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The latest star Italian tenor is in fine voice in this new album, which sees him moving confidently from opera (standard arias from Rigoletto and Fedora), through Neapolitan song (‘Torna a Surriento’, ‘Core ’ngrato’) to the more recent popular songs of the likes of Lucio Dalla (‘Caruso’ – aka ‘Te voglio bene assai’), dropping in classics by Rossini (‘La danza’ – holding on to its final note over conflicting harmonies is a minor blot), and Leoncavallo (‘Mattinata’) along the way. There’s genuine electricity to everything he does, with plenty of variety to the tone, including many delicate effects. He’s a singer with imagination as well as charisma, and the texts come over with clarity and feeling. The 1955 film song ‘Arrivederci Roma’ gives the album its title and reflects Grigolo’s love of his adoptive city, but the plums are ‘Core ’ngrato’ and ‘Non ti scordar di me’, which challenge great performances by legendary tenors of the past.

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