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Amore

Album Summary

>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
>Velázquez, Consuelo : Besame mucho
>Kosma, Joseph : Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes), for voice & piano
>Fasano, Gianfranco : Mi Manchi
>Manzanero, Armando : Somos novios (It's Impossible)
>Lara, Agustín : Solamente una vez, for voice & orchestra
>Grever, Maria : Júrame, for voice & orchestra
>Manzanero, Armando : Te extraño, song
>Donati, Aldo : Canzoni stonate
>Carlos, Erasmo : L'appuntamento (Sentado à Beira do Caminho)
>Alpin, Alfonso : Cuando Me Enamoro
>Weiss, George : Can't Help Falling in Love
>Foster, David : Because We Believe
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Notes & Reviews:

While creating Bocelli's first-ever album of popular songs, Andrea and his producers searched the musical eras from the 1920's to the 1980's for romantic songs including 'Les Feuilles Mortes' (Autumn Leaves), 'Somos Novios' (It's Impossible), 'Besame Mucho', 'Estate' (featuring trumpeter Chris Botti) and 'Because We Believe' a new song written especially for the 2006 Winter Olympics that will be featured throughout NBC's coverage of the Games. Universal. 2006.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica); Dean Parks, Michael Landau, Ramón Stagnaro (guitar, guitars); Michael Hart Thompson (guitar); Michael Thompson (guitars); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Nathan East (bass instrument); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Jochem van der Saag (programming); Dan Higgins (flute); Randy Waldman (piano, keyboards); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion).

Recording information: Andrea Bocelli Studio, Tuscany, Italy; Chartmaker Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Sony Studios, Culver City, CA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's cross-over success was firmly solidified long before the 2006 release of AMORE, and here, the singer casts an even wider net. Bocelli's voice is tailor-made for sensual romantic balladry, and naturally those songs abound. However, while past outings were marked by dramatic, though fairly straightforward orchestration and a crisp studio gloss, AMORE finds Bocelli utilizing a more diverse musical palette, including Spanish guitars, accordion, harmonica (courtesy of Stevie Wonder), saxophone (Kenny G), and--watch out--pop music's favorite nasty girl, Christina Aguilera.

With superstar producer David Foster at the helm, the Tuscan-born singer selects a collection of pop standards from the ages and from around the world, including "Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)," "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)," and "Solamente Una Vez." And while Bocelli's voice may be best suited for classical music and light opera, he handles these songs with the passion, skill, and grace fans have come to expect from him. AMORE is a brilliant move for Bocelli: the songs are targeted to a wider group of listeners and yet they have something for his original fans as well--in a word, his voice.

REVIEWS:

Entertainment Weekly (p.133) - "[The songs] feel relatively unforced, soothing the soul without yanking the heartstrings." -- Grade: B-



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Works Details

>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924

>Velázquez, Consuelo : Besame mucho
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1941
  • Language: Italian

>Kosma, Joseph : Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Veronica Berti (Voice); Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947
  • Language: French

>Fasano, Gianfranco : Mi Manchi
  • Performers: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor); Kenny G
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian

>Manzanero, Armando : Somos novios (It's Impossible)
  • Performers: Christina Aguilera; Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: Spanish

>Lara, Agustín : Solamente una vez, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941
  • Language: Spanish

>Grever, Maria : Júrame, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor); Mario Reyes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian

>Manzanero, Armando : Te extraño, song
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: Spanish

>Donati, Aldo : Canzoni stonate
  • Performers: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor); Stevie Wonder (Voice)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian

>Carlos, Erasmo : L'appuntamento (Sentado à Beira do Caminho)
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Roberto Carlos (1941 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1969
  • Language: Italian

>Alpin, Alfonso : Cuando Me Enamoro
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Italian

>Weiss, George : Can't Help Falling in Love
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugo Peretti (1916 - 1986), Luigi Creatore (1920 - 2015).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Foster, David : Because We Believe
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and Italian.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary