The first song in the 2017 countdown takes us back to the earlier part of Alfie’s career, with the only representative from La Passione to make the list, Parlami D’amore Mariu:
This song featured in the first Best Ever Alfie Boe Song poll and came in there at number six – since then it hasn’t featured at all, possibly as we have seen a distinct move away from Alfie’s classical repertoire in the three poll since then.
Written for a film soundtrack, Gli Uomini Che Mascalzoni, Parlami D’amore Mariu was written in 1932 by Cesare Andrea Bixio and Ennio Neri for the voice of Vittorio De Sica and translated, means “Tell Me That You Love Me”. The original sounds like a film soundtrack but the most well know version is of course in the neapolitan style here sung by Giuseppe Di Stefano:
There are many other artists I could have chosen, including recently, Jonas Kauffman, but I chose this one as Alfie has previously mentioned Di Stefano as a favourite artist to listen to.
If you don’t yet have La Passione in your collection, it’s available here:
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Di Stefano is well known for Addio as well so there’s a double connection between them.
One of my first cds I purchased. Love his emotion in his voice when he sings “time worn” classics.
If you don’t have La Passione in your collection you should order it now. It’s a fabulous album – especially if you love the more classical side of Alfie.
A very worthy No10, my heart turns over when he sings it. xx