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tito Schipa in Neapolitan Song (Audio CD)
Admirers of the incomparable tenor Tito Schipa will not want to be without this CD. No less than 24 Neapolitan songs Schipa recorded between 1925 and 1938 are included. Transfers have been made from clean, faultless 78 originals - some of them very rare. Schipa's voice seems to emerge successfully from the special Nimbus transferring process. The result is 78 minutes of pure Mediterranean magic.
True Neapolitans might challenge the word "pure" in my last sentence. Schipa was not himself a Neapolitan - he came from Lecce in south Italy, and grew up speaking a different dialect. Nevertheless he seems to me to be the ideal presenter of these romantic little songs, most of which start in the minor and then change into the major key. A long-time favourite of mine is his recording of "I'te vurria vasa", a song by Di Capua. The only other transfer of it, available on CD, derives from a sadly worn copy. Here, it comes up pristine and perfect. The title means "I would like to kiss you".
The enclosed booklet includes photographs, full details of the recordings, a fine appreciation of the singer by Nigel Douglas, and a brief synopsis of each song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The celestial voice of Tito Schipa, 29 Sep 2013
This review is from: Tito Schipa in Neapolitan Song (Audio CD)
Some people describe Tito Schipa's voice as trapped or closed. Nothing could be further from the truth. I sometimes think he has the quality of an amateur street singer in pre-war Italy - someone singing from the heart, without that "trained voice" sound. What this gives you is a unique sound that is honest, authentic and gorgeous. A voice that stands alone in it's timbre.

This CD is worth it alone for the track "Pesca d'amore". Schipa slides and up and down on the "Ah" vowel and you are transported to Naples late at night, and in the distance someone is being serenaded. It's wonderful.

Schipa was a beautiful singer. If you love great singing or opera or both, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastique!!, 25 Nov 2012
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Amazing voice,
Amazing tresor from the past.
Once you've heard it you will never forget it.
We just love it!
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