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    And libraries carry music cassettes and CD s too . . . Title: Sacred Arias Artist: Andrea Bocelli Date CD Released: November 9, 1999 Label: Philips
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      And libraries carry music cassettes and CD's too . . .

      Title: Sacred Arias
      Artist: Andrea Bocelli
      Date CD Released: November 9, 1999
      Label: Philips
      ASIN: B00002ND9N
      Price: $18.98
      Date Audio Cassette Released: November 9, 1999
      Label: Polygram Records
      ASIN: B00002ND9O
      Price: $12.98

      From amzon.com:
      Editorial Reviews
      When he was growing up, Andrea Bocelli recalls finding inspiration in a
      favorite recording of sacred music performed by tenor legend Franco Corelli.
      Bocelli--who in the meantime has come to inspire millions of fiercely loyal fans
      himself--returns to the genre as the guiding theme of Sacred Arias, the release
      of which coincides with the first English-language biography of the singer.
      These performances are filled with the singer's phenomenally well-known vocal
      signature: his flair for long, sweetly floating high notes and the gentle sense
      of cadence he brings to a melody. It's a mistake to compartmentalize Bocelli
      into a singer of "operatic" versus "popular" styles: in truth his approach is at
      heart the same. Lack of color and control in his phrasing remains a drawback,
      but the emotional empathy Bocelli evokes is never in doubt. The arias
      collected here sample some of the most famous devotional pieces: Schubert's "Ave
      Maria" and Mozart's transporting "Ave Verum," as well as an arrangement of "Silent
      Night" in which Bocelli tries out his English. There's also a decidedly odd
      choice of bedfellows for a program of "sacred" music, such as a song from
      Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder (whose "angel" is the object of an overpoweringly erotic
      attraction) and Handel's figurative ode to a tree, "Ombra mai fu." Still,
      Bocelli sings with an unfeigned directness that is sure to expand his already
      enormous following even further. --Thomas May

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