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(Telefunken/Warner) 20 tracks Caterina Valente has thrilled the music world for decades. Now...more

Caterina Valente: International (LP)

(Telefunken/Warner) 20 tracks

Caterina Valente has thrilled the music world for decades. Now she returns with a special release: for the first time in many years, a compilation containing material from her famous Telefunken repertoire. "Valente International" will be available as an LP from 3 May 2024 via Warner Music and offers a unique insight into the work of one of the most outstanding voices in music history.

"Valente International" comprises a total of 20 tracks, including some of her most iconic recordings such as "Bongo Cha Cha Cha", which went viral on TikTok in 2021/22 and inspired over 250 million videos, or "The Breeze and I", which made it into the Top 5 of the UK charts and the Top 20 of the US charts. Hits such as the Grammy-nominated "La Strada Dell' Amore", "Till" & "Personalità" (both Top 5 in Italy) and "Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)" (a hit in Japan) also characterise the collection.


The song selection was curated by Caterina Valente herself in collaboration with her son Eric van Aro, and the cover photo comes from her personal archive. In addition, all songs have been remastered to ensure an optimal listening experience.

During her career, Caterina Valente interpreted over 1500 songs in thirteen languages, her stylistic diversity ranging from pop hits and chanson to swing and bossa nova. However, she was not only an outstanding singer, but also a first-class guitarist and dancer. Born in Italy, she achieved worldwide recognition as an entertainer from the 1950s to the 1990s. Her performances were accompanied by her characteristic smile, which always radiated an impressive effortlessness.

She had a particularly close relationship with Germany, where she was celebrated as "Caterina the Great" and won awards such as the Golden Camera, the Bambi and the Echo. She had a major influence on the German music scene. Hits such as "Ganz Paris Träumt Von Der Liebe" made her a star of the Adenauer era, while her versatile talents also made her internationally famous. The artist's international flair and brilliance are not least due to the fact that she presents musical cultures in other countries and continents as directly and convincingly as if she was born there.

With "Valente International", Caterina Valente's international successes are now being celebrated once again and her timeless music made accessible to a new audience.


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  • Interpret: Caterina Valente

  • Album titlle: International (LP)

  • Label Warner

  • Genre Pop

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 5054197771804

  • weight in Kg 0.25
Valente, Caterina - International (LP) LP 1
01Bongo Cha Cha Cha (2005 Remaster) (It)Caterina Valente
02The Breeze And I (2005 Remaster) (Eng)Caterina Valente
03La Strada Del’ Amore (2005 Remaster) (Eng)Caterina Valente
04Till (2005 Remaster) (It)Caterina Valente
05Malagueña (2005 Remaster) (Sp)Caterina Valente
06Personalità (2005 Remaster) (It)Caterina Valente
07Sakura, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) (Jp)Caterina Valente
08Bim-Bom-Bey (Mono Recording) (Fr)Caterina Valente
09Der Abschied Ist Kein Finale (Ger)Caterina Valente
10Ganz Paris Träumt Von Der Liebe (2005 Remaster) (Ger)Caterina Valente
11Non Dimenticar (Le Mie Parole) (2005 Remaster) (It)Caterina Valente
12Never Will I Marry (Eng)Caterina Valente
13En Ukraine (Mono Recording) (Fr)Caterina Valente
14Canto De Ossanha (Port)Caterina Valente
15La Ragazza Di Ipanema (2005 Remaster) (It)Caterina Valente
16Azulão (Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros) (Port)Caterina Valente
17Je Chante (Fr)Caterina Valente
18My Funny Valentine (2005 Remaster) (Eng)Caterina Valente
19Trent´ Neuf De Fièvre (Mono Recording) (Fr)Caterina Valente
20Moon River (2005 Remaster) (Eng)Caterina Valente
Caterina Valente October 25, 1929 was a'black Friday' for Maria and Giuseppe Valente, who... more
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Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente

October 25, 1929 was a'black Friday' for Maria and Giuseppe Valente, who had lived in Paris with their three children Nina, Pietro and Silvio since 1924. Maria Valente was successful as a variety star on the world's major stages and was so well-known in the USA that she wanted to live and work with her family there. The stock market crash prevented these plans, because the Valente family, like so many others, lost all their savings. So they stayed in Paris, where the youngest daughter of Maria and Giuseppe was born on 14 January 1931: Caterina.

She admired her mother's versatility, perfection and great comedic talent. Maria Valente and her husband, an accordion virtuoso, also performed in important German variety theatres: the Hansa-Theater in Hamburg, the Scala in Berlin and the Friedrichsbau-Theater in Stuttgart. Here daughter Caterina was allowed on stage for the first time. She was five years old, danced in a ballet costume - a white tutu - and sang a song in French.

When World War II broke out in September 1939, the Valente family was in Switzerland for a guest performance and, like all foreigners, were expelled by the authorities. The Valentes were not allowed to return to Paris because Maria and Giuseppe Valente were Italian-born, the family had Italian citizenship. The forced departure to Italy meant for the children that they learned the language of the country in which their parents were born. In her autobiography'Bonjour, Katrin!' published in 1985, Caterina Valente describes the often very hard years of war and the early post-war years very impressively.

On her way to her solo career, Caterina had to break the fierce resistance of her parents, and she had to cope with additional disappointments. Thus a promising project with brother Silvio and the young Gilbert Bécaud failed; and a guest performance in a Paris club ended after only one evening, because the young singer had also been asked for animation services.

In November 1952 Caterina Valente and the German artist Gerd Scholz got married in Berchtesgaden. Scholz had worked successfully as a juggler under the name Eric van Aro before taking over the management of his wife. During a tour with the circus of the famous clown Grock, in which she appeared as a singer, the singer received an offer from Walo Linder, head of the entertainment department of Radio Zürich, in April 1953: he wanted to produce some songs of her choice for radio. Caterina's husband sent the recordings to German radio stations with Linder's permission. In Baden-Baden the bandleader Kurt Edelhagen, who is engaged with the Südwestfunk, heard the songs and recognized the singer's exceptional talent. After a test in the studio Edelhagen and his musicians knew that they had heard a highly talented singer who would make a huge career with the necessary portion of luck. Caterina Valente made her first recordings for the Hamburg Polydor at the age of 23.

Already at the end of the first year Caterina and Ganz Paris dreamed of love for her first German sung big hit, which was followed by many more, until today unforgotten Valente songs. The artist also celebrated her first major successes outside Germany. The compositions Malaguena and The Breeze And I by the Cuban Ernesto Lecuona from his'Adalucia Suite' paved the way for her international career.

Between 1954 and 1962 12 movies were made. After three supporting roles, Caterina took the leading role nine times in films that very often sold out the big cinemas. She also conquered the then still new medium of television with flying colours. In 1957 'Bonsoir, Kathrin,' started the first personality show on German television. The show was so successful that more and more sequels were created. Many more own show series and appearances as a star guest in the shows of great colleagues all over the world followed. Also in the USA Caterina Valente conquered the audience with artistic perfection and charm. Along with legends such as Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye, she was (and still is) a world-class entertainer. Bing Crosby was astonished at one of her performances: "Amazing, Caterina, how you glide not only through the music but also through the English lyrics - because you are actually Italian".

Excerpt from the booklet BCD16931 - Caterina Valente Personalita - 1959-1966 (4-CD)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/valente-caterina-personalita-1959-1966-4-cd.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

Auszug aus dem Booklet BCD16931 - Caterina Valente Personalita - 1959-1966 (4-CD)Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/valente-caterina-personalita-1959-1966-4-cd.html
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