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It was a decade ago that Andrea Bocelli performed in New York City’s Central Park, which was a dream come true for both him and his father. Now the Italian tenor has announced a 10th anniversary re-mastered edition of his Concerto: One Night In Central Park album, featuring new renditions. While the record will also include a brand-new recording of O Sole Mio.
Andrea Bocelli originally recorded the live album at the special concert in New York on September 15, 2011.
The 62-year-old remembered: “That was a memorable milestone in my career. One of its highest and most emotionally overwhelming moments.
“A mega-show that took 16 months of work, as well as a brave and ambitious artistic undertaking.
“A concert that went on to become my first fully live album, for which every note was recorded live, without a safety net.”
The special edition of the album will be released on September 10, 2021 ahead of celebrations looking back over ten epic years.
The re-mastered record is dedicated to the memory of his late beloved father, who never had the chance to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the USA.
On the night 10 years ago, Bocelli was joined on stage by the likes of Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, David Foster and Chris Botti.
The Central Park venue was filled with over 70,000 people, with over 200 musicians adorning the Great Lawn.
Just before the performance, Bocelli was concerned that the performance would be cancelled due to possible bad weather.
But lucky for the Italian tenor and all those involved, the show went on and the iconic album was recorded.
He remembered: “I wanted to go to my dressing room to say a few prayers, together with Filippo Sugar and the rest of those present.
“I also mulled over the great honour I had, to be singing together with many of my wonderful peers, right where my great friend and Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti, had performed 18 years earlier.”
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Bocelli’s performance was free of charge and after it was announced, he said: “I cannot help but smile when thinking about the upcoming concert in Central Park.
“It was my father’s dream, and my father was right, because my artistic path would have been entirely different without the strong and sincere embrace of this extraordinary city where everything is possible, even when it seems impossible.
“My father will not be there, but I can count on his blessing and his kind and gentle smile to give me courage.
“My mother, sitting in the front row, will feel my father too, and they will be together again just like when I was a little boy performing on the fireplace steps.”
Bocelli added: “Perhaps they had secretly dreamed that I might have the opportunity to perform in New York City, and maybe right here in Central Park.
The singer was accompanied on the night by the New York Philharmonic and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Famous attendees included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sting and future US president Donald Trump.
Concerto: One Night In Central Park 10th anniversary album is released on September 10, 2021
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