La Tua Semplicita - Placido Domingo & Josh Groban
" Hamburg, December 2008. Amore infinito is the new album by Plácido Domingo, who calls it one of the most important recordings of his career. Before Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II, he began writing poetry during years as a quarry worker, playwright, actor, seminary student and priest. Now Domingo, out of deep respect and reverence for “the greatest human being I have ever known”, has created this collection of settings as a personal affirmation of faith and tribute to the late Polish pontiff.
It was after his last performance for John Paul II at the Vatican that the legendary tenor expressed to His Holiness a wish to select some of his poems for musical setting. The great singer and a group of composers – including Maurizio Fabrizio, Antonio Galbiati, Fio Zanotti, Kaballà and Domingo’s son Plácido jr. – looked for themes of universal significance, such as a mother’s love for her children, to inspire melodies of deep emotional appeal.
With lyrics in Italian, Spanish and English, these heartfelt melodies are accorded a further degree of spiritual uplift by the orchestration of Jorge Calandrelli – a central figure in the production of this album – performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under Nick Ingman.
Along with solo songs, there are also a number of duets, for which Domingo has invited as collaborators some of today’s most exciting vocal talents – Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins and Vanessa Williams. Celebrating the eternal power of love, the new album is also utterly contemporary.
“This recording has enormous significance for me,” says Plácido Domingo. “It will speak not only to religious people but to anyone who respects that uniquely great man, John Paul II, who chose to dedicate his life to the service of humanity and of God.” "