La Voce

La Voce

by Mark Masri


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In the United States, adult contemporary is widely regarded as mainly for English-speaking audiences. But the truth is that adult contemporary thrives in a variety of languages. The romantic Latin pop of superstars like Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastían, José José, Luis Miguel, and Juan Gabriel is essentially adult contemporary performed in Spanish; Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti are two examples of Italian singers who have recorded a lot of adult contemporary for the Italian-language market. So bearing all that in mind, it makes perfect sense for Canadian singer Mark Masri to favor a multilingual approach to adult contemporary on La Voce (which is Italian for "The Voice"). On a purely musical level, the Toronto native doesn't do anything wildly experimental on this 58-minute CD; he isn't combining salsa with Celtic music (which Scotland's Salsa Celtica have done) or blending Mexican duranguense with Dominican bachata (which Los Horóscopos de Durango have done). Rather, try to envision what might happen if, say, Phil Collins or Celine Dion sang in several different languages on the same album; that is the type of thing that Masri does on La Voce. This ballads-oriented effort doesn't achieve a lot of musical diversity, but it certainly achieves linguistic diversity -- and Masri sings as convincingly on the English-language tracks as he does singing in Italian on "C'è Sempre Musica," in French on "Je T'Attendrai," and in Spanish on a translation of Sting's "Fragile." Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (a major hit for Roberta Flack in 1969) is performed in both Italian and English, and "Erev Shel Shoshanim" (a male/female duet with singer Amy Sky) is performed in Arabic and Hebrew. But all that linguistic diversity doesn't prevent Masri from maintaining a gently romantic ambience; La Voce is an easy listening album that just happens to be in six different languages. Anyone who expects La Voce to be an ultra-daring world fusion type of affair will be disappointed because -- again -- Masri is more daring linguistically than he is musically. But La Voce could easily go down in history as one of the more memorable adult contemporary/easy listening releases of 2010.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: Green Hill
UPC: 0792755566329
catalogNumber: 55663
Rank: 148797

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Masri   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jim Brickman   Piano
Erica Goodman   Harp
George Koller   Bass,Dilruba
Jack Lenz   Piano,Conductor
Steven MacKinnon   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Mills   Bass
Rob Piltch   Guitar (Nylon String)
Amy Sky   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Piano
Glenn Morley   Conductor,Keyboards
George Meanwell   Cello
Clare Scholtz   Oboe
Asher Lenz   Keyboards
Davide Direnzo   Drums
Roula Said   finger cymbals
Sheldon Grabke   Violin
Stephan Moccio   Piano,Keyboards
Amoy Levy   Background Vocals
Wendy Solomon   Cello
Xiao Grabke   Violin
Rick Shadrach Lazar   Percussion
Greg Johnston   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
James MacDonald   French Horn
Paulis Sanchez   Background Vocals
Rebeka Wolkstein   Violin
Janet Horne   Violin
Gino Mirizio   Percussion
Mary-Katherine Finch   Cello
Randy Rodrigues   Bass
Jochem van der Saag   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Anne Thompson   Flute
Bethany Bergman   Violin
Douglas John Cameron   Mandolin
Norman Hathaway   Violin
Karen Moffatt   Viola
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Steve Hunter   Piano
Nevon Sinclair   Background Vocals
Aya Miyagawa   Violin
Brandon Chui   Violin
Josh Greenlaw   Viola
George Vasilikos   Bouzouki
Bridget La Marche   Viola
Wendy Rogers   Violin
Pam Hinman   Violin

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer
Sting   Composer
Lucio Dalla   Composer
John Acosta   Composer
Jack Lenz   Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Management
Steven MacKinnon   Composer,Engineer
Nicola Piovani   Composer
Amy Sky   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Management
Jeff Franzel   Composer
Greg Howard   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Tim Bryson   Engineer
Glenn Morley   Programming,String Arrangements
Moshe Dor   Composer
Antonio Galbiati   Composer
Michael Jack   Engineer
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Greg Kolchinsky   Engineer
Chad Smith   Artwork
Mark Masri   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Adam Crossley   Composer
Greg Johnston   String Arrangements
Vincenzo Cerami   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Sound Design
Yosef Hadar   Composer
John Bailey   Engineer
Ewan MaColl   Composer
Azra Hussein   Engineer

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La Voce 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kdwashburn More than 1 year ago
Mark Masri has a voice that must make many a singer envious. He soars with little effort, yet never over-sings a piece. In fact, he seems to caress the notes, creating a wholly satisfying sound-never harsh, always beautiful. This latest album demonstrates the range of Masri's abilities, mixing fresh interpretations of classic songs with more pop-infused pieces. Stand out pieces are difficult to choose, but my wife swooned most immediately to "Hold On." Fans of classical crossover artists such as Josh Groban and The Canadian Tenors will find this album to be at home in their playlists.