Placido Domingo: "Italia, Ti Amo"
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Eugene Kohn, conductor. (Deutsche Grammophon)
LOVESICKNESS, longing, disappointment and heartbreak are the subjects of most of these 16 songs by 20th century Italian composers, which the veteran 65-year-old star tenor delivers with his signature intensity. Most memorable are Tosti's "Non t'amo piu" and Salvatore Cardillo's "Core 'ngrato," perhaps most cherishable the touching but uncomplaining -- rare on this disc -- "Mandulinate 'e sera" by Virgilio Panzuti. The meat of Domingo's voice may be somewhat diminished, but the singer's charm remains.