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Martino to Ed
03-26-2017
07:59 PM ET (US)
I'll give you my opinion. The Ingemisco is one of Verdi's greatest compositions for the tenor voice. It is both a plea and a prayer. The tenor is asking the Lord for mercy so the singing must be melancholic first and foremost. Every great rendition of this piece has this as the basis (Bjorling perhaps the best on record). The young Lanza had the voice for it for sure as it can be sung effectively by lyrico spinto as well as dramatic tenors. Even Pavarotti, (a lyric tenor in his youth) did a wonderful job with the Verdi Requium. But this melancholic singing is not usually associated with young singers (Corelli the exception). It is an acquired attribute that comes with time and experience, both vocal and life experience. Listen to the words, understand their meaning and you will appreciate this. As such, it is my opinion that the older Lanza would have been most effective singing the Ingemisco, not necessarily in a vocal sense, but in an interpretive one. As far as your question about Mario wanted to record the Ingemisco all I can say is most of the great tenors in history have done so. I'm sure Mario would have wanted to as well when he felt he was ready but time ran out.
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Ed to Fred or Bill
03-26-2017
06:28 PM ET (US)
Do either of you know if Mario ever thought of recording Imgemisco and at what point do you think his voice would have been best suited?
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Fred Day
03-26-2017
12:29 PM ET (US)
Gail: I think so - I vaguely recall reading that in one of the books. That was just another of his many talents. Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
03-26-2017
06:11 AM ET (US)
Didn't one of Mario's biographers write that he entertained children with cartoon character's voices when he told them stories?
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Fred Day
03-26-2017
12:46 AM ET (US)
It is known that Lanza could do an impression of Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine, so he could probably also do Billy Daniels. Perhaps Tony Bennett?? Besides doing Liberace, he also did George Saunders. None of these exist on tape, unfortunately. However, besides the 4 impressions in 7 Hills of Rome, his early impression of Giovanni Martinelli also exists. It is humorous, but also very accurate. Ciao.
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Ed
03-25-2017
07:01 PM ET (US)
My cd is due wed the 29 can't wait!!
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Suzanne
03-25-2017
12:12 PM ET (US)
Kristine, I think Mario could imitate almost any male. Didn't realize it was he singing in the niteclub scene in Seven Hills. The resident tenor when he was seeking a job. Bet he did a "mean" Bill Daniels. Wonder if there are any recordings of more of his impersonations. Remember the Liberace story? What a talent! Need to order "Best of Everything"CD. Documentary on order.
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Kristine
03-25-2017
05:09 AM ET (US)
David, thanks for information. I heard that Mario Lanza could impersonate Billy Daniels.
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David Weaver
03-25-2017
12:20 AM ET (US)
Kristine, at the 1952 Oscar ceremony, which was held on March 19, 1953 and was the first ceremony ever televised, it was popular nightclub and recording star Billy Daniels who sang "Because You're Mine."
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Joe
03-24-2017
08:41 PM ET (US)
I have received my “The Best Of Everything” CD and I am very happy with it. Forty four tracks for that asking price is truly a great bargain! While the sound is very good, I think SEPIA is richer. My only real criticism is with the liner notes....…could Sony possibly find a smaller font?
Edited 03-24-2017 08:43 PM
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Len (UK)
03-24-2017
05:09 PM ET (US)
Wendy - Thanks for the tip. I just watched Vera Lynn singing 'Because your Mine' on YouTube. It is a very different rendition but beautifully sung; the phrasing and arrangement are excellent. She was never one for a big 'money note' as a climax, but always a great performance.
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Kristine
03-24-2017
11:39 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore also was in movie "All The Brothers Were Valiant" , starring Robert Taylor, Ann Blyth, Stewart Granger, and Keenan Wynn, one of my favorite movies. I saw the CD and DVD of Mario Lanza-The Best of Everything on Amazon.com What are the prices in American currency ? Thanks for information.
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Derek Mannering
03-21-2017
08:04 PM ET (US)
Details and Sony media announcement of the Mark Vincent Lanza Tribute CD are now on Jeff's main Lanza page.
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Ed
03-21-2017
03:55 PM ET (US)
James Whitmore played inmate Ross in oscar nominated Shawshank Redemption but oscar went to Forest Gump in 91.
Edited 03-21-2017 03:58 PM
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David Weaver
03-21-2017
02:25 PM ET (US)
Fred, Whitmore was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor in 1975 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" - he lost out to Jack Nicholson for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Derek, listened to Elissa's interview - wonderful. And great to see the new Sony CD in Classic FM's Top Thirty Chart. The continued love for Lanza in the British isles is extraordinary.

Nice to hear the Mark Vincent-Mario duet; another talented singer who cites Mario as an inspiration. It reminded me of the wonderful recording the late Jerry Hadley did, dueting with Mario on "Golden Days."
Edited 03-21-2017 02:28 PM
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Suzanne
03-21-2017
01:58 PM ET (US)
Thanks David. Showboat is on quite a bit, I saw it not long ago. Never can resist it. Ed. I really hope you get to Philly this year, you'll be happy you did. James Whitmore was a terrific actor , a great career . My son always liked him. Wonder how he and Mario got along, even if he did have "a head like an acorn"!.
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