Various Artists

Tosti: The Song of Life, Vol. 1

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Francesco Paolo Tosti was a prolific composer of popular songs in the Belle Époque, and he established his career in Italy and later Great Britain, where he became a citizen and was knighted. Yet in spite of his large and impressive output, his songs are often relegated to the category of salon music and dismissed for their lightness and sentimentality. To put Tosti's songs in the proper context and to demonstrate his consistent artistry, Brilliant Classics has issued this five-CD set, the first volume in a series of the complete songs, in appealing performances by a variety of exceptional interpreters. Sopranos Romina Casucci, Maura Menghini, Valentina Mastrangelo, and Monica Bacelli, tenors Nunzio Fazzini, David Sotgiu, and Mark Milhofer, baritone Denver Martin-Smith, and pianists Marco Scolastra, Roberto Rupo, Isabella Crisante, and Antonio Ballista present 114 songs that range from the pleasant if slight L'Augurio to the harmonically subtle The Love That Came Too Late, and the program offers both Italian and English songs, along with a handful in French. This collection was issued in 2016 to mark the centenary of Tosti's death, and the quality of the performances will bring much needed attention to his neglected oeuvre.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:28 Amazon
Ai bagni di Lucca, CS7
2 02:20 Amazon
3 02:08 Amazon
4 03:30 Amazon
5 01:50 Amazon
6 02:26 Amazon
7 01:34 Amazon
8 02:46 Amazon
9 03:02 Amazon
10 03:49 Amazon
11 03:12 Amazon
12 03:55 Amazon
13 01:08 Amazon
14 06:08 Amazon
15 02:43 Amazon
16 03:29 Amazon
17 05:01 Amazon
18 02:29 Amazon
19 03:21 Amazon
20 03:18 Amazon
21 03:06 Amazon
22 03:38 Amazon
23 02:24 Amazon
24 01:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:03 Amazon
Prime melodic, CS25
2 02:28 Amazon
3 02:48 Amazon
4 01:39 Amazon
5 03:39 Amazon
6 02:22 Amazon
7 03:49 Amazon
8 02:41 Amazon
9 02:11 Amazon
10 02:39 Amazon
Canti popolari abruzzesi, (Versione ritmica of R. Petrosemolo), CS30
11 01:10 Amazon
12 02:05 Amazon
13 03:00 Amazon
14 01:52 Amazon
15 01:19 Amazon
16 00:50 Amazon
17 01:35 Amazon
18 01:38 Amazon
19 01:32 Amazon
20 01:49 Amazon
21 01:41 Amazon
22 01:58 Amazon
23 01:22 Amazon
24 01:02 Amazon
25 01:45 Amazon
Pagine d'album, CS31
26 01:54 Amazon
27 01:48 Amazon
28 01:20 Amazon
29 01:56 Amazon
30 03:44 Amazon
31 02:44 Amazon
32 02:30 Amazon
33 04:10 Amazon
34 02:17 Amazon
35 04:13 Amazon
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