One of the most charismatic stars of the post-war operatic stage, the Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano made numerous recordings, and was especially renowned as the performing partner of the equally fiery soprano, Maria Callas.
Having earned a precarious living as a singer of popular songs in Milan during World War Two, Di Stefano was also a highly accomplished singer of lighter music.
This experience, allied with the natural richness of his tenor voice, made him a master of the Neapolitan Song, as may be heard in this collection of his recordings of the cream of the repertoire, made at the peak of his career.
“Was it Giuseppe Di Stefano’s spontaneity and involvement in what he was singing which attracted so many collectors to his recordings? If one listens to his early 78s, one hears a third quality: the sheer beauty of his lyric tenor…Those recordings have been reissued a number of times and should be on the shelf of all who love the singing voice.” International Record Review
Eduardo di Capua: 'O sole mio
'O sole mio
Francesco Paolo Tosti: Marechiare
Rodolfo Falvo: Dicitencello vuie
Ernesto de Curtis: Tu, ca nun chiagne!
Tu, ca nun chiagne!
Eduardo di Capua: I' te vurria vasa!
I' te vurria vasa!
Salvatore Cardillo: Core 'ngrato
Giambattista De Curtis: Torna a Surriento (Come back to Sorrento)
Torna a Surriento
Gaetano Lama: Silenzio cantatore
Evemero Nardella: Chiove
Vincenzo D'Annibale: 'O paese d' 'o sole
'O paese d' 'o sole
E.A. Mario: Santa Lucia luntana
Santa Lucia luntana
Eduardo di Capua: Maria, Mari
Mario Persico: 'E palumme
Anonymous: Fenesta che lucive
Fenesta che lucive
Giuseppe Cioffi: 'Na sera 'e maggio
'Na sera 'e maggio
Ernesto de Curtis: Voce 'e notte
Voce 'e notte
Ernesto de Curtis: Autunno
Teodoro Cottrau: Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy)
Ernesto Tagliaferri: Passione
Ernesto de Curtis: Senza nisciuno
Ernesto Tagliaferri: Piscatore 'e Pusilleco
Piscatore 'e pusilleco
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