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‘Arrivederci’ follows the massive success of Vittorio’s debut album ‘In The Hands of Love’. The album shot into the top 10 of the UK album chart, and the hottest new tenor was quickly snapped up to perform duets with Nicole Scherzinger and the legendary Lionel Richie. Vittorio Grigolo had sensationally arrived.
A stunning collection of thirteen of the best Italian songs and opera arias personally chosen by Vittorio Grigolo, his second album for Sony Classical, proves just why his recent appearance in Faust at the Royal Opera House garnered rave reviews. Inspiring critics to proclaim Vittorio as “Irresistible” – Daily Telegraph and “Explosively dynamic” – The Independent, the performance has secured Vittorio’s place as an opera star for a brand new generation.
‘Arrivederci’ combines Grigolo’s selection of songs from the past century that are steeped in Italian tradition with a handful of beautiful arias. Recorded with Pier Giorgio Morandi conducting the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, this album is a deeply personal homage to the music with which the great tenors of the past have thrilled generations of music lovers.
From incomparable arias such as Verdi’s La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) and Giordano’s Amor ti vieta to the quintessentially Neapolitan tunes of Core ‘ngrato (Cardillo) and Mattinata (Leoncavallo), ‘Arrivederci’ reflects the sounds and traditions of a period in Vittorio’s life he will never forget.
Vittorio Grigolo, born in Tuscany and raised in Rome, became a soloist in the choir of the Sistine Chapel at the age of nine, sang the role of the shepherd boy in Puccini’s Tosca in the Rome Opera alongside Luciano Pavarotti at 13, and at 23 was the youngest tenor ever to debut at la Scala in Milan. So far, he has sold over 350,000 albums worldwide.
Curtis: Torna A Surriento
Rascel (R): Arrivederci Roma
Lazzaro: Chitarra Romana
Giordano: Fedora - Amor Ti Vieta
Verdi: Rigoletto - La Donna E Mobile
Cannio: O Surdato 'nnamurato
Rossini: Serenata Musicale - La Danza
D'Annibale (V): O Paese D'O Sole
D'Anzi: Voglio Vivere Così
Cardillo: Core N'Grato
Curtis: Non Ti Scordar Di Me
“After he has handsomely done his classical duty with arias from Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Cilea among others, Grigolo lets rip with popular Italian songs, emoting in a properly verismo manner about being lovesick and homesick for the southern sun and the Mediterranean moon...his is an attractive, light lyric voice with a pleasing top but, as yet, shallow in the lower register.”
“Grigolo's bright, forward projection and not huge voice suits this Three Tenors repertoire well and he handles it with more respect (and, dare one say, taste) and intelligent use of the words than some of his predecessors therein. The Italian pops, especially 'Arrivederci, Roma', have a refreshing simplicity...this sounds like a serious artist and he's been well recorded and produced.”
“Like Pavarotti, Grigolo has a forward projection of the voice which propels it smoothly along the line, thus helping legato. His lyric tenor is supple and has a pleasant sound, and he has the virtue of being able (and willing) to employ vocal dynamic, which always benefit strophic songs...Grigolo puts across each message in winning tones.”
3rd February 2012
“he brings the same muscular charm to "Torna a Surriento" and "Arrivederci Roma" as he does to "La donna e mobile" and "La danza". Most impressive of all, emotion courses through every syllable of Lucio Dalla's "Caruso".”
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