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Massenet: Werther

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Werther "lives"

    I always hesitate to write a Bocelli review, because as a Bocelli fan in every way, I'm afraid not to be taken seriously. I'm no expert in opera, and will never claim to be. However, in this instant, I feel I need to express my joy after listening to this particular project. I was there when Andrea sang the part of Werther for the first time 6 years ago, and again when he sang in Italy last year. Each time I thought he couldn't get any better, and he always surpassed my expectations! I've read that he has a "thin voice." A thin voice? I think critics that write this aren't even listening. They're just parroting their counterparts. If you really listen to this recording, you'll hear the power when it's needed, and the pathos the character calls for. While I think it's the role Bocelli was born to play, it only leaves me more eager for the next one he brings to life!! Truly...through him, they're alive!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BOCELLI SHINES AS WERTHER

    FIVE STARS....I wish there were more to give! This rendition of Werther is absolutely the finest I have heard. Andrea Bocelli wears this role like a second skin, so convincing is he in his soulful portrayal. In fact, were I to choose a signature role for Bocelli it would be Werther. When he is doing this role he IS the character. I have attended his performances both in Detroit in 1999 and also in Bologna in 2004. Both are wonderful, but, this particular cast as a whole seems to be most suited to their particular characters and the voices work together to advantatge. The orchestra is excellent under the baton of Yves Abel. Gertseva as Charlotte was new to me, and is both beautiful and convincing as actress and singer, and so on, with the cast choices, right down the line. Still, the shining stars go to Bocelli whose command of emotions, voice, and diction make this recording a must have for anyone's collection. One of my favorite operas, I have collected over 20 complete performance CDs of this title, finding something of value in each. I consider Mr Schrott's negative review of Bocelli in this role to be without foundation of fact. You be your own judge. Of course you will have to hear it to know. You will not be disappointed. Admittedly, I am one who hears the magic in Bocelli's voice. This is such a beautiful production. Massenet's masterpiece as well as Bocelli's.

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