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(20 August 2000) The latest album from Filippa Giordano is a
self-titled twelve track recording (Erato/Sugar (Italy) 3984-29694-2,
2000). Giordano's music is underpinned with classical influences, yet
blended with pop sensibilities, it lies firmly in the crossover genre.
Indeed, eight of the new album's tracks are Filippa's own interpretation
of well-known arias while the remaining four are more accessible,
contemporary vocal sensations. While she began recording as a pop artist,
recent influences have been classical. Her vocal work is crystalline
and comparable to both Sarah Brightman (review),
Emma Shapplin (review),
Aria (review) and
Izzy (review). Filippa's soaring
crystalline vocal excursions reveal extensive talent and training.
The album features long-time operatic favourites as "Vissi d’arte"
from Tosca and "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, both by
Puccini, "Addio del passato" from "La Traviata" by Verdi and "Casta
Diva" from "Norma" by Bellini. "Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix" from
"Samson & Dalila" by Saint Saens, and the Habanera from "Carmen"
by Bizet; all are rich in passion, but performed absolutely natural.
A short version of "Casta Diva" opens
the album whilst an extended version concludes it. Giordano's own
interpretatoin of "Ave Maria" rounds out the classically derived
numbers. Gary S. Dalkin wrote, "Using a conventional orchestra
sometimes supplemented by electronic keyboards and occasional drums,
the production achieves a slick and glossy chart-friendly sound that
will find favor with fans of Whitney Houston and Céline Dion.
It's doubtful that serious opera aficionados will care much for
Filippa Giordano, though music lovers in general may well find the
album an attractive entry into the sometimes-forbidding world of
the classical diva."
The four contemporary songs illustrate another side of
this stunning vocalist's talent. The Ennio Morricone-Roger Waters
"Lost Boys Calling" from the 1999 Golden Globe-winning movie
The Legend of 1900 is the first following the classical
numbers and is most reminscent of Céline Dion's work. "You Are
The One" is the first of three contemporary tracks by Fracesco
Sartori. Although contemporary in its construction, it is anthemic
in style, most reminiscent of Mariah Carey's early work both in
vocal delivery and overall sound. "Dissonanze" (Mondo Trash)
continues in a similar vein combining rich orchestral arrangements
with evocatively soaring vocal excursions. A soft emotive ballad
entitled "Maria (By The Sea)" balances soaring vocals with light
orchestral instrumentation. Constructed as an anthem, the track
also compares favourably to Céline Dion's work.
You can read further reviews, hear sound samples and order
Filippa Giordano's self-titled album from amazon.com
here. Artwork accompanying the compact disc positions the classical
numbers and contains several lovely photos of the attractive artist.
Crystalline vocals, well arranged orchestration and
tremendous production contribute to the stunning quality of Filippa's
Certain to please enthusiasts of classical crossover
female vocal work, the album is worth a cross country journey. Our
readers will agree with us: it is a must listen!