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The Christmas Collection

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Classical and Miscellaneous album by Il Divo

If you thrill to the soaring operatic voices of The Three Tenors (and imagine every Christmas comes with its own orchestral majesty), Il Divo has made this disc for you. The four GQ-handsome male singers were handpicked by American Idol's Simon Cowell … see full wiki

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The Christmas Collection by Il Divo.

  • Dec 1, 2007
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Rating:
+5
Pros: beautiful voices, beautiful music, beautiful men

Cons: none for me

The Bottom Line: One of the best collections for the season

I’ll be the first to raise my hand and say I really don’t know beans about the nuts and bolts of music. I know the difference, when I hear them, between a tenor and baritone, but that is about it. As far as instruments go - don’t know the difference between a bass and just a guitar. I don’t listen to music to dissect it, I listen to enjoy it, and that is exactly what you do with this release, The Christmas Collection, by Il Divo.

Il Divo is a choice selection of four gorgeous men that blend their almost operatic voices in a manner that make them enjoyable for almost anyone. I had the privilege of seeing them in person when I went to the Barbra Streisand concert. Their unique range of vocals is simply incomparable.

They have taken 10 highly recognizable songs and made them a nice package for the Christmas season. I read one reviewer [elsewhere, not on Epinions] that said he didn’t understand the selection of Over The Rainbow and The Lord’s Prayer as part of the Christmas music since [loosely quoted] the last time Santa looked, he wasn’t sure they were part of the Christmas season. Excuse me, Santa is an afterthought of the season, not the reason. That said, I was a little iffy about Over The Rainbow myself, although their rendition is quite enjoyable.

Their individual vocal ranges are outstanding but when they join together it blows the speakers out. At times, and I found this in person as well, they are a little too overpowering. In truth, I don’t know the difference between the four guys. Unless you are looking at the CD, you often don’t know exactly which one is singing and sometimes if even more than one is singing. They are that blended. What makes them even more unique is their ability to sing in many different languages and still make it enjoyable for the listener, if you aren’t multilingual yourself.

The vocalists are: David Miller (US), Sebastien Izambard (France), Urs Buhler (Switzerland), and Carlos Marin (Spain). In a few of the songs they slip into their native language, or even throw in another one, just for fun. Ave Marie, of course, was sung in Latin. There were a couple of songs I was not familiar with, add a foreign language, I simply had to go on enjoyment of the music. Don’t despair, though, they sing each song with English interspersed, for those of us that are language challenged. Of course, it really doesn’t matter if you understand the words, they capture you with their voices and the beautiful music anyway. And, really, that is what music enjoyment is really about.

This would make an outstanding collection to play as background music for a nice sit down dinner, or a family evening together. Not a great selection for party background because you really have to enjoy this music and the chatter of a party would obliterate it.

The tracks on this CD include:
O Holy Night
White Christmas
Ave Maria
When A Child Is Born
Adeste Fideles
Over The Rainbow
Panis Angelicus
Rejoice
Silent Night
The Lord’s Prayer

On the whole, their general music wouldn’t be the usual selection for most people. It’s a style that doesn’t suit everyone. I do understand, however, they are branching out and even recorded Nights In White Satin … interesting. On the other hand, these guys are perfect for music of this genre and make the Christmas season more of what it should reflect, the spiritual and emotional side, not the “buy me this” side. A perfect selection that should be enjoyed weeks before the Christmas season is over.

Thanks,
Susi

Recommended:
Yes

Great Music to Play While: With Family

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Label: Sony
Artist: Il Divo
Genre: Classical, Miscellaneous
Release Date: October 25, 2005
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