This compilation celebrates the optimism and style of postwar Italy, largely from an American perspective. About half of the tracks are Italian popular songs, sung in Italian, by Italian artists, including masters of canzone napoletana such as Luciano Virgili, Sergio Bruni, and Renata Carosone, performing his classic “Tu vuo’ fa’l l’Americano.” The other half of the CD could be described as an American tribute to Italy but sung in English by Americans, with a smattering of Italian for atmosphere. The CD closes with a nod to the popular Italian opera by Puccini “Nessun Dorma.” Composed in 1923, just a few decades before the other songs on this album, it is performed here by Metropolitan Museum Concerts artist Jose Carreras. 15 tracks. Approximately 50 minutes.