Andrea Bocelli, the classical composer and operatic tenor, has delivered a sensual and romantic collection of pop standards in his newest release, Amore, which arrived on stores shelves, Jan 31.
Bocelli grew up on a farm in Lajatico, a rural village in Tuscany. He was born with poor eyesight, and became totally blind at the age of 12 following a soccer accident. He began piano lessons at the age of six, and later widened his musical horizons to the flute and saxophone.
Despite his obvious musical talents, Bocelli didn’t consider a career in music until after he had earned a Doctor Of Law degree from the University of Pia. Inspired to pursue music, he studied with famed tenor Franco Corelli, supporting himself by performing in piano bars.
Andrea Bocelli’s latest release, Amore features duets with Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera and Mario Reyes and Kenny G both lend musical talents. Not to be mistaken for anything else, this is an album for the romantic at heart. Bocelli’s voice is crystal clear and full in the delivery of each and every track.
Even though the languages on the CD vary, Italian, Spanish, French and two in English, the tone and beauty translates loud and clear (or soft and smooth) no matter what tongue the song is being sung in. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is one of the two that are sung in English, and poetically, is a live version delivered from Las Vegas (The stomping grounds of originator Elvis Presley). I will always have a fond place in my heart for this song as it was featured in my own wedding, but this is as breath taking of adaptation of the song as I’ve ever heard.
The Aguilera Duet, “Somo Novios (It’s Impossible)” is exceptionally beautiful. The song is famously known for Perry Como’s English translation, and if at all possible, this rendition is silkier and dreamier. Their voices compliment each other fully and completely.
“Canzoni Stonate” features Stevie Wonder on the harmonica and vocals. This track has a mild yet interesting salsa-like beat, and shares the same soft romantic feel as the rest of the album. The harmonica is also an out of the ordinary instrument for this type of song, but it works. It’s not as harsh or out of place as one might expect but blends nicely.
“Les Feuiles Mortes” is a French translation of the song, “Autumn Leaves,” that most know as the Sinatra classic. French translation is quite reminiscent of Sinatra but with his own rich and unique style. The opening instrumentation is almost as full and lush as Andre’s voice, giving the song a lungful and eerie.
Amore was recorded in Bocelli’s Tuscan home studio, and released amongst the glamour and excitement of the Winter Olympics which will commence in Torrence Italy this weekend. Andrea Bocelli will perform at the closing ceremonies. In March he will also be featured on PBS’s Great Performances, (Check local listings). News as well as upcoming appearances are made available at the artist’s website.
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- “Besame Mucho”
- “Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)”
- “Mi Manchi ” – featuring Kenny G
- “Somo Novios (It’s Impossible)” Duet With Christina Aguilera
- “Solamente Una Vez”
- “Pero Te Extra No”
- “Canzoni Stonate” – Featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica and vocals
- “Cuando Me Enamoro”
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love” Live at Lake Las Vegas
- “Because We Believe”
- “Ama Credi E Vai (Because We Believe)”