In advance of Joseph Calleja’s concerts with the BBC Proms, his newest Decca Classics album, Amore, will be released in the United Kingdom on September 2. Joseph’s fifth solo recording of arias takes the sounds of the Mediterranean as a basis for a romantic collection of songs with a contemporary twist.
Including such beloved songs as “Bésame Mucho,” “La Vie en Rose,” and “O Sole Mio,” Amore is inspired by the grand tradition of legendary tenors—such as Caruso, to whom Joseph is often compared, Gigli, and Schipa—recording popular classics. Other works include Francesco Sartori’s “Time to Say Goodbye,” Ennio Morricone’s Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso, and Rolf Løvland’s “You Raise Me Up.”
Joining Joseph for Amore are Steven Mercurio and the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as classical accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and violinist Nicola Benedetti (who reprises her duet with Joseph, Leoncavallo’s “Mattinata,” following their performance of the same work at the 2012 BBC Proms). Following its UK release, the album will be available internationally September 9 and in the United States on October 15.
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