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Verdi


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00004X16D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Il Trovatore: Di quella pira (Il Trovatore)
2. Il Trovatore: Ah si, ben mio (Il trovatore)
3. Rigoletto: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto)
4. Un Ballo in Maschera: Di'tu se fedele (Un ballo in maschera)
5. Un Ballo in Maschera: Ma se m'e forza perditi (Un ballo in maschera)
6. Rigoletto: Ella mi fu rapita (Rigoletto)
7. Rigoletto: Possente amor mi chiama (Rigoletto)
8. Aida: Celeste Aida (Aida)
9. La Traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti (La traviata)
10. La Traviata: oh mio rimorso (La traviata)
11. I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere vorrei (I lombardi)
12. Ernani: Merce, diletti amici (Ernani)
13. Don Carlo: Io la vidi e il suo sorriso (Don Carlo)
14. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido (Luisa Miller)
15. La forza del destino: La vita e inferno all'infelice (La forza del destino)

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By G. Golding on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Mercè, diletti amici" IS an aria for tenor from Ernani. There is a soprano aria from the Sicilian Vespers with the same opening phrase. If you want to hear THAT sung to absolute perfection, check out Beverly Sills' version.
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By A Customer on Sept. 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
The marketing suits will tell you Bocelli is the greatest tenor ever - certainly he's sold more than the Three Tenors combined. If you love his story - overcoming a physical challenge - then that's great for you - I will politely disagree with the Marketing Department about the quality of his artistry. If you want a great story and a great voice, check out Thomas Quasthoff, the talented bass-baritone. He doesnt have anywhere near the number of marketing suits that Bocelli has AND he has an inspiring story of overcoming physical challenge. OR of course you could ignore the marketeers and try a new tack and just buy music by talented musicians regardless of their personal story (what a concept)
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Format: Audio CD
While many complain about him having a "small voice", having only a "pop voice" then rattling off one legendary operatic name after the other, then talking about "could not sing without a microphone" (as if the general masses even care)... it's all totally pointless and wasted energy when all is said and done.
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.
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By A Customer on April 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
Why someone with a tiny, weak, geriatric-sounding voice would even attempt to record Verdi's great tenor arias is beyond me. Bocelli has a voice suited for pop, not opera. His fans should not be saying that his renditions of these arias are the best ever made. Listening to this recording, you get the feeling that he is pushing for volume. Even though his voice is highly amplified by the microphones, he still sounds small-voiced. His singing has the same gray tone and very little emotion. Some of the arias are way too ambitious for his voice. They are for spintos like Domingo and Corelli. You really need to have the heavy-duty vocal equipment to sing those big, demanding arias. Also, why is he singing "Mercè, diletti amici" from "Ernani". That is a soprano aria with difficult coloratura (I may be wrong. There may be two versions of this "Ernani" aria). If he is going to sing arias, he should at least stick to singing tenor arias. This album is a real shame. Just goes to show how much the classical music industry has deteriorated and how its artistic standards are now second to the bottom line.
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Format: Audio CD
This Verdi-album is a disaster, it is a scorn to all human beeings who`s taking operasinging(classical) serious. To perform those demanding big arias you have to train your voice for several years, to make it sound open, free, natural and beautiful. Then it will carry through the orchestra with ease. But in those arias you also have to have a voice that is lyric-dramatic, to make its expression. In this case; Bocelli has nothing of it and is definitivly not a lyric-dramatic voice like Bjoerling, Corelli, Domingo, Carreras. He`s squeezing his voice, lifts up his larynx, he has no overtones and is too thin. So if you are a newcommer in this kind of music and think its good, then you have been fooled, beacause it`s not realistic. Bocelli could not make this arias in performances without micorphone. That`s the truth.
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By A Customer on Oct. 1 2002
Format: Audio CD
Oh dear. Bocelli has made-so successfully-Verdi sound absolutely BORING- this is a crime committed against music making. It saddens me to think that so many people appreciate such monotonous, meaningless, and powerless music making. He has SAME VOICE from the beginning to the end- this makes me almost angry. If somebody talked in exactly the same tone and voice all the time, wouldn't he/she bore other people to death? Verdi's operas are full of FEELINGS (just like most other music)...how can different feelings be expressed in same tone of voice? Maybe Bocelli should understand the lyrics before singing these pieces. He sounds like he has no idea what he is singing about.
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