Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Il Divo - "Amazing Grace"

My father-in-law sent this to me and I had to share them with you. What a blessing!

The four guys performed "Amazing Grace" in the beautiful arena in Pula , Croatia . There is also a city with the same name in Sardinia where there are also some marvelous archeological sites. But this coliseum (smaller but better preserved than the one in Rome ) where the concert and recording were done is one of the most well-preserved Roman coliseums in the world.

Now, the four male singers in the group called 'Il Divo' are from four different countries. Moreover, they come from four different musical disciplines but have discovered a new unity of purpose.
BTW, 'Il Divo' in Italian literally means a male (singular) 'prima donna..' They are: American tenor David Miller; Swiss tenor Urs Buhler; Spanish baritone Carlos Marin; and French pop singer Sebastien Izambard.

This group was initially brought together in 2004 by the infamous Simon Cowell after intensive worldwide auditions. The virtuoso blending of operatic techniques with both romantic and popular tradition has taken the world by storm. They have sold over 22 million albums, the first three of which were 'Il Divo', 'Ancora,' and 'Sempre,' the last two translated into English are 'Again' and 'Always.'

Lastly, the group decided to work with only one producer, a longtime collaborator named Steve McCutcheon (aka Steve Mac). A musical genius, Mac is able to create beautiful orchestrations by experimenting with differing styles and arrangements.


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