Il Divo [DualDisc]

Il Divo [DualDisc]

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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 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. [Il Divo is also available in DualDisc form with a bonus DVD.]

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Disc 1

  1. Unbreak My Heart (Regresa a Mi)
  2. Mama
  3. Nella Fantasia
  4. Passerà
  5. Unchained Melody (Senza Catene)
  6. Every Time I Look at You
  7. Ti Amerò
  8. Dentro un Altro Si
  9. The Man You Love
  10. Feelings
  11. Hoy Que Ya No Estas Aqui
  12. Sei Parte Ormai Di Me
  13. My Way (A Mi Manera)

Disc 2

  1. Unbreak My Heart (Regresa a Mi)
  2. Mama
  3. Nella Fantasia
  4. Passerà
  5. Unchained Melody (Senza Catene)
  6. Every Time I Look at You
  7. Ti Amerò
  8. Dentro un Altro Si
  9. The Man You Love
  10. Feelings
  11. Hoy Que Ya No Estas Aqui
  12. Sei Parte Ormai Di Me
  13. My Way (A Mi Manera)
  14. Unbreak My Heart
  15. Mama
  16. Nella Fantasia
  17. Passerà
  18. My Way
  19. Unbreak My Heart

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Il Divo   Primary Artist
Andy Hill   Keyboards
Henrik Janson   Conductor
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Strings,Leader
Dave Arch   Piano,Piano (Grand)
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Acoustic Guitar
Anders Von Hofsten   Background Vocals
Steve Mac   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Tomas Lindberg   Bass
Per Magnusson   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Peter Nordahl   Conductor
Stockholm Session Orchestra   Track Performer
Jan Bengtsson   Flute
Chris Laws   Drums
Emil Heiling   Background Vocals,Voices
Maria Diephuis   Background Vocals
Daniel Galessiere   Voices
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
Uli Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   translation
Don Black   Composer
Andy Hill   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Henrik Janson   Arranger
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Basil Matychak   Engineer
Frank Musker   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Rudy Pérez   Lyric Adaptations
Ren Swan   Engineer
Mark Tucker   Engineer
Tony Vincent   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Dave Arch   Orchestral Arrangements
James Collins   Engineer
David Krueger   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Aleandro Baldi   Composer
Marco Flores   Lyric Adaptations
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Mino Vergnaghi   Composer,Lyric Adaptations
Philip Rose   Engineer
Marco Falagiani   Composer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Giancarlo Bigazzi   Composer
Per Magnusson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Peter Nordahl   String Arrangements
Sam Erickson   Director
Jörgen Elofsson   Programming,Producer
Lasse Nilsson   Engineer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Chris Laws   Engineer
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
John Reid   Composer
Simon Changer   Engineer
Josef Larossi   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Chiara Ferrau   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Il Divo   Vocal Arrangements
Richard J. Alcock   Executive Producer
Calvin Aurand   Executive Producer
Cheope   Lyric Adaptations
Philip W. Hack   Producer
Jörgen Ingeström   String Arrangements
Sharon Maguire   Video Director
Galea McGregor   Producer
Kristoffer Nergårdh   Arranger
Panzeri Nomen   Lyric Adaptations
Mathias Venge   Programming,Producer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Fredrik Andersson   Engineer
Uli Janson   Arranger

