Renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli - synonymous with love and romance - is the most successful classical solo artist ever and one of the best-selling performers in any genre, having sold more than 80 million albums worldwide of both his classical and pop albums. The 7 titles that form his incredible "pop" catalog - Romanza (1997), Sogno (1999), Cieli Di Toscana (2001), Andrea (2004), Amore (2006), My Christmas (2009) and Passione (2013) - were recently remastered with attention to every detail to ensure the highest sonic quality and will be released in a 180g 14LP box set with faithfully replicated gatefold packaging and printed inner sleeves.
In correlation with the box set all 7 titles will also be offered individually as 180g 2LP-sets including Passione, a lush 14-song collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with global pop stars Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and the late Edith Piaf. The album reunites Bocelli with 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, who produced Bocelli's 2006 release Amore, which sold more than 4.2 million copies.
Passione is in essence the second volume of Amore, with a "fil rouge" which ideally connects the albums. As with Amore, which featured timeless masterworks, Passione includes several beloved classics such as "Love Me Tender," "Girl From Ipanema," and "Sarà Settembre," (Neil Diamond's "September Morn"). Jennifer Lopez is featured on the soft and sensual track "Quizás Quizás Quizás" and Nelly Furtado joins Bocelli on "Corcovado." The album also features a virtual duet with the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf on the song "La Vie En Rose."
On the album, Bocelli sings in six languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Neapolitan) with his unmistakable voice, as Foster accompanies him on piano, along with Peruvian guitarist Ramon Stagnaro. The sensual sound is rounded out by Cuban, Brazilian, and Portuguese rhythms and a 63-piece orchestra recorded in London.
"Andrea continues to be my favorite singer of all time," Foster declares. "I pride myself on working with great voices, but he transcends that. He's a singer for all people, from the common man to the Pope."
2. Roma Nun Fa' La Stupida Stasera
4. Anema E Core
5. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (with Jennifer Lopez)
6. Era Gia Tutto Previsto
8. La Vie En Rose (contains excerpts performed by Edith Piaf)
9. Corcovado - Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (with Nelly Furtado)
10. Sara Settembre (September Morn)
11. Love In Portofino
12. Garota De Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema)
14. Love Me Tender