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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Don't hold it against Mario Frangoulis that he's impossibly handsome -- because this is the rare singer whose vocal gifts are in perfect proportion to his physical ones, an equation that points to superstar status for the young Greek tenor. More mature than Josh Groban and more versatile than Andrea Bocelli in a variety of styles, Frangoulis more than deserves his share of the classical-crossover heartthrob market. The track list on Follow Your Heart -- a follow-up to the promising Sometimes I Dream -- looks like a typical romantic tenor template. Frangoulis sings in four languages Italian, Greek, Spanish, and English; he mixes classical spin-offs derived from a Verdi ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Don't hold it against Mario Frangoulis that he's impossibly handsome -- because this is the rare singer whose vocal gifts are in perfect proportion to his physical ones, an equation that points to superstar status for the young Greek tenor. More mature than Josh Groban and more versatile than Andrea Bocelli in a variety of styles, Frangoulis more than deserves his share of the classical-crossover heartthrob market. The track list on Follow Your Heart -- a follow-up to the promising Sometimes I Dream -- looks like a typical romantic tenor template. Frangoulis sings in four languages Italian, Greek, Spanish, and English; he mixes classical spin-offs derived from a Verdi opera and a Baroque oboe concerto with new Euro-pop balladry; and he sings duets with a pair of guest artists Alejandro Fernández and Melody. What sets Frangoulis apart from the pack is how completely natural he sounds throughout the album: His voice is just operatic enough to convey a swoon of rapture at the right moments while never overpowering the songs, each of which explores a distinctive sound and mood -- from the cinematic emotions of Moulin Rouge's "Come What May" to the Latin and Middle Eastern flavors of "Cu' mme," and beyond. Frangoulis is lucky to have been matched here with some remarkably inventive and sensitive producers, Emanuele Ruffinengo and Steve Wood. Drawing on a range of subtle and varied instrumental effects, both traditional and modern, they create a gorgeous sonic platform for the singer and for the songs. Frangoulis's seductive voice is irresistible enough on its own, but framed by these luscious orchestrations, he can't help hitting a home run every time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969380321
  • Catalog Number: 93803
  • Sales rank: 52,887

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mario Frangoulis Primary Artist, Vocals
Alejandro Fernández Vocals
Mike Hamilton Guitar
Ludovico Vagnone Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Emanuele Ruffinengo Keyboards
José Antonio Molina Conductor
Elena Roggero Background Vocals
Fabio Perversi Keyboards
Danilo Ballo Keyboards, Background Vocals
Beth Fitchet Wood Background Vocals
Steve Wood Keyboards
Penny Watson Background Vocals
Bob Benozzo Guitar, Keyboards
Cláudio DeVecchi Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Czech Film Orchestra And Choir Choir, Chorus, Performing Ensemble
Steve Wood Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
David Baerwald Composer
Don Black Composer
Simon Franglen Vocal Producer
Mel Taylor Composer
Dean Dyson Composer
Antonio Baglio Mastering
Thymios Papadopoulos Executive Producer
Matteo Saggese Composer
Pamela Sheyne Composer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Emanuele Ruffinengo Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration, Audio Production
Daniel May Orchestration
José Antonio Molina Orchestration
Elena Roggero Composer
Fabio Perversi Arranger, Programming, Orchestration
Danilo Ballo Arranger, Composer, Programming, Engineer, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements
Paul Barry Composer
Mario Frangoulis Composer, Producer
Pablo Arraya Engineer
Laura Kszan Packaging Manager
Bob Benozzo Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Orchestration
Steve Wood Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Highly Recommend! LOVE THIS GUY!!

    what a great voice...love this cd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    This young man's voice is awesome.He high notes are superb.He sings in perfect English Spanish,Greek,French and Italian. His Greek is impeccable.Move over Bocelli,Groban,Vitorrio and Patrizio.He's the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STELLAR PERFORMANCES....BRAVO, MARIO!

    I was introduced to Mario via a snipet of his PBS special while flipping channels. He was singing "Nights In White Satin" with one of his idols from the Moody Blues. A fellow fan of Linda Eder and Nana Mouskouri also recommended his previous album, however, I sampled it only and didn't act. Knowing this new album was to be released, I gave it a try with the samples provided online and at B&N. Totally captured! I purchased the album yesterday and can only give it raves all around. I hope this album really makes Mario here in the US, as I know his worldwide acclaim is phenominal. "Here's To The Heroes" is a stellar piece, and very pertinent now with our troops still doing their work in Iraq. The melody is based on an orchestral piece either from a movie or classical composition. I just can put my finger on it, but oh so wonderful with the lyrics. As I mentioned Nana Mouskouri above, and both Mario and Nana hailing from Greece, his version of Another World (Va' Pensiero)is a variation with different lyrics (that I am aware of) from Nana's 80s worldwide hit "Song For Liberty" (Je Chante Avec Toi Liberte, Libertad, Liberdade, etc - titles in various languages) based on Verdi's opera, Nabucco. This new version, along with Nana's, gives this operatic gem two definitive versions in the popular market. I am now psyched enough to get get Mario's first US CD album and try to find other international recordings done thus far. He is amazing, and I am hoping to see him in concert this May.

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