Sogno

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The follow-up to Andrea Bocelli's remarkable 1997 smash Romanza, Sogno is a dream come true for fans of the tenor's sensuous singing and passionate pop songs. Powered by two tunes by Sartori and Quarantotto, the songwriting duo who brought us "Time to Say Goodbye," and a duet with chanteuse extraordinaire Celine Dion, Sogno capitalizes on its predecessor's formula for success. But Sogno isn't at all formulaic. Two of the album's most memorable songs were penned by Ennio Morricone, the celebrated and quirky composer who scored such films as "The Mission" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Still, it's the tender caress of Bocelli's voice that ensures Sogno ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The follow-up to Andrea Bocelli's remarkable 1997 smash Romanza, Sogno is a dream come true for fans of the tenor's sensuous singing and passionate pop songs. Powered by two tunes by Sartori and Quarantotto, the songwriting duo who brought us "Time to Say Goodbye," and a duet with chanteuse extraordinaire Celine Dion, Sogno capitalizes on its predecessor's formula for success. But Sogno isn't at all formulaic. Two of the album's most memorable songs were penned by Ennio Morricone, the celebrated and quirky composer who scored such films as "The Mission" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Still, it's the tender caress of Bocelli's voice that ensures Sogno will go platinum. After all, 20 million Bocelli fans can't be wrong.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sogno consists entirely of new compositions, much of which are deliberately skewed toward the pop audience whom Andrea Bocelli was well on his way to earning in the spring of 1999. In other words, it's an album that seems to be a progression, at least on the surface, but it's also a consolidation of the crossover audience that he wooed over the course of the late '90s. Sogno pulls off that trick, balancing Bocelli's opera background with modern pop and Italian music. That stance alone -- finding a middle ground between classical and modern pop music -- will alienate the purists who, truth be told, haven't been all that thrilled with Bocelli in the first place, but this doesn't discredit the music. True, there are moments on Sogno that don't work as well as others, but overall it flows nicely and maintains a fine balance between pieces that suggest opera without actually being opera, and adult contemporary songs such as "Nel Cuore Lei" a duet with Eros Ramazzotti or the Celine Dion duet "The Prayer," which was originally featured on the soundtrack for The Quest for Camelot. The most interesting moments are songs like "Come Un Fiume Tu," a collaboration with Ennio Morricone that manages to not only find a middle ground between those two extremes, but to push forward, as well. Songs like these keep Sogno fascinating, but it's the adult contemporary-flavored numbers that stand to bring in a larger, pop-oriented audience, who will then likely explore the rest of Bocelli's catalog. For skeptics, however, the very presence of pop-leaning numbers will confirm their doubts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 731454722223
  • Catalog Number: 547222
  • Sales rank: 27,219

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrea Bocelli Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Celine Dion Vocals
Eros Ramazzotti Vocals
Malavasi Conductor, Keyboards
Rudy Trevisi Clarinet
Dulce Pontes Vocals
Guido Corti Horn
Bruno Mariani Guitar
João Ferreira Rosa Percussion
Cecilia Chailly Harp
Accademia Musicale Italiana Performing Ensemble
Accademia Polifonica di Roma Choir, Chorus
Fabrizio Barchi Choir Director
Joao Ferreira Percussion
Paolo Bighignoli Bassoon
Rossella Calvi English Horn
Ciccio Merolla Percussion
Michele Montefusco Guitar
Paulo Jorge Santos Guitar
Domenico Servucci Bagpipes
Joy Singers of Venice Choir, Chorus
Orchestra Filarmonica Lituana Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Celine Dion Contributor
Eros Ramazzotti Contributor
David Foster Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Lyricist, Producer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Malavasi Arranger, Programming, Producer, Orchestration
Luca Malaguti Programming, Engineer
Fabio Venturi Engineer
Tony Renis Producer
Alberto Testa Lyricist
Tullio Ferro Orchestration
Fabrizio Barchi Director
Patrick Abrial Orchestration
Andrea D'Alpaos Director
Piero Marras Orchestration
Francesco Sartori Orchestration
Ignazio Orlando Engineer
Peppe Vessicchio Orchestration
Enzo Gragnaniello Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deep Sensuality!

    When I first heard track #4, O Mare et Tu, I had to pull off the road to listen - probably the sexiest exchange of sensuality between a man and a woman I've heard through music! This entire album is from his Soul. I would like to hear more of Dulce Pontes, too. Thank you, Andrea!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums ever made

    Sogno is pure pleasure--beautiful sound, wonderful orchestration, great selections, evocative mnusic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You do not need to be an opera buff to love this album!

