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The Promise sees Il Divo return with their richest and most diverse album to date. Produced by longtime collaborator Steve Mac, it reveals a courageous new direction for the group over eleven captivating songs. An inspired version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power Of Love" features alongside a haunting and beautiful interpretation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," while the smouldering intensity of "Adagio" contrasts beautifully with a bold version of Abba's "The Winner Takes It All."
Performance CreditsIl Divo Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
John Buckley Strings
Steve Pearce Bass
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Dave Arch Piano
John Parricelli Guitar
Steve Mac Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Per Magnusson Synthesizer,Piano
Chris Laws Drums
Charlotte Trinder Strings
Czech National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tomás Brauner Conductor
Robert White Bagpipes
Jo Buckley Strings
Charlotte Tinder Strings
Technical CreditsTomaso Albinoni Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Holly Johnson Composer
Charles Aznavour Composer
Armando Manzanero Composer,Lyricist
Benny Andersson Composer
Haydn Bendall Engineering
Alan Bergman Composer,Lyricist
Marilyn Bergman Composer,Lyricist
Peter Gill Arranger,Composer
Marco Marinangeli Composer,Lyricist
Ennio Morricone Composer
Brian Nash Arranger,Composer
Mark O'Toole Arranger,Composer
Rudy Pérez Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Ren Swan Engineering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer,Lyricist
Geoff Foster Engineering
Dave Arch Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
David Krueger Producer,Audio Production
Niall Acott Engineering
Carlos Marin Arranger,Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Steve Mac Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Per Magnusson Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
David Miller Arranger
Jörgen Elofsson Composer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Composer
Chris Laws Engineer
Daniel Pursey Engineer
John Reid Composer,Lyricist
Josef Larossi Composer,Lyricist
Sébastien Izambard Arranger,Composer
Markus Bergkvist Engineer
Urs Buhler Arranger,Composer
David Miller & the Castle Arms Arranger
Kinnda Hamid Composer,Lyricist
L. Angelosanti Composer,Lyricist
Francesco Galtieri Composer,Lyricist
Alcaraz Gomez Composer,Lyricist
Peter Rudge Representation
Remo Giazotto Arranger,Composer
David Miller Composer
Neall Acott Engineering
Marcus Bergqvist Engineer
L. Angelo Santi Lyricist
David Kreuger Producer
Carlos Marin Arranger
Mark O'Toole Arranger
Fredrik Andersson Engineer
Peter Gordeno Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love to hear these men sing. I enjoyed the CD and would definitely recommend it to people who love to hear great music.
The songs, the singing were breath-taking. I predict they are going to be the most popular group in the world! They have such a smooth, and wonderful range of vocal talents. Each one can hold you and together they transport you to a very special place when they sing ;)
Have been following them from the beginning, the overall improvement in their interaction with each other has been amazing.The promise is the best album yet. Amazing Grace & Hallelujah plus power of love make this an amazing album. The whole album was beautifully done. I would love to see them release another concert DVD.
These guys are great. I especially love their (Spanish) version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
the music gets into you, relieves your stress and lightens your soul.
The best way I can describe the sound of Il Divo is soaring passion. These four beautiful operatic voices blend to create powerful music and graceful elegance. "Angelina", "Adagio", they all create a relaxing, rich ambience which surrounds you and takes you in, a break from a world which can be chaotic.
The real test for me was the cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. There is a wonderful rendition by Jeff Buckley and my favorite version is Leonard's, but, Il Divo managed to wow me with a soft and gorgeous rendition. I love the beauty of Italian and Spanish so that is a plus for me.
This is the type of cd I want to just get lost in and allow it to inspire and enrich my soul and my heart. Bravo, Il Divo!
This was my first time hearing Il Divo, and I dove into ¿The Promise¿ CD headfirst, and with great expectations. Perhaps I set the bar too high, because I was sorely disappointed. The music is beautiful, but alarmingly soporific and tedious. The singers have wonderfully clear and resonant voices and take great care and precision in delivering every note perfectly, to the effect that the passion is never allowed to seep through. One of the few bright spots in this album was L¿Alba del Mondo, an Italian adaptation of Ennio Morricone¿s ¿I Knew I Loved You (Deborah¿s Theme).¿ The addition of some more familiar renditions, such as ¿Hallelujah¿ and ¿Amazing Grace¿ make it more bearable but are not enough to overcome the dreary, one-note atmosphere that plagues the album. I will check out Il Divo¿s previous works with optimism, but sadly, this is one promise that is never delivered.
This is the first time I have heard of this group and I was pleasantly surprised. I love hearing a good blend of bass and tenor voices and Il Divo delivered. They each have a gorgeous voice that gets even better in a tight harmony. My favorite songs are La Promesa, Hallelujah and Amazing Grace. I don't know that this will be a CD I listen to over and over but I did enjoy it. This will be a wonderful addition to my playlist favorites!
This is beautful music with soul, grace and harmony. If you enjoy the
Ten Tenors or the great tenors of opera, you will enjoy this CD.
These beautiful voices blend to soothe the soul. Amazing Grace is beautiful. I thought the Abba Winner Takes It All was
a bit weak however it is easy to listen to. You could use their version of
Hallelujah or Amazing Grace in a church service. Both are amazing sounds.
I received this CD to review. While it is not my typical music I would chose to listen to, their voices are just beautiful. "Amazing Grace" was my personal favorite. I will pass this on to an opera loving friend.
El Divo never disapoints. Much more than just pretty faces these talented gentlemen have brought Opera to a new generation. This cd is beautiful. The sound is pure heaven and the songs, though mostly sung in Spanish, are wonderfully presented. Their rendention of Amazing Grace(sung in English)is deeply moving. This is great music to have playing in the background or to relax with.
