Con te partirò"Time to Say Goodbye" redirects here. For the music album by Sarah Brightman, see Time to Say Goodbye (album). “Con te partirò” Singleby Andrea Bocelli
from the album 'Bocelli' GenreOperatic popLength 4:09 LabelPolydor RecordsWriter(s)Francesco Sartori
"Con te partirò" (literally meaning "With you I will leave") is an Italian operatic pop song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). It was first sung by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 San Remo Festival and recorded on his album of the same year, Bocelli, and is considered Bocelli's signature song. The song achieved widespread success with a second version sung partly in English, pairing Bocelli with soprano Sarah Brightman, released as "Time to Say Goodbye". Since its release, the song has spawned numerous other versions and been performed by numerous other singers. Notable alternate versions include "Por ti volaré", a Spanish version with significantly modified lyrics, and "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)", a dance remix performed by Donna Summer. In 2008 Danish pop duo The Loft released their single "Kiss You Goodbye"' based on "Con te partirò"/"Time to Say Goodbye" and containing samples from the originals.“Time To Say Goodbye” Singleby Sarah Brightman
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Timeless / Time To Say GoodbyeReleased 1996 (1996) Format CD GenreOperatic popLabelEast West RecordsWriter(s)Francesco Sartori
Frank Peterson ProducerFrank PetersonSarah Brightmansingles chronology "Heaven Is Here"
(1995) "Time To Say Goodbye"
(1996) "Just Show Me How To Love You"
- 1 History
- 2 Notable performances and associations
- 3 References
- 4 External links
The song's original single release by Polydor Records was not commercially successful in Italy, and received little radio airplay there. Elsewhere, however, it was a massive hit. In France, the single topped the charts for 6 weeks, earning a triple Gold sales award. In Belgium, it became the biggest hit of all time, spending 12 weeks at No. 1. 
In Germany, East West Records, in conjunction with Polydor, marketed a version of "Con Te Partiro", retitled "Time to Say Goodbye", and with some lyrics changes, as the theme song for the final match of boxer Henry Maske (then the light-heavyweight champion of the International Boxing Federation), having seen previous success when Vangelis's "Conquest of Paradise" was also promoted via Maske's fights. "Time to Say Goodbye" was also turned into a duet with Sarah Brightman, who had performed "A Question of Honour" for one of Maske's previous fights. German producer Frank Peterson, who has worked with Brightman since 1991, opted to give the song an English title, rather than the German title "Mit Dir Werde Ich Fortgehen". Recording of the song took place at Peterson's Nemo Studio, in Hamburg.
The match took place on November 23, 1996, pitting Maske against American Virgil Hill, and drew a television broadcast audience of over 21 million. Bocelli and Brightman performed the song to open the match, and it was used again during Maske's exit.
By December, the "Time to Say Goodbye" single, released on East West, had reached number one on the German singles chart, with sales estimated at 40000-60000 per day and projected for at least one million by the end of the year. Both singers' respective albums also received a boost in sales. Airplay on German radio stations such as Norddeutscher Rundfunk was well received by listeners. By February of the following year, the single had broken the all-time sales record in Germany with 1.65 million sales, and would eventually reach over 3 million copies sold. It is also the best-selling single in Belgium.
"Time to Say Goodbye" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart upon its release there in May 1997, and was certified gold. It remained in the top 30 for another two months, helped by steady radio airplay on BBC Radio 2, which was overtaking Radio 1 in popularity with an MOR-oriented playlist.
The duet was included on Brightman's 1997 album Timeless, re-titled as Time to Say Goodbye in the U.S. with the song itself moved to the start of the album. Brightman has also recorded a solo version, which was released on the duet single as well as later albums.
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Notable performances and associations
Although the song is most associated with sporting events, it has featured frequently in film and television and is a favourite concert item.
"Time to Say Goodbye" has been played or performed at a number of subsequent sporting events:
- Sung on the eve of Sunday (final day) of the 2008 Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament by a local soprano and tenor.
- Played at the conclusion of the 2000 World Series.
