Sacred Arias [Special Edition, CD & DVD]

Sacred Arias [Special Edition, CD & DVD]

by Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli


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Sacred Arias is a whole lot more than a Christmas album. Following up on his bestselling recordings of operatic favorites -- Viaggio Italiano and Aria -- Andrea Bocelli offers a richly varied recital of spiritual music drawn from the vast repertory of classical song, oratorio, and opera. Some of these selections are well known, like Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" (used in Walt Disney's film "Fantasia"), Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" (based on a prelude by J. S. Bach), and the vocally challenging "Ingemisco" from Giuseppe Verdi's powerful Requiem. But who would expect to find Bocelli singing his heart out in Richard Wagner's song "Der Engel" (The Angel)? In fact, throughout Sacred Arias, Bocelli sings with passion and imagination. He starts Pietro Mascagni's "Sancta Maria" in hushed, trembling tones before letting his voice ring out in its full splendor. "Panis Angelicus" by César Franck has equal parts tenderness and strength. Bocelli performs the difficult Verdi excerpt with remarkable ease, and his heartfelt interpretation makes the most of the composer's awe-inspiring music. Even the rarely heard Wagner song (sung in its original German) finds the Italian sounding right at home. "Silent Night" (sung in English) and "Adeste Fidelis" are given in tastefully elegant arrangements, although the final "Gloria a Te, Christo Gesú" is opulently orchestrated, providing a suitably rousing finale for this uplifting program.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Philips
UPC: 0028947536024
catalogNumber: 000127500
Rank: 92735


  1. Ave Maria
  2. Sancta Maria (based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana)
  3. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (or other vocal arrangements; after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  4. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  5. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  6. Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus, & orchestra: Cujus animam
  7. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco
  8. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings, & organ, K. 618
  9. Der Engel ("In der Kinkheit frühen Tagen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder), WWV 91/1
  10. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere...Ombre mai fu
  11. Pietà, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  12. Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Domine Deus
  13. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)
  14. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  15. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)
  16. Gloria a te, Cristo Gesù
  17. Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Intermezzo from L'arlésienne Suite No. 2/6, arranged by Ernest Guirard)
  18. I believe

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