Carreras love letter to romance

José Carreras relishes in this collection of nostalgic romantic songs from Italian composers including Bellini and di Capua

Composer: Various
Repertoire: Mediterranean Passion
Artists: José Carreras (tenor), Ambassade Orchestra Vienna/David Gimenez
Rating:  3/5
Genre: Vocal/Orchestral
Label: Sony Classical 88697 33479-2

Whatever Carerras’s future, it’s clear from this new release that a return to the romantic song repertoire will guarantee packed concerts. With this material, his lyrical vocal qualities are reminiscent of Caruso, with that trademark impassioned delivery. From Italian composers such as Bellini and di Capua to lesser-known Catalonian writers, Carreras relishes these nostalgic, evocative love songs. A supportive, occasionally indulgent performance from the orchestra, too.