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Sacred Arias [CD]

Katherine Jenkins Audio CD
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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Abide With Me 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pie Jesu [feat. Steffan Hughes] 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Lord is My Shepherd 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Down In The River To Pray [feat. Crouch End Festival Chorus] 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hallelujah 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Franck: Panis Angelicus 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. In Paradisum 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Silent Night 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ave Maria 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Misa Criolla: Kyrie [feat. Crouch End Festival Chorus] 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Barber: Agnus Dei 6:270.99  Buy MP3 


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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katherine Jenkins - Sacred Arias 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to her Origin's; Brilliant 10 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great finale to the six album Universal deal 24 Sep 2008
By Mart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublimely Angelic 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recording 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 17 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Arias 7 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
What a joy it is to listen to Katherine Jenkins, her vocal range is tremendous I just cannot get enough of her singing, I play it continually.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say
Another cd that proves she can sing anything and make it sound so beautiful I'm not a lover of arias but this is great.
Published 2 months ago by conker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A stunning CD by a very talented singer. I listened and felt quietened inside, at times moved, all the time blessed. Beautiful. I recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Ase Johannessen
5.0 out of 5 stars Katherine Jenkins Sacred Arias
I knew what to expect when I bought this CD by Katherine Jenkins singing sacred arias. I would recommend this if you enjoy listening to sweet, hearfelt, sacred music.
Published 3 months ago by Stauroulla
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of my purchases
Had to return nightshirts as they were brushed cotton and not the smooth plain cotton.

Person would not have worn brushed cotton. Read more
Published 4 months ago by marie_ps
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
although now several years since release it still is an excellent performance and a great disc to have when traveling on a boring motorway journey.
Published 5 months ago by bob-b
5.0 out of 5 stars Katherine Jenkins
The pure beauty of Katherine Jenkin's arias would be difficult to surpass. I never tire of listening to her. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars classic piece of music ,it was divine to listen to katherine as always
Katherine has a great voice,this album was just brilliant,i must have listened to it five times over and over.very well composed
Published 12 months ago by paul mc crink
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok.
Not familiar with many of the tracks on this cd. ... Ok for a background style of playing. Would have expected better.
Published 14 months ago by Angela Eminson
5.0 out of 5 stars sacred arias great cd
A beautiful album. A high quality cd. I highly recommend it. It was delivered very fast. A great choice of arias with a very good taste
Published 14 months ago by Pilar
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, Katherine
Do you never think it would be nice to concentrate on being a proper contralto?
Try Elgar's Sea Pictures to start with.
Then the Schubert Standchen.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Paul Sutton
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