The celebrated tenor Plácido Domingo marks another remarkable chapter with Amore Infinito, the recording he calls "one of the most important" of his career. With lyrics in English, Italian, and Spanish, Amore Infinito features songs inspired by poems written by the late Pope John Paul II. In addition to his solo work on the album, Domingo also collaborates with some of the most exciting vocal talents in music, including Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams, and Katherine Jenkins. The CD also features a moving duet with Domingo's son, Plácido Jr.
It was after Domingo's last performance for John Paul II at the Vatican that the tenor expressed to His Holiness a wish to select some of his poems for musical setting. The singer, along with a group of prominent composers, looked for themes of universal significance to accompany melodies that evoke deep emotions and a timeless spirituality. Celebrating the eternal power of love, the album is utterly contemporary. "This recording has enormous significance for me," says Domingo.
The Deluxe Edition of the album includes an enhanced CD with video footage featuring Josh Groban and is packaged in a 40-page hard-cover booklet with lyrics and color photographs.
Performance CreditsPlácido Domingo Primary Artist,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Vanessa Williams Vocals
Gary Foster Clarinet
Steve Kujala Flute,Pan Flute/Pan Pipes,Penny Whistle
Bruce Dukov Violin
Kevin Axt Bass,Guitar
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Jorge Calandrelli Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor
George Doering Guitar
Rebecca Gilliver Cello
Daniel Greco Percussion
Nick Ingman Conductor
Michael Lang Piano
Warren Luening Trumpet
Tom Ranier Piano
Andrea Bocelli Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Gregg Field Drums
Josh Groban Vocals
Katherine Jenkins Vocals,Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Angeles Children's Chorus Ensemble,Children's Chorus
Anne Tomlinson Children's Choirmaster
Tom Rainier Piano
Technical CreditsPlácido Domingo Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,translation
John Paul Text
Greg Bartheld Programming,Sound Design,Computer Engineering
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger,Composer,Producer
Patrick Dillett Engineer
Dick Lewzey Engineering
Rob Mathes Engineering
Wayne Warnecke Engineer
Fio Zanotti Composer
Jeff Franzel Composer
David Benson Programming
Kenneth Chalmers Text Translation
Eugene Kohn Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Antonio Galbiati Composer
Merle Kersten Art Direction
Matt Lawrence Engineering
Richard Evidon Text Translation
Bill Airey Smith Engineering
Pier Paolo Guerrini Engineering
Warmecle. Wayne Engineer
Stefano Tomaselli Composer
Maurizio Fabrizio Composer
Don Murray Engineering
Bill Smith Engineering
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have beeen a fan of Placido Domingo as well as Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli forever it seems and to see that someone( Placido Domingo) put the words from the poems written by our beloved, late Holy Father Pope John Paul II is majical. I have some of the the books writen by our late Pope and they are so inspirational. The music on this Cd is uplifting, spiritual and a source of great comfort. The late Holy fathers words set to music bring about a sense of peace, a reaffirmation of the spirit. Much like one gets from listening the The Priest Cd as well. Hearing the soaring, beautiful voice of Josh Groban and the hauting angelic voice of Meistro Andrea Bocelli with Placido Domingo along with Katherine Hardwick and Vanessa Willaims I feel as though this surely must be what angels sound like, except we are hearing herew on Earth In the currant climate of music where violence and degradation are glorified in music and every expletive is repeated through out many songs with the same underlying rhythm lacking orginality or substance it is truly wonderful to see a return to what music really is, beauty, truth, guidence and a celeabration of life. It really does have the power to change the world in a positve way and this Cd is one such as this. I hope others will hear and feel what I have with in the words of his Holiness and the music it is set to, sung by the angels.What a rare treat to the ears,the soul and the spirit.
BEAUTIFUL SOOTHING MUSIC WITH A HEARTWARMING COLLECTION OF SINGING ARTISTS THAT WARMS YOUR HEART WITH EVERY NOTE. BOUGHT THE BOOK & CD AS A MOTHER'S DAY GIFT, GIVEN EARLY AND ENJOYED THE GRACIOUS MUSIC SO MUCH I BOUGHT THE CD FOR MYSELF. NOT ONLY DOES IT SOOTHE THE MIND BUT THE SOUL TOO! HIGHLY RECOMMEND TONE AND ALL THE MUSIC FOR ALL AGES. GREAT GIFT TOO THAT WILL BE ENJOYED FOR MANY DAYS AND YEARS TO COME.
The poetry, music, orchestra, voices - each is exquisite. Together they are superb! I am a Domingo fan and recognized his voice when this recording was playing at my favorite B&N store music section. This beautiful music grips my soul like nothing I've heard before. It is spectacularly lush and romantic. The poetry is touching and loving - a remarkable remembrance of a good man, John Paul II. The five artists who join Domingo bring a variety of vocal styles that add richly to the universal appeal of this recording. I have given this CD (as well as the special edition which includes a book of John Paul's poetry) to friends and they, too, have loved it. Thank you to Placido Domingo for this marvelous project. It's a true gift of God's great blessings through music.
The disc opens with "Love", a tender duet between Domingo and his son, Plácido, Jr. - and with that precedent, the tone of the collection is set. Starting with a battery of powerful duets (four of the first six tracks are as such), the album gradually moves into a calmer, more contemplative mood as the tracks progress. Far from making the work inaccessible to those limited to English, the predominance of Romance languages stands as a testament to the ecumenical attitude of His Holiness John Paul II, not to mention his prodigious skill with language. The strongest tracks, in this listener's opinion, are "Risuona Anima Mia", "Canto del Sole Inesauribile", and "Gratitude". Highly recommended for listeners - of both religious and more secular natures - that are attracted to an operatic voice and a genuinely outstanding performance.
very pleasant to listen to, would like to hear English translation. Relaxing and inspires to pray
I gave out 10 of these CDs for mother's day. The Book version has lovely pictures of John Paul II. I would have liked a longer book with more information about the Pope and/or a longer CD.
I walked into a B&N store in Mesa AZ and this CD was playing. I immediately bought it and have been playing this ever since!
This musical feast alternately gives me goosebumps and makes me cry with joy.
I love the music on this CD; it's breathtaking and the soloists are exceptional! I just wish there was a translation page included in the CD so that I would know what the words in English are. Some of the songs are in English, but most aren't, and so though the music is stirring and beautifully done, there is no way to know what is being said! Too bad...
I love Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli and the Pope was very special to my family. The combination of the Pope's words and thoughts put to music and sang by some of my favorite people is very touching and inspiring. A beautiful CD.