Reprise [Import]

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
We've already had Encore from Russell Watson, the popular tenor whose meteoric rise began with his first album, The Voice. So what should come next? Reprise, of course! The title fits. Offering the by-now familiar mixture of light pop and well-known classics, Reprise capitalizes on a formula that has brought Watson an enormous international following. Neapolitan favorites like "Santa Lucia" and "Torna a Surriento" join with pop songs such as a breathy "All or Nothing" and the anthemic "The Living Years," while chestnuts from the opera stage -- an overdubbed duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Leoncavallo's "Vesti la giubba," and Puccini's "Recondita armonia" -- fill out ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
We've already had Encore from Russell Watson, the popular tenor whose meteoric rise began with his first album, The Voice. So what should come next? Reprise, of course! The title fits. Offering the by-now familiar mixture of light pop and well-known classics, Reprise capitalizes on a formula that has brought Watson an enormous international following. Neapolitan favorites like "Santa Lucia" and "Torna a Surriento" join with pop songs such as a breathy "All or Nothing" and the anthemic "The Living Years," while chestnuts from the opera stage -- an overdubbed duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Leoncavallo's "Vesti la giubba," and Puccini's "Recondita armonia" -- fill out the assortment. Once again, Watson enlists the orchestrating talents of Nick Dodd whose work can be heard on such cinematic blockbusters as Independence Day and others, lending to several of the tracks a lush, epic feel worthy of a John Williams soundtrack. As for "the voice" itself, it continues to impress and grow richer. No longer a boyish newcomer, this naturally gifted singer is settling in to stardom in style.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Although classical crossover artists are not unique, few are truly adept at handling the subtleties of pop music, as they simply bend their quasi-operatic voices to fit into the confines of a pop melody. It's a bit like watching a seven-foot basketball star exit his limo, and then fold his body into a little sports car -- he may be able to get into the auto, but it's not necessarily a comfortable fit. Russell Watson is the rare exception who is comfortable in both settings, as listening to him is like listening to two distinct people; there is the powerful tenor who can handle the rigorous demands of operatic solos, and there is the suave Europop singer who can deftly navigate the intricacies of a popular song. Unlike his contemporaries, Watson has the unique ability to actually change his voice in order to fit the style of music he is performing. An example of this morphing technique can be heard on the first two tracks of Reprise, his third solo disc. Opening with Cottrau's "Santa Lucia," Watson's well-supported tenor sounds like a younger, less-excitable Mario Lanza as he gives a warm reading to this Italian favorite. Then, as if a multi-CD player were set on shuffle mode, a breathy and slightly husky voice enters in on "Immenso Sogno," a European-style pop ballad that Watson sings in a hushed tone devoid of any classical technique. The difference is immediate and effective, and allows Watson to successfully live in two separate musical worlds that embrace his talents. However, there are drawbacks on each side of the fence. Although his tenor is getting stronger, he will most likely not be able to obtain the majestic richness and depth of a true master like Pavarotti, but that's just fine, as his capable work can still be admired and enjoyed. On the pop music side, Watson doesn't always select the best English-language songs to cover, as evidenced by the inclusion of Mike + the Mechanics' "The Living Years," in which the listless arrangement and repetitive structure simply do not mesh with the balance of the disc. In addition to that misstep, there is not much on Reprise that is different from its two predecessors, except for the fact that Watson's voice is improving. Basically, it adds up to a pleasant listen that will continue to charm audiences of both pop and classical music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/24/2002
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • UPC: 028947310020
  • Catalog Number: 473100
  • Sales rank: 248,622

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russell Watson Primary Artist
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Nicholas Dodd Conductor
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Martin Frosty Beedle Percussion, Drums
Jeff Bova Keyboards
Richard Cottle Keyboards
Alistair Gordon Keyboards, Background Vocals
Neil Jason Bass
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
John Lubbock Conductor
John McCurry Guitar
Mike Rutherford Guitar
Gavyn Wright Leader
Trevor Barry Bass, Bass Guitar
Pete Murray Keyboards
Mike Bryon Hehir Guitar
Sue Quin Background Vocals
Paul Dunne Guitar
Rebecca Watson Vocals
Steve Butler Background Vocals
Judith Abbot Background Vocals
Anoushka Gordon Vocals
William Hayward Conductor
Cleopatra Track Performer
Martin Abbott Acoustic Guitar
Russell Watson Vocals, Background Vocals
Claire Lees Vocals
Chloe Gordon Vocals
Katie Butler Vocals
Andrew Price Studio Strings Strings
Holly Quin-Ankrah Vocals
Technical Credits
Georges Bizet Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo Composer
Jules Massenet Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Freddie Mercury Composer
B.A. Robertson Composer
Jim Steinman Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Teodoro Cottrau Composer
Josh Abbey Engineer
Don Black Lyricist
Jeff Bova Programming
Jack Brooks Composer, Lyricist
Richard Cottle Programming
Alistair Gordon Producer
Andy Jackson Mastering
Rory Johnston Production Liason
Steve Pigott Programming
Mike Rutherford Composer
Richard Scott Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Andy Strange Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Howie Beno Programming
Rick Blaskey Conception Supervisor
Riccardo Cordiferro Composer, Lyricist
James Sanger Programming
Tim Cormon Composer
Vange Milliet Composer
Pete Murray String Arrangements
Michel Carré Librettist, Lyricist
Eugène Cormon Lyricist
Salvatore Cardillo Composer
Mark Cavell Executive Producer
Giuseppe Giacosa Composer, Lyricist
Luigi Illica Lyricist
Francesco Maria Piave Lyricist
Hartmann Lyricist
Martin Abbott Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Russell Watson Producer
Scott Lyricist
Paul Milliet Lyricist
G.B. (Giambattista) de Curtis Composer, Lyricist
Paul Moseley Executive Producer
Perry Hughes Management
Carlo Pepoli (Count) Lyricist
Ernesto de Curtis Composer
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