Josef Locke

Hear My Song, Violetta (Original Recordings 1947-1950)

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Josef Locke exerted a considerable influence over the British vocal art during the middle part of the 20th century, but most of his best recordings were produced during a short span of time. The Naxos collection Hear My Song, Violetta: Original Recordings 1947-1950 -- one of many to bear the burden of the "hear my song" subtitle that gave him his most lasting fame, courtesy of a 1992 film -- is an excellent one, including his breakout recording, "Santa Lucia," as well as his most popular, "Hear My Song, Violetta." It also includes a good selection of his Irish tunes ("How Can You Buy Killarney?," "Galway Bay," "Eileen O'Grady"), as well as several Italian songs and light operatic material.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2 3:18
3 3:19
4 3:33
5 2:57
6 3:24
7 3:23
8 3:29
9 3:17
10 3:24
11 3:55
12 3:00
13 2:55
14 3:36
15 3:32
16 3:00
White Horse Inn, operetta
17 3:05
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