I’ve had a very pleasant couple of hours this afternoon enjoying yet again the first two Andrea Bocelli albums that I got many years ago. I think I probably have nine or ten of his CDs. Yes, we like him that much in our household. But reading about him on Wikipedia, he has now released a total of twenty-one since his debut in 1994, not including complete opera recordings.
The first I listened to was ‘Bocelli‘, which the Italian tenor released as his second studio album in 1995.
It contains the song that propelled him to greatness and immense popularity: the classic ‘Con Te Partiro‘ (With You I Will Leave).
I’m not too keen on his version of ‘The Power Of Love‘, that Jennifer Rush power ballad that has been covered by many singers including Celine Dion, but the rest of the album is beautiful. I especially love ‘Sempre Sempre‘ (Always, Always). Here’s a charming video of that song uploaded by YouTube user Nadia Raffaella Borgi.
The second album I listened to was ‘Romanza‘, his first compilation album released in 1997. According to Wikipedia, this is the best-selling Italian album of all time, with over 20 million copies sold worldwide.
‘Con Te Partiro‘ had garnered so much acclaim around the world in the two years since it was first heard in 1995, that when it was included in this album, there were not just one version but two. The second was in the form of a duet with the English soprano superstar Sarah Brightman. She included it in her own album released the same year, Time To Say Goodbye (which I also have and love, by the way) Here’s a video of a performance of that duet, courtesy of fritz5136.
happy meter: enraptured