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Calleja is superb but the track selection depends on your taste,
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This review is from: Be My Love - A Tribute to Mario Lanza (Audio CD)
I have increased the rating from 4 to 5 stars as the more I have listened to this album both in CD format and HiDef download the more I realize it is definitely worth the extra star.
There is no doubt as to the quality of Calleja's voice and his ability to deliver a spine tingling performance. I cannot fault this album in any way for the actual singing or engineering. My issue is with the selection of songs. Of course this is just my personal taste and I would have liked to have heard more from the Student Prince, Desert Song and other English Language songs. Many others will love these tracks and hence make it worthy of five stars. I must emphasize - this is ONLY my opinion and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the recording
I am sure for those coming hear after seeing and hearing him on BBC Breakfast or perhaps the Last Night of the Proms (yet to come as I write this) will absolutely love this album. As a huge fan of Lanza, having just about every recording and film he made, I thought this to be better than any previous tribute including that done by Jose Carreras.
UPDATE - I couldn't resist making an iPod playlist with back to back Calleja/Lanza tracks so I could compare the original Mario Lanza recordings immediately after listening to the Joseph Calleja ones. IMHO Mario wins hands down on about half the tracks, Calleja is better on about a quarter of the tracks and its a tie for the remaining quarter. Obviously the Lanza recordings from the 50's are not up to the technical standard of the Calleja recording. Calleja wins on some of the tracks because he is technically better than Lanza and seems to have more control where subtlety is required.
Further Update: I have just bought this album as a Hi Definition Audio download from Linn Records using JRiver Media Centre and the WASAPI driver to play via USB to my HiFi DAC and it reinforces just how good Mr Calleja is.