Cieli Di Toscana Import
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Bocelli,Andrea ~ Cieli De Toscana
Not content with the simplistic "crossover" formula, superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli has been pursuing alternative paths since he emerged as a vocal phenomenon in the mid-1990s: operatic classics and contemporary popular song. The singer's last few albums have showcased his love for the former (including homages to his beloved Verdi: the Requiem and Verdi aria collection). But Cieli di Toscana ("Tuscan Skies") marks a triumphant return to the pop idiom last explored on Sogno, offering a highly varied series of the kind of beautifully crafted contemporary melodies that initially won Bocelli acclaim.
The familiar cast of songwriter-collaborators (including Francesco Sartori, responsible for the smash success "Time to Say Goodbye") mixes with new blood; Bocelli himself unveils his songwriting talents on "Il Diavolo e l'Angelo." It's a highly produced affair, but behind all the gloss, Bocelli sings with a newfound, relaxed, even mellow quality. There are intimately touching moments--"L'Incontro," a tribute to his first son featuring Bocelli's own poetry as read by U2's Bono--as well as soaring flights of lyricism (the duet "L'Abitudine" with Italian singer Helena). And on "Mascagni," with its quotes from that composer's operas, Bocelli makes another nod to his classical affinities. But whatever the style, Bocelli is a singer who knows how to go straight to his listeners' hearts. --Sarah Chin
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The fourteen songs on CIELI DI TOSCANA were written by Bocelli and others and they are all pure joy to listen to. They all evoke the blue Tuscan skies, the rolling hills, the groves of olive trees, the hidden treasures tucked away in the ancient villages.
Bocelli's voice on all fourteen tracks is at its best. The CD showcases his full range and his full range of abilities. The orchestra is never overpowering and compliments Bocelli wonderfully. And, wonderfully, the lyrics are included in the liner notes. I've learned enough Italian now to understand the songs without the notes, but I need the notes to sing along...something I like to do...but something my family might not like so much. "Il Diavolo e L'Angelo," written by Bocelli, is one of my favorites. It's a bit glossy, but it's so much fun, I didn't mind. And, for those of you who prefer Bocelli "mellow," there's plenty of that on this CD as well.
I definitely think CIELI DI TOSCANA is a much more accessible CD than ROMANZA and if you're new to Andrea Bocelli (you shouldn't be), I would begin with either this CD or SOGNO. Both are wonderfully evocative of Italy and both showcase Andrea Bocelli's talent, warmth and love for the country of his birth.
Those who dislike him compare him with the great Italian tenors like Enrico Caruso, yet no one compares with Caruso for beauty ahd clarity of tone and seeming ease at reaching the High C. Nor is Bocelli in the same league with the classic Italian tenors of the last half century like Franco Corelli, with his powerful voice, or Luciano Pavorotti, with his beautiful tone. Bocelli is not a singer in this tradition and should not be compared with any of these tenors. People who are searching for singers in the great tenor tradition would do well to buy the records of Jose Cura, Roberto Alagna, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and of course, Pavorotti, the new benchmark for tenors.
I own six of Bocelli's CDs and I have found something to like on all of them, Tuscan Skies being no exception. Bocelli is at his best in the lower and mid registers where he is not straining to reach the high notes. At his best his voice is warm and his tone is clear and beautiful.
Today Andrea Bocelli is an international celebrity and few people will be buying his CDs who have not seen him on television or heard him on the radio. It is time to say goodbye to criticizing Andrea Bocelli for what he is not and instead enjoy his music for what it is, a popular entertainment of surprisingly good quality.
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Andrea Bocelli has a superb voice. You cannot go wrong with this CD. His voice is just so peaceful and is very relaxing and soothing. Read morePublished on April 28 2004
I've heard Andrea sing on television several times. I always thought he sang nicely but I never purchased any of his music. I borrowed his CD from the local library just for fun. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by Nas
Andrea Bocelli's voice is something like warm honey, just dripping into your ears! The fact that he sings in Italian only makes the music more magical. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
I thought Romanza was one the best albums I have ever owned in my entire life until I got Cieli di Toscana. Difficult to believe but this one is even better. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003
I definitely have a love for all types of music and being a musician myself my ear has a flare for good music. And this music is suberb. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003
I'm yet to meet a single college music professor, who would consider Bocelli even a mediocre opera singer. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by VladM
The only one song I liked was Melodramma. Andrea Bocelli's voice was ok, but a bit too thin on the high notes. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003
The only one song I liked was Melodramma. Andrea Bocelli's voice was ok, but a bit too thin on the high notes. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003 by Pacifica
This is the first Bocelli album I heard and I went right out and bought it. It is simply beautiful.Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Sharon Sparrow