Saturday blogging: Lend me a tenor! Andrea Bocelli
I don’t particularly like tenors. Maybe it’s because at an early age I had the privilege of listening to the very handsome Justino Díaz rehearse and perform at the Festival Casals, and absolutely love how
His voice has a dark, rich and warm timbre
which most tenors lack, except for instance, Plácido Domingo sometimes — particularly when he’s not bellowing it out at the 3 Tenors schtick. In fact, you can enjoy watching Díaz and Domingo perform together in Zefirelli’s Otello, a beautiful film.
I’m definitely not crazy about Pavarotti.
However, this morning Maria sent this link to Andrea Bocelli’s latest CD, Amore. Mr. Bocelli’s a former Pavarotti protègé, and this new CD sounds delicious. AB sings the old song “Bésame”. The bad thing about Bésame, apart from it having been done to death (or so I thought), is that the lyrics strike a note of desperation:
Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
as if this was the last time,
that I fear losing you,
losing you afterwards
and I’m put off by desperation.
Well, Andrea Bocelli manages to not only sing it in perfect Spanish, but to stay away from desperation and take the path of seduction. Very seductive sound, that of Mr. Bocelli.
I’ll make sure to remind The Husband that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Update The Manolo has further advice on the Dia de San Valentín.