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Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall ()

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composed by Celius Dougherty, Ernesto de Curtis, Francesco Santoliquido, Franz Joseph Haydn, Gioachino Rossini, Harold Arlen, Havelock Nelson, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Jerome Moross, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Foster, William Bolcom

Something about the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes British audiences roll over and put their paws in the air, and this frothy but enjoyable recital gives additional indications about what it is. The album is taken from a pair of live recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, and the Erato label deserves credit for a sound environment that captures the relaxed quality of the events. Simply, DiDonato has the confidence to master whatever she tackles, and it's infectious. Known for muscular pieces like the little ...

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  1. Arianna a Naxos ("Teseo mio ben"), cantata for soprano & keyboard, H. 26b/2
  2. Beltà crudele ("Amori scendete propizi al mio core"), for voice & piano
  3. La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales)
  4. I canti della sera, for voice & piano
  5. Non ti scordar di me, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  6. Beautiful Dreamer, for voice & piano
  7. The Siren's Song, song (from "Leave It to Jane")
  8. Go Little Boat, song (from "Miss 1917")
  9. Irish Songs (4), for voice, horn & piano: Lovely Jimmie
  10. Love in the Dictionary, for voice & piano
  11. Life upon the Wicked Stage, song (from "Show Boat")
  12. Lazy Afternoon
  13. Amor
  14. Food for Thought, song for voice & piano (from Magdalena), A. 472
  15. Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat")
  16. My Funny Valentine, song (from "Babes in Arms")
  17. All the Things You Are, song (from "Very Warm for May")
  18. I Love a Piano, song (from Stop! Look! Listen!")
  19. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
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