- Audio CD (3 Oct. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Decca (UMO)
- ASIN: B0000C83K6
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The title, Bryn Sings Popular Classics tells it all. Here is one popular classic after another--some folk or traditional, some operatic, some religious or inspirational, some pop. The result in the throat/mind/sensibility of any other singer might be soupy, sappy or simply uninteresting, but Bryn Terfel--he of the rolling bass-baritone voice who can smoothly deliver notes and phrases at any dynamic level--turns this generous, somewhat sentimental recital into something beautiful and special. After a rousing "Toreador Song" from Carmen, sung with just the right weight (most baritones find it too low, most basses too high) comes a ravishing version of "Shenandoah"; a fine Welsh song is followed by the stunning duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, with Andrea Bocelli singing the tenor part gleamingly and Terfel considerately underplaying his hand. And so it continues through Brahms' Lullaby and Schubert's Ave Maria, the "Love Theme from Titanic" (sung with great restraint), renditions of "Danny Boy" and "Home Sweet Home" that are just beautiful, the spirituals "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "At the River" (slightly anachronistic but still effective), the gluey "If I Can Help Somebody", and a few more. It's amazing that Terfel can bring such variety to material that is temperamentally so similar. Some of the arrangements are a bit sticky and overdone, but overall, this disc is a beauty for all seasons. It will make a lovely gift to music lovers of all types. --Robert Levine
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This CD affirms life's significance- from outpouring of sadness, through joy, the sense of home and a position in the universe near to the throne of God. There are songs with spiritual statements - At the River, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, The Lord is my Shepherd, Abide with me, and Ave Maria. There are classics from Bizet, Brahms, Dvorak, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. But one message that seems to come across from the whole CD is summed up with 'If I can help somebody.' There are some tender love songs including Shenandoah, the Welsh - Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn, Danny Boy, Bella Notte, and the Love Theme from 'Titanic'. From the opera come the Toreador's Song which introduces this CD and the Pearl Fishers duet. I have some favorite tracks. I did not know that Dvorak's 9th Symphony 2nd movement had been given words - 'Goin Home.' (track 8). And finally the last track with its complete simplicity 'Lazybones'.
The accompanying sleeve booklet is excellent and a joy. This is the CD to own and spend time with.
Thank you Bryn for changing our lives,
your fans forever, Alex and Phil
The song "The Lord is my Shepherd" on this CD is a lovely version, with a great choir singing in the background. Sometimes this makes me cry, sometimes it raises me up - I would recommend anyone who has not heard this, to give it a go - it is so uplifting and joyous. Bryn is a fabulous singer, he puts real feeling into his songs! Good man!
The set opens in great style with Bryn's recording of the Toreador song (from Carmen). Other songs from the classical repertoire include Going home, None but the lonely heart and Brahms' lullaby. The two featured movie songs are Bella notte (from Lady and the tramp) and Il mio cuore va (from Titanic). Bryn is particularly good at singing hymns, here represented by The lord is my shepherd, Swing low sweet chariot and Abide with me. Shenandoah and Danny boy represent the folk song tradition in America and Ireland respectively. The set closes with Lazybones, a song co-written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. I've heard several versions of this song and while this isn't my personal favorite, Bryn sings it brilliantly and I'm glad he recorded it.
This is yet another Bryn Terfel album that maintains a high quality from the very first track to the very last. If I haven't mentioned your favorite track, it's because they are all so great.
thank you Bryn Terfel !
It makes a change to hear a collection of familiar music sung by a baritone rather than the more popular tenor and Bryn fans should be pleased with the selection of music, it's a good range of styles, with the emphasis on classical and opera excerpts plus a few traditional folk style songs. Bryn's voice works well on the opera favourites like Bizet's Toreador song (lots of rolling r's here) and sounds good with Andrea Bocelli on The Pearl Fishers duet `Au Fond du temple saint'. The folk songs and traditional like `Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and `Danny Boy' are well suited to the deep baritone voice, and the `Ave Maria' duet with Sissel is an unusual pairing which I really think works well.
One choice I think doesn't work, simply because the music is more suited to a female voice, is James Horner's `Titanic' film theme and just doesn't come close to the emotional Celine Dion version. `The Lord is my Shepherd' is a version of the popular hymn and `Goin' Home' is a nice transcription of Dvorak's symphony No. 9.
Harpist Catrin Finch plays on `Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn' and the London Symphony Orchestra provide the orchestral backing.
I would probably recommend the 2 disc version of this album for its lovely rendition of the Christmas carol `Oh, Come all ye Faithfull' plus a few other pleasant traditional folk songs included on the bonus CD.
The sleeve notes provide a few notes on the tracks plus lyrics where needed. As an introduction or a `best of' Bryn Terfel this is a good choice.
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As always a wonderful experience listening to Bryn's rich voice. A consumate professional.Published 8 months ago by Mary Bevan
An excellent performance from Bryn Terfel once again. A lovely cdPublished 19 months ago by Dame Edna