Sacred Arias (Andrea Bocelli album)

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Sacred Arias
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09)
LabelPhilips Records
Andrea Bocelli chronology
Sacred Arias

Sacred Arias (Italian: Arie Sacre), is the sixth studio album by Andrea Bocelli.

Released in 1999, the album, featuring music composed in traditional Christian styles, is not only Bocelli's most commercially successful classical album to date with over 5 million copies sold,[1] but also the biggest selling classical album by any solo artist in history.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Vavilov (misattrib. to Caccini): "Ave Maria (Funeral for a Friend)"
  2. Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – "Sancta Maria"
  3. Gounod: "Ave Maria"
  4. Schubert: Ellens Gesang, Op. 52/6, D 839 – "Ave Maria"
  5. Franck: "Panis angelicus"
  6. Rossini: Stabat Mater – "Cujus Animam"
  7. Verdi: Requiem – "Ingemisco"
  8. Mozart: "Ave verum corpus", K. 618
  9. Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91/1 – "Der Engel"
  10. Handel: Serse, HWV 40 – "Frondi tenere ... Ombra mai fu"
  11. Niedermeyer: "Pietà, Signore"
  12. Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle – "Domine Deus"
  13. Schubert: Wiegenlied, Op. 98/2, D 498 – "Mille Cherubini In Coro"
  14. Gruber: "Silent Night"
  15. Wade: "Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)"
  16. Lécot: "Gloria A Te, Cristo Gesù"
  17. Georges Bizet: "Agnus Dei" (Bonus)
  18. Eric Lévi: "I Believe" (Bonus)

Charts and certifications[edit]


In 2000, the album led Bocelli to receive an ECHO Klassik for "Bestseller of the year", as well as a 2000 Classical BRIT Award for "Album of the year", and a Goldene Europa for classical music, in 2000.[16]

PBS special[edit]

Sacred Arias: The Home Video, a DVD of a 1999 concert, filmed in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome and conducted by Myung-whun Chung, of the music of the album was also released. The concert aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Sacred Arias Special Edition, a two disc set was also released in 2003, containing the DVD of the album.


  1. ^ a b Crossover superstar Andrea Bocelli finds beauty in wide range of music The Columbus Dispatch, Nov 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Andrea Bocelli Biography Archived 2011-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sacred Arias chart performance
  4. ^ Sacred Arias on the Billboard charts
  5. ^ "Listen - Danmarks Officielle Hitliste - Udarbejdet af AIM Nielsen for IFPI Danmark - Uge 50". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Copenhagen. 1999-12-19.
  6. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Arie Sacre" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  8. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2000". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "French album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Airs Sacrés" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  10. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Sacred Arias in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  11. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  12. ^ "Polish album certifications – Anrrea Bocelli – Sacral Arias" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  13. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  14. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Andrea Bocelli; 'Sacred Arias')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Andrea Bocelli – Sacred Arias". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  16. ^ "Bocelli awards in 2000".

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