La Voce

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the United States, adult contemporary is widely regarded as mainly for English-speaking audiences. But the truth is that adult contemporary thrives in a variety of languages. The romantic Latin pop of superstars like Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastían, José José, Luis Miguel, and Juan Gabriel is essentially adult contemporary performed in Spanish; Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti are two examples of Italian singers who have recorded a lot of adult contemporary for the Italian-language market. So bearing all that in mind, it makes perfect sense for Canadian singer Mark Masri to favor a multilingual approach to adult contemporary on La Voce which is Italian for "The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the United States, adult contemporary is widely regarded as mainly for English-speaking audiences. But the truth is that adult contemporary thrives in a variety of languages. The romantic Latin pop of superstars like Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastían, José José, Luis Miguel, and Juan Gabriel is essentially adult contemporary performed in Spanish; Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti are two examples of Italian singers who have recorded a lot of adult contemporary for the Italian-language market. So bearing all that in mind, it makes perfect sense for Canadian singer Mark Masri to favor a multilingual approach to adult contemporary on La Voce which is Italian for "The Voice". On a purely musical level, the Toronto native doesn't do anything wildly experimental on this 58-minute CD; he isn't combining salsa with Celtic music which Scotland's Salsa Celtica have done or blending Mexican duranguense with Dominican bachata which Los Horóscopos de Durango have done. Rather, try to envision what might happen if, say, Phil Collins or Celine Dion sang in several different languages on the same album; that is the type of thing that Masri does on La Voce. This ballads-oriented effort doesn't achieve a lot of musical diversity, but it certainly achieves linguistic diversity -- and Masri sings as convincingly on the English-language tracks as he does singing in Italian on "C'è Sempre Musica," in French on "Je T'Attendrai," and in Spanish on a translation of Sting's "Fragile." Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" a major hit for Roberta Flack in 1969 is performed in both Italian and English, and "Erev Shel Shoshanim" a male/female duet with singer Amy Sky is performed in Arabic and Hebrew. But all that linguistic diversity doesn't prevent Masri from maintaining a gently romantic ambience; La Voce is an easy listening album that just happens to be in six different languages. Anyone who expects La Voce to be an ultra-daring world fusion type of affair will be disappointed because -- again -- Masri is more daring linguistically than he is musically. But La Voce could easily go down in history as one of the more memorable adult contemporary/easy listening releases of 2010.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Green Hill
  • UPC: 792755566329
  • Catalog Number: 55663
  • Sales rank: 4,811

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Masri Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jim Brickman Piano
Erica Goodman Harp
George Koller Bass, Dilruba
Jack Lenz Piano, Conductor
Steven MacKinnon Piano, Keyboards
Bob Mills Bass
Rob Piltch Guitar (Nylon String)
Amy Sky Background Vocals
Randy Waldman Piano
Glenn Morley Conductor, Keyboards
George Meanwell Cello
Clare Scholtz Oboe
Asher Lenz Keyboards
Davide Direnzo Drums
Roula Said finger cymbals
Sheldon Grabke Violin
Stephan Moccio Piano, Keyboards
Amoy Levy Background Vocals
Wendy Solomon Cello
Xiao Grabke Violin
Rick Shadrach Lazar Percussion
Greg Johnston Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
James MacDonald French Horn
Paulis Sanchez Background Vocals
Rebeka Wolkstein Violin
Janet Horne Violin
Gino Mirizio Percussion
Randy Rodrigues Bass
Jochem van der Saag Keyboards, Background Vocals
Anne Thompson Flute
Bethany Bergman Violin
Douglas John Cameron Mandolin
Norman Hathaway Violin
Karen Moffatt Viola
Michael Thompson Guitar
Steve Hunter Piano
Nevon Sinclair Background Vocals
Aya Miyagawa Violin
Brandon Chui Violin
Josh Greenlaw Viola
George Vasilikos Bouzouki
Bridget La Marche Viola
Wendy Rogers Violin
Pam Hinman Violin
Mary-Kartherine Finch Cello
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Sting Composer
Lucio Dalla Composer
John Acosta Composer
Jack Lenz Executive Producer, String Arrangements, Management
Steven MacKinnon Composer, Engineer
Nicola Piovani Composer
Amy Sky Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Management
Jeff Franzel Composer
Greg Howard Executive Producer, Art Direction
Tim Bryson Engineer
Glenn Morley Programming, String Arrangements
Joao Carvalho Mastering
Moshe Dor Composer
Antonio Galbiati Composer
Michael Jack Engineer
Chris Martin Composer
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Jon Buckland Composer
Greg Kolchinsky Engineer
Chad Smith Artwork
Mark Masri Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Stephan Moccio Composer
Adam Crossley Composer
Greg Johnston String Arrangements
Yossef Hadar Composer
Vincenzo Cerami Composer
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Producer, Engineer, Sound Design
John Bailey Engineer
Ewan MaColl Composer
Azra Hussein Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Voice, Indeed!

    Mark Masri has a voice that must make many a singer envious. He soars with little effort, yet never over-sings a piece. In fact, he seems to caress the notes, creating a wholly satisfying sound-never harsh, always beautiful. This latest album demonstrates the range of Masri's abilities, mixing fresh interpretations of classic songs with more pop-infused pieces. Stand out pieces are difficult to choose, but my wife swooned most immediately to "Hold On." Fans of classical crossover artists such as Josh Groban and The Canadian Tenors will find this album to be at home in their playlists.

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