Casella's early tone-poem Italia neatly interweaves folk melodies both grave (reminiscent of Cavalleria Rusticana) and jolly, the familiar Funiculi
It is pleasing that at the forthcoming charity concert the band and choir will share the stage once again and perform together, Funiculi
, Funicula and The Battle Hymn of the Republic," John Lees added.
Spine-tingling crescendo after crescendo, he sang classics including You'll Never Walk Alone, the theme from The Godfather, Funiculi
, Funicula and my favourite all-time ballad and my first single, Can't Help Falling in Love.
The tour promotes his new album, La Voce, which was recorded in Rome, so his show was stuffed with bouncy Italian numbers like Volare, Funiculi
Funicula and Io Che Non Vivo (Sensa Te) to the tune of Dusty Springfield's You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, as well as Sinatra songs like Strangers in the Night.
His snappy Funiculi
Funicula was perfect for the light mood and he skilfully matched delivery to the song, as with the smooth - and very Sinatraesque - Strangers in the Night.