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De Mi Alma Latina (also known as From My Latin Soul) is a 1994 Latin music album by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album of the year.[1] Most of the tracks on the album are medleys of, in the words of one author, "some of the Latino world's most memorable melodies."[2] The only new composition on the album, "De México a Buenos Aires", was written by Domingo's son Plácido Domingo Jr. All the songs are in Spanish, except for "Manhã de Carnaval" and "Aquarela do Brasil", which are in Portuguese. Domingo also used "De Mi Alma Latina" and "From My Latin Soul" as the names for some of his subsequent Latin music concerts.[3][4] In 1997, he released a follow-up album entitled De Mi Alma Latina 2.

De Mi Alma Latina
Placido Domingo - De Mi Alma Latina.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1994
GenreLatin pop
Length1:13:06
LanguageSpanish
LabelAngel Records, EMI Latin
ProducerBebu Silvetti
Plácido Domingo chronology
Domingo Sings and Conducts Tchaikovsky
(1994)
De Mi Alma Latina
(1994)
Bajo El Cielo Español
(1996)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Both Angel Records and EMI Latin worked together on the album. The president of EMI Latin explained that both labels were trying to "reach every possible Placido fan out there, be it Latino or opera."[5] In addition to the audio recording, Domingo starred in a music video of one of the songs on the album, the Peruvian classic "La Flor de la Canela", with Colombian actress Amparo Grisales.[6]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [7]

The reviewer for The Washington Post praised the album as in some ways "the most satisfying record Domingo has made." After stating that numerous good recordings of operas exist, he elaborated: "But you don't find much when you start looking (as I have) for a recording of 'Aquellos ojos verdes' or 'Solamente una vez' sung with a voice of Domingo's caliber and an instinct for the proper style." He also called Domingo "versatile as any musician in living memory" in part for the variety of recordings he had out at the time, including De Mi Alma Latina, the opera Parsifal, the classical symphonic album, Placido Domingo Sings and Conducts Tchaikovsky, and re-issues of Placido Domingo: Opera Classics and Verdi and Puccini Duets (with Leontyne Price).[8] Domingo's multi-platinum live recording as part of the Three Tenors, The Three Tenors in Concert 1994, also came out two weeks before De Mi Alma Latina.[9]

In January 1995, the recording's Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album was the first ever received by the classical music label, Angel Records. At the time of the album's nomination, Billboard Magazine called De Mi Alma Latina underrated and predicted that Domingo might beat frontrunner and eventual winner Luis Miguel for his Segundo Romance.[1]

TracksEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Aquellos ojos verdes"Nilo Menendez / Adolfo Utrera3:49
2."La flor de la canela / Que nadie sepa mi sufrir / Amarraditos"Angel Cabral / Enrique Dizeo / Margarita Durán / Chabuca Granda / Pedro Belisario Pérez / Bebu Silvetti5:01
3."Nosotros / Contigo / Sin tí"Claudio Estrada / Pepe Guízar / Pedro Junco Jr. / Bebu Silvetti5:43
4."De México a Buenos Aires"Placido Domingo, Jr.3:06
5."Se me olividó otra vez"Juan Gabriel3:32
6."El Humahuaqueño / Caballo Viejo / Moliendo Café"Simon Díaz / José Manzo / Edmundo Porteño / Bebu Silvetti4:10
7."Delirio / Alma Llanera"Pedro Elias Gutiérrez / César Portillo De La Luz / Bebu Silvetti4:54
8."Solamente una vez / Veracruz / Noche de ronda"Agustín Lara / María Teresa Lara / Bebu Silvetti5:58
9."Manhã de Carnaval / Aquarela do Brasil"Ary Barroso / Luiz Bonfá / Antonio M. de Moraes / Bebu Silvetti8:17
10."Sabrás que te quiero"Teddy Fregoso3:38
11."Alfonsina y el mar / Gracias a la vida"Félix Luna / Violeta Parra / Ariel Ramírez / Bebu Silvetti4:51
12."Lamento borincano / Vereda tropical"Gonzalo Curiel / Rafael Hernández / Bebu Silvetti4:33
13."Como ayer"Sylvia Riera Ibanez / Bebu Silvetti3:34
14."Perfidia / Frenesí / La última noche"Bobby Collazo / Alberto Dominguez / Bebu Silvetti4:30
15."Adiós"Pierre Cour / Alberto L. Martínez / Mariano Mores3:35
16."Por amor / Así como te buscaba / Yo vendo unos ojos negros"Pierre Cour / Alberto L. Martínez / Mariano Mores / José de Jesús Muñoz Ospina / Bebu Silvetti / Rafael Solano3:55

Chart positionsEdit

Chart
(1994)
Peak
position
UK[10] 97
US Classical Crossover[11] 4
US Latin [11] 6
US Latin Pop[11] 4

Sales and certificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Platinum 60,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[13] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

PersonnelEdit

  • Plácido Domingo, vocals
  • Bebu Silvetti, conductor, arranger, piano, synthesizer
  • VVC Symphonic Orchestra
  • WC Symphony
  • Ana Gabriel, guest vocals
  • Daniela Romo, guest vocals
  • Patricia Sosa, guest vocals
  • Pandora, guest vocals
  • Francis Benítez, backup vocals
  • Bibi Cross-Nicolosi, backup vocals
  • Pierre Garreaud, backup vocals
  • Daniel Indart, backup vocals
  • Yari Moré, backup vocals
  • Carlos Murguía, backup vocals
  • Ana Robles, backup vocals
  • Sara Traina, backup vocals
  • Giselda Vatchky, backup vocals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lannert, John (January 21, 1995). "Latin Notas". Billboard: 36. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Bruns, Roger (2008). Icons of Latino America: Latino contributions to American culture. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. p. 201. ISBN 0313340870.
  3. ^ Sotolongo, Antonio Gómez (2009). El corazón de América en un concierto: crónicas dominicanas (1998 - 2008) (1. ed.). S.l.: Gómez Sotolongo. pp. 192–4. ISBN 9780557193325.
  4. ^ Ritzel, Rebecca J. (May 4, 2009). "Music Review: Plácido Domingo Gives a Long, Lively Show at DAR Constitution Hall". Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Lannert, John (July 23, 1994). "Latin Notas". Billboard: 36. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "El Tenor Más Lindo del Mundo: Amparo Grisales" (in Spanish). Bogotá, Colombia: El Tiempo. March 29, 1995. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  7. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Plácido Domingo: De mi alma latina - Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  8. ^ McLellan, Joseph (January 15, 1995). "CLASSICAL RECORDINGS: PLACIDO DOMINGO: A TENOR WIDENS HIS BASE". Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Three Tenors in Concert 1994". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "From My Latin Soul". Official Charts (UK). Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "De Mi Alma Latina: Awards". AllMusic.
  12. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ "International: Mexican Gold (photo caption)". Billboard Magazine. January 14, 1995. p. 36. Retrieved October 4, 2015.