Reprise [Import]

Reprise [Import]

by Russell Watson
     
 

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,See more details below

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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, 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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Editorial Reviews

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:
0028947310020
catalogNumber:
473100
Rank:
152450

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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
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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