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A Tender Light
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2012
This is a wonderful album full of calming choral pieces by the composer of the recent Christmas number 1 single "wherever you are" . In fact, this 2012 re-issue of last years album has had a version of that track tacked on at the end of the album but please note that on this album it is performed by the choir Tenebrae who sing on the rest of the album, not by the "military wives", so if thats what you are after then go buy the single. The album is fantastic to play at the end of the day and since being given it for Christmas I have played it many times.. My only gripe is that I have, once again, been stung by a record company re-releasing an album I have already got to add "the hit" to the album... but what the hell- just buy the album, it is simply a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2012
The music is just so beautiful BUT I did not notice that the top one on offer in the Amazon list had a release date of 2011 so it doesn't have the now famous "whereever you are"-- if you scroll down you come to another more recent release (2012) with the exact same title which has the same tracks in a different order PLUS "whereever you are". It doesn't really matter, but having been on I-Tunes to look at the tracks I was surprised to receive a different cd by the same name----lovely music anyway.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2011
lovely lovely calming CD that makes life very simple & beautiful. would recommend to anyone who wants to slow things down & relax. there is not one track that i dont like & i will look forward to playing time & time again especially at home when you can indulge in something so lovely
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2011
I listen to this on the stereo, but I have also put this on to my MP3 player, it is ideal when you feel the need to relax and shut out all the hurly burly of the day, the melodies are beautiful.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2011
the great find of the year this cd. very similar to eric whitacre - if you like him you will definatly like this. very calming and moving music well sung too
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2013
This CD is astounding. A gorgeous blend of human voices so delicately balanced with emotional music and ephemeral lyrics. Some passages are addictive and repeat in the mind for days,even after just a couple of listenings. I've heard some superb choral music in my time but this surpasses all. Because of the dynamic range there are just a couple of places where the sound engineer has been caught out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I first heard this CD on Spotify, and to be honest, that's where I'm most likely to listen to it again. Ordinarily I'd happily buy pretty much anything that Tenebrae release: they're an excellent choir who perform interesting material to a very high standard. (Check out their disc of English choral music here: Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell. Yet this CD reveals Mealor to be a bit of a one trick pony, even if that trick is very charming indeed. He has a great gift for producing lovely choral textures, but even during the more exciting moments of the Stabat Mater, these predominate before almost every other aspect of the music. So, while I enjoy individual tracks, I have no great urge to listen to the whole CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2011
Absololutely magical and VERY soothing - perfect as background music and also wonderful to just sit and listen to: uplifting and inspiring.
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on 14 August 2012
I'm new to this type of music, being a dyed in the wool electric blues fan, but watching the Gareth Malone Military Wives programme on TV set me on a journey that led to this album. This is beautiful singing that will bring tears to the eyes of anyone with an ounce of soul in them. Ave Maria is the high point on the album and I could listen to it endlessly. I've heard the album criticised for being all too much of the same. Indeed, that criticism initially deterred me from buying this album and directed me towards Hubert Parry's 'Songs of Farewell'. I bought that and I quite like bits of it but, really, A Tender Light knocks spots off it. There is only one bad track to endure (it's the same on every album you buy - always one bad track) and that is Salvator Mundi: Greater Love. So, what are you waiting for? Go and buy this album now! You won't regret it.
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on 12 January 2012
First time I'd come across Paul Mellor, was with the Gareth Malone connection and Military Wives. Having bought the single for my Mum, I listened to a sample track from A Tender Light. It was beautiful. And so was the rest of the album.

Then I bought two more copies to give for Christmas presents....and created two more fans, young and old!

Classical music is an genre I'm not overly familiar with - until I hear something I like, usually by chance.

A Tender Light is smoothly soothing, no jarring tracks to spoil your reverie.
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