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Repackaged in Australia to celebrate his first Aussie tour & his performance at the Olympic torch ceremony. Packaged as an individual gold CD in a gold slipcase with Andrea's signature. Supported by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bocelli fans will find much to admire in this collection of some of the best-known and best-loved tenor arias from the Verdi canon. He brings his trademark sense of bravura and showmanship to the more aggressive numbers--impossibly endless top notes in "Di quella pira" and "La donna è mobile" for example, and awe-inspiring high pianissimos in "Celeste Aida". And, as on his other recordings, the microphone clearly captures something indefinably engaging about his voice--a sense of vulnerability, perhaps, or maybe simply it's the pleasure he clearly brings to each number. He is also ably accompanied by Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. If his phrasing is sometimes a little four-square, or his sense of characterisation a little formulaic, or the tone not always as rounded as one might wish, perhaps that's not the point of this recording. If Bocelli can use his huge popularity to introduce some of these arias to new audiences then he is doing a great service. --Warwick Thompson
Top Customer Reviews
Bocelli's recordings of opera aren't meant in any way to compete with the greats of the past or present. They are meant more for people who are NOT hardcore opera afficionados (the opera buffs don't seem to understand that real, true opera singing isn't really embraced by the majority of people because it's highly specialized). But in Bocelli, they've found a certain sound and style that's at once serious-minded, artistic but above all personaly relateable... So you could throw all the marketing in the world to Licitra, Alvarez, Cura and others but they don't have what it takes to captivate the masses and keep them captivated like Bocelli has. The greats have already made thier interpretations, performed and recorded them. They've had thier musical say... Now it would be pointless to simply retread on the strengths of the legends and make it a contest of outdoing them.
Having said all that, Bocelli is inconsistant on this recording... Roughly the first half of the CD seems a bit cold and unimaginative. And by unimaginative I don't mean only in singing itself but lack of acting with the voice as well. Only on "Possente Amor..." does Bocelli finally enter a type of lively, musical characterization different from the previous tracks and he breathes some life into his interpretation (though the final high note sounds out of place in this piece).
From there, things really improve and Bocelli starts to near an ideal for his strengths.Read more ›
I understand your expressive hatred for Andrea Bocelli in the reviews you wrote for this album and for the "Romanza" CD, yet both were embarassingly hurtful to me. I am a HUGE Andrea Bocelli fan and don't like it when I have to give up what I love most for something that doesn't interest me a Mew's tail. I read your "Romanza" review and the part about Andrea sounding like a constipated goat angered the hell out of me. On the other hand, I see you LOVE Sarah Brightman--now, don't get me wrong, so do I, and I no longer have anything against her. It's just that while Sarah B has been working longer than Andrea has, Bocelli has received three Grammy nominations and has sold some 40 million albums, compared to Sarah's one Grammy nomination and about 15 million CDs sold to date, and that Andrea has done something that got him to where he is now, not because of his blindness. To his fans (and me) it was just a matter of sincere vocal quality, to people like you it's just a matter of "being blind." This whole matter is like comparing the Backstreet Boys to N Sync: the BSB have sold more records than N Sync yet the latter appeared to have shattered the former's record and are said to be "better" than BSB. Confusion. Who's the better group? Neither, in my book.
So, Mr. Gonzales, I'm not forcing you to like Bocelli, you have the right to your own opinion, fine. But if people like us want to continue to like Bocelli for what he is in OUR opinion, we will.
Most recent customer reviews
"Mercè, diletti amici" IS an aria for tenor from Ernani. There is a soprano aria from the Sicilian Vespers with the same opening phrase. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by G. Golding
The marketing suits will tell you Bocelli is the greatest tenor ever - certainly he's sold more than the Three Tenors combined. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003
This Verdi-album is a disaster, it is a scorn to all human beeings who`s taking operasinging(classical) serious. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002 by Visa
Oh dear. Bocelli has made-so successfully-Verdi sound absolutely BORING- this is a crime committed against music making. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002
Bocelli has a nice voice for pop music, art songs, and maybe sacred light music, but Verdi is too much for his vocal ability.Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Roberto Gonzalez
The guy is blind for crying out loud. Before you rip the poor fellow, do your research.Published on Aug. 19 2002
When you sing, you are not just sing from your memory, you have to sing with your heart and sing not just through your throat and mouth. Read morePublished on July 28 2002 by justareader
I can't help it. I know that opera purists have a problem with Bocelli, but his voice, to me, is beautiful. This man's voice simply makes me melt. Read morePublished on June 27 2002 by Just Another Opinion
I bought this CD last Sunday. First I hear his 'Possente Amor Mi
Chiama', I was pleasant. His lively voice was very good.
(Have you heard 'Ramon Vargas-Verdi aria'? Read more