Sacred Arias

Sacred Arias

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by Andrea Bocelli
     
 

Sacred Arias is a whole lot more than a Christmas album. Following up on his bestselling recordings of operatic favorites -- Viaggio Italiano and Aria -- Andrea Bocelli offers a richly varied recital of spiritual music drawn from the vast repertory of classical song, oratorio, and opera. SomeSee more details below

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Sacred Arias is a whole lot more than a Christmas album. Following up on his bestselling recordings of operatic favorites -- Viaggio Italiano and Aria -- Andrea Bocelli offers a richly varied recital of spiritual music drawn from the vast repertory of classical song, oratorio, and opera. Some of these selections are well known, like Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" (used in Walt Disney's film "Fantasia"), Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" (based on a prelude by J. S. Bach), and the vocally challenging "Ingemisco" from Giuseppe Verdi's powerful Requiem. But who would expect to find Bocelli singing his heart out in Richard Wagner's song "Der Engel" (The Angel)? In fact, throughout Sacred Arias, Bocelli sings with passion and imagination. He starts Pietro Mascagni's "Sancta Maria" in hushed, trembling tones before letting his voice ring out in its full splendor. "Panis Angelicus" by César Franck has equal parts tenderness and strength. Bocelli performs the difficult Verdi excerpt with remarkable ease, and his heartfelt interpretation makes the most of the composer's awe-inspiring music. Even the rarely heard Wagner song (sung in its original German) finds the Italian sounding right at home. "Silent Night" (sung in English) and "Adeste Fidelis" are given in tastefully elegant arrangements, although the final "Gloria a Te, Christo Gesú" is opulently orchestrated, providing a suitably rousing finale for this uplifting program.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sacred Arias followed Andrea Bocelli's successful mainstream effort Sogno by a matter of months -- a release strategy which suggests that he wanted to shore up his classical audience after a pop-leaning effort. That's nonsense, however. For lack of a better term, Sacred Arias is a holiday album, released in November, just in time for Christmas. For much of Bocelli's audience, given that the arias are religious songs, they are holiday songs as well -- after all, "Ave Maria," which leads off the album, is an integral part of the holiday season, and "Silent Night" and "Adeste Fideles" are also here. But Sacred Arias is more than just a holiday record. It contains other arias that aren't specifically about Christmas, plus selections like Wagner's "Der Engel," which isn't religious. Nevertheless, the album holds together fairly well, since the arrangements are of a piece, and Bocelli performs each in his signature style. He may not offer new interpretations of these standards, nor is his phrasing particularly unique, but nevertheless, he does deliver spirited performances of strong, albeit familiar, music in a way that's accessible to a wide audience. That's reason enough for fans to add this to their collection, especially as it is his first collection of arias and religious music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/1999
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028946260029
catalogNumber:
462600
Rank:
30726

Tracks

  1. Ave Maria  - Franz Schubert  - Giulio Caccini  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  2. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  3. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)  - Charles Gounod  - Franz Schubert  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  4. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  5. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  - César Franck  - Norbert Balatsch  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  6. Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Cujus animam  - Gioachino Rossini  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  7. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  8. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  9. Wesendonk Lieder, songs (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra), WWV 91: No.1, Der Engel  - Richard Wagner  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  10. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi Tenere... Ombra mai fu  - George Frideric Handel  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  11. Pietà, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Louis Niedermeyer  - Norbert Balatsch  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  12. Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Domine Deus  - Gioachino Rossini  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  13. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)  - Franz Schubert  - Norbert Balatsch  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  14. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)  - Franz Gruber  - Norbert Balatsch  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Joseph Mohr  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli  -  Arcum Choir  - Paolo Lucci
  15. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)  - John Francis Wade  -  Traditional  - Norbert Balatsch  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli
  16. Gloria a te, Cristo Gesù  - Jean-Paul Lécot  - Clive Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  - Hermine Sterringa  - Andrea Bocelli  - Ciro Visco  - J.-P. Frié

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