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Encore

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
>Steinman, Jim : Nothing Sacred, song (a.k.a. "Is Nothing Sacred")
>Foster, David : The Prayer, song (for the film Quest for Camelot)
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Warren, Diane : I Just Don't Know How I Got By
>Preston, Billy : You Are So Beautiful, song
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Richie, Lionel : Magic of Love
>Mercury, Freddie : Bohemian Rhapsody
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Warren, Diane : Where my heart will take me, song (theme for television series Enterprise)
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Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Russell Watson (vocals); Alistair Gordon, Steve Butler, Judith Abbot (background vocals); Royal Philharmonic.

Producers: Russell Watson, Nick Patrick, Alistair Gordon.

Includes liner notes by Bill Borrows.

Personnel: Russell Watson (background vocals); Andy Findon (whistling); David Maurice (guitar, keyboards, programming); Jay Berliner, John McCurry, Laurence Cottle, John Parricelli (guitar); James Banbury (cello); Dirk Campbell (kaval); Richard Cottle (tin whistle, keyboards, programming); Jeff Bova (keyboards, programming); Paul "Wix" Wickens, Pete Murray (keyboards); Martin Frosty Beedle (drums, percussion); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Mark Smith, Howie Beno, James Sanger (programming); Alistair Gordon, Rita Campbell (background vocals).

Recording information: Abbey Road Studio 2, London, England (03/2001/09/2001); Air Lyndhurst, London, England (03/2001/09/2001); ASAP Studios, Manchester, England (03/2001/09/2001); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (03/2001/09/2001); Clinton Studios, NY (03/2001/09/2001); Liontracks Studios, Beverley Hills (03/2001/09/2001); Oceanfront Studios, Longbeach, NY (03/2001/09/2001); Olympic Studios, London, England (03/2001/09/2001); Parr Street Studios, Liverpool (03/2001/09/2001); Shine Studios, London, England (03/2001/09/2001); The Colosseum, Watford, London, England (03/2001/09/2001); Victory Studios, Manchester, England (03/2001/09/2001); Whites Farm Studios, Manchester, England (03/2001/09/2001); Whitfield St., London, England (03/2001/09/2001).

In 2001 this young British tenor became an international phenomenon with his platinum-plus debut album THE VOICE. With that blockbuster recording, he defined himself as the pop-opera crossover sensation of the 21st century. The appropriately titled follow-up ENCORE will likely be regarded with suspicion by those with their feet planted firmly in either the pop or operatic world. Those whose tastes fall somewhere in between are exactly the folks who've already made him a superstar, and it is for them that ENCORE was made.

Watson tackled material by Ultravox and Simon & Garfunkel amid the arias on THE VOICE, so it's no great shock to hear him taking on the Joe Cocker hit "You are So Beautiful" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (which sounds like it's been out there waiting for Watson for years). The really striking thing is how comfortable and convincing he sounds both on these pop-oriented tunes and on such operatic chestnuts as "O Solo Mio" and "Ave Maria." It's important to note that Watson did begin his career as a pop singer, but no one has ever straddled the great stylistic divide quite so successfully as he does on ENCORE.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va, pensiero
  • Performers: Bashiri Johnson (Percussion); John McCurry (Guitar); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
  • Performers: Bashiri Johnson (Percussion); John Parricelli (Guitar); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Steinman, Jim : Nothing Sacred, song (a.k.a. "Is Nothing Sacred")
  • Performers: Martin Abbott (Keyboards); Martin Beedle (Drums); Martin Beedle (Percussion); Paul Dunne (Guitar); Alistair Gordon (Voice); Pete Murray (Keyboards); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Foster, David : The Prayer, song (for the film Quest for Camelot)
  • Performers: Dirk Campbell (Kaval); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Richard Cottle (Programming); Andrew Findon (Flute); Lulu (Voice); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Carole Bayer Sager (1947 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904

>Warren, Diane : I Just Don't Know How I Got By
  • Performers: Martin Abbott (Keyboards); Martin Beedle (Drums); Martin Beedle (Percussion); Paul Dunne (Guitar); Mike Hehir (Guitar); Pete Murray (Keyboards); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Preston, Billy : You Are So Beautiful, song
  • Performers: Jay Berliner (Guitar); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Richard Cottle (Programming); John McCurry (Guitar); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Bruce Fisher.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Lubbock
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1957

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Richie, Lionel : Magic of Love
  • Performers: Jay Berliner (Guitar); Jeff Bova (Keyboards); Jeff Bova (Programming); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Lubbock
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mercury, Freddie : Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Performers: Judith Abbot (Programming); Howie Beno (Programming); Jeff Bova (Keyboards); Jeff Bova (Programming); Steve Butler (Voice); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Richard Cottle (Programming); Alistair Gordon (Voice); Bashiri Johnson (Percussion); John McCurry (Guitar); James Sanger (Programming); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Lubbock
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Celeste Aida
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Warren, Diane : Where my heart will take me, song (theme for television series Enterprise)
  • Performers: Martin Abbott (Keyboards); Martin Beedle (Drums); Steve Butler (Voice); Paul Dunne (Guitar); Alistair Gordon (Voice); Pete Murray (Keyboards); Sue Quin (Voice); Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Hayward
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001