- Sung live at the Ashes Cricket Test in Sydney in January 2007 by Sean Ruane, to mark the retirements of long-serving Australian players Justin Langer, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
- Funeral of Hansie Cronje, the most successful captain of the South African Cricket Team
- Sung by Maria Lucia at the closing ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
- Played at the final Irish rugby and soccer internationals to be held at the current Lansdowne Road before the stadium was demolished.
- The 2006 HERO'S Light-Heavyweight Champion, Yoshihiro Akiyama, uses this song as his entrance theme.
- Used as the outro music at the end of the Tostitos BCS National Championship 2007 game, marking the end of the BCS bowl games on FOX for the year.
- The song is featured in the opening scene of Blades of Glory (2007), in which Jimmy MacElroy skates during his peacock skating routine.
- The song is played while Katarina Witt is skating during a scene in Ronin.
- Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli performed it as a duet on the BBC results show of Strictly Come Dancing broadcast 21 October 2007. Simultaneously, a virtuoso foxtrot was performed by professional regulars Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.
- It has been used a number of times in the television series The Sopranos as one of Carmela's themes, starting with the first episode of the second season.
- Sung by Katherine Jenkins on the 17 May 2007 episode of Emmerdale, when Carl King confessed to the murder of his father Tom, Len Reynolds died, and Hari Prasad was arrested for assaulting Louise Appleton.
- When Andrea Bocelli appeared on Sesame Street he sang the song to Elmo as "Time to Say Goodnight."
- Kenny sings a muffled version in the South Park episode "Quintuplets 2000".
- Paul Potts sang parts of the song on the semifinal of the reality show Britain's Got Talent (2007), and went on to win the competition.
- Ricardo Marinello, the winner of the German's Got Talent (Supertalent) (2007) took this song as the opening song on his first record "The Beginning"
- On Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway "Ant vs Dec: The Teams" part of this song can be heard when a team member is evicted and walks up the stairs in the audience.
- Used on the Dancing on Ice final, Sunday 16th March 2008 for Suzanne Shaw's flying routine.
Concerts and other uses
- As part of the 2000 program - entitled "Red" - of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (listed as "Time to say Goodbye"). The corps sang the lyrics (unamplified) in Italian in addition to playing on their respective instruments at various points in the work. With this program, Crusaders achieved their highest placement ever (5th) at the Drum Corps International World Championships.
- Used in the advertisements by the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during the late 1990's when the hotel opened. It is also played during the Fountains of Bellagio water show in front of the hotel. On many days, the hotel plays it for a fountain show around noon when most guests are checking out.
- The song was recently used as the theme for the emotional final audio montage for Sydney based Australian talk radio icon John Laws on November 30, 2007. During the playback of memorable calls from listeners, a dance mix of the backing music was played in the background. This collection included calls from several Australian prime ministers, actor Russell Crowe and several other high profile personalities from around the world.
- The tune is also played in the famous Sentosa show in Singapore - Songs of the Sea .
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- ^ Con Te Partiro at abmusica.com
- ^ a b c Spahr, Wolfgang (December 21, 1996), “Boxer's song proves a knockout for EastWest in Germany”, Billboard 108 (51): 38-39, ISSN 0006-2510
- ^ a b van Geffen, Jos (December 12, 2006). Sarah Brightman - Timeless / Time to say goodbye. Home Page of Jos van Geffen. Retrieved on 2007-03-05.
- ^ Dezzani, Mark (February 22, 1997), “Italy's Bocelli breaks Euro sales records”, Billboard 109 (8): 1-2, ISSN 0006-2510
- ^ Andrea Bocelli Online Biography
- ^ Zywietz, Tobias (March 22, 2005). Chart Log UK: Billy Bragg - David Byrne. Chart Log UK. The Official Zobbel Website. Retrieved on 2007-03-05.
- ^ Jackson, Alan (July 17, 1997), “As Huey Lewis once said, it's hip to be square”, The Times: 35, ISSN 0140-0460
- ^ van Geffen, Jos (December 11, 2006). Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli - Time to say goodbye. Home Page of Jos van Geffen. Retrieved on 2007-03-05.
- ^ Paul Potts - Time to Say Goodbye.
- Lyrics and background of "Time to Say Goodbye"
- Lyrics and background of "Por ti Volaré".
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