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Classicalite Recording News: Vittorio Grigòlo Duets with Jackie Evancho on ’O Holy Night’ from New Album ‘Ave Maria’



Just in time for the holidays, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo has released Ave Maria on Sony Classical, a recording of sacred music that includes a duet with Jackie Evancho on "O Holy Night."

This song, perhaps the most operatic of Christmas carols, is a favorite of opera singers at this time of year. In this version, instead of a lyrical approach, Jackie Evancho opts for abruptly getting louder on the first few notes of her phrases, as if to inject this normally serene music with a sense of urgency.

The effect is to give a restless, unsettled feel to this music, which was probably not their goal. Grigòlo also sings parts of the music in this style, but more tastefully and to a lesser degree than Evancho. The two seem stylistically mismatched; Jackie's style is more pop-influenced, while Grigòlo's is (as you might expect) traditionally operatic.


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