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The Platinum Collection

Audio Samples

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro), song
>Kretzmer, Herbert : Here I am Again, song (from "Kristina")
>Lovland, Rolf : You Raise Me Up (Por ti sere), song
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma!
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Pescetto, Jeffrey : Il gladiatore, song (based on themes from the film Gladiator)
>Mercury, Freddie : Barcelona
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Traditional Spiritual : Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
>Bouchikhi, Jahloul Chico : Bamboleo, song
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
>Foster, David : The Prayer
>Warren, Diane : Where my heart will take me, song (theme for television series Enterprise)
>Gamble, Kenny : Me And Mrs. Jones
>Miller, Ronald : Heaven Help Us All
>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!

Album Summary

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro), song
>Kretzmer, Herbert : Here I am Again, song (from "Kristina")
>Lovland, Rolf : You Raise Me Up (Por ti sere), song
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Pescetto, Jeffrey : Il gladiatore, song (based on themes from the film Gladiator)
>Mercury, Freddie : Barcelona
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Traditional Spiritual : Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
>Bouchikhi, Jahloul Chico : Bamboleo, song
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
>Foster, David : The Prayer
>Warren, Diane : Where my heart will take me, song (theme for television series Enterprise)
>Gamble, Kenny : Me And Mrs. Jones
>Miller, Ronald : Heaven Help Us All
>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

With nine Top 20 albums and several classical Brit Awards under his belt, tenor Russell Watson has been an instrumental figure in the success of the classical crossover genre, with his collaborations with Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder and Steps' Faye Tozer -- and operatic renditions of contemporary pop songs -- undoubtedly paving the way for the likes of G4, Katherine Jenkins, and Il Divo. The Platinum Collection, released to coincide with his seventh studio album, La Voce, is his second best-of following 2006's The Voice, and once again shows why the Salford-born singer is described as the "People's Tenor". Featuring stirring renditions of popular arias "O Sole Mio," "Volare," and "Caruso"; classic standards "Me and Mrs Jones" and "You Raise Me Up," and soundtrack themes from Gladiator and Star Trek: Enterprise, it's a wide-ranging collection of songs which showcases his impressively versatile vocal abilities. Elsewhere, there are duets with Lulu and Hayley Westenra, his 1999 Rugby World Cup anthem "Swing Low," and a previously unreleased Christmas track, "Let It Snow." With nine songs included that didn't appear on The Voice, there's enough material here to justify a second compilation, but with several notable omissions such as his only Top 20 hits, "Someone Like You" and "Nothing Sacred," it doesn't quite paint the full picture of his consistent and illustrious career. ~ Jon O'Brien



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Works Details

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  • Performers: Russell Watson (Tenor); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kretzmer, Herbert : Here I am Again, song (from "Kristina")
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Benny Andersson (1946 - ), Björn Ulvaeus (1945 - ).
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lovland, Rolf : You Raise Me Up (Por ti seré), song
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Brendan Graham.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma!
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Pescetto, Jeffrey : Il gladiatore, song (based on themes from the film Gladiator)
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Gavin Greenaway (1964 - ), Hans Zimmer (Composer) (1957 - ).

>Mercury, Freddie : Barcelona
  • Performers: Russell Watson (Tenor); Shaun Ryder (Voice)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1989

>Traditional Spiritual : Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Bouchikhi, Jahloul Chico : Bamboleo, song
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)

>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Foster, David : The Prayer
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Carole Bayer Sager (1947 - ).
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Warren, Diane : Where my heart will take me, song (theme for television series Enterprise)
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Gamble, Kenny : Me And Mrs. Jones
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Leon Huff (Producer/Keyboards) (1942 - ), Cary Gilbert.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miller, Ronald : Heaven Help Us All
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Live