One year after the passing of John Paul II, this is a DVD dedicated to the Holy Father, with sacred arias performed by Andrea Bocelli and played by the Orchestra and Choir of Santa Cecilia National Academy, directed by Maestro Myung- Whun Chung.
The DVD is a project by Caterina Caselli Sugar, directed by Alberto Michelini, binding the most impressive images of John Paul II's Pontificate to Andrea Bocelli's touching interpretations who performs religious hymns taken from the classical repertoire. Among them; Mozart's Ave Verum, Bach-Gounod's Ave Maria, the Domine Deus from the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Verdi's Ingemisco from the Messa da Requiem without forgetting Schubert's Ave Maria and the Agnus Dei by Bizet.
The movie recalls some of the most important moments of John Paul II's Pontificate with archive footage and homilies. Memories start from October 16th 1978, day of the Pope's election, up to April 4th 2005 when his remains were carried to St. Peter's Basilica, for the faithful's last moved homage. The DVD features events like the closing of the Holy Year of Redemption in March 1984, the homily in the Nativity Basilica in Nazareth on March 2000, the Youths Jubilee in August 2000 and the Day of the Prayer For Peace in the World in Assisi, on January 2002.
Moreover we find some footage about John Paul II's travels and bishop's journeys all over the world: in Poland in June 1979, in Ireland on October of the same year, in Nicaragua in February 1996, in Cuba in January 1998 and to Lourdes on August 2004. There are also historic meetings to promote the communication among religions, like those with the Rumanian Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist, on September 2002, and with the Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff, held in April 1986 at the Synagogue of Rome. In addition the DVD contains an excerpt from John Paul II's Letter to Women, read and interpreted by Giancarlo Giannini.
With his participation to this project, Andrea Bocelli wanted to pay a moving homage to the Pope, who, more than any other, recognised and enhanced the role of music. The bond between Andrea Bocelli and John Paul II started several years ago and paved the way to many meetings and unforgettable performances, like the one in Tor Vergata in 2000 in which Andrea performed the Jubilee Hymn and sacred arias accompanied by the Orchestra and Choir of Santa Cecilia National Academy, directed by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung.