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Viva La Popera
on October 12, 2004
I can't say I've been waiting for a group like this all my life or that it has forever changed my appreciation of opera but I am glad that I bought this CD.
It's about time the music industry realized that there is a mass market for modern opera besides Bocelli and Brightman.
Amici, the friends, is a nice effort to do just that...to bring classically trained artists to the pop market, and it actually works.
Another aspect of this group I really appreciate is the ethnical diversity. Let's face it, opera and pop-opera alike is not exactly known to be very multi-racial on a grand scale. It's like high-cultured country....good music but painfully lacking in ethnical diversity..
Amici changed that image and I applaud them for it.
As far as the CD goes, I love the voices, the harmonies and the arrangements.
There are only a few songs that I feel could have been left off but overall this is a solid project.
I particularily enjoyed the twist on "Nessun Dorma" and the Italian rendition of "Unchained Melody", both are truly amazing.
I didn't award this CD 5 stars because it is rather short, just over 40 minutes, and because of the few less than inspiring selections.
All in all this is a good CD and I hope their success in Europe was great enough to warrant a sophmore release. Perhaps the US will one day catch up with the rest of the world when it comes mass appreciation of classical artists and produce it's own Opera Band. Until then I hope to the the Amici return.