Bocelli fans will find much to admire in this collection of some of the best-known and best-loved tenor arias from the Verdi canon. He brings his trademark sense of bravura and showmanship to the more aggressive numbers--impossibly endless top notes in "Di quella pira" and "La donna è mobile" for example, and awe-inspiring high pianissimos in "Celeste Aida". And, as on his other recordings, the microphone clearly captures something indefinably engaging about his voice--a sense of vulnerability, perhaps, or maybe simply it's the pleasure he clearly brings to each number. He is also ably accompanied by Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. If his phrasing is sometimes a little four-square, or his sense of characterisation a little formulaic, or the tone not always as rounded as one might wish, perhaps that's not the point of this recording. If Bocelli can use his huge popularity to introduce some of these arias to new audiences then he is doing a great service. --Warwick Thompson
Repackaged in Australia to celebrate his first Aussie tour & his performance at the Olympic torch ceremony. Packaged as an individual gold CD in a gold slipcase with Andrea's signature. Supported by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.