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I have just about every Popera tenor CD out there, from all of Bocelli's releases to Watson, Frangoulis, Amante and even the Duetto disc of Alvarez & Licitra, but this one stands out above all, save Bocelli's Romanza perhaps.
The music is superbly produced, the orchestration absolutely marvelous and the voice outstanding.
Safinas' singing is that of a man in total control of his instrument and with the exception of his tendency to force his high notes, which makes him sound a bit constricted up top, his sound calls forth memories of some of the greatest dramatic tenors of days gone by. More than not his voice takes on the dark and powerful timbre of the late Maestro Franco Corelli and in softer moments he recalls memories of the young Carerras.
I totally agree with a previous reviwer that Safina should be a household name not unlike the much publizised Bocelli.
It is regrettable that, here in America, musical appreciation of the masses does not extend far beyond Hip-Hop, Country, Pop and various alternative forms of music. Even Blues and Jazz are becoming more and more "extinct" from the popular musical landscape.
Opera and/or Pop-Opera are almost alien to the average American listener.
The only gripe I have with this project is the inclusion of 2 instrumental tracks. Certainly Mr. Safinas repertoire is larger than 10 songs and his producers could have just as well included an aria or 2 rather than instumentals. If I buy a tenor CD I want a tenor on every track, not some undescript instrumental to help fill time.Thus the 4 star rating.
Other than that, this is a great CD - even Bocelli and Popera detractors will be hard pressed to deny that, if nothing else, Safina is a real Tenor and that's saying alot.
I love the operatic singing style voice, but I am not really an opera fan. I am however a HUGE fan of classical cross-over, or "popera" as it is becoming known. In fact, popera has fast become my favourite genre of music as of late. I like it because the singers sing beautifully, and the music has a more modern feel.
I own the albums of all the big popera acts including all of Andrea Bocelli albums from Romanza to Andrea, both of Josh Groban's studio albums, both of Mario Frangoulis' studio albums, and three Alessandro Safina albums. Because my car stereo plays mp3's, I took every song from these four artists and made one giant collection that spans 3 CD's worth of mp3's. I listen to them in the car, and all day at work. I can go days without hearing the same song. However, of all these artist, Alessandro is by far my favourite! I don't understand how it is cosmically possible that Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban have become as popular as they are, yet hardly anybody has heard of Alessandro Safina! let me tell you why I like his work best.
I find that in describing Alessandro, it is useful to compare him to his above mentioned contemporaries. In terms of sheer voice talent, In my opinion, Alessandro is the top of the list. Alessandro's voice is amazing! The only one of the above mentioned artists who can even come close would be Bocelli. Bocelli can take his voice to magnificent heights when he wants to, but for the most part he sings low and only really pushes the limit on occasion. Don't get me wrong, I think he has a beautiful voice, and I love his work, but Alessandro ALWAYS pushes the envelope and sings with such bravado, passion, power, and control, that you are left in awe.Read more ›
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He is by far the most exceptional tenor of the modern era. He is peerless in technique, interpretation and charisma. Bravo!!!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
In my opinion, Alessandro Safina is now the world's greatest tenor.
If anyone has not heard of him and/or heard his incredible voice and song selections, he/she is missing out... Read more
Beautiful voice, Really a shame he is not as well known as Bocelli and Pavarotti. Look forward to more offerings from this artist.Published on January 14, 2014 by BKR
Safina is an exceptional singer, in my view one order of magnitude above his peers. This album, like the others exceeded my expectations. Absolutely superb. Highly recommended!Published on January 1, 2014 by corina glavan