This group of talented men has touched my life and enriched it by singing some of the most emotionally charged and high quality musical pieces I have ever heard. This CD, their latest, is by far their best. There is only one song that I skip over and that is "Angelina" because the flamenco style does not appeal to me. However, that is a small thing. The rendering of "Amazing Grace", their only performance in English on this CD, is stirring. I understand why so many people flock to their concerts. I am one of them and I can say they are unmatched in today's musical world. Giants!!!
A friend told me about this group and shared a clip from this CD. I bought it and listen to it everyday on my drive to and from work. I'm even beginning to learn some of the words! These men are absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend it!
I won't claim to be an expert on Il Divo. I had not heard of them before getting this CD, but I'm glad to make their acquaintance. I'd describe them as somewhat of a cross between opera (think Pavarotti) and Josh Groban. The album contains songs you'll recognize (Amazing Grace, Adagio), and some that you won't, but they're all by turns soothing, stirring, and easy to listen to. I wondered about the Abba song on the album (The Winner Takes it All), but when I mentioned to my 9- and 11-year olds that a "Mamma Mia" song was playing, they said they didn't even recognize it. It just works. All songs are sung in Italian or Spanish, except for Amazing Grace. This is nice, because it allowed me to just drink in the beauty of the music without trying to concentrate on the words. Give "The Promise" a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I've heard many things about Il Divo over the years, both good and bad, but this is the first opportunity I've had to experience their music. As someone who's not particularly fond of opera, I found "The Promise" to be a surprisingly easy listen. While it was a little jarring to hear an Abba song being sung in opera (can't even imagine how someone could have come up with that), the majority of the album is pleasant surprise that I've listened to more than once or twice in the last couple of days. My personal favorite track is "Hallelujah" - a song I love when performed by John Cale - and it's hauntingly beautiful here. If you're looking for "pop opera", I think the East Village Opera Company is a better way to go, but Il Divo is still more than worth a listen.
When I first received my new Il Divo album, The Promise, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The operatic voices of the 4 men that make up this dynamic man band have voices of angels and their melodic sounds could lull me to sleep, in a good way of course. I found myself relaxing while listening to songs like La Promesa, Adagio and The Winner Takes It All and feeling a sense of calm and conetentness. Now, in general, I am not an opera- sounding fan, but I think when I am in need of some downtime, this might be the album I go to.
As a One2One Network participant, I received this CD in the mail to listen to and review. I currently own "Ancora," which I love slightly more than this album, but that's not to say that this CD isn't another slam dunk. Packed with emotion and sincerity, the name "Il Divo," (Italian for "Divine (Male)) says it all. As with any album, some songs are superior to others. My personal favorites include "Angelina," "Aleluya," and "Winner Takes It All." This album would make a perfect gift for that loved one who wants to dip their feet into contemporary "popera." I can almost guaruntee it will make a lasting impression on a female baby boomer in your life - I bought "Ancora" for my mom (age 55) as a Christmas gift last year and she fell in love with them. We now share a love for Il Divo, particularly Carlos!
The CD is filled with beautiful songs that I unfortunately cannot sing along to because all but one song is in spanish. The one song I can sing to is Amazing Grace. They sing it beautifully!
Every track on this cd is beautiful. The standout however is Amazing Grace. I could listen to it over and over. First rate.
Four voices which blend beautifully. A very soothing recording.
I enjoyed The Promise very much. Although I didn't like the song selection as much as their other CDs, I still enjoyed listening to every song on this one. Amazing Grace, The Winner Takes it All, etc. are all beautiful renditions. Their voices are amazing no matter what song they sing...so what does it matter? Everyone is sure to enjoy this.
There is absolutely no doubt that these four fine gentlemen can sing. It is particularly enjoyable if you understand foreign languages, which I have the good fortune of being able to do. For those who speak english there is the amazing "Amazing Grace". I suggest that you lay back, close your eyes and let the rest of the songs take you away, I guarantee that Il Divo will take you on a journey.
After all the hype I have heard about their previous albums, I was very excited to sit down and listen to my first Il Divo CD. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
I can best describe the album as "not bad". There are definitely shining moments throughout the album, such as:
Adagio--one of the most gorgeous melodies written by Albinoni. I am very familiar with the original instrumental version, but was impressed with the vocals and the arrangement.
L'Alba del Mondo--like many of the other songs, it starts out beautiful, with a nice instrumental introduction. The melody is gorgeous, but like MANY of the other songs, the ending is a bit over the top.
The opening of Amazing Grace--I'm not sure who sang the opening verse but it was amazing! He sang with such clarity and purity and made such a simple opening very moving. And the bagpipes were unexpectedly a very nice instrumentation for the piece.
There were several reasons that I felt disappointed with the album. One was the song selection. There was a nice variety of classical and pop, but almost all the songs were the same slow tempo! I also don't really understand the reasoning for changing the original languages to the songs. There was really no reason to change everything into Spanish or Italian (except for Amazing Grace in English). But my biggest issue with almost every song on this album, even Amazing Grace which opened with such an amazing opening, was that the musical climaxes were OVER THE TOP! The arrangements were poor, and almost every song had a huge, over the top harmonic climax which was never prepared for properly Almost every song, it came out of NOWHERE and felt like they just threw it in to show how loud they could sing (though I'm sure the men of Il Divo did not throw it in, I blame the producers and arrangers for that tackiness).
My final recommendation...it's not a bad album, there are wonderful songs and moments, but not enough to warrant buying the whole album. Better to buy individual tracks from itunes and perhaps invest in one of their other albums.
I had never heard of IL DIVO before hearing this CD. Most of their music is in either Spanish or Italian it sounds beautiful in any language they sing it in. Great music to unwind to and relax my favorite song was Amazing Grace it gave me goosebumps. They sing with such emotion and love