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Antonella Ruggiero brings us a different “Ave Maria”

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Her voice fits every genre from sacred music to jazz

Antonella Ruggiero has been an active musician since the 1970s. She became famous with the Italian pop band Matia Bazar. The group was active until 1989. She began her solo career seven years later, in 1996.

Her solo albums vary in genre from pop to sacred and even jazz. Her 2005 album, Big Band, is an excellent example of her vocal versatility. Her voice is just as suited to jazz as it is to opera and sounds like she’s having the time of her life.

Ave Maria II was written by Fabrizio De André, an Italian musician considered one of the greatest Italian songwriters of the 20th century. This recording is marked as “the second” because Ruggiero’s album, Cattedrali, contains several songs titled “Ave Maria.”

The 2014 album was recorded during several sessions in Cremona Cathedral in Lombardy, Italy. The acoustics of the space suit Antonella’s soprano vocals. The album utilizes both of the cathedral’s pipe organs over 17 tracks.

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Song: Ave Maria II | Singer: Antonella Ruggiero

Antonella Ruggiero

Hometown: Genova, Italy

Latest Album: L'impossibile è certo (2014)

Fun Fact: Antonella is an italian born singer who became famous as the lead vocal for the pop band Matia Bazar, in the 1970's. The group broke up in 1989 and Ruggiero began her solo career in 1996 with her first solo album Libera. She has also performed Sacred music extensively.

Website: antonellaruggiero.com

Facebook: antonellaruggiero.official

Twitter: @Ant_Ruggiero
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