Bryn Terfel - Simple Gifts
 : Bryn Terfel - Simple Gifts

from: Deutsche Grammophon

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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0028947755630
Item Dimensions: 4748824555
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Deutsche Grammophon
Model: 1993573
MPN: 028947755630
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: October 11, 2005
Publisher: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: October 11, 2005
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon

Disc 1:
  1. Ave Verum Corpus, K.618 - Adapted by Chris Hazell
  2. Deep River - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  3. The Lord Bless You and Keep You
  4. I'll Walk Beside You - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  5. Stabat Mater
  6. Still, Still, Still Weils Kindlein Schlafen Will
  7. Simple Gifts - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  8. How Great Thou Art
  9. Panis Angelicus - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  10. Bless This House - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  11. Ave Verum Corpus
  12. Cavatina - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  13. The Rose
  14. Amazing Grace - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  15. God's Mercy
  16. Morning Has Broken - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  17. Nearer My God To Thee - Arranged by Chris Hazell
  18. Ave Maria
  19. Send In The Clowns - Arranged by Jonathan Tunick
  20. God Will Be With You
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Editorial Review:

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 11-OCT-2005
Everything about Bryn Terfel is over-life-size: his physique, his personality, his breath-control, and of course his extraordinarily beautiful voice. This recording displays his stunning vocalism and versatility to full advantage, but its title belies its content. Alhough it does include some simple pieces, the execution is fussy, overdone, and calculated for maximum external effect. The program ranges from Mozart, Pergolesi and pseudo-Bach to Sondheim in arrangements that are pure Hollywood, complete with throbbing strings and rolling drums, often destroying the spirit as well as the letter of the original compositions. It begins with Mozart's heavenly "Ave verum" arranged for baritone solo and chorus, frustratingly cut off after a few phrases (another setting of the same text by Karl Jenkins, written for Terfel, is more satisfying, being complete and original). The splendid baritone Simon Keenlyside joins him here as well as in the opening number of Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater;" originally for soprano and alto, this must be the baritones' revenge on female singers who usurp songs written for men, like Schubert's and Schumann's cycles. Franck's "Panis angelicus" also inexplicably becomes a duet; unfortunately, Terfel's and tenor Aled Jones' voices do not match. Bach-Gounod's popular "Ave Maria" is all swells and exaggerations. The rest of the program consists of folksongs, hymns, show and film tunes, inflated to operatic proportions and generally ending in a fade-out or a flourish. Even the title song is anything but simple. This record is not for purists who like their music performed the way the composer wrote it, but aficionados of great singing will love it. --Edith Eisler

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