Artist: Andrea Bocelli
Album: The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Genre: Vocal, Classical
Styles: Vocal Music, Classical Crossover, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, Italian Music, Western European Traditions, Opera
This is not merely a reissue of Andrea Bocelli hits for the Spanish market but a collection of tracks the blind Italian tenor has recorded in the Spanish language down through the years; several appear to be freshly recorded for this project.
Bocelli’s Spanish, at least from this Anglophone but Spanish-speaking perspective, is fluent, and the chief question facing buyers will be, as for those interested in the Italian originals, whether they like the tenor’s underpowered but distinctively burnished voice. The program tends toward Bocelli standards like Sueño (Sogno) and Romanza — middle-of-the-road popular selections, essentially; there are some Neapolitan songs but no steps in the direction of Italian opera.
Romanza and a few other selections are sung in Italian, and the next-to-last The Prayer, a composition by American songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, is made into a cheesy duet with Celine Dion in which Dion breathily translates Bocelli’s Italian words before the pair mysteriously surmounts the language barrier; it’s not a convincing finale despite some vocal acrobatics at the end. A more effective duet is Vive Ya!, pairing Bocelli with an Italian singer, Laura Pausini, who is independently popular in Spanish-speaking countries; she does not have Dion’s pipes, but the song comes off as a good deal more natural.
|La voce del silenzio / Elio Isola||Andrea Bocelli||4:55|
|Sogno / Giuseppe Vessicchio||Andrea Bocelli||4:01|
|Il mare calmo della sera / Malise / Glora Nuti||Andrea Bocelli||4:39|
|Dare to Live (Vivere) / Angelo Anastasio / Celso Valli||Andrea Bocelli||4:18|
|Canto della Terra / Francesco Sartori||Andrea Bocelli||3:59|
|A te (“Sai perché cerco in te”), song / Andrea Bocelli||Andrea Bocelli||4:09|
|Besame mucho, for voice & ensemble / Consuelo Velázquez||Andrea Bocelli||4:04|
|Mille lune mille onde (A Thousand Moons, a Thousand Waves) / David Foster / Francesco Sartori||Andrea Bocelli||4:00|
|Io ci sarò (“Amore mio forse sai”), song / Walter Afanasieff / David Foster||Andrea Bocelli||4:49|
|Romanza (Romance), song / Mauro Malavasi||Andrea Bocelli||3:43|
|Vivo per lei / Mauro Mengali / Valerio Zelli||Andrea Bocelli||4:26|
|Bellissime stelle (“Verrai, verrai, dovunque arriverai”), song / Pierpaolo Guerrini / Paolo Luciani||Andrea Bocelli||4:08|
|Bellissime stelle (“Verrai, verrai, dovunque arriverai”), song / Francesco Sartori||Andrea Bocelli||4:14|
|The Prayer, song / David Foster||Andrea Bocelli||4:28|
|Because We Believe, song / David Foster||Andrea Bocelli||4:40|