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Glorious singing in the classic style
on 24 September 2013
This is an album for lovers of great singing. Joseph Calleja gives us a mix of very well known traditional favorites and more modern classics. I am very traditional in my tastes and wasn't sure if I would enjoy some of the modern ones but I am completely won over by the artistry and musicianship with which Joseph delivers the music. It is in my view the mark of a truly great artist to be able to take the simplest music and create a masterpiece, not too sentimental and never forgetting the traditions of his or her art, with this album Joseph has shown once again that as well as being a magnificent artist on the operatic stage, he can also add distinction to the lighter repertoire. If I have the slightest reservation it is only with the rather soupy heavy handed orchestration if the very last track O Sole Mio. It is all too tempting to make comparison with other great tenors, Joseph follows in a great tradition, his voice and delivery has reminders of his forbears but he has his own special place.