Chris Botti's upcoming CD will have an Italian theme. Botti has been in a London studio recording with an orchestra on 18 songs, although not at of them are scheduled to be included on the still-untitled project, scheduled to be released this fall. A few of the tunes being worked on include "The Mission," "Caruso," "Nessun Dorma" and "Don't Give Up,” the latter originally written and recorded by Peter Gabriel.
“The Mission” was written by famed composer Ennio Morricone for the 1986 motion picture starring Robert DeNiro. “Caruso,” written by Lucio Dalla 21 years ago to honor the famed Italian opera singer, has been recorded by many, including trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, guitarist and vocalist Oscar Castro-Neves and vocalist Josh Groban. And "Nessun Dorma” is an aria from the final act of Puccini’s opera titled Turandot and has been recorded by pianist Ramsey Lewis, vocalist Sarah Brightman and several others.Posted by Brian Soergel at April 11, 2007 2:53 AM