14096 (Urania Records, CD, 2 discs)
FIRST RELEASE (10 March 2023)
Playing time: 73'46"/66'30" - TT 140'16"
Tracks: 24 + 24
Booklet pages: 20
℗ 2023 Urania Records
© 2023 Urania Records
Main country of recording: Italy
Reviewer: Giuseppe Pennisi
Review of Enrico Caruso - His Songs - composed FOR him and BY him published on 25 February 2023
Mark Milhofer, tenor
Marco Scolastra, piano
A symbol of Italianism and bel canto singing, Enrico Caruso moved from provincial Neapolitan stages to the world's most prestigious opera houses, and as naturally as he sang the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, he could return to being the scugnizzo or street urchin of popular songs. But what is less known is that the great tenor himself composed a small number of these songs, and this album brings them together for the first time, along with a wide selection of pieces that were written especially for him by his contemporaries. A little-known repertoire that deserves today, one-hundred-and-fifty years after Caruso's birth, to be rediscovered by a new audience.
Recorded between 30 May and 4 June 2022 at Villa Caruso Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa, Italy.