Con te partirò

"Con te partirò"
One of artworks for European release, also used for Japanese mini CD release under different pressing
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
Songwriter(s) Francesco Sartori - music
Lucio Quarantotto - lyrics
Andrea Bocelli singles chronology
"Il mare calmo della sera"
"Con te partirò"
"Macchine da guerra"

"Il mare calmo della sera"
"Con te partirò"
"Macchine da guerra"

"Con te partirò" (Italian: [kon ˈte ppartiˈrɔ]; "With you I shall leave") 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 the 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.

"Time to Say Goodbye"
Artwork for European release
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
Songwriter(s) Francesco Sartori - music
Lucio Quarantotto - lyrics
Producer(s) Frank Peterson
Andrea Bocelli singles chronology
"Vivo por ella"
(1996) Vivo por ella1996
"Time to Say Goodbye"
(1996) Time to Say Goodbye1996
"Ich lebe für sie"
(1997) Ich lebe für sie1997
Sarah Brightman singles chronology
"Heaven Is Here"
(1995) Heaven Is Here1995
"Time to Say Goodbye"
(1996) Time to Say Goodbye1996
"Just Show Me How to Love You"
(1997) Just Show Me How to Love You1997


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.[5]

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".[6] Recording of the song took place at Peterson's Nemo Studio, in Hamburg.[7]

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.[6]

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.[6] By February of the following year, the single had broken the all-time sales record in Germany with 1.65 million sales,[8] and would eventually get certified 11x Gold for selling over 2,750,000 copies.[9] It is also the best-selling single in Belgium.[10]

"Time to Say Goodbye" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart upon its release there in May 1997, and was certified gold.[11] 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.[12]

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.[7] 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.[13][14]

Charts and certifications

Donna Summer version

"I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiró)"
Single by Donna Summer
Released 1999
Genre House
Length 3:58
Label Epic Records
Songwriter(s) Francesco Sartori - music
Lucio Quarantotto - lyrics
Music video
"I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)" on YouTube

"I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)", is a dance version performed by Donna Summer, which went to number one on the US dance chart.[38] Her version also peaked at #2 in Spain singles charts and #3 in Spain Radio chart.[39] As of 1999 it has sold over 221,000 units in United States.[40]

Other 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.

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.

In films

In music

In sports

In television

  • The song was used in a few episodes of the TV show Providence and is featured on the CD Soundtrack.
  • Ricardo Marinello, the winner of the Germany's Got Talent (Das Supertalent) (2007), took the song as the opening song on his first record "The Beginning"
  • In 2008, the song was used as the theme song to Welsh television show Con Passionate.
  • The song featured in the TV advertising of Lake Silver in 2008.
  • The song was sung on multiple episodes of America's Got Talent, including twice by Jackie Evancho in 2010 (once together with Sarah Brightman).[49]
  • When Andrea Bocelli appeared on Sesame Street he sang the song to Elmo as "Time to Say Goodnight."
  • 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. It is especially prominent in Season 2, Episode 4: "Commendatori".
  • Kenny McCormick sings a muffled version of the song with a Singing Like Bocelli for Dummies guide tape in the South Park episode "Quintuplets 2000".
  • During the 24 July 2011 analog television shut down in Japan, one Hokkaido Television Broadcasting station in Sapporo chose to play the song on its analog termination warning. This is a violation of analog shutdown rules, since most stations were not allowed to play vocal music on their analog termination warnings.
  • The song was featured in season eight of the UK TV series Shameless.
  • The song was used in The Simpsons episode "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony" (Season 22, Episode 19), which originally aired on 1 May 2011.
  • MMA fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama uses the song as his entrance music.
  • The song was used in the tribute to Portuguese/Mozambican soccer player Eusébio after his death, on 6 January 2014, when his body was transported in the last lap around his Stadium of Light, as his last wish.[50]
  • Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith used the song for their Inside No. 9 episode 'The 12 Days of Christine'. Ellen E Jones, writing in The Independent, said the song "was deployed on the soundtrack to devastating effect."[51]
  • The song was used to end ESPN SportsCentury's episode on Wayne Gretzky.
  • After Gabe the Dog (a character of a popular meme) died on 20 January 2017, the song was used as a template for a remix using various footage of Gabe and posted in YouTube. Titled: "time to say goodbye to Gabe".[52]
  • It was used in the Japanese drama "Diplomat Kuroda Kotaru"
  • It was used in the Korean drama Hotelier
  • An instrumental version was used in an Arbys commercial in 2017.

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