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  • Performer: Ben Heppner
  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Composer: Charles Gilbert Spross, Vittorio Giannini, Ivor Novello, Sir Noel Coward
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B00002JXEC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Let All My Life Be MusicBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sing To My Heart A SongBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let My Song Fill Your Heart: Viennese WaltzBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love Is My Reason For LivingBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Some Day My Heart Will AwakeBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I'll See You AgainBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. We'll Gather LilacsBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bird Songs At EventideBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. HomingBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Love LifeBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The World Is Waiting For The SunriseBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Roses Of PicardyBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I'll Be Seeing YouBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. SerenadeBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Love Me TonightBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Be My LoveBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Desert SongBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I'll Follow My Secret HeartBen Heppner;Jonathan Tunick 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 

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With his 1999 Met triumph as Tristan--the most taxing of all Wagner's tenor roles--Canadian singer Ben Heppner has fully earned his heralded position as the great new Heldentenor of our time. His Lohengrin is a signature role, while his album German Romantic Opera has been nominated for a Grammy. Yet Heppner also commands tremendous versatility--and of a much more engaging character than that of the typical crossover effort--using his powerful, bronze-tinged tenor to tender and charming effect in My Secret Heart. This is a collection of songs roughly from the period between the two world wars, when music began to reach mass audiences via radio and screen. Many of these are almost forgotten gems--emblems of a vanished era--but once had wide cultural currency: the World War II hit "We'll Gather Lilacs," the radio show Family Hour's theme tune "Let My Song Fill Your Heart," and the oft-recorded 1919 ballad "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise." Heppner, with his sturdy beauty of tone and sweet, natural-sounding vibrato, breathes new life into this genre. He handles the idiom's unabashed schmaltz with charm and brings a lilting urbanity to two Noël Coward tunes, with especially bittersweet refinement in "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." --Thomas May

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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'd only ever heard the name 'Ben Heppner' when I stumbled upon this - not the voice, but having listened to the samples on Amazon, immediately liked what I heard!

This is a truly BEAUTIFUL selection of songs - many well known numbers, including some of my favourites from Novello, Coates and Coward.

The Album kicks off with a tremendously dramatic opening song called: 'Let All My Life Be Music'. It is impossible to list the highlights here, since all the songs are so good!

Mr.Heppner has a lovely tremolo, and I adore men's voices when they can be made to sound so gentle... A couple of fine examples here are featured in: 'Someday My Heart Will Awake' and 'The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise'.

