Sony Masterworks Joins With Turner Classic Movies (TCM) To Present New Mario Lanza Collection The Toast Of Hollywood

2-CD Set Compiles The Legendary Tenor's Movie Hits, Opera Arias and More, Including Six Previously Unreleased Tracks available August 27, 2013

TCM to Celebrate with All-Night Marathon of Lanza Classics on September 18


NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Sony Masterworks is proud to present The Toast of Hollywood, a new 2-CD set celebrating legendary tenor Mario Lanza's extraordinary film and recording career, available on August 27, 2013.

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, Renee 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.

Disc 1, "A Tenor at the Movies," 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 Brodzsky 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," is chock 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.

Mario Lanza lived life to the fullest, but died in 1959 at only 38. The Toast of Hollywood is bound to delight not only lovers of Hollywood's golden era, but those of any generation who appreciate how a voice for the ages can turn music, both popular and operatic, into timeless classics.

Mario Lanza: The Toast of Hollywood Tracklisting:

Disc 1

Disc 2

A Tenor at the Movies

A Tenor in Love

1 Be My Love

1 Romance

2 Because

2 Day in, Day Out (previously unreleased)

3 Rigoletto, "La donna e mobile"

3 What is This Thing Called Love?

4 The Loveliest Night of the Year

4 The Night is Young and You're so Beautiful

5 Granada

5 The Best Things in Life Are Free

6 They Didn't Believe Me

6 'A vucchella (previously unreleased)

7 Because You're Mine

7 If I Loved You

8 Ave Maria

8 For You Along

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

9 Make Believe

10 Serenade

10 I'll Never Love You (previously unreleased)

11 Lolita (previously unreleased)

11 You'll Never Walk Along

12 La Boheme, "Che gelida manina"

12 Among My Souvenirs

13 Drink, Drink, Drink

13 I Love Thee (previously unreleased)

14 Arrivederci Roma

14 My Romance

15 Tosca, "E lucevan le stelle"

15 Along Together

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the life and career of Mario Lanza with a night featuring five of his most beloved films. The following is a complete schedule:

TCM Celebrates Mario Lanza – Wednesday, Sept. 18
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)

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and the month-long 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of online through the TCM homepage, which includes the TCM Movie Database, message boards, blogs and more.

TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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