You Are My Hearts Delight

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As we countdown towards the tour – four weeks today but who’s counting – it’s time to see which song you voted into fourth place in the Alfie Boe Best Live Song poll.

Janet Hudson nominated this moment from the second Blackpool date on the 2013 Storyteller tour and appeared to be a completely off the cuff moment.  Just when the audience was expecting to hear Murray Gould start playing the intro to Bring Him Home, Alfie instead broke into You Are My Heart’s Delight in the original German.

Most fans know that this song has special meaning for Alfie and family, being a favourite of his Dad’s and also the first song he ever sang at a professional audition.  Those of us lucky enough to be there last April were blown away by the vocals and the emotion.  What an atmosphere!

Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz is from the 1929 operetta, The Land of Smiles, written for Richard Tauber by Franz Lehar. The video below showcases an audio version by Tauber:

Alfie recorded You Are My Heart’s Delight (in English) for his album of Lehar songs, Love Was A Dream and this version made the top ten of the Alfie Boe Best Ever Recorded Song.

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Or rather, Alfie Boe’s Guide to Romance envisaged by thoughtsofjustafan!  Seriously though, as Alfie’s new album, Serenata, is marketed as his “most romantic album yet”, this is the perfect opportunity to check out Alfie Boe’s most romantic songs to date.

When polled, most fans were happy to go with My Heart is Yours as the most romantic song Alfie has yet recorded but what about before Serenata?  A good proportion of Alfie’s songs can be categorised as romantic and the songs nominated included:

  • I can’t help falling in love
  • Dimming of the Day
  • If I go away
  • First time ever I saw your face
  • When I fall in love
  • You are my heart’s delight

Now, in the name of extensive research, I listened to all of these (it’s a hard job but someone’s gotta do it) and I do have my favourite.  That favourite is I Can’t Help Falling in Love, just to die for.  However, if I had to choose a whole album being the most romantic, I would choose Love Was A Dream.  Not only does it ooze romance but the sound of Alfie’s soaring vocals, recorded right in the middle of the orchestra, has rarely been bettered.

The song chosen by you the fans as being Alfie’s most romantic is When I Fall in Love, from the Alfie album.  This is not a song we have heard Alfie sing often but he did perform this in Seoul earlier this year:

In his autobiography, Alfie mentions that just before he recorded this, he found out he was to be a Dad again so a perfect choice for his most romantic song.

If you need a bit of romance before Serenata is released, click here for thoughtsofjustafan’s very own Romance with Alfie Boe playlist on Spotify – and maybe we’ll revisit this subject for Valentine’s Day next year!  If you think I’ve missed anything out – please tell me via the comments box below!

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Alfie Boe’s recent BBC Radio Ulster interview  was a gem!  The presenter started by playing Alfie’s version of Pure Imagination and then delighted Alfie by telling him Liverpool won 3-0 against Tottenham!  Then it was straight into the usual tour and album promo and great news, Serenata will feature at the Belfast Proms. And apparently, the ice bucket challenge was “cold” – yeah, we got that Alfie!

Classical fans will be thrilled to know that Alfie will also be singing “La Donna e Mobile” in Belfast! Wow, can’t wait to hear that.

Ahead of his appearance at Belfast Proms in the Park, it seems a good time to look back at Alfie’s previous Proms appearances. Indeed, Last Night of the Proms around the UK has been one of Alfie’s most regular gigs over the last few years; 13 September marks his fourth appearance in a row.

Last year, 2013, saw Alfie sing songs mainly taken from his Trust album, whilst in 2012, he performed some more traditional songs, including Chitarra Romana and You Are My Hearts Delight as well as Bring Him Home.   The year before saw an appearance in Dundee where the highlight was Recondita Armonia.

However, those are not Alfie’s only Proms appearances – he has been to Northern Ireland before (Carrickfergus in 2007) and Swansea in 2008, back in the days when he was still performing in opera.  Here he is with Rebecca Evans at Swansea, singing Brindisi from La Traviata:

Alfie’s new album, Serenata is released on 20 November  – just click on the image below

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The nominations have been sent in, the votes have been cast and now the countdown begins!

The song at number 10 in the Top Ten countdown is You Are My Heart’s Delight, from the Lehar album, Love Was A Dream.  This song is my personal favourite so I was thrilled to see it in the Top Ten although it would have been great to see it receive a few more votes.  Let’s take a look at Alfie singing it in the original German, Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz, at Proms in the Park, September 2012 (thanks to Linda Wellington for sharing):

This was my first Alfie concert and I can still remember the goosebumps!

Anyone familiar with Alfie Boe’s story knows that You Are My Heart’s Delight is a personal favourite for him and his father, Alfred.  As well as singing it for his first D’oyly Carte audition, Alfie spent many a  Sunday lunchtime in the Boe household  listening to Alf senior’s music and Alfie  says that Richard Tauber was one of his father’s favourite singers.  Tauber became particularly well known for singing the song; indeed it comes from a 1929 operetta, The Land of Smiles, written for his voice by Franz Lehar.  The video below showcases an audio version by Tauber:

One of the reasons I love this song so much is knowing that it has a personal connection for Alfie; however, I loved it before I read the book and the reason is that the music suits his voice so well.  I’m not the only one who feels that way, as a glance at the Top Ten will tell you but Cathy Haley sums it up thus:

You are my heart’s delight. I love his performance of this song at the BBC Proms. Of course, everyone knows it was one of his father’s favourites and I’m sure the song is very sentimental for Alfie. I believe that there is a part someday in play or movie for Alfie playing Richard Tauber ( although he looks nothing like him) because his voice is so suited to the operettas from that time period and to similar songs.

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We’re half way through the week and time for an update on the Favourite Alfie Boe Video Poll – have you voted yet?  If  not, why not? Perhaps you need inspiration, so here are the contenders:

The poll will close on Saturday 12 April and all will be revealed; will it be your choice of winner?  Not if you don’t vote it won’t!

p>The results are in from the poll and those of you who voted for classical won’t be surprised that it won by a country mile.  So, the next question is, which video is our favourite?

In this poll, I have chosen my favourite videos for you to choose from – if you have a different choice, please send in a comment!

The poll will be open for a week and then the winning video will be revealed so GET VOTING!

To help you decide: