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Sacred Arias (CD & DVD Special Edition) / Andrea Bocelli

Audio Samples

>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
>Mercurio, Steven : Sancta Maria (based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana)
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat mater
>     Cujus animam
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>     Ingemisco
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>     Der Engel
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>     Frondi tenere...Ombre mai fu
>Niedermeyer, Louis : Pieta, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>     Domine Deus
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Lecot, Jean-Paul : Gloria a te, Cristo Gesu
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Levi, Eric : I Believe

Album Summary

>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
>Mercurio, Steven : Sancta Maria (based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana)
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat mater
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Niedermeyer, Louis : Pieta, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Lecot, Jean-Paul : Gloria a te, Cristo Gesu
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Levi, Eric : I Believe
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Notes & Reviews:

This album is also available on VHS.

This limited edition package includes the SACRED ARIAS DVD, an enhanced CD with the original SACRED ARIAS music plus 2 bonus tracks, a 14 photo picture gallery, and downloadable wallpaper images.

When Andrea Bocelli lowers his chin and begins to sing, something happens. The very distinctive voice with the slightly reedy middle register is given to tender, almost boyish crooning, then opens up to a golden stage tone and zooms effortlessly into the stratosphere, which is impressive enough, but what really seems to define Bocelli is a certain following of instinct, or a will to do, despite serious training, what he wants to do with his voice, not just what an "opera star" would do in any given musical situation.

Bocelli uses his flexibility to great effect in SACRED ARIAS, whispering his prayers and letting his praises soar, often within the context of a single piece. The recital, as if following a priest's advice at confession, starts with four Ave Marias, the familiar Bach/Gounod and Schubert, along with the one from Mascagni's 'Cavalliera Rusticana' and a pop entry by Steven Mercurio that sounds a bit like Jerome Kern's "All the Things You Are." Other classical favorites include Franck's stirring "Panis Angelicus," Mozart's ravishing motet "Ave Verum Corpus" and, amazingly, "Der Engel" from Wagner's 'Wesendonck Lieder' which may refer to a more earthly kind of angel than the other pieces on this disc.

REVIEWS:

Opera News (2/00) - "...the program [with few exceptions]...follows a reasonable course through the familiar sacred paths....reservations aside, Bocelli is a gifted, appealing and artistic singer...his lengthy program ...will not disappoint his large following..."



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Works Details

>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1600

>Mercurio, Steven : Sancta Maria (based on the Intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana)
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat mater :: Cujus animam
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Ingemisco
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder :: Der Engel
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Frondi tenere...Ombre mai fu
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Niedermeyer, Louis : Pietà, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1825-1860

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir :: Domine Deus
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863

>Schubert, Franz : Lullaby
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1816

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751

>Jean-Paul Lécot : Gloria a te, Cristo Gesú
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1872

>Éric Levi : I Believe
  • Performer: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal