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Neapolitan Gold
An Orchestal Fantasy

Gianni Monese and His Orchestra

Gianni Monese and His Orchestra - Neapolitan Gold Gianni Monese and His Orchestra - Neapolitan Gold
33IMonese G1

Columbia Records...WL 117...33 1/3 LP...High Fidelity

Side 1
1) Marechiaro - Tosti...NTG
2) Sciúmmo - Concina...NTG
3) ´E cummarelle - Giannini...NTG
4) Silenzio cantatore - Lama...NTG
5) Anema e core - D´Esposito...NTG
6) Canzone appassiunata - Mario...NTG
7) Torna - Valente...NTG
8) La danza - Rossini...NTG
9) Munasteria e´ Santa Chiara - Barberis/Galdieri...NTG
10) Dove sta´ zaza´ - Cioffi/Cutolo...NTG

Side 2
1) Core ´igrato - Cardillo/Cordiferro...NTG
2) ´E spingole frangese - E. de Leva...NTG
3) Feneste cha lucive - Not Given...NTG
4) A vuchella - Tosti...NTG
5) Funiculi´ funicula - Denza...NTG
6) Scanlinatella - Cioffi...NTG
7) Guapparia - Fulvo...NTG
8) Passione - Tagliaferri/Valente...NTG
9) Dduie´ paravise - Mario...NTG
10) Luna rossa - Vian...NTG

Gianni Monese and His Orchestra - Neapolitan Gold Gianni Monese and His Orchestra - Neapolitan Gold


Neapolitan Gold
An Orchestal Fantasy

Marechiaro Core ´ingrato
Sciummo ´E spingole frangese
´E cummarelle Feneste cha lucive
Silenzio cantatore A vuchella
Anema e core Funiculi´ funicula´
Canzone appassiunata Scalinatella
Torna Guapparia
La danza Passione
Munasterio e´ Santa Chiara Dduie´ paravise
Dove sta´ zaza´ Luna rossa

Gianni Monese and His Orchestra

There are those who see in Naples only a dirty city with a gorgeous view, a city that is the entree to the ruins and naughty pictures of Pompeii, and they are among the most unfortunate travellers of all. For Naples is a city unique in the world, with a lusty personality and a blazing sun and a riotous population and a glorious gift for song. It takes time to get to know Naples, longer perhaps than most major cities, but the effort is worth it. The Neapolitans are a remarkable breed, a mixture of tough resilience and amazing sentimentality, engaging thievery and volatile comedy. There are sights to be seen in Naples, of course, but the best of the sights is the Neapolitans themselves.

This is not to discount the Bay; few cities in the world have such a magnificent setting. The city circles around it comfortably, running up and down its hills and seeming to stretch out toward Pompeii on the south. The jewel-isle of Capri floats delicately in the distance, and Vesuvius, quiescent, towers above it all. Night on the Bay of Naples is an unforgettable sight. So is the day, whether viewed from the fashionable hillsides or down along the shore, sipping wine in the leafy shadows of the vine-hung parks. And always, in the air there is the Neapolitan music.

This orchestral fantasy, played by Gianni Monese and his orchestra, and recorded in Italy, presents a bubbling sequence of Neapolitan songs. Among them are such characteristic favorites as Rossini´s La dama, melodies by Tosti and that inevitable and uniquely folkish tune Funiculi´ funicula´, which so impressed Richard Strauss with its seeming genuineness that he used it quite unwittingly — in his Aus Italien.

There are popular songs, too: the ubiquitous Dove sta´ zaza´ and Luna rossa, and a dozen others, all touched with the merriment and sadness of Naples. Reflected in all these songs is the tumultuous bustle of the city and its citizens´ love of melody.

Despite its dust and frequent depravity, Naples is a city of great beauty, apart from the Bay. Its hills are lined with fine buildings (looking down into alleys of incomparable squalor), its squares are broad and strewn with baroque statuary. The Via Roma may be less imposing than might be expected, but it runs not only to Rome but to the Palace and the Teatro San Carlo, passing on its way the fabled Galleria, with its glass roof, cafes and swarming shops. There are still wartime ruins, and a poverty-visit Capodimonte—inconceivable to Americans, but there is a lilt and a singing spirit about Naples and Neapolitans that soar joyously above such things (and Neapolitans can make tragedy seem more blackly tragic than anyone on earth).

The vivid individuality of Naples is seen most clearly in its people, strongly monarchistic at bottom and only slightly tolerant of tourists or invaders. Fascism was not noticeably popular in Naples, and indeed when Mussolini, early in his regime, journeyed there, that the citizens might see his greatness, he was so rudely received that he never returned. Perhaps it is something in the Mediterranean sun that gives Neapolitans their special quality, or the fabulous blue of the sea, dotted with the gaily colored fishing boats. Living as they do in pagan territory, on the very fringes of the Siren Land immortalized by Norman Douglas, the Neapolitans are still devoutly Christian (if in their own peculiar way). It is a city of blazing contrasts even in its people: cultured, gentle Neapolitans live next door to gaudy prostitutes, ragged urchins skitter through the opulent first-night audiences arriving at the San Carlo, a vendor in the park may have the dignity lacking in a contessa on the hill.

