Thursday, January 3, 2019

Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Sing Barcelona

"Barcelona" is a single released by Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury (right) and Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé. 

A part of their collaborative album Barcelona, it also appeared on Queen's Greatest Hits III. 

The dramatic anthem reflects Mercury's love of opera with his high notes and Caballé's operatic vocals, backed by a full orchestra. 

Originally released in 1987, it was one of the biggest hits of Mercury's solo career, reaching number eight in the UK Singles Chart. 

After Mercury's death in 1991, it was featured at the 1992 Summer Olympics, after which the track climbed even higher, peaking at number two in the UK. 

And in the unlikely event you did not know of Montserrat Caballé – she was one of the most amazing singers on the opera stage in the final four decades of the twentieth century. 

As UK’s The Guardian had described her: “A throwback to an earlier generation of divas. She blithely ignored the new hegemony that made conductors and directors, rather than singers, the dominant figures in opera, confident that she was unsurpassed in vocal refulgence and bel canto technique – qualities she was delighted to deploy in an Olympic anthem for her native Barcelona with Freddie Mercury”. 

[Note: Caballé, aged 85, died on October 06, 2018]. 

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé in 1987. He was a great fan and called her voice ‘the best in the world’. Photograph: Richard Young/Rex Features

Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé  Barcelona (Original David Mallet Video 1987):

Two other beautiful songs from that beautiful album of the same name:

Fifty-nine days and the box office receipts for Bohemian Rhapsody have totalled $702,552,268 worldwide. As at December 30, 2018. 

The Queen biopic is already, a runaway success, that’s for sure!

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