Arias & Serenades by Charles Di Raimondo

Arias & Serenades is the April 10, 2007 album by the accomplished pianist, guitarist, composer, studio producer and a member of the popular singing group Canada’s Three Tenors Charles Di Raimondo who enjoys a successful career in Canada and the USA. He is in demand as a tenor soloist at concerts, recitals, festivals, and major corporate functions.  This fifteen track album of operatic arias and serenades showcases his amazing tenor voice on such tracks as Mattinata, Granada, Agnus Dei Lamb Of God, Amor Ti Vieta, O Sole Mio and much more.  I enjoyed this release from start to finish with an amazing vocal performance and recording.  This is my third review for this accomplished tenor and I am looking forward to hearing much more from this artist whether it is older recordings or future releases.  This album is available on CD and digital download from many outlets where music is sold.

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In Terra Cognita by JJ Chardeau

French musician and composer, JJ Chardeau has launched his rock opera Magical Music Man on CD, Download and Streaming platforms with the album In Terra Cognita released November 22, 2109, on the L Records label and distributed by Cherry Red Records.  The album features special guests including Mark Andes (Canned Heat, Spirit), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Brian Auger (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Alex Ligertwood(Santana), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty), John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Michael Sadler (Saga), Chris Pinnick (Chicago) and Hank Linderman (America, Chicago).  This fifteen track album features the tracks Evolution (Magical Music Man Overture), Dream In Moscow, Frisson Nippon, The Last Rockaway, Machu Picchu, Wall of Laments and much more.  This great album was well written, recorded, performed and produced.  If you are a fan of rock opera that is well performed and written, this is an album you will add to your music library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Cherry Red Records, Target and other music outlets.

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Songs From The Terrace by Miriam Leah

Have you ever had a morning that you needed something relaxing to listen to?  Well, I found the perfect album.  A friend told me about an Opera artist named Miriam Leah and I decided to contact her about hearing her music.  The first CD I listened to of hers is the June 3, 2015 release Songs From The Terrace on the Space Opera Studios Records label.  I enjoyed this album from the very first song Quando Men Vo’.  I was impressed with this young artist’s voice as I listened to the other four tracks on this EP such as Porgi Amor, O Mio Babbino Caro and two others.  This release was well performed and recorded.  I am looking forward to listening to the other two albums that she had sent me.  You can find this album from Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Amore: Romantic Italian Love Songs by Luciano Pavarotti

Amore: Romantic Italian Love Songs is an album by Luciano Pavarotti, an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music.  This album was released September 1992 on the Decca Records label.  This is one of my favorite albums I like to put on to relax. This album contains such great songs as Nessun Dorma, O Sole Mio, Vesti La Giubba and much more.  If you are a fan of opera like I am, I highly recommend this album to your music library.

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Extravergine by Micheal Castaldo

Extravergine is a Christmas album recorded by Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo released November 15, 2011 on the Vital Records label. This Christmas album was well performed as all these great classics are sung in Italian and well recorded. This twelve track album contains such great works as O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, What Child is This, Oh Come All Ye Faithful and so much more.  This is a Christmas Album you want to add to your library.

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Alexander Kariotis and The Rock Opera Orchestra

In my review is for the CD Alexander Kariotis and The Rock Opera Orchestra.  Alexander has the talent of mixing Opera with Rock.  This CD opens with the Opera classic Nessun Dorma mixed with his song No One Sleeps.  This song was very well done.  I never hear of a classic opera song done with Rock but he managed to make this his own.  Other great cuts on this CD is Lucky in Love, Home, Lennon In Heaven and his rendition of the Opera classic Vesti La Grubba which is done twice on this album first mixed with his composition Hide the Tears.  The final cut on this CD is Vesti La Grubba Mixed featuring Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels.  This whole CD was very well done and I am looking forward to hearing more of his work soon. img_20160520_0001