Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Passionate the new studio album featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nely Furtado produced by David Foster.
When Andrea Bocelli was a teenager he spent six nights a week working as a piano player and singer in the piano bars of his hometown of Tuscany. Every night someone would inevitable request Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Girl from Ipanema" or "Corcovado" Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" Italian hits such as "Era Gia Tutto Previsto," and "Champagne," or Neapolitan songs like "Anema e Core" and "Mala Femmena." "It often happened that a beautiful girl who could sing in tune would come up and asks to sing something with me," Bocelli recalls. "It was a good time and perhaps it is to that time that I owe my peace of mind and serenity of today."
Today Bocelli is an international superstar with a myriad of breathtaking career achievements to his name. The Italian tenor is the most successful classical solo artist ever and one of the best-selling artists in music history, period, with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. He has performed for four US presidents, two popes, and the British royal family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. He has been praised by such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli, Zubin Mehta, Jose Carreras Lorin Maazel, Renee Fleming, and Celine Dion, who once introduced him by saying: "I heard someone say that if God had a singing voice he would sound a lot like Andre Bocellia."
But it is Bocelli's fondness for his pre-fame years that has partly inspired his new album Passione, a lush selection of the musical moments that marked accompanied his youth. "it's a collection of cherished memories, of fluttering emotions, of sleepless nights that ended at dawn, of voices and hands, of endless talking and making little sense," he says.
Another lure in making Passione was recapturing the magic that Bocelli conjured up with 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster, who produced Bocelli's 2006 collection of romantic songs Amore which sold more than 2.5 million copies and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.
As with Amore, which featured such masterworks as "Besame Mucho" and "Can't Help Falling in Love," Passione includes several beloved classics including "Love Me Tender," "Girl From Ipanema," and "Sara Settembre," (known to English-speaking audiences as Neil Diamond's "September Mom" but sung in Italian here with Diamon's blessing).
As for the album's title, Bocelli explains that the word "Passion" refers to a "burning hot love or sweet sensual torment." "It is a repertoire of endless beauty that collects some of the most intense songs of all time," he says.
Personnel: Jochem van der Saag, Valerio Calisse (programming).
Audio Mixer: Jochem van der Saag.
Recording information: Andrea Bocelli's Studios, Tuscany, Italy; Chartmaker Studios, LA, CA; The Village Recorder Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Giovanni de Sandre.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's 14th studio album, 2013's Passione features a selection of romantic Mediterranean love songs. Produced by David Foster, the album features several duets including tracks with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and Chris Botti. Also included is a special duet with the late Edith Piaf on her signature song, "La Vie en Rose."