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Mehta about Bocelli

Andrea came to me to Vienna and Florence, to rehearse at the piano, and later to rehearse with the orchestra. When he hears me rehearsing the orchestra, during the aria, and he sits there,  he sort of mimes the words and so we build each aria up that way. So that by the time we record it, it is a performance. Andrea is like a sponge, but not in the sense that he does everything, what is said to him. There is also discussion. For example when he doesn't like a certain tempo, he asks, whether we couldn't change that. I am flexible in that. Up to now, we only had little different opinions and always could agree in friendship."

"During the private rehearsals we spoke about the different stiles, which are represented at the Verdi-Album, and Andrea is very aware of this. The only Verdi-stile which is missing, is Othello, but this would be a little too early for Andrea. He, like Pavarotti, has a marvellous way to articulate the words. Verdi uses the Italian language incredibly skilful, so that by using the right pronunciation the rhythm follows automatically. By music and language the rhythm gets very clear, which is of big help for Andrea. He also is very intelligent in the fact, that he knows exactly what he is singing about. I never have to tell him the story or the situation of that particular moment in the opera."

 "Andrea's voice is special in many ways. First of all he has a complete control from forte to pianissimo. The end of 'Celeste Aida' he attacks the high B forte and takes it down to a thin pianissimo. It is hardly anybody can do that. It is very risky also to do that on a stage of an opera. But it is not that we tried it fifteen times and he got it once. He can do it every time! He can also, in the middle of a phrase without breathing change the colour of a note. So this is a conductor's dream…to ask and to get it, because most people can't do it. You see…"


Interview with Andrea Bocelli

Verdi's arias transcend national boundaries and are known all over the world. It is because they are great music. They have intrinsic power and communicate ideas that are eternal. I think this is why Verdi is known and loved all over the world. Verdi is much more than simply romantic. I think his music embraces feelings that go far beyond that. On an emotional level, there is everything in Verdi's music. I believe that at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is more important than ever to attract young people to all kinds of classical music because it has within it certain values. In a world of confusion, sensationalism and ethical turmoil, classical music could be a pure and wholesome medicine that would give us hope in a better future for ourselves and our children.

Working with Maestro Mehta is an immense pleasure because it means above all that you are learning so much. I think the main purpose of an artist is to learn. Once you stop learning, all the pleasure is gone.

Danke an Universal Classics, DeutschlandDank an Universal Classics, Deutschland

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