New Sepia Records CD coming in July 2022: "The Electrifying Mario Lanza"

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Derek McGovern

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Jun 14, 2022, 11:41:09 AM6/14/22
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Jun 18, 2022, 1:46:06 PM6/18/22
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Great news! Looking forward to it!

Derek McGovern

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Jul 1, 2022, 12:30:57 AM7/1/22
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It's not long now till Sepia Records in London has the new Lanza CD in stock, and for those in the US it'll be available---probably from late July (which will be earlier than Amazon and the other online sellers release it)---from the Mario Lanza Institute

I've just been listening to the master audio file for The Electrifying Mario Lanza, and was thrilled anew by the brilliance of the Lanza voice. Once again, Sepia has truly down his legacy proud. Whether it's the Act III Otello duet and the Monologue that follows it, or something as lightweight as "Come Dance With Me" (the original RCA recording, not the Seven Hills version), Lanza's voice is reproduced here with a thrilling vibrancy. I've never heard the majority of its commercial selections sound better, nor fully appreciated till working on this project just how richly satisfying his suave singing of the Because You're Mine soundtrack version of "Lee Ah Loo" (restored here from the original acetate) really is. 

Here are full recording details of all the recordings featured on this upcoming CD:   

THE ELECTRIFYING MARIO LANZA: RARITIES AND RESTORED RECORDINGS

1 Yours Is My Heart Alone (from The Land of Smiles) (Franz Lehár–Harry B. Smith)

Republic Studios, Hollywood, 6 September 1956. Henri René, conductor, and His Orchestra.

2 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (Irving Berlin)

Live CBS radio broadcast from Liederkranz Hall, New York City, 23 January 1946. Sylvan Levin, conductor; untitled CBS orchestra.  

3 Because (Guy d’Hardelot–Edward Teschemacher)

Manhattan Center, New York, 19 February 1951. Constantine Callinicos, conductor; RCA Victor Orchestra.                                                       

4 All the Things You Are (from Very Warm for May) (Jerome Kern–Oscar Hammerstein II) 

MGM Studios, Culver City, 12 July 1951. John Green, conductor; MGM Studio Orchestra.    

5 Lee Ah Loo (Ray Sinatra–John Lehmann)

MGM Studios, Culver City, 19 October 1951. John Green, conductor; MGM Studio Orchestra.                        

6 Where or When (from Babes in Arms) (Richard Rodgers–Lorenz Hart)

Radio Recorder Studio, Los Angeles, 8 November 1951. Ray Sinatra, conductor; untitled orchestra.

7 Look for the Silver Lining (from Sally) (Jerome Kern–Gus DeSylva)                

Same details as for track #6.

8 My Buddy (Walter Donaldson–Gus Kahn)                                                                            

Radio Recorder Studio, Los Angeles, 8(?) February 1952. Ray Sinatra, conductor; untitled orchestra.

9 Fools Rush In (Rube Bloom–Johnny Mercer)       

Radio Recorder Studio, Los Angeles, 15 February 1952. Ray Sinatra, conductor; untitled orchestra

10 You Are My Love (Constantine Callinicos–Paul Francis Webster)

Republic Studios, Hollywood, 17 June 1953. Constantine Callinicos, conductor. RCA Victor Orchestra and Chorus.                                                                       

11 Call Me Fool (Lee Kauderer)

Same details as for track #10.               

12 Come Dance With Me (Richard Leibert–George Blake)

Republic Studios, Hollywood, 15 April 1957. Henri René, conductor, and His Orchestra, with the Jeff Alexander Choir.                                                           

13 Only a Rose (from The Vagabond King) (Rudolf Friml–Brian Hooker–William Post)

Cinecittà Studios, Rome, July 1959. Constantine Callinicos, conductor; RCA Italiana Orchestra.    

14 Mattinata (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

Republic Studios, Hollywood, 23 August 1949. Ray Sinatra, conductor; RCA Victor Orchestra.  

15 Marechiare (Francesco Paolo Tosti–Salvatore Di Giacomo)

Manhattan Center, New York, 23 February 1951. Constantine Callinicos, conductor; RCA Victor Orchestra.                                                                   

16 Senza Nisciuno (Ernesto De Curtis–Antonio Barbieri)

Cinecittà Studios, Rome, June 1959. Paul Baron, conductor; RCA Italiana Orchestra.                  

17 Otello: Dio ti giocondi  (Giuseppe Verdi–Arrigo Boito)

Warner Bros. Studio, Hollywood, 22 November 1955. Licia Albanese, soprano. Ray Heindorf, conductor; Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra.  

18 Otello: Dio! Mi potevi scagliar  (Giuseppe Verdi–Arrigo Boito)

Warner Bros. Studio, Hollywood, 19 July 1955. Ray Heindorf, conductor; Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra.  

BONUS TRACKS   

19 Carmen: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (Georges Bizet–Henri Meilhac–Ludovic Halévy) Republic Studios, Hollywood, 8 April 1950. Constantine Callinicos, conductor; RCA Victor Orchestra.      

20 La bohème: Testa adorata (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

Radio Recorder Studio, Los Angeles, 9 May 1952. Constantine Callinicos, conductor; untitled orchestra.

21 Serenade (from The Student Prince) (Sigmund Romberg–Dorothy Donnelly)

Cinecittà Studios, Rome, April 1959. Paul Baron, conductor; RCA Italiana Orchestra.                 

22 Nocturne: Reprise (from The Vagabond King) (Friml–Hooker–Post)

Cinecittà Studios, Rome, July 1959. Constantine Callinicos, conductor; RCA Italiana Orchestra.

23 Silent Night (Franz Gruber–Joseph Mohr)

Cinecittà Studios, Rome, May 1959. Paul Baron, conductor; RCA Italiana Orchestra.                      

24 La Gioconda: Cielo e mar (Amilcare Ponchielli–Arrigo Boito)  

MGM Studios, Culver City, 29 August 1950. Peter Herman Adler, conductor; MGM Studio Orchestra. 

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Derek McGovern

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Jul 6, 2022, 7:57:10 AM7/6/22
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The Electrifying Mario Lanza is now in stock at Sepia Records' London office at this link. (It's listed as a "forthcoming release" for August, but is available now for immediate delivery.)

Postage included, the price is £8.99 for those in the UK, £9.99 for the rest of Europe, and £11.99 (approximately US$14.30) for those in the US and the rest of the world. 

And just a reminder that for those in the US, the Mario Lanza Institute is also selling this CD, with proceeds going towards scholarships in Lanza's name. The Institute will probably have the CD in stock in late July---before Amazon and the other online sellers have it.

Derek

rxxre eves

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Jul 6, 2022, 12:14:35 PM7/6/22
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So Sepia have slapped on a 12.5% price increase.
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