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Given that the name of Enrico Caruso is known to music listeners who may not be able to name any other opera singer, it's a bit surprising that his legacy remains rather rarely explored on recordings. For that reason alone, tenor Roberto Alagna deserves kudos for Caruso 1873, named for the singer's birth year, but there's much more to enjoy here. Alagna does not imitate Caruso's style, which would have yielded a negative result, but he chooses ways of singing that evoke Caruso. For example, Caruso, without really going to ...

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  1. Caruso, for voice & orchestra
  2. Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, chorus, 2 pianos & harmonium: Domine Deus
  3. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Act 1. Frondi Tenere... Ombra Mai Fu
  4. Salvator Rosa, opera: Act 1. Mia Piccirella
  5. Tre giorni son che nina, song for voice & piano (spurious; may be by V.L. Ciampi)
  6. Pietà, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  7. Néron (Nero), opera: Act 2. Ô Lumière du Jour
  8. Santa Lucia, for voice & orchestra
  9. La bohème, opera: Act 4. Vecchia Zimarra
  10. Il Guarany, opera: Act 1. Sento Una Forza Indomita
  11. Don Juan's Serenade, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/1
  12. Élégie: O doux printemps d'autrefois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")
  13. Parce que (Because), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  14. I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, opera: Act 3. Qual Voluttà Trascorrere
  15. Mamma mia, che vo' sapè, for voice & orchestra
  16. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Mi Par D'Udir Ancora
  17. Mattinata ("L'aurora di bianco vestita"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  18. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Act 4. No, Più Nobile
  19. Manon, opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Chiudo Gli Occhi
  20. Tu, ca nun chiagne!, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
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