Casella's early tone-poem Italia neatly interweaves folk melodies both grave (reminiscent of Cavalleria Rusticana) and jolly, the familiar Funiculi
Michael Barnett; Solveig's Song, Grieg/Wallendorf; In the Hall of the Mountain King, Grieg/Wallendorf; Pizzicato Polka, Joseph & Johann Strauss/Leigh Martinet; Funiculi
Funicula, Luigi Denza/Michel; Nessun Dorma, Giacomo Puccini/Florian Janezic; Kalinka, Iwan Petrowitsch Larionow/Michel; The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Solomon Linda/ Wallendorf; Wanton Horns (Chinese Kitchen Dreams), Klaus Wallendorf; Zui Zui Zukkorobashi, Traditional Japan/Masaru Kashiwahara; Tokyo Subway Polka or Nishi-Takashimadaira (Bilben aus dem Yenseits), Wallendorf; Waltzing Matilda, Traditional Australian/Joshua Davis; Guten Abend, gut' Nacht, Brahms/ Wallendorf.
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.
Another unusual feature about this song was that it used an extract from Funiculi
, Funicula, which was credited on the music sheet.
Hence the setlist included the tried and tested, including Verdi's La Donna E Mobile from Rigoletto, sacred arias such as Schubert's Ave Maria and Franck's Panis Angelicus, and a rousing Funiculi
The antennae from 4 males and 4 females were mounted, with the flattened interior surface of the funiculi
The seeds complete their development outside of the ovary on enlarged funiculi