Number 6 in Alfie Boe’s Top Ten Songs is the only representative from La Passione, Alfie’s earlier album of Neopolitan songs. I confess to being surprised that this is the case as the vast majority of fans repeatedly voice a desire to see Alfie return to more his classical roots. It is also the second song on the list to be 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”. A whole host of recordings exist, some of the most famous include Mario Lanza and Giuseppe di Stefano but the let’s look at the original:
From this version, it’s obvious that the song was written in the 1930’s and could easily be taken from a Hollywood musical of the time. By contrast, Alfie’s version is traditionally Neapolitan and I at least had no idea of it’s origins. The following video is from Alfie’s Bring Him Home tour (listen to the banter with the violinist first!):
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