    The music is contemporary, Bocelli's voice is out of this world beautiful and the album transcends language & genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He sings from his heart

    Bocelli has a unique quality to his voice....there is no mistakethat he sings from the heart.Every song on this Album was beautifully done and everytime I listen to it...I hear the voice of an Angel..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His voice touches my soul

    I love the first cut which is Canto Della Terra and, of course, Sogno. The rest of the album is just the best of the best. I love to take Andrea with me when I powerwalk in the park under the early morning sky. All my cares are washed away with the sound of his voice. I plan on purchasing his latest album and cant's wait to listen to it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweeping

    This CD ties with ''Sacred Arias'' for favourite Andrea CD. The music is superb, his voice just so stunning. He pulls my heart away. ''The Prayer'' is amazing, and ''Sogno'' is exactly like the title: a ''Dream''. ''I Love Rossini'' is both spirited and heartwrenching. ''A Mio Padre'' is a reading of a poem in Italian that Andrea wrote for his father. I could listen to it over and over, and have done so. The only track I didn't care for was his duet with Dulce Pontes, but that was only because of personal taste in music. I recommend it and assure you that it will not be a waste of money. Andrea has drawing power in that seductive voice. Beware. You may become addicted through hearing this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow, wow, wow!

    First of all, you should know that I only buy, on average, about 1 CD, etc. per year! If you want to get a great first taste of this kind of music, Andrea IS THE MAN! I had no idea I would enjoy this music this much! I had intended to buy Russell Watson, because of TV commercials, but after checking reviews of 'experienced' listeners, I decided to try Andrea first. ''Sogno'' makes me soar! I can't praise it enough, and after loaning it to a co-worker to listen to in her car during lunch, she bought a copy of the CD on her way home! We are hooked! If you are looking to expand your musical horizon, Sogno is a must! Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderfilled!

    This is a body of work that caresses your very soul. A strong well sung technically giving of his soul and mental energy. My personal favorite for giving massage. track 12 for finishing massage leaves clients in a wonderful state of ''out of body''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRAVO!

    A truly emotional experience! Bocelli's voice can move you to tears. I LOVE this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravisimo!

    Even my young children are hooked! Have you ever heard an American 3 year old singing in Italian? How about a romantic 8 year old trying to impress a pretty girl by singing her an Italian love song? I love this CD and the memories I've earned by sharing it with my children!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings Joy to My Heart

    If you want a cd to bring out your emotions this is the one for you. You will sing unknowingly along..smile and feel at peace! An absolutely wonderful Experience...BUY IT! This is my First Bocelli Experience and I have come back for more !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay, but not as good as 'Romanza,' baby.

    No offense. I love Andrea Bocelli. Only, this US diamond-certified (!!) follow-up to the remarkable 'Romanza' tends to be out of control at times. The 'Canto Della Terra,' for one thing, is sexy but ultimately sour. 'The Prayer,' despite a powerful, easy-to-hear vocal duo by Andrea and a truly spirited-voiced Celine Dion, my once-favorite singer, is so emotional, I cried too hard the past times I heard it. The most serene song here is 'Mai Piu Cosi Lontano.' Still, where in the world are Boyz II Men or Phil Collins when you need them?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay, but not as good as 'Romanza,' baby.

    No offense. I love Andrea Bocelli. Only, this US diamond-certified follow-up to 'Romanza' has dynamic strength that is particularly too loco for my taste. It certainly isn't the definitive Andrea Bocelli recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is beautiful

    I was listening to this CD at a music store listening station in Manhattan and I thought it was beautiful and romantic. Sogno is my third Andrea Bocelli CD. Now I would love to go to Italy. Andrea Bocelli makes Italian sound like a beautiful language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROMANTIC AND SOOTHING

    The day I bought this album, I needed a boost-mentally. I had never heard of Bocelli. To my pleasure and surprise, my husband of 34 yrs and I have fallen in love with Andrea Bocelli and one another again. We listen to the album and become young again. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    He has a strong and bold voice that clearly shines. He is the epitome of a operatic tenor...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    exquisite

    though sogno had me drifting in romantic daydreams, I think a good example of how this album can touch all that listen to it can be best expressed by my 7 yr old and 10 yr old children (whose tastes are definately contemporary), they sat in stunned silence and merely said 'Wow' 'can we listen to it again'......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exquisite! This rates 5 stars. . . per minute!

    My first reaction after hearing this CD was that it would be impossible for Bocelli to release a better body of work. Sogno is superb! The man is 50 percent lung and 50 percent soul. If your heart hasn't melted by the time you hear the final note, it's only because it's stopped beating. Don't miss this one. I've bought at least six copies and I KNOW I'll buy more. Thank you, Andrea, from the bottom of my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2009

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