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Il Divo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought my first Il Divo dual disc so that I could watch these very talented singers perform in both the concert at Gotham Hall and the Regresa A Mi video. The dual disc has the 13 songs from the CD on the CD side and they are also on the DVD side, but in PCM stero which is outstanding. I first bought their self-titled CD, Il Divo and was afraid I had it almost worn out as I played it all the time. David, Carlos, Urs and Sebastien have a very evident passion for their music and they bring it to their audiences. They each can sing on their own, but as they blend their voices together it takes you to a whole different level. Each time I listen to them my heart and soul soar high above the ground leaving all else behind as I join their musical world. They love to sing for others, you see it in their eyes and body movement as well as hearing it in their voices, the way they interact with each other and the way they sing directly to you....never at you. It doesn't matter if you speak the language they are singing in (they sing in English, Spanish, and Italian), because your heart always understands. I buy both the CD's and the dual disc's to give as very welcome gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lamp More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Best music available. Voices they should be proud of. Obviously have worked very hard at their craft. Cannot hear them without being moved. Thank you for your talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All my friends are tiring of hearing me rave about the CD. I listen every chance I get. I'm not a fan of opera but I do appreciate trained voices. As an aspiring student of Italian, I'm having fun translating the lyrics of those songs in Italian. I'm looking forward to the next CD Buona fortuna Il Divo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate album of love songs. I have never heard songs delivered with such feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this extrodianry quartet. Beautiful arrange voices that can sing me to sleep any night(especially Carlos). Simmon Cowell may be a pain but he knows talent when he hears it. There rich voices and spectacular talent makes this cd an istant classic. I do hope they plan on staying around. They are also easy on the eyes and made themselves a favorite on my list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally do not think that Il Divo is anything spectacular or new. I think they are over done and sound too mixed. I will admit that these singers do have talent, but they would sound better alone. I think they will be the hip new boy band for a few weeks and then they will fade off into obscurity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard them first on Goodmorning America, I think. I immediately ordered a CD for myself and one for each of my four childres-grown adults. You can understand why "Mama" reduces me to tears. Such beautiful voices and such perfect pitch...they blend together without fault. I listened to them continually. I found that my kids loved them also, because they had them in their cars to hear on the way to work, etc. Thanks for this wonderful group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to listen to the album after reading all the great reviews. But the music itself is completely disappointing. Their voices are really not that spectacular, and the arrangements are uninteresting. Whoever called it Popera is absolutely correct - it's not real classical music, and shouldn't be in that category. There are some really good vocalists out there, and for this album to be so popular is a sad commentary on music listeners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Il Divo until my aunt played the cd in her car. I fell in love and bought it the very next day. I love all the songs and play it over and over again in my car, in my computer, and every chance I get. I love the song "Passera" even though I don't understand a word of it and I think Sebastian is gorgeous!! I can't wait until they come to my area to perform.
mommommary More than 1 year ago
I found them by accident and I am forever grateful. My mother, 85 yrs old, loves this group. Although she doesn't understand the various languages they sing, she is mesmerized just like I am. Some of their work is invigorating and stimulating, other is emotional, others relaxing/soothing. They have it and do it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the best in artistic impression is knowing when enough is enough and this is too much. Three stars for talent and good looks but I think the production deserves a minus 1 yielding a final score of 2 stars. They're so silicone they are primed for a billing as Il Divo "Vivo" Las Vegas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Il Divos' voices are mind blowing. David Miller's Tenor and harmonizing is heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time. Carlos Marin's Baritone and range is amazing and refreshing. Urs Buhler's voice is unique and indescribable sort of a Steve Perry (from Journey) voice where it sounds great it doesn't matter what type of voice he has. Sebastien Izambard has a beautiful tenor that is more pop but still a perfect match with the three classically trained operatic singers. You won't be disappointed if you pick this up and are looking for true talent and voices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never heard of Il Divo until this week and was deeply moved at the experience of listening to their first CD. They are right up there with Groban, Bocelli and other fresh voices in this music "genre!" Am buying this CD for the mothers (young and old!) in my family for Mother's Day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all the new remakes of old songs these guys top everything! They really know how to make it sound new and put their own style into it. I love these guys and I recommend buying this CD to all my friends! They sure aren't bad to look at either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
listen and enjoy!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until last Friday night during the Daytime Emmy Awards I had never heard of IL DIVO but once I heard their Italian version of Unchained Melody I became hooked. They have a new fan for life. LIA78
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to finally listen to some great music by young men who are absolutely the best! If you want the hair to stand up on your arms, PLEASE buy this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was watching TV and waiting impatiently for the commercials to end when I heard this beautiful sound coming out of the television. It immediately grabbed my attention. After hearing this new group, Il Divo, sing, I took the next available opportunity to buy the CD. To those people who think this group is inferior, I say have you heard some of the garbage that passes for music these days? Stop complaining!
phatdiva More than 1 year ago
This is great to listen to with a cup of tea when you can relax and get into the music and the voices of angels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing have moved me and delivered such pleasure as listening and watching Il Divo perform. These four formed a great powerhouse of sounds. They are different and hands down talented as individual singers ,but when they sing in harmony they create magic. Their debut CD exceeded my expectations. I saw them on Oprah, and heard their signature song(Unbreak my heart), and that didn't affect me the way the other songs did. I don't care if they'll never make another CD ever again, I'll cherrish the one I have. It was inspiring and just made me feel really good and happy, something I haven't felt in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is bloddy awful -- get a bunch of goodlooking guys together you can sell anything -- they could just as well sell food choppers. No wonder classical music is in trouble.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you can diss Il Divo all you want but I'd like to see you sing like they do and get a record, they're not perfect, but who is? you can't deny record sales which, so far, have been amazing! just let the men sing, for goodness sakes- if you don't like them don't listen to them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! These guys are amazing! They all have such rich--and big--voices that blend so well together. Having spent years studying classical and opera music, I probably listen more critically to technique above all else, of which there were a few glitches on this album, none of which most people would catch. But in a world where classical music is termed "long-haired" and only for "old" people, these guys bring a fresh and young perspective, even to current and popular songs, guaranteed to draw you into the rich world of classical and opera music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an absolute pleasure it is. I'm already looking forward to their next CD.