Il Divo

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Building on the success of such popular acts as Amici Forever and the Three Tenors, the all-male quartet Il Divo join forces for this stirring self-titled debut. The result of a talent search launched by American Idol judge Simon Cowell, the photogenic foursome -- Spaniard Carlos Marin, American David Miller, Frenchman Sebastian Izambard, and Swiss Urs Buhler -- put forth their collective vocal talents in a program of operatically flavored pop, including such favorites as "Nella Fantasia" a Sarah Brightman signature and an Italian version of "My Way," as well as songs in Spanish the opening "Regresa a mi" -- based on Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" and English "Every ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Building on the success of such popular acts as Amici Forever and the Three Tenors, the all-male quartet Il Divo join forces for this stirring self-titled debut. The result of a talent search launched by American Idol judge Simon Cowell, the photogenic foursome -- Spaniard Carlos Marin, American David Miller, Frenchman Sebastian Izambard, and Swiss Urs Buhler -- put forth their collective vocal talents in a program of operatically flavored pop, including such favorites as "Nella Fantasia" a Sarah Brightman signature and an Italian version of "My Way," as well as songs in Spanish the opening "Regresa a mi" -- based on Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" and English "Every Time I Look at You". Save for Izambard, who is branded "vox populi," each boasts classical training, and when singing together, their rich, primed-for-Verdi voices form a potent blend that many will find exhilarating. It's as if Russell Watson, Mario Frangoulis, Josh Groban, and Andrea Bocelli united to form a classical-crossover dream team. Of course, one listener's delight is another's schmaltz, and the largely sentimental, Vegas-ready numbers here will change no one's point of view on the joys or otherwise of "popera." But those whose CD collections have grown apace with the rapid rise of crossover in recent years will deem the gifted hunks of Il Divo wholly irresistible.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
International classical crossover quartet Il Divo didn't start out in the garage practicing their exceptionally fluid tenors among the din of outraged neighbors and summer construction crews; rather, they were hunted by producers for two years like wild game in their native lands and herded into the studio, where they were sculpted into a machine of such smoldering European romanticism that the world would have no choice but to rip their very hearts out upon first listen. Sound overly dramatic? You bet, which is why Il Divo's self-titled debut depends entirely on one's opinion of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Extremely wealthy producers Per Magnusson and David Krueger (Backstreet Boys), along with Steve Mac (Charlotte Church) have created the Three Tenors -- in this case four -- for the next generation, and if the first single, a cover of Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart," is any indication, all involved should see their stock rise. American tenor David Miller, French heartthrob Sébastien Izambard, Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, and Spanish baritone Carlos Marin tackle standards like "My Way" and "Unchained Melody" with an expert precision and pomp -- the latter is sung in Italian -- that aptly conveys their obvious talents. An achingly beautiful arrangement of "Gabriel's Oboe" -- known here as "Nella Fantasia" -- from Ennio Morricone's score for The Mission is sweeping and grand, but there is no denying the sheer Monkees/Menudo/American Idol consumerism of the whole venture -- this is Idol "Grinch" Simon Cowell's baby. Il Divo may only last long enough to rid the world of a few billion dollars -- probably on one tour alone -- but there's no doubt that the hands that hold the strings above them are already in the war room planning their next kill. [Arista issued a 12-track import edition in 2005.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2005
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828766765427
  • Catalog Number: 667654
  • Sales rank: 176,226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unbreak My Heart (Regresa a Mi) (4:42)
  2. 2 Mama (3:18)
  3. 3 Nella Fantasia (4:26)
  4. 4 Passerà (4:40)
  5. 5 Everytime I Look at You (3:29)
  6. 6 Ti Amerò (4:01)
  7. 7 Dentro un Altro Si (4:34)
  8. 8 The Man You Love (3:56)
  9. 9 Feelings (3:39)
  10. 10 Hoy Que Ya No Estas Aqui (4:19)
  11. 11 Sei Parte Ormai di Me (4:28)
  12. 12 My Way (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Il Divo Primary Artist
Henrik Janson Conductor
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Gavyn Wright Leader
Dave Arch Piano, Piano (Grand)
Esbjörn Öhrwall Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Anders Von Hofsten Background Vocals
Tomas Lindberg Bass
Per Magnusson Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Peter Nordahl Conductor
Jan Bengtsson Flute
Chris Laws Drums
Emil Heiling Vocals, Background Vocals
Maria Diephuis Background Vocals
Daniel Galessiere Vocals
Jannika Gustafsson Violin, Soloist
Jörgen Ingeström Piano, Keyboards
Hans Larsson French Horn
Kristoffer Nergårdh Piano (Grand)
Linda Norrgård Background Vocals
Rolf Nyqvist French Horn
Karl Thorsson Percussion
Mathias Venge Guitar
Maj Widding Bassoon
Stockholm Session Strings Strings
Steve Mac Synthesizer, Keyboards
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson Guitar
Bengt Rosengren Oboe
Ulf Janson Conductor
Technical Credits
Don Black Composer
Andy Hill Composer
Nick Ingman Orchestral Arrangements
Henrik Janson Orchestral Arrangements
Ennio Morricone Composer
Frank Musker Composer
Rudy Pérez Adaptation
Ren Swan Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Dave Arch Orchestral Arrangements
David Krueger Composer
Aleandro Baldi Composer
Matteo Saggese Composer
Mino Vergnaghi Adaptation
Marco Falagiani Composer
Giancarlo Bigazzi Composer
Per Magnusson Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Nordahl Arranger
Jörgen Elofsson Programming, Producer
Lasse Nilsson Engineer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Chris Laws Engineer, Pro-Tools
Daniel Pursey Engineer
John Reid Composer
Simon Changer Engineer
Josef Larossi Programming, Instrumentation
Chiara Ferrau Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Il Divo Vocal Arrangements
Jörgen Ingeström String Arrangements
Kristoffer Nergårdh Arranger
Mathias Venge Programming, Producer
Larossi Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steve Mac Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Mark Tucker Engineer
David Kreuger Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Fredrik Andersson Engineer
Saggese Composer
McFadden Composer
Phil Rose Engineer
Ulf Janson Orchestral Arrangements
James Collins Engineer
Blair Daley Composer
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