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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Propelled by the enormous commercial success of their first two albums, the sensational pop-opera quartet Il Divo present their third surefire chart-topper in less than a year. Fans who savored the romantic allure of the group's 2005 debut and their heartwarming holiday collection will take just as much pleasure in Ancora, which has already proved a smash hit in Europe before this US release. Moving decisively into poignant, Spanish-language songs of love and loss that are a perfect vehicle for their expressive voices, the group keeps one foot in the classics with adaptations of themes from the masters -- "All By Myself Solo oltra vez," based on Rachmaninoff, and Rodrigo's "En Aranjuez tu amor," a favorite of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli -- while also staking a claim to the more up-to-date with arrangements of Mariah Carey's "Hero" and Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," boosting the romantic fervor through heartfelt Spanish lyrics. As a bonus, Celine Dion makes a guest appearance on "I Believe in You Je crois en toi" -- a gesture Il Divo reciprocates with the closing number, "Por que tu m'aimes encore," a touchstone of the Celine songbook. Backed by piano and lush string arrangements, with the added coloration of Spanish guitar on "Si tú me amas," Il Divo's latest ups the ante while staying true to the sentimental, operatically-inflected style that has thrust these four into "popera" stardom.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Unbearably handsome opera-pop quartet Il Divo deliver another amorous collection of European housecleaning ballads with Ancora, an album so riddled with Cupid's arrows that it requires its own storage unit. Once again, David Miller, Sébastien Izambard, Urs Buhler, and Carlos Marin bring the love in Spanish, English, and Italian, emoting over classical and opera standards, as well as some notable contemporary compositions. They fawn over Celine Dion -- who can barely contain her own affections -- on "Isabel," and make Mariah Carey's "Hero" sound like the rolling of credits over a Jerry Bruckheimer action/tragedy blockbuster, all the while maintaining the perfect pitch and impeccable showmanship that are their stock-in-trade. Fans who flocked to Il Divo's self-titled debut and 2005 Christmas Collection need no reassurances that their boys are in top form, as a recent appearance on Oprah brought the quartet into the homes of millions of potential converts, but in this age of manufactured goods over artisan rusticity, it's hard not to look at Ancora as the classical crossover equivalent of a bistro-style TV dinner. [Sony's 2005 German edition included one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2005
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828767387123
  • Catalog Number: 673871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hero
  2. 2 Isabel
  3. 3 I Believe in You
  4. 4 Unchained Melody
  5. 5 Si Tú Me Amas
  6. 6 Ave Maria
  7. 7 Hasta Mi Final
  8. 8 All by Myself
  9. 9 En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
  10. 10 Pour Que Tu M'Aimes Encore
  11. 11 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Il Divo Primary Artist
Henrik Janson Acoustic Guitar, Conductor
Ulf Janson Conductor
Steve Pearce Bass
Dave Arch Piano
Esbjörn Öhrwall Electric Guitar
Steve Mac Piano, Keyboards
Per Magnusson Keyboards
Jan Bengtsson Flute
Mats Berntoft Guitar
Chris Laws Drums
Gustave Lund Percussion
Frizzy Karlsson Guitar
Tuff Session Singers Choir, Chorus
Celine Dion Vocals
Technical Credits
Humberto Gatica Vocal Engineer
Isobel Griffiths Orchestral Assistant
Henrik Janson Arranger
Ulf Janson Arranger
Rudy Pérez Spanish Adaptation
Norman Perry Merchandising
Ren Swan Engineer
Dave Arch Orchestral Arrangements
David Krueger Arranger, Programming, Producer
Steve Mac Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Per Magnusson Arranger, Programming, Producer
Chris Laws Engineer, Digital Editing
Daniel Pursey Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Felix Pizarro Amador Spanish Adaptation
Matt Brooke Artwork
Steve Gertsman Merchandising
Fredrik Andersson Engineer
Fredrik Andersson Engineer
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