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TCM Celebrates Mario Lanza TONIGHT!! with an All-Night Marathon

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Sony Masterworks and Turner Classic Movies and celebrate the life and career or Mario Lanza TONIGHT!!! Wednesday September 18 with All-Night Marathon of Lanza Classics.  Featuring five of his most beloved films.

8 p.m. - The Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
10 p.m. -  For the First Time (1959)
Midnight - The Great Caruso (1951)
2 a.m. - The Student Prince (1954)
4 a.m. - Because You're Mine (1952)

In conjunction, Sony Masterworks releases: The Toast of Hollywood, a new 2-CD set celebrating Lanza's extraordinary film and recording career.

Mario Lanza started out in the world of opera and the concert stage, but became an international star when his golden voice began to ring out from the celebrated soundstages of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. By shifting to film work, he believed he was bringing good music - and grand opera in particular - to more people through his movies than he could ever hope to from the classical stage.  Luminaries like Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming and tenor Joseph Calleja tended to agree, each of them citing the tremendous impact Lanza's groundbreaking film The Great Caruso had on their respective careers.  The Toast of Hollywood displays the full range of Lanza's vocal brilliance in a glittering compilation of popular ballads, opera arias, classic show tunes, and jewels from the Great American Songbook, including six previously unreleased gems.

Sony Masterworks Disc 1 "A Tenor at the Movies,"  includes: covers the Hollywood years, with songs and arias made popular by Lanza in his classic musicals for MGM.  Standouts include his signature tune, "Be My Love," written for him by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn for The Toast of New Orleans; a sublime, one-take recording of the famous "Serenade" from The Student Prince; and a sensational "Granada," one of the musical high points in Because You're Mine.  Lanza's Hollywood recordings also included classic opera arias, and this disc features Verdi's "La donna e mobile" (from Rigoletto) and "Libiamo, ne'lieti calici" (from La Traviata) among others.

Disc 2  "A Tenor in Love," qincludes: is full of songs of love and longing, all recorded for "The Mario Lanza Show" radio broadcasts in 1951 and 1952.  Its many treasures include "Day In, Day Out," Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer's hooray-for-love salute to hopeful romantics; a ravishing "'A vucchella" that positively bursts with bright Italian sunshine; and a sweet and tender "My Romance," here making its debut on CD.  Lanza also pays tribute to the composers and lyricists of musical theater and the Great American Songbook with his inimitably passionate renditions of songs by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more.  Some selections include the singer's own spoken introductions.

Track Listing / Disc 1

A Tenor at the Movies

1 Be My Love

2 Because

3 Rigoletto, "La donna e mobile" 

4 The Loveliest Night of the Year 

5 Granada

6 They Didn't Believe Me

7 Because You're Mine 

8 Ave Maria 

9 La Traviata, "Libiamo, ne'lieti calici" 

10 Serenade 

11 Lolita (previously unreleased)

12 La Bohème, "Che gelida manina" 

13 Drink, Drink, Drink 

14 Arrivederci Roma 

15 Tosca, "E lucevan le stelle" 

Disc 2: 

1 Romance

2 Day in, Day Out (previously unreleased)

3 What is This Thing Called Love?

4 The Night is Young and You're so Beautiful 

5 The Best Things in Life Are Free

6 'A vucchella (previously unreleased)

7 If I Loved You

8 For You Alone

9 Make Believe 

10 I'll Never Love You (previously unreleased)

11 You'll Never Walk Alone

12 Among My Souvenirs

13 I Love Thee (previously unreleased)

14 My Romance 

15 Along Together