One of the leading operatic tenors of the 20th century, Jussi Björling sings Till Havs (English: at sea). It is originally a poem by the Finnish-Swedish poet Jonathan Reuter, with the opening words “Smokey and the ocean’s healthy wind”. In 1922, the song was set to music by the Swedish composer Gustaf Nordqvist (born 12 …
The legendary American tenor and Hollywood film star of Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Vesti La Giubba”, a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera Pagliacci (Clowns). From “For the First Time”, Lanza’s final film, was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1959.
Accompanied by the Faroe Islands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish oboist Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt performs the Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe”, the main theme for the 1986 film The Mission directed by Roland Joffé. Conductor: Bernhardhur Wilkinson. Recorded on January 10, 2009.
The great American tenor and Hollywood film star of Italian origin, Mario Lanza and Luisa Di Meo (the little girl) sing “Arrivederci Roma” (Goodbye Rome), from the 1958 Italian-American musical film “Seven Hills of Rome”. It was Lanza’s penultimate film. The composer of the song, Renato Rascel (27 April 1912 – 2 January 1991) also played …
The great American tenor of Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. The video is from the 1956 movie “Serenade”.
Conducted by Mike Batt, the Secret Symphony Orchestra plays Batt’s “Main Theme” to the “Caravans”, a 1978 Iranian-American film directed by James Fargo based on the novel by James A. Michener. Recorded at Cadogan Hall, London, in May 2010.
Peruvian operatic tenor Juan Diego Flórez sings “Amapola”, a 1924 song by Cádiz-born composer José María Lacalle García (later Joseph Lacalle). Recorded at the Latino Inaugural, on January 20, 2013, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., USA.
Italian bass Ezio Pinza sings “You Belong To My Heart” with Lana Turner, the American film and television actress. From the 1951 romantic musical drama film “Mr. Imperium” (UK title: “You Belong To My Heart”).
Plácido Domingo & José Carreras sing “Non Ti Scordar di Me (Don’t Forget About Me)”, for a tribute to their friend Luciano Pavarotti. Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eugene Kochn.
Chinese cellist Tina Guo plays the Main Theme of Schindler’s List; a 1993 American historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. Tina Guo, Cello; Bryan Pezzone, Piano. Director of Photography: Joel Moody; Director, Producer, Editor: Tina Guo.