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5.0 out of 5 stars Villazón, La Strada: Impressive and rather lovely, 15 Jun. 2011
This review is from: La Strada - Songs From The Movies (Audio CD)
I start from the position of someone who has never been fond of crossover music. In the past I have found that the operatic voice bullies the lighter song and, in the process, does neither the voice nor the song any favours. So, when I bought this it was an experimental purchase, a punt. I have always enjoyed Villazón's voice and so got the cd because of his recording history.

It's FANTASTIC!

This cd is like no other crossover project I've ever heard. Villazón has done what so many of his operatic peers fail to do: he has honoured the music he's singing and its idiom. Of course it's his voice (a sure guarantee of quality), vital, virile and full of his usual excitement... but his voice responds to the songs with elegance, imagination and (this is key to the success of La Strada) with touching restraint. Because of the quiet that he allows, the drama of the songs is real. (Of course, Villazón knows well how to do drama!) It's subtle, it's full of musicality and grace, and it works beautifully.

Stand out tracks: Windmills of Your Mind, Al otro lada del rio and A Piece of Sky. I think my favourite at present, though, is The Summer Knows.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2011 17:01:01 BDT
Oyarsa says:
Thanks for this review!
I cannot stand those opera singers that in my view overdo the opera part and ruins the spirit of one particular song. Not that I think Villazon is able to do such a mess, but it's great to have a thoughtful opinion about this CD. It will not be available in Spain and I was bit reluctant of buying. Not anymore.
Just ordered and waiting anxiously for my copy ;-)

Posted on 5 Aug 2011 10:23:36 BDT
marree says:
I love this Tenor, but would like a DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 17:36:07 BDT
Angela says:
Yes, I love to watch him sing too, that's why I often look for new performances on Youtube. Check out 'Vaga luna che argenti' from a recent concert. I think it might be on his new album. Utterly fabulous!
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