If you've ever loved Italy as much as I do, and spent as much time there as I have, then you'll know just how perfectly Andrea Bocelli captures its essence on this CD. No, he doesn't have an operatic voice, but he does have a voice that's just perfect for these songs.
I have most of Bocelli's CDs and I listen to them daily. I feel transported back to sunny Amalfi and Capri, Pisa and Viareggio, the Tuscan hill towns of Montepulciano and Cortona, Bologna and mysterious Lucca. Just hearing songs sung in Italian is a joy for me.
Andrea Bocelli brings so much joy and life to his songs. The songs on this CD aren't meant to be "operatic" (and don't get me wrong, I love opera), they're meant to express the quintessence of the Italian soul...and they do. But it's Bocelli who fills them with life and gives them heart. The songs are truly "his;" no one could sing them like he does. His voice may be lacking in some classical respects, but it more than makes up for those lacks with genuine love and emotion for his material and the land of his birth.
I don't see how anyone who loves Italy could fail to love this CD. It captures the essence of Italy more than any other CD I've ever listened to, including ROMANZA. SOGNO is definitely one of my alltime favorites.