The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere
First Appeared in The Music Box, November 2007, Volume 14, #11
Written by Matt Parish
Tue November 20, 2007, 06:55 AM CST
Reviewing a record by Andrea Bocelli is a lot like commenting on the ocean or the stars. It doesnít really make a difference what anyone thinks about it. As with any other true force in nature, his work stands on its own universal merit, and his revered and respected reputation must be looked upon with pure and well-deserved awe.
In deciding to release Bocelliís first "greatest hits" collection, Sugar Music along with Decca Records had the unenviable task of choosing, from more than a decadeís worth of extraordinary recordings, a selection of songs that would properly represent one the greatest success stories in the history of classical and popular music. This, of course, is not an easy task to accomplish. Having sold more than 55 million albums worldwide, Bocelli consistently has enchanted his legions of passionate fans, and every one of them undoubtedly has his or her favorite performance, each of which is equally worthy of being included on any retrospective package devoted to his output.
In conjunction with Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany, his latest PBS special that debuted in November and will be repeated frequently in the coming months, The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere contains a mixture of material that is featured in the concert film as well as a few new selections and many memorable moments that were selected specifically for inclusion on the album. Consequently, tracks like Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) with Sarah Brightman and The Prayer, his Oscar-nominated duet with Celine Dion, are situated alongside some of Bocelliís most beloved performances such as Romanza, Sogno, Mellodramma, Besame Mucho, and Il Mare Calmo Della Sera. Other soaring highlights include his pairings with Latin sensation Laura Pausini on Dare to Live (Vivere) and Giorgia on Vivo Per Lei. Elsewhere, Kenny G adds a delicate accompaniment to A Te, and acclaimed pianist Lang Lang lends his powerful and inspired playing to the magnificent Io Ci Saro.
For those who have not yet had the opportunity to experience Bocelliís stunning vocal prowess, The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere is a great way to initiate oneself into his operatic world. He currently is touring in support of this release, and anyone who is fortunate enough to attend any of these unique performances immediately will understand why he has been embraced so boisterously by international audiences for the past 15 years.
There is an extraordinary resonance in Bocelliís voice that is as familial and comforting as it is memorable. His millions of fans worldwide collectively serve as a testament to his unprecedented, universal appeal. Yet his popularity is matched only by his humility. He once stated, "I donít think one really decides to be a singer ó other people decide that for you by their reactions." Judging from the overwhelming, global response to his previous efforts, Bocelliís career as a "singer" will be in great shape for decades to come.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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