Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

by Mario Frangoulis
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Follow Your Heart

Don't hold it against Mario Frangoulis that he's impossibly handsome -- because this is the rare singer whose vocal gifts are in perfect proportion to his physical ones, an equation that points to superstar status for the young Greek tenor. More mature than Josh Groban and more versatile than Andrea Bocelli in a variety of styles, Frangoulis more than deserves his share of the classical-crossover heartthrob market. The track list on Follow Your Heart -- a follow-up to the promising Sometimes I Dream -- looks like a typical romantic tenor template. Frangoulis sings in four languages (Italian, Greek, Spanish, and English); he mixes classical spin-offs (derived from a Verdi opera and a Baroque oboe concerto) with new Euro-pop balladry; and he sings duets with a pair of guest artists (Alejandro Fernández and Melody). What sets Frangoulis apart from the pack is how completely natural he sounds throughout the album: His voice is just operatic enough to convey a swoon of rapture at the right moments while never overpowering the songs, each of which explores a distinctive sound and mood -- from the cinematic emotions of Moulin Rouge's "Come What May" to the Latin and Middle Eastern flavors of "Cu' mme," and beyond. Frangoulis is lucky to have been matched here with some remarkably inventive and sensitive producers, Emanuele Ruffinengo and Steve Wood. Drawing on a range of subtle and varied instrumental effects, both traditional and modern, they create a gorgeous sonic platform for the singer and for the songs. Frangoulis's seductive voice is irresistible enough on its own, but framed by these luscious orchestrations, he can't help hitting a home run every time.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969380321
catalogNumber: 93803

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mario Frangoulis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alejandro Fernández   Vocals
Mike Hamilton   Guitar
Ludovico Vagnone   Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Emanuele Ruffinengo   Keyboards
José Antonio Molina   Conductor
Elena Roggero   Background Vocals
Fabio Perversi   Keyboards
Danilo Ballo   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Beth Fitchet Wood   Background Vocals
Steve Wood   Keyboards
Penny Watson   Background Vocals
Bob Benozzo   Guitar,Keyboards
Cláudio DeVecchi   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Czech Film Orchestra And Choir   Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble
Steve Wood   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
David Baerwald   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Simon Franglen   Vocal Producer
Mel Taylor   Composer
Dean Dyson   Composer
Thymios Papadopoulos   Executive Producer
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Emanuele Ruffinengo   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Daniel May   Orchestration
José Antonio Molina   Orchestration
Elena Roggero   Composer
Fabio Perversi   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Danilo Ballo   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Engineer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements
Paul Barry   Composer
Mario Frangoulis   Composer,Producer
Pablo Arraya   Engineer
Laura Kszan   Packaging Manager
Bob Benozzo   Arranger,Programming,Engineer,Orchestration
Steve Wood   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer

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Follow Your Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shopper88 More than 1 year ago
what a great this cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Mario via a snipet of his PBS special while flipping channels. He was singing "Nights In White Satin" with one of his idols from the Moody Blues. A fellow fan of Linda Eder and Nana Mouskouri also recommended his previous album, however, I sampled it only and didn't act. Knowing this new album was to be released, I gave it a try with the samples provided online and at B&N. Totally captured! I purchased the album yesterday and can only give it raves all around. I hope this album really makes Mario here in the US, as I know his worldwide acclaim is phenominal. "Here's To The Heroes" is a stellar piece, and very pertinent now with our troops still doing their work in Iraq. The melody is based on an orchestral piece either from a movie or classical composition. I just can put my finger on it, but oh so wonderful with the lyrics. As I mentioned Nana Mouskouri above, and both Mario and Nana hailing from Greece, his version of Another World (Va' Pensiero)is a variation with different lyrics (that I am aware of) from Nana's 80s worldwide hit "Song For Liberty" (Je Chante Avec Toi Liberte, Libertad, Liberdade, etc - titles in various languages) based on Verdi's opera, Nabucco. This new version, along with Nana's, gives this operatic gem two definitive versions in the popular market. I am now psyched enough to get get Mario's first US CD album and try to find other international recordings done thus far. He is amazing, and I am hoping to see him in concert this May.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This young man's voice is awesome.He high notes are superb.He sings in perfect English Spanish,Greek,French and Italian. His Greek is impeccable.Move over Bocelli,Groban,Vitorrio and Patrizio.He's the best.