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Katherine Jenkins, OBE, is the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist. In 2003 she signed the biggest-ever recording contract for a classical artist and has since become the premiere ambassador of bringing classical music to a mainstream audience. She is cherished as one of Britain’s favourite singers, equally at home performing in her homeland Wales, or performing on ... Read more in Amazon's Katherine Jenkins Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B001BNF8CU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Abide With MeKatherine Jenkins 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Pie Jesu (from "Requiem")Katherine Jenkins and Steffan Hughes 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Lord is My ShepherdKatherine Jenkins 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Down In The River To PrayCrouch End Festival Chorus and Katherine Jenkins 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. May The Good Lord Bless And Keep YouKatherine Jenkins 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. HallelujahKatherine Jenkins 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Panis AngelicusKatherine Jenkins and Nicholas Dodd and Rodolfus Choir 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. In Paradisum (from "Requiem", Op.48)Katherine Jenkins 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Silent NightKatherine Jenkins 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Ave MariaKatherine Jenkins 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Misa Criolla: Kyrie [feat. Crouch End Festival Chorus]Katherine Jenkins 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Agnus DeiKatherine Jenkins and Rodolfus Choir 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1. Abide With Me
2. Pie Jesu
3. The Lord is My Shepherd
4. Down In The River To Pray
5. May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You
6. Hallelujah
7. Panis Angelicus
8. In Paradisum
9. Silent Night
10. Ave Maria
11. Misa Criolla: Kyrie
12. Agnus Dei

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Sacred Arias is Katherine Jenkins' last album in her deal for Universal before she moves to Warner for another six-album deal, and she has decided to go out with a bang--albeit a quiet one. While her previous outing, Rejoice, saw the Welsh mezzo-soprano striking out more than ever towards the world of pop, Sacred Arias, as the title suggests, sees her return to her religious-classical roots with comfortably familiar tunes like "Abide with Me", "Ave Maria", "Pie Jesu" and even "Silent Night". The mood on Sacred Arias is as refined and peaceful as you'd expect given the title, and though there's an abundance of well known material here, Jenkins also offers us the more obscure charms of "Missa Criolla", a dreamy version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and a soulful take on "Down in the River to Pray". Other classical pieces include "Panis Angelicus" and Barber's haunting vocal piece "Agnus Dei", which help make this a triumphant final flourish for both her and Universal. --Danny McKenna

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Musical anorak on 12 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I really looked forward to this album's release. It was worth the wait, I was not disappointed.

This album in my opinion, contains Katherine's best vocal to date. The vocal production is free and unhurried, giving the whole album a very relaxed feel. I really like all the repetoire chosen, my own personal favourites include: Goodall's "The Lord Is My Shepherd"; "Down to the River To Pray" "Ave Maria" and "May The Good Lord Bless You and Keep You".

I do agree that the choice of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", seems a little odd. However, while Katherine's version is not as definitive as k.d. lang or Jeff Buckley's version - it is still well sung.

I would definately recommend this album, to anyone considering purchasing it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Harvey on 7 Feb. 2010
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Katherine has a rich, wonderful voice and I remain firmly committed to the notion that I like her music. Sadly, the reality is that, on most of her albums, there are only a few tracks which really grab my attention and make me want to replay them. Sacred Arias is exceptional in that I can connect with virtually every track, and I could play the whole album over and over again. I will admit that I like church music, and I can see that the theme might not appeal to a wider audience. I believe that the best music is that which evokes an emotional response and, for me, this is Katherine's best album yet.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gerry K on 10 Nov. 2008
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Katherine Jenkins first impressed me when I heard her sing O Holy Night on the BBC. This new album is excellent, more in the style of her earlier albums Premiere & Second Nature then last year's Rejoice. I have listened to this brilliant album several times now.
I am glad that she has returned to songs and music that suit her voice best, a voice that is growing in richness and depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nostalgia on 17 Mar. 2011
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Although an ardent fan of Katherine Jenkins, and not generally being too fond of religious music, I only recently decided to purchase this album, as I thought that I might be missing something. I was quite correct! True to form, this is yet another wonderful collection presented beautifully and impeccably by this lovely lady. I am sure that Katherine could give a heart-warming performance of any type of music, but I am pleased that she has stayed with the music that best suits her voice.

I am thoroughly delighted with my purchase, which completes my collection of all 7 studio albums so far released, and which I thoroughly recommend.
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61 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2008
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Sacred Arias is the final album in the £1million, six album deal with the Universal Classics and Jazz label which has seen a meteoric rise in the singers popularity since her debut album Premiere in 2003. So, while it's time to say goodbye to the old label, it's time to move on, and the departure from Universal heralds the start of another six album contract, this time with the Warner label, and this time worth a staggering £5.8million.

The farewell Sacred Aria album marks a return to the classical market where she has found such success. Her first four albums enjoyed lengthy periods at No. 1 in the UK Classical charts, while the fifth (Rejoice) with less than 60% of its content being classical making it ineligible for the Classical Chart still enjoyed favourable sales and reached No.3 in the UK Album Chart.

The return to classical also introduces us to some of Katherine's personal favourites from the decade she enjoyed as chorister in her childhood days at St. David's Church in Neath, South Wales. She describes the experience:

`It taught me about discipline and musicianship, and it gave me a huge knowledge of the sacred music repertoire. I don't think I'd be here without it'.

The track list is either comfortably familiar or too predictable, depending on ones taste. Those who complained that the previous album Rejoice strayed too far into the pop direction will be pleased to see this return to the classics, while those who liked that pop foray will have to wait for Warner to reveal the route for the future. Personally I think she generally makes a comfortable transition from each genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Harris on 1 Feb. 2009
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Well now, Beautiful girl, fantastic voice and a thoughtful collection of songs, personal favorites, 'Down in the river to Pray', 'Hallelujah' and 'Agnus Dei' and the rest are of a similar quality, I like 'em all. If your classical leanings are to the 'lighter side' then go for this,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. GD Thomas on 21 Feb. 2011
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Originally bought this CD as a Christmas gift for a friend. A group of us listened to it on New Year's Eve and we were blown away! I just had to buy it for myself and it is a wonderful recording worth more than five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Tsang on 17 Feb. 2009
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I have never been a big fan of religious music, but the songs in this album have surely done justice to Katherine's amazing voice!
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