Like Sashimi, he's an acquired taste. Like red wine, he gets even better as he aged...
I didn't know that I'd like him as much as I'd at this moment. I had began to listen to Andrea Bocelli over some 10 years ago. He must have improved a great deal since, or else it's digital mastering that's making him a great singer! What I'm listening to now is his concert in Tuscany in 2007 and whatever the reason/s, I must say I'm enjoying this DVD more than I've ever enjoyed most of the DVDs I've had in my collection. This one has some of Bocelli's best. 18 performances with different singers, many duets. Some featuring Kenny G, Lang Lang, Elisa, Heather Headley and also Sarah Brightman.
Despite being blind, he managed to convey his colorful vision of his world to the audiences. And we can see that clearly from the responses to him here. I was updating some of the pages on Lunch.com when I first switched this DVD on, yet, I kept getting distracted... his voices and songs called out for attention! Often, I had the TV/DVD on when I'm surfing, and for most part, I can keep my attention on the computer. In this case though, it's tough... he's that good! It's not that I'm watching to see him, the guy is not that good looking or young, but hey, he's got quite a charisma even with his eyes closed!!! Amazing, isn't it? He's like a statue reaching out, solid and firm, an energy that's drawing you to it, quite an experience to watch and to listen. Grasping & attracting... he certainly speaks to you with his voice & not his eyes ;-)
I'm still residing in China now, so Youtube is blocked and I can't add some videos for your enjoyment. However, you can check it out yourself and when I moved to Hong Kong in December, I'd be sure to embed them in this review. The advantage of living in China is that things are available abundantly and for cheap. This DVD/concert which features some 18 best selections is sold for some US$8 and that's an original version, not pirated. No Youtube or Facebook for now though :(
What more can I say? I'm happy with this purchase and am extremely happy to recommend it to Lunch's readers. If you can find a copy of it where you live, be sure to get it! You won't regret it!
For those who are familiar with Bocelli's songs, here's a list of his performances in this DVD:
"Medley: Besame Mucho, Somos Novios (It's impossible), Can't Help Falling in Love"
"Because we believe"
"The Prayer" (duet with Heather Headley)
"Italia" (featuring Chris Botti)
"Dare to live" (duet with Laura Pausini)
"Il mare calmo della sera"
"Time To Say Goodbye" (Con Te Partiro)( duet with Sarah Brightman)
Last but not least, I so enjoy his rendition of Elvis' "I can't help falling in love with you"... It's like Elvis is back! Oh yes, I can't help falling in love with you... Andrea Bocelli!
Update: Dec. 3, 2010
I listened to this concert again on the way to Singapore this afternoon. This is my 3rd listening and yet on my MP5 I'm moved again. Such a marvelous concert and I can't wait but update you on the videos which I found on Youtube. Enjoy...
Some of my favorites from the concert: Melodrama
Vivo Per Lei
Besame Mucho, I can't help falling in love with you (Medley)
If you haven't fallen in love with him, you'll in this DVD which features Andrea's concert in Tuscany. A great repertoire of his best selection of songs as well as an excellent mix of duets with some of the best female singers. 18 songs in this DVD which I bought online in China. The best value for money DVD I've ever collected. It's for keeps!