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The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere
Genres: Pop, Classical
For the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor Andrea Bocelli will be releasing a collection of his greatest hits. The CD will feature selections from the Bocelli repertoire and include "Time ... more »
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For the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor Andrea Bocelli will be releasing a collection of his greatest hits. The CD will feature selections from the Bocelli repertoire and include "Time To Say Goodbye" in duet with Sarah Brightman from the 4 time platinum selling Romanza CD, "The Prayer" in duet with Celine Dion from the 2 time platinum selling Sogno CD, plus Bocelli favorites "Because We Believe" from his most recent platinum recording Amore, "Melodramma" from Cieli Di Toscana and more. The release will also feature 4 new exclusive recordings: A duet with one of the world's most popular pianists Lang Lang and new David Foster compositions. There will be a nationally televised concert special airing on PBS - Andrea's first full pop concert that was recorded in July with the Tuscan country side as a backdrop. The concert repertoire includes all the songs the will be on the forth coming Greatest Hits CD and features guests Chris Botti, Kenny G, Lang Lang and more. Look for PBS to broadcast this program multiple times during their upcoming December 2007 pledge period reaching over 10 million households. "Vivere" translates from Italian to English as "To Live" Andrea Bocelli Photos More from Andrea Bocelli
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Gary S. from GREENFIELD, IN
Reviewed on 6/12/2015...
Thank you. We enjoyed the CD. One of the best.
The benchmark of excellence.
Christi Serrao | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 10/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Andrea Bocelli, the blind and popular Italian tenor who, since making his stage debut in 1994, has sold millions of CDs worldwide, has released a collection of his greatest hits.
Never mind that he is "not very good" and his high notes can evoke "strangulation".
You might pity some music critics, who were faced with a nasty dilemma some months ago. Were they to fall in with the many fans of Mr Bocelli for whom he is evidently the next Pavarotti and echo their adulation? Or should they write what they believed - that his singing is flawed - and be accused of snobbery?
After a concert, the New York Time critic quoted "The tone is rasping, thin and, in general, poorly supported... "Even the most modest upward movement thins it even more, signalling what appears to be the onset of strangulation...
To his credit, Mr Bocelli sings mostly in tune. But his phrasing tends toward carelessness and rhythmic jumble, and the little barks and husky vocal expletives that are the mother's milk of Italian tenordom sound faded and unconvincing. The diction is not clear".
"Passion? Yes. Power. No," wrote a reviewer of the Associated Press.
"Bocelli's voice - though robust in spirit and precisely in tune, even in the upper register - had a thin quality that never opened up".
But he made sure simultaneously to acknowledge the unwavering loyalty of Mr Bocelli's fans. "Was the audience disappointed? Not in the least. They loved it".
A flawed voice, after all, can be corrected in the cocoon of a recording studio and hence perhaps the success of his CDs.
His first was released in 1995, one year after he appeared live for his debut in Verdi's Macbeth.
Yet, pulling Mr Bocelli from future live performances might not be recommended. If his voice can be thin, his force of personality apparently isn't.
It is an appeal based in part on the attractiveness of someone who has overcome obstacles. Born with a rare form of glaucoma, Mr Bocelli lost his sight entirely at age of 12 after a football accident.
This short diversion - about his LIVE performances at the Opera and his studio recordings - aside, for the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor, Andrea Bocelli, has just released an excellent collection of his greatest hits "Vivere" (Italian for "to live"), which marks a decade of chart-topping albums that have made him a household name and beloved cultural figure the world over. Four new tracks have been included.
On this collection Andrea Bocelli, as on his previous CDs, shows his nice blend of operatic talent and sincerity, without the same operatic style to obstruct the ability to enjoy the music or his voice.
..."There are some engaging, even captivating techniques in the arrangements which demonstrate distinct skill: textures are built up slowly and with patience, the harmonic variations verse-to-verse are sometimes imaginative, and the orchestrations - from the string writing to the Bond-esque glissando bass guitar - are occasionally classy..(BBC)
While some compare him to Pavarotti or other more famous opera singers, I'd have to disagree in that there's something more heartfelt and less forced about Bocelli's style. This man takes pleasure in singing, and it clearly resonates through every song he sings.
He brings light and shade, purity of tone and technical assurance to the tracks, and to the duets with Italian Laura Pausini, Celine Dion and Sarah Brightman, among the others.
After listening to this album non-stop about twenty times over, I'm completely convinced that Italian is the most romantic language on the planet; of course, Andrea Bocelli's beautiful voice doesn't hurt either...
Get a hold of this disc and treat yourself to something subtle, passionate and musical.
Andrea Bocelli - Amore
We've heard it all before
Donna Fox | 11/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Never mind that Bocelli fans have heard all the critics have to say, and could care less, so we really didn't need a recap. There aren't enough critics to fill the front row of a concert venue. Leave that up to those of us who can fill them many times over, easily, easily.
This CD has something for everyone. The new songs for those of us who never get tired of the oldies but goodies. "Io ci saro"--a vocal and instrumental masterpiece. "Bellisme stelle" a reminder that the Tenor can rock. "La voce del silenzio" pretty awesome. "A te"--the verdict is still out at this point. And a couple of these songs are reminders that beyond his voice Mr. B. is not a bad lyricist.
And the oldies? "Sogno"--Bocelli at his best. Sung with such depth of feeling. "Il Mare Calmo Della Sera" was a good choice although I wish he'd have rerecorded it. His voice has matured so beautifully over the years, I'd love to hear what he could do with them now. Although the original "Vivere" remains my favorite, taking it out of a jazzy atmosphere and into the pop realm was a great idea and successful! Really cool ending. "Canto della terra"--don't mess with a good thing. Can't miss with "Mille lune mille onde" but in my opinion not the best from that particular CD. "Romanza"--nice, but I think it would have benefited from a new recording. "Vivo per lei"--one of the ultimate duets. But this CD really needs him in duet with another male singer as he's done some great stuff with Romazzotti and others. "Melodramma"--moving as well. "Time to Say Goodbye"--unfortunately I have never been fond of Ms. Brightman's vocals so I would much prefer Bocelli's "Con te partiro". "The prayer"--a little too disney for me, but the song showcases his voice. "Because we believe"--as much his voice in this one is the truth of the message. We've all stood in the spotlight at some point in our lives hoping for the best. We can relate.
"Vivere" will certainly bring him new fans and for the steadfast
cement what we knew and the critics haven't figured out, this guy can sing!