Encore

Encore

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by Russell Watson
     
 

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Like Russell Watson's top-selling debut album, The Voice, Encore -- the tenor's sophomore release -- fashions a program that ranges from famous arias to popular standards to newer, classical-inflected material, all featuring lush orchestral backing. It's a recipe that has carried this rising starSee more details below

Overview

Like Russell Watson's top-selling debut album, The Voice, Encore -- the tenor's sophomore release -- fashions a program that ranges from famous arias to popular standards to newer, classical-inflected material, all featuring lush orchestral backing. It's a recipe that has carried this rising star out of working-class England to international fame, helped along by boyish good looks, an affable demeanor, and a generous dose of natural talent. Listening to the well-known opera arias included here -- Puccini's "E lucevan le stelle" and "Che gelida manina" and Verdi's "Celeste Aïda" -- it's plain that Watson has done some woodshedding in the interval between releases. His Italian has improved, and so has the placement of his voice, which is darkening and growing in richness. Pavarotti he still is not, but "the voice" (he refers to his instrument in the third person) is certainly gaining in strength and luster: Just sample the classic Italian songs -- "O sole mio," "Volare," "Mattinata" -- for a taste of Watson in full-on Mario Lanza mode. The pop selections, on the other hand, show Watson's style-hopping skill. "You Are So Beautiful," for example, highlights Watson's gift for breathy pop crooning. Other tacks, such as "Va, pensiero" (based on the famous Verdi chorus) and Carol Bayer Sager's "The Prayer," a duet with Lulu, show Watson in both lights: as pop stylist and full-voiced operatic leading man. At times this contrast can be jarring -- the shift from a Puccini aria to the Lionel Richie duet, "Magic of Love," for instance, or from Verdi's Aïda aria to "Where My Heart Will Take Me," the faith-affirming theme from Enterprise. Watson clearly wants to play both sides of the fence, however, and is succeeding; Encore is sure to be merely the first of many curtain calls for this crossover star.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947316022
catalogNumber:
473160
Rank:
122404

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Tracks

  1. Va, Pensiero
  2. Volare
  3. Is Nothing Sacred
  4. The Prayer
  5. O Sole Mio
  6. Ave Maria
  7. Mattinata
  8. I Just Don't Know How I Got By
  9. You Are So Beautiful
  10. Somewhere
  11. Che Gelida Manina
  12. E Lucevan le Stelle
  13. Magic of Love
  14. Bohemian Rhapsody
  15. Celeste Aida
  16. Where My Heart Will Take Me (Theme from Enterprise)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russell Watson   Primary Artist
Rev. Benny Campbell   Background Vocals
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nicholas Dodd   Conductor
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Jeff Bova   Keyboards
Laurence Cottle   Guitar
Richard Cottle   Keyboards,tin whistle
Andy Findon   Human Whistle
Alistair Gordon   Background Vocals
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Neil Jason   Bass
John Lubbock   Conductor
John McCurry   Guitar
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Keyboards
Dirk Campbell   kaval
John Parricelli   Guitar
James Banbury   Cello
Lionel Richie   Track Performer
Lulu   Vocals
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Andrew Southam   Tray Card
Jeremy Lubbock   Orchestral Arrangements
Nicholas Dodd   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Josh Abbey   Engineer
Clive Black   Contributor
Jeff Bova   Programming
Richard Cottle   Programming
Alistair Gordon   Producer
Perry Hughes   Contributor
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Millington   Art Direction
Nick Patrick   Arranger,Producer
Jennie O'Grady   Director
Leon Zervos   Mastering
Rick Blaskey   Conception Supervisor
David Maurice   Programming

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