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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 (6 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000GWBO2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Me Love
2. Quello che faro (Everything I Do)
3. The Flower Duet Album Version
4. Granada Album Version
5. Pachelbel's Canon Album Version
6. O Mio Babbino Caro
7. Lisa Lan
8. Dear Lord And Father
9. Nella Fantasia Album Version
10. I Owe It All To You Album Version
11. Il Canto Album Version
12. The Prayer Album Version
13. Green Green Grass Of Home Album Version

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Having won Classical Brit `Album of the Year' awards for her previous two albums - 'Second Nature' and 'Living A Dream', Katherine Jenkins returns with her fourth and strongest album to date, `Serenade'. Featuring a collection of classical favourites that includes `The Flower Duet' (featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa), Pachelbel's `Canon' and Puccini's `O Mio Babbino Caro', `Serenade' also includes a version of the modern classic, `Everything I Do', performed in Italian and featuring Bryan Adams on guitar.

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Following on from the heady success of albums like Premiere, Second Nature and Living A Dream, Welsh mezzos-oprano and sometime fashion model and music teacher Katherine Jenkins now presents her fourth collection of classically-rendered hymns, arias and pop classics. Serenade seems an understated title for someone with such a soaring voice and dynamic range, yet fans will know Jenkins is more than capable of balancing her operatic cartwheels with moments of real tenderness. This is evidenced immediately on the album's opening track, an elegant version of Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", sung in Italian with Adams himself featured on guitar. The same undulations of quietude and drama unfold throughout the rest of the LP as Jenkins recreates timeless classics such as "Dear Lord And Father", "Lisa Lan", "Chance In A Lifetime" and "O Mio Babbino Caro" with characteristic grace and aplomb. --Danny McKenna

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct 2007
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Serenade, released in 2006, is the 4th album (excluding imports, which are largely the same as the UK versions) by Katherine Jenkins. Just like her previous albums this too enjoyed huge commercial success, reaching No. 1 in the classical charts, and in its first week of release sold 50,000 copies making it the fastest selling classical CD in the UK.

But these are just sales figures, which reflect only the popularity of an artist, so what of the selection of songs for this release?

The general theme of the last three albums has been retained - a selection of opera, classical, popular and traditional music, and while such diverse range of music will inevitably mean some listeners find something they don't like, it also helps capture a wider audience than, for example, an entire opera-themed album would. Some will say it's a case of playing safe, while others will welcome the opportunity to diversify their musical appreciation.

For me this is easily Katherine Jenkins' most accomplished studio album to date. The opening track is the Bryan Adams massive 1991 hit `(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' and is sung in Italian (with Adam's on acoustic guitar) to great effect. This is so much more suited to her voice and style than some of the choices (for example `I Will Always Love You') on her previous albums.

The modern classics such as `Nella Fantasia' and `Granada' are here, so too the traditional such as `Green Green Grass of Home' and `Lisa Lan' (folk song, Welsh of course), and they are sung with the usual effortless grace we've come to expect from Katherine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Johanson on 7 July 2008
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I will admit that when I first saw the track listing for this CD, I felt disappointed. "Come on!" I thought, "Katherine should be more original than this! Practically every soprano records 'O Mio Babbino Caro' at one point or another, and here are two common songs from the classical crossover genre, 'Nella Fantasia' and 'The Prayer'. Should I even invest in something that will only be a re-hash of things I have already heard many times?" In the end however, I decided that even with the unimaginative song selections, I would buy this CD.

I am very glad I did! There are so many gems here that I now consider this Katherine's best album. Surprisingly, "Nella Fantasia" instantly became a favorite of mine. Her rich, warm tones really brought this song to life in a way I had never heard before. It could have been written for her! Ultimately, I concluded that she did justice to every single track, from the rousing gypsy dance ("Chanson Boheme") to the beautiful hymn, "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind." I would not have left out a single one, not even "O Mio Babbino Caro" (which I still think is sung too often.)

One thing people seem to be arguing about is what genre Katherine belongs to. With arias like "One Fine Day" in her repertoire, she can hardly be called a pop singer, but seeing that she has never actually performed in an opera, she can't rightly be called a legitimate opera singer, either. Instead, she is a part of a growing community of what we call "Classical Crossover" singers. Some people like this, some people don't. I just accept her for who she is - a classically trained recording artist who consistently produces wonderful music.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Stein on 8 Dec 2006
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Up and until now I have very rarely listened to any classical or operatic singing.

Whenever I have seen Katherine Jenkins on TV I have always appreciated her talent.

After seeing the ads on TV I thought I would give the album a try and wow I just love it. I play it constanstly on loop when I'm in the mood to chill while I work. I love the mix of hits and classical classics! I'll certainly be checking out all her past albums!

Plus got to say it - she is so beautiful!
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By M. Porter VINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2006
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How to characterise this latest CD by the greatest mezzo-soprano talent that these Isles have produced? And, incidentally, one of the most beautiful - something which, contrary to some commentators, does not detract from her vocal ability! As with her previous albums, Katherine has given us a wide range of musical variety in which to delve. Does it all work?

Quello che faro sara per te - Yes but I don't know the song well (sorry Bryan) and really enjoyed the last little bit in English.

Nella Fantasia - YES, YES, and again YES. Superb. Her rich voice compliments both words and music.

Chanson Boheme - This is more problematic. Kate here is up against some of the greatest mezzo's and the greatest (sorry) dramatic soprano of the 20th Century (yes Callas). There is more of `Carmen' in this than in the Sequidilla of `Second Nature' and the delivery is crisp (difficult in this difficult aria) and concise. Breathing is well controlled but there is the occasional lapse and difficulty. This is, however, a taxing piece of music and if Kate ever does get to `live her dream' and play Carmen on stage I'm sure it will be superbly sung then. (Since I first wrote this I managed to see Katherine performing this on the Llangollen stage (on ITV). She was superb! Better, I think, than on this disc. Mind you, and dare I say it, that such a beautiful and innocent looking young woman will have to, how shall I say, become more `earthier' to make it as Carmen (viz Maria Ewing!).)

The Green, Green Grass of Home - Yes, although I must admit that this is not my favourite song but it is effortlessly and charmingly sung. The male choir adds to the poignancy of the piece.

O mio babbino caro - YES but it sounds like a much more `grown up' young lady!
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