Con te partirò

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"Con te partirò"
File:Con te partirò.png
Single by Andrea Bocelli
from the album Bocelli
A-side "Con te partirò"
B-side "Vivere"
Released 1995
Genre Operatic pop
Length 4:09
Label Polydor Records
Writer(s) Francesco Sartori
Lucio Quarantotto
Andrea Bocelli chronology
"Il mare calmo della sera"
"Con te partirò"
"Macchine da guerra"

"Con te partirò" (Italian: [kon ˈte ppartiˈrɔ]; literally "I will leave with you") is an Italian song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). It was first performed by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 Sanremo Festival and recorded on his album of the same year, Bocelli. The single was first released as an A-side single with "Vivere" in 1995, topping the charts, first in France, where it became one of the best selling singles of all time, and then in Belgium, breaking the all-time record sales there.

A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released in 1996 as "Time to Say Goodbye", paired Bocelli with English soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history. Brightman and Bocelli produced a version with Brightman singing in German and Bocelli in Italian, with this version being available on the CD Time to Say Goodbye. [1][2] That version alone has now sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of best-selling singles of all time.[3][4]

Bocelli also recorded a full Spanish version of the song, titled "Por Ti Volaré" (For You I Will Fly). Under all those three versions, the song is considered Bocelli's signature song.[5]

"Time to Say Goodbye"
File:Time To Say Goodbye.jpg
Single by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
from the album Romanza, Vivere,
Fly and Time to Say Goodbye / Timeless
Released 15 November 1996 (1996-11-15)
Format CD single
Genre Operatic pop
Label East West Records
Writer(s) Francesco Sartori
Lucio Quarantotto
Frank Peterson
Producer(s) Frank Peterson
Andrea Bocelli chronology
"Vivo por ella"
"Time to Say Goodbye"
"Ich lebe für sie"
Sarah Brightman chronology
"Heaven Is Here"
"Time to Say Goodbye"
"Just Show Me How to Love You"


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 and Switzerland, 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.[6]

In Germany, East West Records, in conjunction with Polydor, marketed a version of "Con Te Partirò" retitled "Time to Say Goodbye", and with some lyrics changed, 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".[7] Recording of the song took place at Peterson's Nemo Studio, in Hamburg.[8]

The match took place on 23 November 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.[7]

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 40,000–60,000 per day and projected for at least one million by the end of the year. Both singers' albums also received a boost in sales. Airplay on German radio stations such as Norddeutscher Rundfunk was well received by listeners.[7] By February of the following year, the single had broken the all-time sales record in Germany with 1.65 million sales,[9] and would eventually get certified 11x Gold for selling over 2,750,000 copies.[10] It is also the best-selling single in Belgium.[11]

"Time to Say Goodbye" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart upon its release there in May 1997, and was certified gold.[12] 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-orientated playlist.[13]

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.[8] Brightman has also recorded a solo version, which was released on the duet single as well as later albums including "Classics" and "Diva the singles collection". A live version was released on "Harem world tour, live from Las Vegas" cd as well as her various tour DVDs. Bocelli and Brightman have performed the duet together publicly several times including Andrea's "Statue of Liberty concert" held in New York City, and "Live in Tuscany" concerts.[14][15]


The lyrics of the song are in the first person, with the singer speaking to a lover, saying:

"There is no light if you are not here with me. Lands that I never shared with you, I shall experience with you on ships across seas that exist no more. With you, I will go. I know you are with me".

Charts and certifications

Preceded by
"Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
March 2, 1996 – May 4, 1996 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"One of Us" by Joan Osborne
Preceded by
"Soirée disco" by Boris
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
June 8, 1996 – July 6, 1996 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Rio
Preceded by
"Verpiss' Dich" by Tic Tac Toe
German number-one single
December 13, 1996 – March 7, 1997 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Warum?" by Tic Tac Toe
Preceded by
"Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
Swiss number-one single
January 19, 1997 – February 23, 1997 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
Preceded by
"Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
January 26, 1997 – February 9, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"When I Die" by No Mercy
Preceded by
"Let a Boy Cry" by Gala
French SNEP number one single
March 1, 1997 (1-week)
March 15, 1997 – April 5, 1997 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let a Boy Cry" by Gala
"María" by Ricky Martin
Preceded by
"I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly
Irish IRMA number-one single
May 24, 1997 – June 7, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mmmbop" by Hanson

Cover versions

Since its release, the song has spawned numerous other versions and been performed by numerous other singers. Notable alternative versions include "Por ti volaré", a Spanish version with significantly modified lyrics, and "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)", a dance version performed by Donna Summer, which went to number one on the US dance chart.[34] Nana Mouskouri recorded a version on the 1997 album, "Hommages". In 2001, Journey guitarist Neal Schon released a solo album, Voice, which features an instrumental version of the song.

A Taiwanese singer A-Mei (Zhang Hui Mei) recorded the song in Chinese version in the year 2000 (album "Ge Sheng Mei Ying") with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, trumpeter Chris Botti released his rendition on When I Fall in Love.[35] Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins included the song on her 2004 album Second Nature. Jenkins' version was also released as a single on February 21, 2005. The song was covered by Italian House DJ Gigi D'agostino in his 2006 compilation album Some Experiments.[36]Gregory Lemarchal recorded a version for his album "La voix d'un ange" which was posthumously released in 2007. New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra included a version on her 2007 album, Amazing Grace – The Best of Hayley Westenra. Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen's English-Swedish versionwas included in her album Sanna 11-22. Andre Rieu with Mirusia Louwerse also recorded a version of this song on the album You'll never walk alone.

American artist Nick Palance recorded this song on his Solo CD, “Memoirs in song”, in 2006. South African tenor Fanie de Jager recorded the song on his classical CD, My Classical Soul, in 2007. The pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards covered the song for their 2007 album, Spirit of the Glen. 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 original. Japanese classical-crossover singer Kanon recorded a version of the song and included it on her 2007 album Precious. French classical-crossover tenor Amaury Vassili also did the same on his 2010 album Canterò. British singer Joe McElderry recorded the song on his 2011 album, Classic and made a video of it.[37] Donald Braswell II recorded this song on his 2011 album Unchained. Operatic pop group Il Divo covered the song on their 2011 album Wicked Game.

Most recently, the song was covered by Vampire Weekend for Starbucks' Sweetheart 2014 compilation.[38]

The song is also sampled and featured throughout the 2009 song "Time To Say Goodbye" by Twenty One Pilots.[39][40]

In media

Although the song is most associated with sporting events, it has featured frequently in film and television and is a favourite concert item. It is also a very popular piece for funerals.

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