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Viaggio Italiano Import

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 18 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000041OA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
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1. Turandot: Nessun dorma
2. L' Arlesiana: Lamento di Federico
3. Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano
4. Rigoletto: La donna e mobile
5. Elisir d'amore: Una furtiva Iagrima
6. Panis Angelicus
7. Ava Maria
8. O Sole Mio
9. Core n'grato
10. Santa Lucia luntana
11. I' te vurria vasa
12. Tu, 'ca nun chiagne!
13. Marinarello
14. Piscatore 'e Pusilleco
15. Message Bocelli
16. Adeste Fideles (bonus track)

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Opera is in fashion, and the woods are full of pop vocalists who think they have the chops to sing arias. The best contender so far is Andrea Bocelli, who at least has a real voice, if a small one, and sometimes manages a really exciting tenor sound. Unfortunately, he is inconsistent in his tone and production, and, despite the fact that he's singing in his native language, he often sounds as though he has only the barest idea of what the words mean. The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, plays stodgily. Anyone with a real interest in tenor arias would be much better advised to check out recordings by the young Luciano Pavarotti. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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I was surprised by many of the reviews here because I thought the first half of operatic material went much better than the second half of the more "popular" songs... Of course, these aren't the best versions of these operatic works I've ever heard (more refined versions by legendary tenors abound in the classical section in good music stores). However, I did enjoy the ones here. While lacking the vocal strength and technique of a more accomplished tenor, Bocelli instead emphasises a solid, pleasing tone and more importantly: appropriate and tasteful phrasing with clear pronunciation (no over-indulgent vocal gestures). This is why I think "Nessun Dorma" here stands up well to many other versions. Impressive also is "Una Furtiva Lagrima", in which some unexpected changes in color and texture make for some touching moments... and contrary to what the most negative reviews would lead you to believe, Bocelli performs well in these arias and they are by no means "beyond his abilities" nor are they pieces that "don't fit" his style. And my review is based on this recording, so if he could or could not be heard over an orchestra in real life is completely irrelevant.
But the second half of Neopolitan songs, they were a HUGE dissapointment... Personally, I'm not a fan of over-orchestrating and over-inflating these traditional songs and yet that's exactly what happened here. I'd rather hear some quaint mandolins, some accordians and a more subtle, intimate setting to highlight the singer to better capture the romantic essense of this kind of music. But that's just the start of what went wrong here....
For some reason, the sound quality of this recording is very dark compared to other Bocelli recordings...
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How beautiful is this record, recorded much before it was released. Its a record dedicated to the biggest on earth, that like him once were so criticized. Its a Tribute to Caruso,and others and to Luciano Pavarotti. Luciano ended a period in the classics, and enjoys today what he does best. To teach others. His charity concerts, Pavarotti and friends, where Andrea Bocelli participates in some occasions, is the gratitude of one the greatest to recognize in public Andrea Bocelli as a Tenor. This liason makes the great friendship and share the love of music, that these two monsters, do, when they are together. This record, from the first music to the last, is beautiful to listen at any time of the day, because Maestro Andrea Bocelli gives us its unique interpretation of the Songs, and his gratitude specially to Franco Corelli, who is still alive, and I am sure he will be proud of Andrea Bocelli. I would very much to know what Maestro Franco Corelli, thinks of Andrea Bocelli career. You gave us, after you, Franco Corelli, the best of Opera, the one that will make history after you, and the great Tenors of all times. Thank you Maestro Franco Corelli.
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Andrea Bocelli, as it has been said before has a lovely, if small voice. His "Romanzo" and "Sogno" were wonderful because he did not step outside his realm. He may, in time, be able to sing opera but not yet. Sometimes he is almost drowned out by the orchestra. If you want to hear "real" male opera singers try Pavarotti, Domingo, Bjoeling, DiStefano, Corelli, Carreras(his early works), Caruso, Gigli, Jan Pierce, Richard Tucker (who began life as a cantor), Alfredo Kraus (young). You might consider checking out sopranos, mezzos, baritones and basses. You won't find a better bass at this point in time than Sam Ramey.I know we're talking tenors but if you get a chance buy a CD by Maria Callas. You won't regret it. Dive into opera. You won't be sorry and see what other tenors have done. Bocelli has done a great service by introducing it to the general public but opera is more than Bocelli and more than Puccini. He did a nice job on the Neopolitan songs which are not easy to sing. Neopolitan is the Italian dialect of love. EVen if you can't understand it, you can feel it and he makes you feel. First rate job. I still would recommend it but if you like it explore other singers you won't be disappointed.
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This was the second Andrea Bocelli CD released in America, and the third one I bought. The selection of material here is true to the album's title, exactly the kind of material Andrea's been singing on his most recent American tour, the music of his heart. I only gave it three stars because Bocelli's magnificent as a singer and he's my hero, but some of the songs just don't cut the mustard as do the more famous ones like "Nessun Dorma," "La Donna è Mobile" and "O Sole Mio." And the MRSO doesn't do as bad a job playing these pieces as the Editorial Review noted. Still, I'm not hefty enough to say that Andrea is THE BEST PERFORMER in opera, as he works himself out too hard in opera but not in pop. "Sacred Arias," a classical album at heart, does my Bocelli more justice than this one. Buy that one and his "Romanza" and maybe "Sogno" CDs as well (if you haven't already), save this one for the true Bocelli fans. There's plenty more out there than this.
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