I participated in the Andrea Bocelli “Cinema” album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.
Cinema by Andrea Bocelli features a collection of movie songs etched in the culture and hearts of several generations including epic theme songs featured in films such as “Doctor Zhivago”, “Love Story”, “The Godfather”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Gladiator”, “The Postman”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and many more, as well as popular songs from stage musicals, immortalized by their film versions, such as “West Side Story” and “Evita.” These are all movies that hold so many memories from my youth – some of the best movies and music of all time.
Andrea is an international artist and he has recorded songs in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian). Bocelli said the following: “With the album ‘Cinema,’ I’m fulfilling a wish that I’ve harbored for decades. I’ve never made a secret of my dream of bringing to life a recording project associated with soundtracks, as I truly believe that it’s an exceptional artistic treasure trove.
It’s an area that has always fascinated me: the scores written for films are very free and potentially very creative. A vast grassland where the composer can roam as he pleases, whatever his inspiration, where he can experiment without having to submit to the norms of the classical song (based on the sequence requiring two strophes, one short instrumental passage, one strophe, one short instrumental passage), or to a theme that is necessarily the conventional one, relating to love.
If films are a “dream factory”, the music that supports them embraces these dreams and heightens all of the magic and emotional vitality. My invitation, my token is for these immortal “classics” to merge with the experiences, with the most precious memories, with the emotions of every listener, to become the inimitable soundtrack to their life.”
I am sure these songs don’t just bring forward memories of mine – but they are powerful in recounting experiences of others. The TV special, “Andrea Bocelli: Cinema,” will make its initial airing as the final presentation of PBS’ “Fall Arts Festival,” and is set to air nationwide across hundreds of PBS stations on November 27. The concert event will be personally arranged for Bocelli’s extraordinary voice by musical director, David Foster. Bocelli’s prior PBS specials have consistently been some of the networks’ highest watched performances, and include some of his biggest events to date, such as “Concerto: One Night in Central Park” and “Love in Portofino.”
I know I am anxiously awaiting this PBS Special event. He has over 80 million albums sold worldwide, this international star who has been honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, whose Central Park concert in 2011 entered the history of music as one of the greatest live performances of all time, and who has had the honor of performing live in front of three Presidents of the United States, three popes, and royal families all over the world, is back with an exciting new project, intended as an amazing tribute to the “Seventh Art”.
Andrea Bocelli is truly a spectacular artist capable of singing songs that you feel in your heart and soul. When I first started listening to classical music my kids said to me “you used to be cool”. Then Andrea Bocelli came along and now guess what – we all think classical music is “cool” now!
Cinema Track Listing:
1) MARIA from ‘West Side Story’
2) LA CHANSON DE LARA from ‘Doctor Zhivago’
3) MOON RIVER from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
4) E PIU’ TI PENSO duet with Ariana Grande from ‘Once Upon a Time in America /Malèna’
5) BE MY LOVE from ‘The Toast of New Orleans’
6) THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
7) BRUCIA LA TERRA from ‘The Godfather’
8) POR UNA CABEZA from ‘Scent of a Woman’
9) NO LLORES POR MÍ ARGENTINA duet with Nicole Scherzinger from ‘Evita’
10) L’AMORE È UNA COSA MERAVIGLIOSA from ‘Love is a many splendored thing’
11) MI MANCHERAI from ‘Il Postino’
12) CHEEK TO CHEEK duet with Veronica Berti from ‘Top Hat’
13) SORRIDI AMORE VAI from ‘La vita è bella’
14) HISTORIA DE AMOR from ‘Love Story’
15) OL’ MAN RIVER from ‘Show Boat’
16) NELLE TUE MANI (NOW WE ARE FREE) from ‘Gladiator’