by Il DivoIl Divo


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Propelled by the enormous commercial success of their first two albums, the sensational pop-opera quartet Il Divo present their third surefire chart-topper in less than a year. Fans who savored the romantic allure of the group's 2005 debut (and their heartwarming holiday collection) will take just as much pleasure in Ancora, which has already proved a smash hit in Europe before this US release. Moving decisively into poignant, Spanish-language songs of love and loss that are a perfect vehicle for their expressive voices, the group keeps one foot in the classics with adaptations of themes from the masters -- "All By Myself (Solo oltra vez)," based on Rachmaninoff, and Rodrigo's "En Aranjuez tu amor," a favorite of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli -- while also staking a claim to the more up-to-date with arrangements of Mariah Carey's "Hero" and Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," boosting the romantic fervor through heartfelt Spanish lyrics. As a bonus, Celine Dion makes a guest appearance on "I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)" -- a gesture Il Divo reciprocates with the closing number, "Por que tu m'aimes encore," a touchstone of the Celine songbook. Backed by piano and lush string arrangements, with the added coloration of Spanish guitar on "Si tú me amas," Il Divo's latest ups the ante while staying true to the sentimental, operatically-inflected style that has thrust these four into "popera" stardom.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767691428
catalogNumber: 76914
Rank: 5717

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Il Divo   Primary Artist
Henrik Janson   Acoustic Guitar,Conductor
Steve Pearce   Bass
Jan Bengtsson   Flute
Mats Berntoft   Guitar
Gustave Lund   Percussion
Dave Arch   Piano
Steve Mac   Piano,Keyboards
Ulf Janson   Conductor
Chris Laws   Drums
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Electric Guitar
Per Magnusson   Keyboards
Céline Dion   Vocals

Technical Credits

Henrik Janson   Arranger
Ulf Janson   Arranger
David Krueger   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Per Magnusson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Steve Mac   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Ren Swan   Engineer
Fredrik Andersson   Engineer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
Dave Arch   Orchestral Arrangements
Humberto Gatica   Vocal Engineer
Norman Perry   Merchandising
Isobel Griffiths   Orchestral Assistant
Rudy Pérez   Spanish Adaptation

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