TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (Con te partiro) duet with Sarah Brightman
IO CI SARO featuring Lang Lang on piano
VIVO PER LEI
THE PRAYER duet with Celine Dion
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE
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 »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
The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (CD & DVD Deluxe Edition)
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
The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (CD & DVD Deluxe Edition)
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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. Romanza Sogno Andrea Bocelli - Amore Italia"
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!
Veronica Uriarte | USA CALIFORNIA | 11/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I FIND THIS CD WONDERFUL. PEACEFUL AND PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERY LIRIC HE SINGS. GREAT MUSIC FOR THE GREAT LISTENER."
Best way to review this album...
Ana Rivera | Somewhere where Yankee Stadium isn't too far away | 01/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...is to go song-by-song (or rather, track-by-track).
1. La Voce del Silenzio: This is a cover of an Italian love song previously recorded by Mina and Dionne Warwick, and the first of five new recordings made specifically for this album. Simple, but lavish.
2. Sogno: Track 3 on the 1999 album of the same name. It's sweet and sentimental at the same time, and Bocelli's performance only adds to it instead of taking anything away.
3. Il Mare Calmo della Sera: The opener of his true debut (1994 album of same name) and Track 4 on Romanza. Powerful, but very well sung.
4. Dare to Live (Vivere): This is a reworking of Bocelli's own duet with Gerardina Trovato, from the 'Romanza' and IMCDS albums, this time with Laura Pausini singing the newly translated English lyrics. Different from the original, but good...possibly the best on this CD so far.
5. Canto della Terra (Album Version): Opener on 'Sogno.' It pays tribute to humanity and the earth itself (as the song indicates). This is a 'new mix' by Humberto Gatica, as is one of the older songs below. Well done.
6. A Te: A self-written composition that employs smooth jazz instrumentalist Kenny G for the second time in Bocelli's recording career (they'd worked together on the song 'Mi Manchi,' from the Andrea Bocelli - Amore CD). This is good, too.
7. Besame Mucho: Taken from the 'Amore' album, this is one of his few attempts at a 'sensual' number. It's actually very soothing more than sensual, and a well-timed interpretation to boot.
8. Mille Lune Mille Onde: A 'Cieli di Toscana' selection that doesn't appear on the standard American release of this album, but is available on the Deluxe Edition and other releases of this CD. Mellow, sensual, and appealing.
9. Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) (with Sarah Brightman): Everyone knows this song. It was his first of three #1 hits (he recorded it solo first), but not even the most curmudgeonly listener can deny it's just as brilliant as it was back in 1995-97.
10. Io Ci Saro: Chinese pianist Lang Lang's performance on this song, when paired with Bocelli's vocals and backed by an almost movie soundtrack-resembling score, makes for another timeless musical number on this track.
11. Romanza: Title track of 1997 album. Again, well arranged and well sung.
12. Vivo per Lei (with Giorgia): Bocelli sang this song with many different women (who in turn sang them in their own native languages). This is the all-Italian version, which he would sing with Heather Headley on his 2008 release, Vivere Live in Tuscany [DVD/CD], and it's still as good as it was when he originally sang it with German singer Judy Weiss on his 1995 Bocelli CD.
13. Melodramma: Taken from his 2001 Cieli di Toscana album, this song captures his heartfelt emotions about lost love in 4 minutes. Brilliant.
14. Bellissime Stelle: The mood suddenly shifts to midtempo funk dressed with symphonic styles and even a full choir heard at the end, but the end result is amazing, as usual.
15. The Prayer (with Celine Dion): Second track on the Sogno CD. Very sentimental, indeed, but remarkable.
16. Because We Believe: The closer on the 'Amore' CD served two purposes - one of which was as the theme to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, and the other of which became 'Ama Credi e Vai' as a duet with Gianna Nannini for the 2006 World Cup. Its powerful message and soaring, almost Viennese Waltz-style arrangement, make this a winner and a fantastic finish to this album.
FINAL VERDICT: I don't seem to find anything wrong with this Greatest Hits album (the second he has not counting his 2000 Japan-only 'Per Amore' release), and whatever may be wrong with it is practically miniscule. Although nothing from his 'Andrea' album is included here, the Japan release of this album (available on Japanese online stores) has 'Dell'Amore Non Si Sa' with Hayley Westenra and 'Somos Novios' with Japanese singer Rimi Natsukawa, both as bonus tracks. Overall, this just might be his second best album only to 'Romanza,' and maybe the best album by a male artist released at any time in 2007, but all of his pop albums have been top-notch. You have to give him credit. It's not like he's doing stuff that will turn away so many of his fans forever.