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Andrea Bocelli Announces New Album ‘Believe’

Andrea Bocelli’s new album ‘Believe’ celebrates the power of music to soothe the soul and features Alison Krauss and Cecilia Bartoli.

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Global music icon Andrea Bocelli has announced he will release his new album Believe, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul, on 13 November 2020. The world-renowned Italian tenor is joined on the album by Alison Krauss, the most awarded singer in Grammy history, for a powerful and emotional rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’. Believe also features two duets with leading opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, a previously unreleased track from the late, great Italian composer Ennio Morricone, as well as ‘Gratia Plena’ – the closing song from the critically acclaimed new movie, Fatima.

Believe is a collection of deeply personal songs that Andrea Bocelli has cherished throughout his life

Believe is a collection of uplifting songs that Andrea Bocelli has cherished throughout his life and the themes explored on this new recording are deeply personal to him. Andrea Bocelli explained, “The concept behind Believe is based on three words: faith, hope and charity. These are the three theological virtues of Christianity, yet – quite independently of any religious belief – they are also the three extraordinary keys to giving meaning and completeness to the lives of every one of us.”

Features Alison Krauss on ‘Amazing Grace’

Alison Krauss, who is one of the most important artists in the American country-bluegrass tradition and a 27-time Grammy Award winner, described her ‘Amazing Grace’ duet with Andrea Bocelli as an, “Amazing experience! Fantastically terrifying!”

Bocelli’s solo rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ beautifully concluded his ‘Music for Hope’ performance on Easter Sunday from the historic Duomo cathedral in Milan. The video received more than 28 million views from across the globe in its first 24 hours and is the biggest classical livestream of all time.

Includes a previously unreleased composition by Ennio Morricone

In addition to Andrea Bocelli’s duets with Alison Krauss and Cecilia Bartoli Believe includes a previously unreleased composition, ‘Inno sussurato’ (‘Whispered Hymn’), by Ennio Morricone, a long-time collaborator of Bocelli’s. Some of the world’s favourite musical standards are also featured on the album including ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Ave Maria’, ‘Laudate Dominum’ and Barber’s ‘Adagio’.

Andrea Bocelli has composed his own settings of ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Padre Nostro’ specially for this record. He explained, “I don’t consider myself to be a composer, however, I am a musician, and sometimes melodies come to my mind, with essentially complete harmonies… Music that knocks on the door of my soul and which I gladly welcome and then set free by putting pen to paper”.

Andrea Bocelli is one of the most celebrated singers in modern history

Andrea Bocelli is one of the most celebrated singers in modern history, performing at major international events including the Olympic Games and the World Cup, as well as his own sell-out arena shows around the world. He has received a Golden Globe, seven Classical BRITs and seven World Music Awards plus a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His previous album, Si, reached No.1 on both the US and UK charts. Throughout his career spanning more than a quarter of a century Bocelli has collaborated with a host of A-list stars including Luciano Pavarotti, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Céline Dion and Tony Bennett.

Ultimately, Bocelli understands that all music is good for the soul in a way that taps into the most subtle nuances of humanity, irrespective of individual belief. He explained, “Good music brings with it a powerful message of peace and fellowship, teaching us about beauty, and helping us to open our hearts and minds.”

Andrea Bocelli’s new album Believe will be released on 13 November 2020 and can be pre-ordered here.

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