There is no analysis for Naples, no reduction to manageable terms. It waits there to be absorbed and loved, and cares not at all if you reject it, but some part of it—the musical part never quite dies away. This orchestral fantasy by Gianni Monese is designed to awaken some of those echoes, with its mandolins and strings, its soaring melodies and unashamedly passionate expression. This is part of the treasure of Naples, these golden melodies, and in their glitter is a reflection of the Neapolitan sun.

Other fascinating records in this series include:

CARIBBEE — Songs of the Indies - Juan Serrano and His Caribbean Combo:
El negrito del Batey • Aunque me cueate la vida • Me voy pa´l pueblo • Cuando piensas • Ninfa de amor • China • Baca flaco • Ojos malvados • Que mala eres • Yambu pa´ gozar • El ultimo adios • Cana brava. "Lp" WL 103

DARK EYES — Songs of the Steppes. Boris Sarbek and His Orchestra:
Gopak • Two Guitars • I Don´t Want to • The Old Waltz • Volga Boatman • Bublitachki • The Coachman • Raspachol • Lesghinka No. 1 • Meadowland • Platonov Waltz • Lesghinka No. 2 • Romance en do mineur • Dark Eyes • Troika • Doina • Pojalei • Gopak. "Lp" WL 118

GRAND BAL MUSETTEJoss Baselli and His Ensemble:
La Marie vison • Paris-Boheme • Les Voyous • Paris se regarde • Ca va faire du bruit • Guingettes • Bambino • Que bella combinazione • Serenata • Armen´s Theme • Qu´est-ce que t´as fait • Le Train de I´amouy: "Lp" WL 109

DELIRIUM IN HI-FIElsa Popping and Her Pixieland Band. (Recorded somewhere in France):
Peries de cristal • Java • La paloma • Beer Barrel Polka • Java du diable • Jalousie • La Polka du roi • Java des bombes atomiques • Adios muchachos • La Polka du colonel • Java martienne • La cumparsita. "Lp" WL 106

MUSIC FROM THE FILMSMtenel Legrand and His Orchestra:
Love theme from "La Strada" • Seascape — from "Lost Continent" • Battitura - from "Lost Continent" • Theme from "Lovers and Lollipops" • La Complainte de la Butte - from "French Can-Can" • Tant de vous — from "Lola Montes" • Chanson de Gervaise — from "Gervaise" • Friendly Persuasion — from "Friendly Persuasion" • Serpent Dance — from "Empire of the Sun" • Sur le pave de Paris — from "La Fete a Henriette" • Le Grisbi — from "Touchez pas au Grisbi" • Smile — from "Modern Times." "Lp" WL 107

MANDOLINO. (Recorded in Sicily by the Say Domenieo Barbers of Taormina):
Tarantella guiseppina • A picciuttedda di conga d´oru • Si tu les voulais • Sciuri—Sciuri • E vui durmiti ancora • Minuetto del bove • La cifalota • U sali se n´annou • Tarantella • Pastorale Sicilians • Serenata • Mazzurca siciliana • Malia • Tarantella di amuri • Thais • La muntagnola "Lp" WL 116

ZIZI - Zizi Jeanmpire Sings:
Ah! dis done, dis done • La Croqueuse de diamant • La Java • Ca, c´est Paris • La Brave Fille • II y a plus d´un an • Paris-Boheme • Je suia la femme • La Corde au cou • Irma la douce • Me v´la, te v´la • Avec les anges. "Lp" WL 108

A MOMENT OF LOVE - Mexican Love Songs by the Trio Los Panchos:
Esperame en el cielo • Voy gritando por la calle • Equivocaste el camino • Un minuto de amor • Cancionero • El reloj • La barca • Sabra Dios • Yo vuelvo • Dano • Regresa mi cancion • dos amantes. "Lp" WL 112

MUCHO GUSTO! - Mariachi in Hi-Fi:
El manton de Manila • Jesusita en Chihuahus • La mariquita • Las copetonas • Las perlitas • La negra • Jarabe tapatio • Las coronelas • Las bicicletas • La periodista • El calambre • Las chiapanecas. "Lp" WL 113

BIG BILL´S BLUESBig Bill Broonzy:
Bossie Woman • Texas Tornado • Tell Me What Kind of Man Jesus Is • Trouble in Mind • See See Rider • When I´ve Been Drinkin´ • Martha • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot • Key to the Highway • Goodbye Baby Blues. "Lp" WL 111

EL RODEO - Los Chilenos — Arturo Gatica and Hilda Sour:
El rodeo • Nunca mas • Campos de mi tierra • Cu-cu-rru-cu-cu paloma • Malhaya • El ay, ay, ay • No se que tiene esa calle • Risqui • Cancion de ausencia • Estrellita del sur • Sombras • Las dos puntas. "Lp" WL 104

THE SOUNDS OF SPAIN; - Ay, mi jardinera • Temas de mi Aragon • Jotas de picadillo • Margarita • Ole mi bailaora • Tientos de punto y coma • Madrid • Pandeirada de igresia feita • La luna enamora • Carrascosa • Cuando la aurora • Clavelitos • Sol de Cadiz • A la rueda mi carino • Rias baixas • Ruada de Allariz • Jotas de estilo • Seguidillas de Lecinena. "Lp" WL 110

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