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Il Divo

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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


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.

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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 S�bastien 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.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Il Divo   Primary Artist
Andy Hill   Keyboards
Henrik Janson   Conductor
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Gavyn Wright   Strings,Leader
Dave Arch   Piano,Piano (Grand)
Carlos Marin   Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Acoustic Guitar
Anders Von Hofsten   Background Vocals
Steve Mac   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Tomas Lindberg   Bass
Per Magnusson   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Peter Nordahl   Conductor
Jan Bengtsson   Flute
Chris Laws   Drums
Sébastien Izambard   Vocals
Emil Heiling   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices
Urs Buhler   Vocals
Maria Diephuis   Background Vocals
Daniel Galessiere   Vocals,Voices
Jannika Gustafsson   Violin
Jörgen Ingeström   Piano,Keyboards
Hans Larsson   French Horn
Kristoffer Nergårdh   Piano,Piano (Grand)
Linda Norrgård   Background Vocals
Rolf Nyqvist   French Horn
Karl Thorsson   Percussion
Mathias Venge   Guitar
Maj Widding   Bassoon
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings,Ensemble
Bengt Rosengren   Oboe
Uli Janson   Conductor
David Miller   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Andy Hill   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Henrik Janson   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Frank Musker   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Rudy Pérez   Lyric Adaptations
Ren Swan   Engineer
Mark Tucker   Engineer
Tony Vincent   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Hy Zaret   Composer
Dave Arch   Orchestral Arrangements
James Collins   Engineer
David Krueger   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Aleandro Baldi   Composer
Marco Flores   Composer,Lyric Adaptations
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Mino Vergnaghi   Composer
Philip Rose   Engineer
Marco Falagiani   Composer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Giancarlo Bigazzi   Composer
Per Magnusson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Gilles Thibaut   Lyric Adaptations
Peter Nordahl   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jörgen Elofsson   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Lasse Nilsson   Arranger,Engineer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Chris Laws   Engineer
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
John Reid   Composer
Simon Changer   Engineer
Josef Larossi   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Chiara Ferrau   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Il Divo   Vocal Arrangements
Jörgen Ingeström   String Arrangements
Kristoffer Nergårdh   Arranger
Mathias Venge   Programming,Producer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Stockholm Session Strings   Contributor
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Fredrik Andersson   Engineer
Uli Janson   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Quiz & Larossi   Audio Production

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