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Glorious voice, great songs,
This review is from: Insieme a Te (Audio CD)
I was introduced to Alessandro Safina when he sang at the celebrations marking the "Seven Modern Wonders of the World" along with J Lo and other stars. What a revelation. I was mesmerized by his superb voice and musicality (clearly classically trained), the terrific song (Luna), and his development of the piece from pensive to powerful, not in the way that many tenors ramp up bombastically, but to put across the point of the music. It is marvelous to hear the quality of his voice when he opens up "full throttle" - the support, the control, the depth, and yet the emotion.
This album, "Insieme A Te" is a great collection of wonderful songs, varied and interesting, and always perfect for the superb qualities of Safina's voice. It's marked by luscious dark richness, intensity, and authority, and his sensitive interpretations are first-rate. He seems to concentrate on serving his music and lyrics, and not on displaying himself - rare among popular singers today.
In vocal technique he is clearly a master with the deep resources of his training: breath control, phrasing, support, transitions, attacks, nuances of interpretation, etc. etc. And it all seems to come so easily. In my book, in technique and virtuosity he is clearly superior to Groban or Bocelli and others in the pop opera category and even in the classical world. Safina's voice is so fine, so strong and versatile, I think he could romance us even singing the words on the label of a can of soup!
It was an inspired move to offer the two instrumental tracks, the background music for two of the songs. It invites one to sing (or hum) along, to participate. If I had any suggestion to improve the CD, it would be nice to have an English translation alongside the Italian lyrics. I hope Alessandro Safina "translates" to the American market - we need him.