Sometimes I Dream

Sometimes I Dream

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by Mario Frangoulis

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Listen to the title track of Mario Frangoulis's debut album, "Sometimes I Dream," which takes after an aria from Puccini's Tosca, and you might think you were hearing two different singers. The first is the husky voice of a pop crooner; the second is the generous, passionate tone of a fine operatic tenor. Surprisingly, perhaps,…  See more details below


Listen to the title track of Mario Frangoulis's debut album, "Sometimes I Dream," which takes after an aria from Puccini's Tosca, and you might think you were hearing two different singers. The first is the husky voice of a pop crooner; the second is the generous, passionate tone of a fine operatic tenor. Surprisingly, perhaps, both voices belong to Mario Frangoulis -- Greek-born, conservatory-trained, and with extensive experience in musical theater. The album itself is a highly varied collection of Euro-pop tunes, including songs from Italy and Greece, and even a duet version of "Nights in White Satin," with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. The lush accompaniments evoke images of Mediterranean sunsets and wind-warmed beaches, and those who fell in love with Andrea Bocelli's Romanza will probably enjoy Sometimes I Dream, too. Handsome and musically gifted, Frangoulis has all the makings of a star singer.

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
More seasoned in years than Josh Groban, this Rhodesia-born and Greek-raised and cultured tenor is a veteran stage performer well versed in everything from classical opera to popular musical theater, even Shakespeare. With Peter Asher as executive producer, the idea is to showcase the ethnic and multi-lingual diversity of an extraordinary artist while also nudging him into the mainstream of adult contemporary music. The good news is that he has an equal, relaxed facility for English, Spanish, Italian, and his native Greek, and like Groban, he even engages the hearts of listeners who can't understand the words (translations are included). The general technique is the slow groove beginning with subdued vocals, then a burst of passion and sizzle as the beat and production values pick up. Producer Steve Woods contributes a few new dramatic tracks (the best of these is the soaring, wistful "Vincerò, Perderò"), but it's even more interesting to hear what Frangoulis does with material based on Puccini (the seductive, exotic ballad "Sometimes I Dream") and classics from the film Life is Beautiful (the mystical "Buongiorno Principessa") and Nino Rota (an atmospheric, flamenco-tinged "Canzone Arrabbiata"). Rock fans looking for a connective thread will gravitate to the balmy Italian-to-English version of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin," whose pop-classical flavor is perfect for an artist trying to bridge those two genres. Justin Hayward is on hand to sing along and nod his approval of this loving tribute.

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Performance Credits

Mario Frangoulis   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
Justin Hayward   Vocals
Brent Lewis   Percussion,Drums,Japanese Drum
Ardeshir Farah   Guitar
Richard Hardy   Woodwind,Bamboo Flute
Jorge Strunz   Guitar
Alan Deremo   Bass
Mike Hamilton   Guitar
Thymios Papadopoulos   Woodwind
Daniel May   Piano,Conductor
Nate Wood   Percussion,drum overdubs
Carolyn Miller   Background Vocals
Beth Fitchet Wood   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Crum   Trumpet
Sue Bredice   Background Vocals
Manolis Karantinis   Mandolin,Bazouki
Pavel Kühn   Choir Conductor
Anna Ioannidou   Background Vocals
Pavel Verner   Cello
Josef Strunz   Guitar
Beth Fitchet Wood   Vocals,Background Vocals
Antal Stasek   Choir Conductor
Katerina Kyriakou   Background Vocals
Nikos Psarras   Background Vocals
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Martha Zioga   Background Vocals
Steve Wood   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Justin Hayward   Composer,Original Lyrics
Peter Asher   Executive Producer
José María Cano   Composer,Lyricist
Juraj Durovic   Engineer
Daniel May   Orchestration
Luisa Zappa Branduardi   Lyricist
Alberto Parodi   Engineer
Elias Achladiotis   Composer's Assistant,Computer Consultant
Mario Frangoulis   Liner Notes
Stanislava Vomackova   translation
Lina Wertmuller   Lyricist
Niccolò Agliardi   Lyricist
Panagiotis Petronikolos   Engineer
Olda Slezák   Engineer
Paraskevas Karasoulos   Lyricist
Dimitrios Karaisaridis   Food Stylist
Vincenzo Cerami   Lyricist
Luisa Zappa   Lyricist
Steve Wood   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Engineering

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Sometimes I Dream 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
shopper88 More than 1 year ago
i loved to listen to josh groban, but now all i listen to is mario's cd...LOVE IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Josh Groban and Russell Watson, this CD is one for you. I bought this not knowing what it would be like and was pleasantly surprised. He has a great voice and he puts a lot of emotion into his songs. Definitely get this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is not one better than the other on this album. They are all great songs and his voice is very easy to listen to! I agree with 1st writer totally on this one. I will definitely look for and buy more of Mario's music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Get this album. He has a beautiful voice, and the songs allows it to shine. One of my favorites is Naturaleza Muerta, but it's quite hard to pick a single favorite track out of so many gems. This album has only recently arrived in stores, and already I find myself waiting with baited breath for his next album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful voice, a singer with a soul
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am totally captivated with his performance (DVD-Concert), the young man is absolutely beautiful with a soothing and tender voice. What can I say, except to hope that he will stay forever with us to provide us entertainment. He is one singer that could soothe the aches and pain of a broken heart. I know he does to me. Buy also his other CD's because you cannot get enough of him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mario is magnificent in his Concert. He electrifies the audience with every song he sings. The passionate, solid and warm voice of Mario certainly gave justice to the classic E Lucevan Le Stelle piece from the Puccini opera, Tosca. I don't know of anyone (except of course my idol, Placido Domingo)who could have sung that with so much feeling! WOW!!!!!This young man has all the tools to be great. He is a diversely talented performer. All the songs, in Italian, Spanish, and English were all delivered in such ease, delivering each song with clarity and with so much expression that the listener/audience is totally mesmerized (or hypnotized) by him. I love all the 12 songs. But my favorite is Sometimes I Dream (E Lucevan Le Stelle - pop version). This song says it all. The young man is a gem, one destined to be great as the the great tenors - Pavarotti, Kraus, Domingo and Carreras, if not greater because he is so extradordinarily versatile with an extensive and impressive past performances on stage, films, and concert halls around Europe. America, buy his CD/DVD and you will be more than glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where have you been Mario? His voice is thrilling and each song is delivered with passion and fire or soothing to the ears.This man has talent and reminds me of Andrea Bocelli.Please buy this CD or better yet get the tape to see him in person.Very handsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first American recording of Mario Frangoulis is a great find.What talent and passion!!His Sometimes I Dream, a combinatio of Puccini and romantic English is a dream come true.Mario sings in fluent English, Italian, Spanish and of course Greek.Every song is stirring and romantic.I am buying every recording he makes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago