Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias

Increasingly the most popular Italian tenor of the day, Andrea Bocelli offers Christmas greetings to his myriad admirers

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Alois Melichar, (Abraham) Louis Niedermeyer, Jean-Paul Lécot, Richard Wagner, Traditional, Gioachino Rossini, César Franck, Franz Schubert, Giulio Caccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Pietro Mascagni, Giuseppe Verdi, Charles-François Gounod

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Philips

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 63

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 462 600-2PH

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Ave Maria Giulio Caccini, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Giulio Caccini, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Cavalleria rusticana, Movement: Intermezzo Pietro Mascagni, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Pietro Mascagni, Composer
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Ave Maria, 'Ellens Gesang III' Franz Schubert, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Franz Schubert, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Panis angelicus César Franck, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
César Franck, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Stabat mater, Movement: Cujus animam gementem Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Messa da Requiem, Movement: Ingemisco Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Ave verum corpus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Wesendonck Lieder, Movement: Der Engel Richard Wagner, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Richard Wagner, Composer
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Serse, 'Xerxes', Movement: ~ George Frideric Handel, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
George Frideric Handel, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Pietà, Signore (Abraham) Louis Niedermeyer, Composer
(Abraham) Louis Niedermeyer, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Petite messe solennelle, Movement: Domine Deus Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Gioachino Rossini, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Mille cherubini in coro Alois Melichar, Composer
Alois Melichar, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Stille Nacht, 'Silent Night' Traditional, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Traditional, Composer
O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles' Traditional, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Traditional, Composer
Gloria a te, Christo Gesù Jean-Paul Lécot, Composer
Andrea Bocelli, Tenor
Jean-Paul Lécot, Composer
Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome
Rightly or wrongly, this is the first Bocelli record that gives me a clear view of him. Previously there have been points to discuss, some favourable, others less so; but always an uncertainty has intruded, bringing a sense, more acute than with most singers on record, that one would never know what he was really like till he had been heard in the flesh and without microphones. This new disc is reassuring: though the power or volume of the voice is still difficult to estimate, the timbre and quality become clearer and more convincing. What is more, he sings well enough to allay suspicions of a reputation too assiduously promoted.
The voice is attractively individual, precise in definition, sometimes flecked very lightly with a quick vibrato. He commands a quite remarkable breadth of phrase and uses it well in the 'Ingemisco' from Verdi's Requiem. He lightens effectively, as in Adeste fideles, and the style conveys affection without sentimentality. The high D flat of 'Cujus animam', the lower tessitura of 'Domine Deus', the quiet ending of the Mascagni are creditable features of these well-schooled performances. His pronunciation in German and English is clear, and while it is stretching a point to include Wagner's 'Der Engel' in a programme of sacred songs, the momentary broadening of repertoire is welcome.
Of course, given this kind of programme almost any extension of a musically enterprising nature would be welcome; the recital will probably not make many friends for Bocelli among musicians, though doubtless it will give sufficiently widespread and genuine pleasure to compensate for that. Some of the arrangements are juicy, though without being utterly gross, and some are even tasteful. Chung conducts sympathetically, and the chorus is not overexploited. In the notes, there seems to be some confusion about the item called Mille cherubini in coro which is an arrangement (a harsher word could be used) of Schubert's Wiegenlied, D498. The Pieta, Signore of Louis Niedermeyer is the one formerly attributed sometimes to Rossini but more often to Stradella. Heaven knows what 'Caccini's Ave Maria' is.
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