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Sometimes I Dream

Album Summary

>Wood, Steve : Vincero, Perdero
>Piovani, Nicola [Film ] : Life Is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella), film score
>Frangoulis, Mario : Sometimes I Dream (adapted from Puccini's 'E lucevan le stelle')
>Vian, Antonio : Luna rossa, for voice & orchestra
>Cano, José María : Naturaleza Muerta
>Hayward, Justin : Nights in White Satin
>Frangoulis, Mario : Ton Eafto Tou Paidi
>Palmer, Phil : Non Sara
>Cano, José María : Hijo de la Luna
>Steve Wood / Jim Brandmei : Night Wants To Forget
>Rota, Nino : Canzone Arrabbiata
>Cano, José María : A la Luna de Valencia
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This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.

Personnel includes: Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward, Beth Fitchet Wood (vocals); Steve Wood (arranger, guitar, piano); Pavel Kuhn, Antal Stasek (conductor); Mike hamilton, Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah (guitar); Manolis Karantinis (bouzouki, mandolin); Pavel Verner (cello); Richard Hardy (wooden flute); Steve Crum (trumpet); Daniel May (piano); Alan Deremo (bass); Nate Wood (drums); Crolyn Miller, Sue Bredice, Katerina Kyriakou, Martha Zioga (background vocals).

Principally recorded at Benaji Studios, Laguna Beach, California.

Personnel: Beth Fitchet Wood (vocals, background vocals); Justin Hayward (vocals); Steve Wood (guitar, piano); Jorge Strunz, Mike Hamilton, Ardeshir Farah (guitar); Richard Hardy (bamboo flute, woodwinds); Thymios Papadopoulos (woodwinds); Steve Crum (trumpet); Daniel May (piano); Nate Wood , Brent Lewis (percussion); Carolyn Miller, Sue Bredice (background vocals).

Recording information: Benaji Studio, Laguna Beach, CA; Rudolfinum Concert Hall; Sierra Studio, Athens, Greece; Studio Mulinetti, Italy; Vox Studios, Athens, Greece.

More seasoned in years than Josh Groban, this Rhodesia-born and Greek-raised and cultured tenor is a veteran stage performer well versed in everything from classical opera to popular musical theater, even Shakespeare. With Peter Asher as executive producer, the idea is to showcase the ethnic and multi-lingual diversity of an extraordinary artist while also nudging him into the mainstream of adult contemporary music. The good news is that he has an equal, relaxed facility for English, Spanish, Italian, and his native Greek, and like Groban, he even engages the hearts of listeners who can't understand the words (translations are included). The general technique is the slow groove beginning with subdued vocals, then a burst of passion and sizzle as the beat and production values pick up. Producer Steve Woods contributes a few new dramatic tracks (the best of these is the soaring, wistful "Vincerò, Perderò"), but it's even more interesting to hear what Frangoulis does with material based on Puccini (the seductive, exotic ballad "Sometimes I Dream") and classics from the film Life is Beautiful (the mystical "Buongiorno Principessa") and Nino Rota (an atmospheric, flamenco-tinged "Canzone Arrabbiata"). Rock fans looking for a connective thread will gravitate to the balmy Italian-to-English version of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin," whose pop-classical flavor is perfect for an artist trying to bridge those two genres. Justin Hayward is on hand to sing along and nod his approval of this loving tribute. ~ Jonathan Widran



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Works Details

>Wood, Steve : Vincerò, Perderò
  • Performers: Beth Wood (Voice); Sue Bredice (Bamboo Flute); Richard Hardy (Bamboo Flute); Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Mario Frangoulis (Bamboo Flute); Carolyn Miller (Bamboo Flute); Steve Wood (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.

>Piovani, Nicola [Film ] : Life Is Beautiful (La Vita é Bella), film score :: Buongiorno Principessa
  • Performers: Mario Frangoulis (Piano); Daniel May (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Frangoulis, Mario : Sometimes I Dream (adapted from Puccini's 'E lucevan le stelle')
  • Performers: Mario Frangoulis (Guitar); Ardeshir Farah (Guitar); Thymios Papadopoulos (Clarinet); Josef Strunz (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.

>Vian, Antonio : Luna rossa, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Anna Ioannidou (Guitar); Mario Frangoulis (Guitar); Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Ardeshir Farah (Guitar); Martha Zioga (Guitar); Sue Bredice (Guitar); Josef Strunz (Guitar); Steve Wood (Guitar); Beth Wood (Voice); Katerina Kyriakou (Guitar); Nikos Psarras (Guitar); Manolis Karantinis (Mandolin); Steve Crum (Trumpet); Carolyn Miller (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>José María Cano (1959 - ) : Naturaleza Muerta
  • Performers: Carolyn Miller (Guitar); Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Sue Bredice (Guitar); Mario Frangoulis (Guitar); Beth Wood (Voice)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hayward, Justin : Nights in White Satin
  • Performers: Carolyn Miller (Soprano Saxophone); Mario Frangoulis (Soprano Saxophone); Justin Hayward (Voice); Beth Wood (Voice); Steve Wood (Guitar); Sue Bredice (Soprano Saxophone); Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Richard Hardy (Bamboo Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Frangoulis, Mario : Ton Eafto Tou Paidi
  • Performers: Mario Frangoulis (Guitar); Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Sue Bredice (Guitar); Steve Wood (Piano); Beth Wood (Voice); Carolyn Miller (Guitar); Daniel May (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.

>Palmer, Phil : Non Sarà
  • Performers: Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Mario Frangoulis (Guitar); Beth Wood (Voice)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>José María Cano (1959 - ) : Hijo de la Luna
  • Performers: Beth Wood (Voice); Mario Frangoulis (Drums); Nate Wood (Percussion); Brent Lewis (Drums); Brent Lewis (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Steve Wood / Jim Brandmei : Night Wants To Forget
  • Performers: Richard Hardy (Bamboo Flute); Mario Frangoulis (Bamboo Flute); Beth Wood (Voice); Steve Wood (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Rota, Nino : Canzone Arrabbiata
  • Performers: Jorge Strunz (Guitar); Ardeshir Farah (Guitar); Mike Hamilton (Guitar); Mario Frangoulis (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>José María Cano (1959 - ) : A la Luna de Valencia
  • Performers: Richard Hardy (Bamboo Flute); Mario Frangoulis (Soprano Saxophone); Jr. Pavel Verner (Cello)
  • Conductor: Daniel May
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary