After accidentally deleting ~ 55 songs, their YouTube links, artistic acknowledgments, and temporal contexts. I will begin again.
Warning, the competition will be great.
The nominations for most beautiful, evocative poem set to music or the best song:
Con Te Partiro (CTP) (1995)
sung by Andrea Bocelli (1958- ) in a duet with Sarah Brightman (1960- ).
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes (To Celia) (1616) by Ben Jonson (1572-1637).
sung by Paul Robeson (1898-1976), bass (~1958).
sung by John McCormack (1884-1945), tenor (1910). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D86kp0oymrg
Al di la (1961)
sung by Luciano Tajoli (1961 San Remo Festival winner). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U47O_ZcZG2Y
Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981).
sung by Hoagy Carmichael (on piano). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IxmMT0wpaU&feature=related
and his original vocal version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvhq3V8ZhTA&feature=related
sung by Willie Nelson (1933- ). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_orwZ6sh2Q
sung by Nat "King" Cole (1919-1965) (1957).
Artie Shaw and his orchestra (1956) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eao_F_8Bt58&feature=related
Artie Shaw and his orchestra (1940) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWoOV616Q2A&feature=related
sung by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r94-7nJt-WM&feature=related
Trees (lyrics written in 1913 by Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) and music in 1922 by Oscar Rasbach (1888-1975)).
sung by Paul Robeson, bass (1898-1976) (1939). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOHekLZD5i4&feature=related
sung by Donald Novis, tenor (1906-1966) (1932). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2k-gkA2kCg&feature=related
sung by Mario Lanza, tenor (1921-1959) (live radio broadcast, Ray Sinatra orchestra, 1952).
sung by the Luton Girls Choir [England]. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XSzZN_CbrM&feature=related
sung by Robert Merrill (1917-2004), baritone (Robert Barlow orchestra, 1952).
sung by Paul Robeson, bass (with piano). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gtJkeXAMt0&feature=related
All Through the Night
sung by Paul Robeson, bass. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmKsY8ZJlDw&feature=related
Some Enchanted Evening (from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific", 1957 album).
sung by Ezio Pinza (1892-1957) with orchestra (1949, on Broadway with Mary Martin (1913-1990)).
sung by Rossano Brazzi (1916-1994) (from the movie "South Pacific," 1958).
Bali Ha'i (Juanita Hall (1901-1968) as Bloody Mary from the movie "South Pacific," 1958).
dubbed by Muriel Smith (1923-1985) (Bloody Mary in the London performance, 1951).
E lucevan le stelle (Tosca, 1900 by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)).
E lucevan le stelle is the romanza of Mario Cavaradossi in the 3rd act of Tosca, the opera composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is sung by Tosca's lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi (tenor), while waiting for his coming execution.
E lucevan le stelle,
ed olezzava la terra
stridea l'uscio dell'orto
e un passo sfiorava la rena.
Entrava ella fragrante,
mi cadea fra la braccia.
O dolci baci, o languide carezze,
mentr'io fremente le belle forme disciogliea dai veli!
Svanì per sempre il sogno mio d'amore.
L'ora è fuggita, e muoio disperato!
e muoio disperato! E non ho amato mai tanto la vita!
tanto la vita!
And the stars were shining,
and the earth smelled sweet,
the garden gate scraped,
and a step brushed the sand.
She came in, fragrant,
and fell into my arms.
Oh! sweet kisses, oh! languid caresses,
while I, trembling, released her lovely features from their veils!
My dream of love has vanished forever.
The moment is gone, and I die in despair!
And I never have loved life so much!
sung by Enrico Caruso (piano accompaniment).
Che Galina manina (Rodolfo's Aria, La Bohème, by Giacomo Puccini).
sung by Enrico Caruso (vocal recorded February 11, 1906 in New York;
remastered with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, April 2002).
Recondita Armonia (Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini)
sung by Enrico Caruso (~1904). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbT2Mdk2od0&feature=fvst
Una Furtiva Lagrima (A furtive tear) from L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).
sung by Enrico Caruso (vocal recorded, 1st of February 1904, room 826, Carnegie Hall, NY;
digitally remastered with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gottfried Rabl).
Fenesta Che Lucive
sung by Enrico Caruso (1913).
Core 'ngrato (Ungrateful Heart) (text written by Salvatore Cardillo (1874-1947) in 1911 for Caruso).
sung by Enrico Caruso (digitally remastered version).
More Caruso info on my website: http://www.enricocaruso.dk
(in both English and Danish). tomfroekjaer, February 28, 2008
sung by Mario Lanza (1921-1959) with orchestra.
Nessun Dorma (from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini).
sung by Franco Corelli (1921-2003). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg-59NoES2o&feature=related
sung by Luciano Pavarotti (Los Angeles, 1994).
Ode to Joy (from Beethoven's 9th Symphony) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).
sung by Paul Robeson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcz4TS51kXI&feature=related (bad recording)
Barcarolle (from 'Les contes d'Hoffman) by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880).
sung by Soprano Irina Iordachescu and mezzosoprano Cristina Iordachescu
(two sisters) with pianist Gonul Apdula.
CLASSICAL MUSIC, INSTRUMENTAL:
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903. by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
Okin1981, age 29, Germany, 2007, on a harpsichord.
May Sheep Gently Graze from Cantata 208 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
(Live-Recording in Vercelli, Italy on 12 October 2006, performed by Boris Feiner, on piano.)
and orchestra. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYjqnlc7MRw&feature=related
Rondo A La Turka (Sonata in A Major, K. 331) W. A. Mozart.
Aaron Kurtz on piano recorded at Salle Cortot in Paris, France on October 21, 2008.
Air on the G string (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major) by Johann Sebastian Bach.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MYzkBiJn5Y (blocked, UMG content, 2-11-11).
On Earth as it is in Heaven (from the film, The Mission, 1986) by Ennio Morricone (1928- ).
Live in Warsaw. Polish Radio Orchestra, Mixed Choir of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music,
The Warsaw Inter-University Choir. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUMZvb2lWds
and Gabriel's Oboe (the theme song of The Mission, 1986) by Ennio Morricone.
instrumental by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (1965).