You will simply LOVE this collection - there's not a single bad song on it!
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By oscar on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I really only wanted one track, which I had trouble finding elsewhere, so ordered this CD. It was a great surprise that there were other songs of the era that I liked and forgotten about. His voice is very rich and the arrangements very mellow. A great CD, easy listening and good value. All order and delivery arrangements were excellent.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
What a 'crossover' album should be! 1 Sept. 2001
By Joy Fleisig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In general, I hate it when classical singers make 'crossover' recordings. Usually the singer has no idea how to sing 'pop' material in anything like the proper style - even someone who is singing it because he or she genuinely likes the music and not just to milk cash from the unsuspecting masses. But there are always exceptions to a rule, and this CD is one of them. Ben Heppner here scales down his huge operatic voice and shows his 'secret heart', a more intimate side of his musical personality.
There is no question that Heppner is one of the greatest tenors of our age. He is often compared with his fellow Canadian Jon Vickers (with whom he shares much of his repertory) but especially here, he is beginning to remind me more and more of Jussi Bjorling, and I can think of no higher compliment. Part of this is because Bjorling actually sang quite a bit of repertory similar to what Heppner sings here, but more importantly, both voices have an ideal combination of power and sweetness. Heppner's is essentially a very lyric voice despite its large size, and he is capable of great tonal beauty and sensitivity. This not only makes his Wagner, Giordano, and Berlioz very special, but makes him equally adept with the gentle little gems he sings on this disc. He is helped somewhat by the fact that these songs, most of which were written in the very early part of the 20th century, are a lot closer to the 'classical' style than more modern pop. But what really makes Heppner perfect for this material is his total identification with the texts, his tenderness, and his utter sincerity. Also, his diction is superb - you won't need the printed texts to understand what he is singing. In the hands of a lesser singer, some of these old fashioned songs would be absolute treacle. But an artist like Heppner can raise up even 'substandard' compositions and give them the aura of greatness.
In the more upbeat songs, Heppner sings with the thrilling, heroic tone that has made him in demand in every opera house in the world. He makes 'Let All My Life Be Music' into his personal mission statement. 'Homing' was also a favorite of another great Wagnerian tenor, namely Lauritz Melchior. 'I Love Life!', complete with splendid high C, is sung with enough cheer and vigor to bring anybody out of a depression. But this repertory is often gentle and introspective, and Heppner can also easily fine down his voice to a splendid pianissimo, drawing you in and enticing you to pay attention as opposed to banging you over your head like many other tenors do. Ivor Novello's 'Love is My Reason For Living' and Ernest Charles' 'Let My Song Fill Your Heart' are light, gracious Viennese waltzes. The familiar 'Roses of Picardy', 'Bird Songs at Eventide' and 'I'll Be Seeing You' are also sung sweetly and caressingly. Two more Novello songs are among the best tracks on the album. 'Someday My Heart Will Awake', is soft, gentle, and nostalgic, rising to a passionate conclusion. 'We'll Gather Lilacs' is obviously a love song from Heppner to his wife Karen (to whom the entire album is dedicated), full of yearning and deeply moving.
The operetta selections are even more special. In the Serenade from 'The Student Prince', which is alone worth the price of the CD, Heppner makes something truly thrilling of the declaration 'Oh, hear my longing cry!/Oh, love me or I die!', and ends with not one but two spectacular high Cs. What a pity that the chances of him ever recording the entire operetta are so slim! The cajolingly sung title song from 'The Desert Song' is almost as fine, as is 'Love Me Tonight' from 'The Vagabond King'. Finally, the title song 'I'll Follow My Secret Heart', with yet another brilliant high C, makes a splendid finish to this very enjoyable album.
I should also give credit to noted composer and orchestrator Jonathan Tunick for his warm, rich, and perfectly scaled arrangements of these songs. Like Heppner, he finds the perfect mood for each piece and never engages in schmaltz that one might expect from some of this material. The only complaint I have about this disc is the one I have about many contemporary CDs - why is there only 54 minutes of music on a medium that can hold almost 80 minutes? There are assuredly more than 18 songs Heppner could have recorded in this vein. I would have liked to have seen more operetta items in particular. Although I suppose they couldn't have recorded the Drinking Song from 'The Student Prince' as well as the Serenade without a chorus, it would have been nice if 'Deep In My Heart, Dear' had been included. Still, the quality of what is there far outweighs the quantity. The excellent documentation, in German and French as well as English, includes a personal note from Heppner, biographies of all the composers as well as Heppner and Tunick, and complete song texts. The cover shows Heppner surrounded by red velvet, designed, amusingly enough, by Red Herring Productions!
Whether you're an opera lover who wants to hear a great tenor in a lighter mood, or a fan of early 20th century popular music who is curious to see what it sounds like sung by a genuinely great voice, this disc is essential. It is an excellent introduction to Heppner's artistry if you haven't experienced it before, and after listening to it you might want to try some of his opera CDs, both solo recitals and complete recordings. There are few voices that could serve as a better introduction for a neophyte to the wonderful world of opera. If only more 'crossover' singers (both classical and pop) had Heppner's musical integrity...
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Heppner's a Hit 8 May 2000
By Sandra P. Kinley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having heard Ben Heppner in broadcasts of Turandot and Tristan and Isolde (in which his big dramatic tenor was spectacular), I was not entirely prepared of the sweet intimacy of the sound of so much of "My Secret Heart." Many of the songs were familiar and well-loved: I'll See You Again, We'll Gather Lilcas, Roses of Picardy, I'll Be Seeing You and the title song itself. And I found songs new to me, and after several playings, I had found some new favorites. The quiet intimacy of some of the love songs remind the listener that Heppner dedicated the album to his wife - he sounds as if he's singing straight to her. He has figured out what many opera singers do not -- that what works for Tristan and Calif is not the way to sing "I'll Be Seeing You." The power is there, tempered by control, and the voice is wonderful -- he is versatile. Of course, when he gets to "I Love Life," we remember that he's probably the best dramtic tenor performing today. I was already a fan - I am now a bigger one. Bravo, Bravo.
(P.S. Tell the writer of the liner notes, that "Deep in my Heart" starring Jose Ferrer was a movie about the life of Sigmund Romberg, not Rudolf Frimal.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Heppner Must Have A Large Parlour! 22 Feb. 2005
By H. F. Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD after hearing Mr. Heppner in recital singing "Homing" for an encore. This small gem written by Teresa Del Riego is a haunting song about loneliness. We learn from the notes-- they are very informative with bios on the composers included here as well as the words to the lyrics-- that she composed this ballad in 1917, the year her husband was killed in France just before the ending of World War I. There are other lovelies here as well: "I Love Life", "We'll Gather Lilacs", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" as well as music by Noel Coward, Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml. Heppner also sings "I'll Be Seeing You." It's such a relief to hear someone other than Liberace do that number since it was the song that he always used to close his television show in the 50's and unfortunately made into a syrupy cliche.

Mr. Heppner says these are songs of the parlour, stage and silver screen. His glorious voice which appears to be a combination of steel and gold fills a recital hall easily. He would need a huge parlour to sing in as well.

This CD is quite wonderful. There are no dull cuts. Since the songs are all about love, this would make a great February 14 gift.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Almost too much lavender and roses, but a delight anyway 29 Aug. 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These are beloved popular songs from our grandparents' generation that are redolent of lavender and tears. Their sentimentality couldn't be more out of fashion, but Ben Heppner steps forward, like Mario Lanza before him, to offer thrills amidst the honeyed scents. He's totally sincere, and you'd have to be Alberich or Don Pizarro to react with anything but a melting heart. God, I'm falling into the same vocabulary as these songs. No need to blush, though, with such a great singer at hand.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fine album of songs of sentiment 17 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very fine album. I was quite taken with Heppner's clear diction and fresh approach to this music. The highest praise I can give this album is that one would not have though this was someone who had excelled in the heavy Wagner vocal literature. While I thought some of the numbers in the first 12 of the CD were less memorable than the last half dozen, his recording of Romberg's Serenade and "Be My Love" are worth the price of entire CD.
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