Licia Albanese song album

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Tony Partington

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May 30, 2023, 8:11:25 AM5/30/23
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Hello Folks!

One of my favorite haunts is the unlocked recording section of archive.org. I was poking around there this morning and found this little gem. It may not be everyone's taste, but it's interesting to hear how Albanese's voice sounded at a later stage in here career. These recordings were done in 1963 (1964 release) and as I listened to her I thought, of course, of Mario. She was born in 1909 (July 22, 1909[1] – August 15, 2014) and was eleven years Mario's senior. How truly sad he was so undisciplined and self destructive. Not a winning combination to be sure. But I was thinking, as Licia was singing the folk songs, how marvelous a duet album of Italian songs would have been. Imagine their voices blending on "La Maravegia" or the passionate Neapolitan "L'urdemo Sole."
I might be all wrong, but I hear Mario in these songs. And the thought of what a duet album would have been like is beautifully and magnificently sad.




Ciao!

Tony
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