Encore

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947316022
  • Catalog Number: 473160
  • Sales rank: 101,259

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Va, Pensiero (4:08)
  2. 2 Volare (3:51)
  3. 3 Is Nothing Sacred (4:11)
  4. 4 The Prayer (4:32)
  5. 5 O Sole Mio (3:32)
  6. 6 Ave Maria (5:09)
  7. 7 Mattinata (2:12)
  8. 8 I Just Don't Know How I Got By (2:47)
  9. 9 You Are So Beautiful (4:48)
  10. 10 Somewhere (5:22)
  11. 11 Che Gelida Manina (4:40)
  12. 12 E Lucevan le Stelle (2:56)
  13. 13 Magic of Love (4:35)
  14. 14 Bohemian Rhapsody
  15. 15 Celeste Aida (4:27)
  16. 16 Where My Heart Will Take Me (Theme from Enterprise) (4:12)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnifique

    the best tenor since Lanza, captivating, energetic,and mesmerizing. He is The Voice. Encore the best album I've heard yet .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable

    Russell Watson is one of the world's greatest singers. All of his works are equally wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    His voice is unbelievable. I have all 3 CD's and every one is fantastic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    A voice that can reach to the stars...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like opera, buy this! If not, still buy this!

    Russell, oh Russell. Encore is a delightful mix of opera and pop music. It appeals to young and old, opera lovers and non-opera lovers. Songs such as "Volare" and "Where My Heart Will Take Me" show Russell at his best. This cd should not be missing form ANYONES cd collection. Buy me, buy me...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD!

    This is a truly beautiful CD. Russell's voice is at its very best. His rendition of Ave Maria is just gorgeous. There is a fabulous duet with Russell and Lulu. There are some simply superb arrangements on this album. I didn't think Russell's voice could improve from his first album, but I think this album proves that it has! Do yourself a favor and buy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Voice was wonderful - Encore is double wonderful

    The most beautiful tenor voice in the world and must be heard by all music lovers. Those of you that do not enjoy classical will after hearing this wonderful voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME Voice! Have been searching for a long time!

    What a gifted talent Russell has! Soft, passionate, and yet powerful voice that sings into souls and dreams. Never get tired of his style, classic but yet newly creative expressions! Highly recommend! Great find afterall!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Triumph

    It is satisfying when a second CD by a promising artist lives up to the hype generated by the debut recording. This is the case here. Again, there is "something for everyone", classics such as "Volare" and "O sole mio" and "harder" pop numbers - including a stunningly beautiful rendition of "Is Nothing Sacred?" - and those glorious arias! "Che gelida manina" is as perfect as I have ever heard it and "E lucevan le stelle" rips my heart out. It is a rewarding CD with a song for every mood and need and you will want to play it every day. I thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fascination

    I have never had such high spirits listening to such a talent before.His voice took me up to gardens of heaven where angels' touches sooth one's soul.It was appreciation of God's creation of the perfection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

    Russell's new album is fantastic. I can't wait to hear the new songs when the US version comes out in October. I ordered my Encore from the UK last year and it was even better than his first album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Encore --- Wonderfully diverse!

    I was pleasantly surprised with this CD. It includes songs that are sung in Russell's unique style. Some songs you will recognize, some will be new to you. This CD has such a different and unique vibe because it offers the opera, the lite rock, with some soulfulness. Really hits all kinds of moods! I am a definite Russell Watson fan after this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The many voices of Russell Watson

    If you already have the U.K. version of 'Encore' as I did, and are trying to decide whether or not to buy the U.S. version - go for it! The balance of selections is better and the additions are generally very good. The B&N track listing has an error: 'Catch The Tears' is gone, replaced by 'I Just Don't Know How I Got By,' a better choice. The abrupt transition to 'Aida' on the U.K. CD has been corrected and enhanced by the addition of 'The Bohemian Rhapsody.' That selection alone is fabulous and worth the cost of the CD. His duet with Lionel Richie, 'The Magic of Love,' is especially appropriate at this time and is a surprisingly wonderful blend of voices. I was classicly trained in piano & violin and realize that purists will have trouble with his version of 'Va, Pensiero' from Nabucco by Verdi, and probably also with his vocalization of some opera favorites. So be it. If you listen with an open mind you will have the musical experience of a lifetime. This young man sings with warmth, enthusiasm, humor, love and is a huge talent. Appreciate him for what he is - simply a great talent with a wonderful gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    want something...tired of the old.....check out the new voice

    Russell Watson is great. A very talented guy. You will enjoy his cd. He not only brings to life Opera but also Pop. If you're a 21 year-old college student like me and is tired of hearing the same o' stuff...try some Russell Watson. *heck* even if you're not like me, check him out anyway. I promise that you will not be disappointed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Encore -- It is Beautiful

    The album certainly shows the versatility of this young man's voice. I would like to see his next album without the duets and prominent background vocals -- just pure Russell Watson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Russell Watson's Encore is fascinating

    I've just purchase Mr. Watson's new cd and it is in one word fascinating. Mr. Watson has such a strong and beautiful voice that I found his cd quite relaxing, the musical arrangenments are wonderfull. The entire cd is awesome, really a great investment and and excellent addition to my love for music....Thank You Russell, thank you so much for your wonderful gift, your new cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best!

    Your in for a real treat. Well worth the money. Russell Wason has a voice that will bring tears to your eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great new Russell Watson CD

    The New Russell Watson CD equels or even betters the first(the Voice). It has the exact mix of "pop" and "opera" songs. "Va Pensiero" is one of the best(among Ave Maria) and "Is Nothing Scared" is one of the best english songs i've ever heard. Russell Does a very good job singing "Ave Maria" , hearing it makes me think i'm in some old europea catledral.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He did it again!

    Russell Watson's first CD called The Voice was fabulous...Encore is even better! He is the most versatile singer I have ever heard. He does pop tunes like "Is Nothing Sacred" with tender emotions and believable vunerability. His operatic arias are powerful, strong, clear and show his diverse talents. And he sings with some of the best orchestras in the world like The Royal Philharmonic. I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes a variety of music types. I have never listened to opera before even though I have enjoyed classical music. Russell puts such feeling and emotion into the arias that he has made a listener out of me! He has a rich and beautiful tenor voice! I have now purchased other opera by Pavarotti and Domingo, but keep putting Russell's CD back in the CD player....just can't get enough! The others are so stiff and formal. Russell is real!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Russell is GREAT!

    This is Mr Watson's second album. He has performed all over the world, and is very popular with the "people". He has a phenomenal voice, and has the ability to change the way he sings based on the kind of song he is singing. This album is a compilation of Italian standards and pop songs. The only drawback is that it was produced in the US, and you can tell "Hollywood" had a big influence on it. The orchestral swells are loud, they drown Russell out. Regardless, this is one of family's favorites. My kids especially love "Va Pensiero", "Volare" and "The Prayer". If you like Andrea Bocelli, you will LOVE Russell. Keep up the good work, just don't overdo the production. Please do not user backup singers. They were terrible on "Where my heart will take me [theme from Enterprise]"

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