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Voice From Assisi
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 October 2012
Friar Alessandro describes himself as entering another world when he sings, one in which he is able to communicate the Franciscan message just as St Francis did originally, through poetry and song.

Having studied and loved music from childhood, Friar Alessandro made the decision to give up in favour of entering the Order; however, he was given an ultimatum by his spiritual director that he must complete his musical studies first. Inspired and impelled to reach his calling, he did this, finishing with excellent marks. At last he had found his voice.

The album is varied; as well as favourites such as Panis Angelicus and Sancta Maria (from Cavalleria Rusticana), we have a setting by Paul Mealor of an original work of St Francis, Le Lodi di Dio Altissimo. The album ends with Make me a Channel of Your Peace, a contemplation on Franciscan prayer.

A gifted singer, his gift here is passed on in a truly selfless way; this is music making for the sheer joy of it. The message itself is one of peace and inspiration, a voice from Heaven.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2012
I found this CD to be quite lovely and very peaceful to listen to. I really liked the songs and Friar Alessandro's voice. I would recommend this to others.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2012
This CD is wonderful - Friar Alessandro's voice is superb. I am sure we will hear and see more of this young man with the exquisite voice. His diction is superb too - you can hear every word and it is obviouis from the way he sings that he loves it. I shall play it often and be transported back to Italy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
I first heard this fantastic voice from a very short excerpt on television. Was so impressed that I bought the CD immediately. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The quality and range of Friar Alessasndro's voice is impressive and the recording is excellent, too. As an Italian speaker, I appreciated even more the clear and attractive accent - could understand every word. Have bought a second CD as a Christmas present and will probably buy more. It would be wonderful if a DVD could be produced featuring this wonderful singer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 January 2014
The more I hear Friar Alessandro, the more he grows on me. My initial reaction was, "Is he real?"

And - in these days of everything being commercialised and highly polished - yes, he is! I can see why Warner leapt to sign up this singing monk (he is based at a Fransiscan Order). He has a truly lovely tenor voice and sings like an angel!

All his profits go to a Fransiscan charity as he has made a vow of poverty. One reason he got accepted into the order was because of his voice, and WOW! what a voice! Friar Alessandro is a serious singer without being pretentious or boring.

Recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2012
What a voice beautiful very peacefull cd hope he goes on to make more and this is not just a one off for charity
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2012
Wonderful, relaxing, insperational. Music to help you through lifes trials and tribulations.
Will not be the last of Friar Alessandro that I buy.
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on 17 November 2012
I had the pleasure of spending around two weeks in Assisi in the Summer of this year and managed to visit all of the places of interest in that beautiful little hill town. My favourite Church was San Damiano where Friar Alessandro Brustenghi serves; indeed I was so taken with San Damiano that I made a second visit spending quite a few hours there. "Gaze upon, consider, contemplate, as you desire to imitate."

You can imagine my joy when I became aware there was a CD out from San Damiano and it is true to say that I listen daily to the voice of Friar Alessandro having moved my CD Player into my kitchen; a wonderful voice with such a fine timbre conveying beautiful thoughts. Thank you Friar Alessandro. I am sure my cooking has improved accordingly!
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on 27 December 2012
My sister sent me this album and I love it. It arrived one morning when I was feeling down and while listening to it I felt calm and peaceful and felt that all's right with the world. It makes me feel that way everytime I listen to it. Part of that is because my father had a lovely tenor voice and that I used to sing several of the tracks myself at school. Friar Alessandro's voice is lovely and is enhanced beautifully by the orchestral accompaniament. I can listen to it over and over again and still not tire of it. However my daughter does notlike it at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
I had not heard of this artiste and have not listened to him. This was a gift and I know the recipient is pleased so that is all that matters.
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