Verdi

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Verdi's music is some of the greatest ever composed for the human voice, and some of the most difficult, requiring a perfect balance of spontaneous ardor and scrupulous refinement. Andrea Bocelli has recorded Verdi before, most notably on Viaggio Italiano, but the results were strangely tentative. With Verdi, however, he boldly faces the challenge, offering the best singing of his career so far. As soon as he soars into the melody of "Celeste Aida," the opening track, it's clear that he is in his element. Few tenors can manage such a beautiful diminuendo on this aria's final high note -- a difficult task, but that's how Verdi wrote it. Critics are still sure to ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Verdi's music is some of the greatest ever composed for the human voice, and some of the most difficult, requiring a perfect balance of spontaneous ardor and scrupulous refinement. Andrea Bocelli has recorded Verdi before, most notably on Viaggio Italiano, but the results were strangely tentative. With Verdi, however, he boldly faces the challenge, offering the best singing of his career so far. As soon as he soars into the melody of "Celeste Aida," the opening track, it's clear that he is in his element. Few tenors can manage such a beautiful diminuendo on this aria's final high note -- a difficult task, but that's how Verdi wrote it. Critics are still sure to harp at Bocelli's technical shortcomings, but this album triumphantly demonstrates the smooth caress of his legato singing, his rhythmic flexibility essential for creating a sense of abandon, the shine of his high notes check out the rousing conclusion to "Di quella pira", and -- most important of all -- his deep and utterly natural understanding of Verdi's style. It's clear from the affection he lavishes on every selection that he has loved this music all his life. The recital includes 15 arias that span the breadth of the composer's long career, including early works I Lombardi and Ernani, beloved masterpieces Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, and Aida, and works that are rarely seen onstage Luisa Miller. Zubin Mehta gets fervently Italianate playing from the Israel Philharmonic, including some especially lovely woodwind solos. Bravo, Bocelli!
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Following the spiritually flavored Sacred Arias, Andrea Bocelli presents an album of the music of Giuseppe Verdi, covering arias from several operas, leaning heavily on Il Trovatore, La Triviata, and Rigoletto. Supported by the Israel Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Bocelli reprises his role as the crossover-friendly opera tenor, offering his interpretations with capability and grace and warmly embracing the songs with his familiar voice. Opera purists may find Verdi a little off-putting; for example, the album opener, "Di Quella Pira" from Il Trovatore (which serves as the rousing finale to the opera's third act), sounds out of place as the opening track, and Mehta's conducting is adequate but lacks passion. However, the album is not without its charms, and the ballads represented here ("La Donna e Mobile" and "Possente Amor" in particular) are wonderfully suited to his notoriously light tenor. Fans of Bocelli's previous albums should be happy with Verdi, and will hopefully be awakened to the works of one of opera's great composers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 028946460023
  • Catalog Number: 464600
  • Sales rank: 54,838

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (3:16)
  2. 2 Il Trovatore, opera: Ah sì, ben mio - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (3:18)
  3. 3 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (2:11)
  4. 4 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Di' tu se fedele - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (3:05)
  5. 5 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Ma se m'è forza perderti - Giuseppe Verdi & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. 6 Rigoletto, opera: Ella mi fu rapita! - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (4:37)
  7. 7 Rigoletto, opera: Possente amor mi chiama - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (2:58)
  8. 8 Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (4:09)
  9. 9 La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (3:40)
  10. 10 La Traviata, opera: Oh mio rimorso! - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (2:54)
  11. 11 I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, opera: La mia letizia infondere vorrei - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (2:07)
  12. 12 Don Carlo, opera: Io l'ho perduta... Io la vidi e il suo sorriso - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (3:50)
  13. 13 La forza del destino, opera: La vita è inferno all'infelice - Giuseppe Verdi & Clive Bennett (9:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrea Bocelli Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His best yet

    Incredible cd !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    when will Bocelli get a ''classical'' bin header?

    From beginning to end, the album is Bocelli singing what he loves best. What more does the listener want; the orchestra understands the lightness and punctuations of a Verdi accompaniment, and Bocelli's voice works well in front of the Israel Philharmonic. I liked the album--when is Bocelli going to have his own section in the classicals, rather than searching ''international'' and ''easy listening''?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Verdi by Bocelli

    great music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Verdi satisfying experience (almost)

    Andrea baby, you didn¿t have to hit that high D THAT loud, but you jolted me out of my seat. And the Israel Philharmonic seems to remind me of every orchestra I ever heard, but Zubin Mehta does a fine job. The end.

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    Posted June 21, 2009

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