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Tuscan tenor Andrea Bocelli was already an international superstar (for Romanza, Aria, and Sogno) when he made his first album of arias and sacred music. "I have known these pieces since childhood," he explains, and it's clear that he loves them all. Recorded in a Roman cathedral, Sacred Arias is deeply spiritual and tenderly sung in the world's most beautiful voice. A Billboard bestseller, certified platinum. (62 minutes)
When he was growing up, Andrea Bocelli recalls finding inspiration in a favourite recording of sacred music performed by tenor legend Franco Corelli. Bocelli--who in the meantime has come to inspire millions of fiercely loyal fans himself--returns to the genre as the guiding theme of Sacred Arias, the release of which coincides with the first major English-language biography of the singer. These performances are filled with the singer's phenomenally well-known vocal signature: his flair for long, sweetly floating high notes and the gentle sense of cadence he brings to a melody. It's a mistake to compartmentalise Bocelli into a singer of "operatic" versus "popular" styles: in truth his approach is at heart the same. Lack of colour and control in his phrasing remains a drawback, but the emotional empathy Bocelli evokes is never in doubt. The arias collected here sample some of the most famous devotional pieces: Schubert's "Ave Maria" and Mozart's transporting "Ave Verum," as well as an arrangement of "Silent Night" in which Bocelli tries out his English. There's also a decidedly odd choice of bedfellows for a programme of "sacred" music, such as a song from Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder (whose "angel" is the object of an overpoweringly erotic attraction) and Handel's figurative ode to a tree, "Ombra mai fu". Still, Bocelli sings with an unfeigned directness that is sure to expand his already enormous following even further. --Thomas May
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The DVD gives the feeling that you are in the church with the other worshippers. It literally sends chills up and down my spine. I highly recommend this CD/DVD combination Special Edition while it is still available.
T an extend, the answer to all this is that, Myung-Whun Chung will record with a non-voice Tenor, a false and pretensious pop singer who wants to cross over to opera. If you put the video on or the DVD, it is a pleasure to see Maestro Andrea Bocelli singing. Its beautiful Ave-Maria's and all the rest of the songs he sings are undoubtly Sacred Arias. And he does it better than any one else. Comparison, is to be very stupid, Because each tenor has its own way of interpretation, and to my believe and to my knowledge of music, Maestro Myung.Whun Chung did not a favour to conduct and Orchestra and conduct Andrea Bocelli. The two together love music, and his performance alive is as beautiful as in CD. To say that Andrea Bocelli has no voice, so I wonder why this is the record in the world, that any solist sold more? Why? Is the general person, doing charity, or are we buying a record with Arias, that even the Pope, listens to them with care and attention. Why always critics on Andrea Bocelli? No Voice ? So please do show me, the one's that have and are the Nr.1 solist in any album from the 20th to 21st century. Then I can reflect on my review.
Outstanding record. A Great Opera Singer, no doubt. When you play this record, listen to it with respect, because Andrea respects what he sings. Very Good,
Bocelli's voice is an aquired taste. It seems to fall between brackets as it's too pretentious for the average popster and too weak and dependent on microphones for the opera purists.
However, this CD is quite good. He manages to sing witout too much strain. His voice is pure if not potent and it shines light throughout. It gives you a sense of appealing almost childish naivity that befits the sacred themes on the CD.
Of his operatic efforts, this is certainly his best, and even ardent Bocelli haters (of which there seem to be quite a few) may find pleasing moments on the album.
If you want to build a Bocelli compilation, this one along with Sogno and Romanza are solid enough.
As for opera, I advise you to look for other tenors like Björling (just about anything), Gedda (French repertoire, Verdi's Requiem), Corelli (heroic roles like Calaf in Turandot), (young) Pavarotti (Puccini), Bergonzi (Italian), (young) Di Stefano (Tosca) or Domingo (Otello).
Other favorites here of mine include Schubert's "Ave Maria," which is an absolute pleasure as performed here in Andrea's native Italian, because it's always fun to hear a famous piece sung in a whole new language. And Chung leads his troopers, the Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, through the whole thing with almost no trouble, more than I can say for "Aria" on which certain pieces as I have explained worked Andrea too hard, so hard that I almost lost respect for him. Oh, no!
Anyway, I won't dwell on that. It's bad enough I've also trashed "Per Amore," the Japanese Bocelli debut CD, because I already have every single track from there on my "Romanza" and "Sogno" CDs. But I have no business trashing this album, because this is the Andrea Bocelli some "Romanza" haters (but I'm not one of those) wished to hear. Bocelli has once again proven his role as an opera "superhero" to his truest fans. Time to work on "Sacred Arias 2." In the meantime I'll keep an eye out for the upcoming "Love Duets" CD, and then I'll probably explain on Amazon what I think about it. Until then, it's "time to say goodbye"!
Ana from New York
Most recent customer reviews
Very soft, relaxing and de-stressing CD; great CD for sitting in traffic. I recommend the CD. I love the Ave Maria.Published 23 months ago by Mary-joe Figueiera
I am not a fan of Christmas albums! There is no room in my collection for music that cannot be listened to anytime. Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by brotagonist
Hands down best classical album ever! Bocelli's voice is made for these kind of songs: Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Adeste Fideles! Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2009 by Lana Khalil Sabbagh
This cd dvd is just wonderful but the package was bad when it arrived, the product didnt look new at all as if i had it for a while and the dvd was loose cause the thing was broken... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2009 by Lana Khalil Sabbagh
This was the first Bocelli CD I heard. A friend thought I would like it and got it for me for Christmas. I loved it the first time I heard it. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Dee Tavolaro
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Sorry, I always choose honesty over political or any other artidficial "correctness" and don't care even a tiny bit if my opinions are popular or not. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by VladM
This is my favorite Andrea Bocelli CD. As Andrea himself has said, "Religious music is unrivaled. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Edith Harvath
I received Sacred Arias as a gift for Christmas and found it to be extraordinary music from the heart. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by R. Beyer
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