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, theSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969425428
catalogNumber:
94254

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

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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
Jacko   Mastering
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,Digital Editing
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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