Pavarotti sings Granada (Lara)

The legendary Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti sings Agustín Lara’s Granada, a song about the Spanish city of Granada written in 1932 by the Mexican composer. Conductor: Leone Magiera, the Italian pianist, and conductor. He was Luciano Pavarotti’s childhood friend and was his piano accompanist and the preferred conductor.

José Carreras sings Island in the sun

Accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker (Vienna Symphony Orchestra), famous Spanish tenor José Carreras sings “Island in the sun”, a song written by the American singer-songwriter Harry Belafonte (b. 1927) and the American songwriter Irving Burgie (b. 1924, better known as Lord Burgess), and performed by Harry Belafonte for the 1957 film Island in the Sun …

Ramírez: Misa Criolla [José Carreras and Mercedes Sosa versions]

Misa Criolla is the most famous work of the Argentine composer, pianist, and music director Ariel Ramírez (4 September 1921 – 18 February 2010). The Misa, a mass for tenor, chorus, and orchestra, is based on folk genres such as chacarera, carnavalito, and estilo pampeano, with Andean influences and instruments. It is also one of …

Fritz Wunderlich sings Granada

The great German lyric tenor Fritz Wunderlich sings Granada, a song written in 1932 by Mexican composer Agustín Lara, in German. It was the fashion during Wunderlich’s career for German theaters to perform operas in the local rather than the original language. Symphonie-Orchester Graunke conducted by Hans Carste. Munich, May 31, 1965.

Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata: Via Crucis [2010 album]

Clips from Via Crucis, the 2010 album of L’Arpeggiata, a European early music ensemble led by Christina Pluhar, the Austrian theorbist and conductor. Guest singers are Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, Marco Beasley, The King’s Singers, and Barbara Furtuna Corsican male voice quartet. Published by Virgin Classics.

L’Arpeggiata and Barbara Furtuna: Maria

European early music ensemble led by the Austrian theorbist and conductor Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata and Barbara Furtuna perform “Maria”, a creation of the Corsican male vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna and is based on the melody of La Carpinese, a traditional shepherds’ song from Carpino. The text of the song hints at the sorrows of the …

Beniamino Gigli sings “La Paloma”

The most famous tenor of his generation, Beniamino Gigli (March 20, 1890 – November 30, 1957) sings “La Paloma” (English: the dove), a popular Spanish song which was composed and written by the Spanish composer from the Basque region Sebastián Iradier (aka Sebastián Yradier – 20 January 1809 – 6 December 1865) after he visited …