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Steven Mercurio

Many Voices

Sony Classical

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Andrea Bocelli & Steven Mercurio - Desiderio
Sumi Jo. - A White Rose ( by Steven Mercurio)
Maestro Steven Mercurio conducting the historic Statue of Liberty
Steven Mercurio: Mercurial Overture at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert
1 White Rose  
2 Desiderio  
3 Daydream  
4 Good Night  
5 Paternita  
6 Song In Chaos  
7 Serenade For Tenor And Orchestra  
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Six of the world's greatest singers – tenors Andrea Bocelli, Rolando Villazon and Marcello Giordani, sopranos Ana Maria Martinez and Sumi Jo and baritone Gino Quilico – lend their dazzling voices to the songs of their friend and colleague, composer and conductor Steven Mercurio, on Sony Classical's Many Voices, a debut recording devoted to Mercurio's own music.  With their soaring romantic melodies and richly textured orchestral settings, the seven passionate songs Mercurio introduces on Many Voices transcend the boundaries that separate classical and popular song.  Many Voices will be in stores worldwide on Tuesday, August 29, 2006.

Like Leonard Bernstein, who wrote three symphonies as well as West Side Story, Steven Mercurio inhabits both the classical and pop worlds – a thoughtful and sophisticated American composer, with a gift for writing unforgettable melodies, who has a parallel career as an acclaimed conductor of opera and orchestral music.  Tens of millions of record buyers and concertgoers all over the world know Mercurio as the conductor who has collaborated with Andrea Bocelli in concerts and recordings, as well as the conductor of The Three Tenors Christmas, a gala "Christmas in Vienna" concert broadcast worldwide and recorded by Sony Classical.

"I met Steven many years ago during La Boh?me," Andrea Bocelli recalls.  "From that time on, we have worked together very often.  I am very happy when I can work with him because, first of all, he's a great musician.  Second, he likes his job, and when he does music, he's always so happy.  And he can transmit this happiness to the singers.  We've done many things together – La Boheme, Tosca, L'Amico Fritz, many things ... as for recordings, I hope to do many more things with him."

On Many Voices, Mercurio the composer effortlessly blends the expressive range, depth and subtlety of classical orchestral song with the immediate appeal of pop ballads.  His influences are diverse.  But his music – modern yet steeped in a heightened Romantic style – bears an unmistakable Italian accent, with the irresistible intensity of beloved Italian canzone and a magical melodic sweep that is in the tradition of such masters as Puccini and Respighi.

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