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by Russell Watson

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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,


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.

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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. [The 2002 import of Reprise

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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
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Neil Jason   Bass
Skaila Kanga   Harp
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
John Lubbock   Conductor
John McCurry   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Steve Pigott   Keyboards
Mike Rutherford   Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Trevor Barry   Bass
Howie Beno   Banjo,Keyboards
Alan Gregson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Steve Jordan   Drums
Pete Murray   Piano,Keyboards
Sue Quin   Background Vocals
Rebecca Watson   Background Vocals
Steve Butler   Background Vocals
Anoushka Gordon   Background Vocals
Isobel Triner   English Horn
William Hayward   Conductor
Russell Watson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Claire Lees   Background Vocals
Chloe Gordon   Background Vocals
Katie Butler   Background Vocals
Phil Rice   Keyboards
Holly Quin-Ankrah   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Brian Alexander Robertson   Composer
Nicholas Dodd   Arranger
Agustín Lara   Composer
Teodoro Cottrau   Composer
Josh Abbey   Engineer
Jeff Bova   Programming
Richard Cottle   Programming
Alistair Gordon   Producer
Nick Ingman   Arranger,String Arrangements
Neil Jason   Composer,Lyricist
Rory Johnston   Production Liason
Nick Patrick   Producer
Steve Pigott   Programming
Gioachino Rossini   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Richard Scott   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Tim Rice   Lyricist
Michael Cates   Composer
Andy Strange   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Howie Beno   Programming
Rick Blaskey   Production Concept,Conception Supervisor
Matteo Saggese   Lyricist
Riccardo Cordiferro   Composer,Lyricist
Alan Gregson   Engineer,String Arrangements
Damon Iddins   Engineer
James Sanger   Programming
Tim Cormon   Composer
Pete Murray   String Arrangements
Michel Carré   Lyricist
Eugène Cormon   Lyricist
Salvatore Cardillo   Composer
Mark Cavell   Executive Producer
Giuseppe Giacosa   Lyricist
Luigi Illica   Lyricist
Andrew McPherson   Engineer
Adam Lindsay Gordon   Lyricist
Russell Watson   Producer
Andy McPherson   Engineer
G.B. (Giambattista) de Curtis   Lyricist
Brigite Jason   Lyricist
Paul Moseley   Executive Producer
Perry Hughes   Management
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
Carlo Pepoli   Lyricist

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