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Sacred Arias - Andrea Bocelli


Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462600   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giulio CacciniPietro MascagniJean-Paul LécotFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusSanta Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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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
Read more 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..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Mercurio 
2. Sancta Maria by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is a vocal arrangement of the Intermezzo from Mascagni's opera 'Cavalleria Rusticana.' 
3. Gloria a te, Cristo Gesù by Jean-Paul Lécot
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: R. Serio 
4. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Weingartner 
5. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Michelot 
6. Stabat mater: Cujus animam by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Requiem Mass: Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Wesendonck Lieder: no 1, Der Engel by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Mottl 
10. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Pietà, Signore by Louis Niedermeyer
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work has been attributed to Alessandro Stradella.
Arranged: Reynolds 
12. Petite Messe solennelle: Domine Deus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Mercurio 
14. Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Mercurio 
15. Mille cherubini in coro by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Auditorium, Via della Conciliazone, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Ave Maria
Sancta Maria
Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846
Ave Maria, "Ellens Gesang III", D839
Panis Angelicus
Stabat Mater: 2. Cujus animam gementem
Messa da Requiem: 2. Ingemisco
Ave verum corpus, K.618
Wesendonk Lieder - Orchestration by Felix Mottl (1856 - 1911): Der Engel
Serse / Act 1: Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fu
Pietà, Signore
Petite Messe solennelle - Gloria: Domine Deus
Mille Cherubini in coro
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Adeste Fideles (O come, all ye faithful)
Gloria a te, Cristo Gesù

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