Some days ago a recording of O mio babbino caro played by Carlo Aonzo could be downloaded from Acoustic Oasis – a piece that I liked immediately very much. O mio babbino caro is an aria from Puccinis opera Gianni Schicci. It is a lovely melody, especially when it is played by mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra like in my first example.
KMC10concert O mio babbino caro
Next a recording of the version sung by famous Maria Callas:
Maria Callas, O Mio Babbino Caro
Now another version with mandolin and guitar, played by Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger – obviously the sound is taken from their CD and they play along on the street.
O’Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Loving Daddy)
Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger playing O’Mio Babbino Caro at Monterey Concorso Italiano (2009). Video by Anthony Mata.
You can find sheet music of this melody at: http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/o-mio-babbino.html
Nigel Gatherer has another version of this: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab5/omio1.html
This aria, which translates as Oh, My Dear Daddy, is from Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicci, first staged in 1918. This arrangement is based upon Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo’s rendering of it on the CD Traversata (Acoustic Disc ACD-47, 2001). It is tremoloed throughout. I have also arranged a harmony for the piece, which can be accessed here.
Finally my own version of this beautiful melody:
Enjoy playing this lovely melody on your mandolin!
Great book with Italian melodies for mandolin (Amazon partner link)