Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

by Paul PottsPaul Potts


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Following the overnight world domination of Susan Boyle, original Britain's Got Talent sensation, tenor Paul Potts has since been rather unfairly cast aside, having been dropped by Simon Cowell's record label despite the million-selling success of his debut album, One Chance. Indeed, his third LP, Cinema Paradiso, a collection of his favorite film themes, is yet to find a release date in the U.K., a puzzling situation considering that his previous album, Passione, charted at number five, and for the fact that it's produced by Simon Franglen, the Grammy Award winner responsible for the success of the Avatar, Titanic, and Moulin Rouge soundtracks. Potts' populist style might not convince classical purists, but it's undoubtedly well suited to these operatic interpretations of classic movie songs including Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River," West Side Story's "Maria," and Good Morning Vietnam's "What a Wonderful World." Rather bravely, Potts attempts Italian-language adaptations of iconic tunes from Titanic ("My Heart Will Go On") and Doctor Zhivago ("Somewhere My Love -- Lara's Theme"), and although vocally he's as accomplished as ever, his phrasing is sometimes a little less convincing. But despite the Hollywood credentials of its producer, the album's arrangements, performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, lack the drama and emotion of his previous output, and only the duet with X-Factor vocal coach Yvie Burnett (An Officer and a Gentleman's "Up Where We Belong") stands out from the often repetitive instrumentation of its 11 tracks. Overall, Cinema Paradiso is a competent -- if unremarkable -- reminder of Potts' talents, but its generic and unimaginative nature means it's unlikely to give Cowell any sleepless nights.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
Label: Sony Import
UPC: 0886977885020
catalogNumber: 7788502
Rank: 55312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Potts   Primary Artist
James Fitzpatrick   Conductor
Miriam Nemcova   Conductor
Petr Matejak   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Maurice Jarre   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Francis Lai   Composer
Nicholas Dodd   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
James Horner   Composer
Simon Franglen   Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jeff Pescetto   Composer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
David Sylvian   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Nigel Wright   Vocal Producer
Hans Zimmer   Composer
Andrea Morricone   Composer
Steven Baker   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Aaron Walk   Engineer
Jon Bailey   Engineer
Yann McCullough   Vocal Editing
Greenaway   Composer

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