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Katherine Jenkins / Second Nature

Katherine Jenkins / Second Nature

1 Jan 2004
4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Release Date: 19 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Universal Classics & Jazz
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  • Total Length: 53:39
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  • ASIN: B001RTQEJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,744 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Having heard Katherine Jenkins on the radio many times, I decided to finally buy her CD. I was certainly not disappointed. Her voice has a wonderfully rich and full sound inherent of a mezzo voice but has a large enough range to tackle some of the soprano repertoire, such as "Song to the Moon" from Dvorak's "Rusalka". The richness of her voice adds a third dimension to her performances of soprano repertoire that most sopranos (Renée Fleming being a noted exception) cannot achieve. Her choice of songs is impeccable and she conveys the necessary emotion in each to perfection. Although her voice has a great operatic quality, she doesn't overdo the vibrato and slide lethargically up to higher notes like some opera singers. Some may say that Jenkins is in fact copying Sarah Brightman in her performing and repertoire. Although Jenkins is singing some songs done by Brightman (and why not?) she certainly does not imitate her voice by any stretch of the imagination and has her own style. Overall I think this CD is amazing and the best track in my opinion is "Song to the Moon" which is sung with such yearning and passion that it is worth buying "Second Nature" merely for this interpretation.
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By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2007
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Second Nature is the second CD released by Katherine Jenkins in 2004. Like the first, the album achieved chart success, hitting the No. 1 spot in the classical music charts and reaching No. 16 in the UK album chart. It was also awarded Album of the Year at the Classical BRIT awards on 25th May 2005.

The cover artwork is an improvement on the previous album which I think didn't make the best of the singer's appearance. The girl next door look is discarded in favour of a bolder more glamorous operatic image.

Like the first album, the choice of music will have a broad appeal, for it is another carefully chosen selection of classical, opera, traditional and crossover styles with some modern works thrown in. Many of the established classics are here, including works by Verdi, Rodrigo, Bizet, Dvorak, Offenbach and Mozart, but my favourites are the more surprising and unusual inclusions.

`Time to Say Goodbye' is an Italian operatic pop song, composed by Francesco Sartori and first performed by Andrea Bocelli in 1995. It didn't achieve widespread success until a second recording of the song was made, this time pairing Bocelli and soprano Sarah Brightman, after which it achieved major record sales when released as a single.

It has now been widely recorded and performed, and this version, which opens the CD, is a song I've seen Katherine Jenkins use to great effect as the closing number on her live concerts.

`Vide cor Meum'( See my heart) is an operatic duet with Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion, composed by Patrick Cassidy for the film `Hannibal' where it was used in the outdoor opera scene to brilliant effect by marking the realization (to Inspector Pazzi) that Dr Hannibal Lector was sitting in the audience.
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Already something of a singing sensation, Katherine Jenkins is the latest Welsh singer to take both the classical and the popular charts by storm. A mezzo-soprano (her range is midway between soprano and contralto), the voice glissades effortlessly between the high and low notes. Technically, to my untutored ear at least, she sounds faultless. I saw her perform at Cardiff Millenium Stadium, entertaining the rugby crowd. Even a tiny figure, faced with an imperfect sound system, an arena not exactly built to enhance acoustics, and competing with the voices of the packed crowd, she exerted a presence. Star quality is, perhaps, a cliché, but she was given a warm and deserved reception.
Her voice certainly does have a presence. Listening to the songs on this CD, the emotion, the warmth, the professionalism all come across. She rocketed to stardom very quickly. Perhaps the most surprising thing about her voice is its confidence. You sense she knows precisely what she is doing and takes considerable pride in the quality of her singing. There is no sense either of nervousness or of overconfidence. There is no sense of prima donna celebrity - she manages to create an intimacy and honesty in her contact with the listener. You sense there is a bubbly, natural human being singing for you, not a distant star singing into a mike. She simply sings beautifully.
You would have to be tone deaf and wholly lacking in human emotion not to enjoy Katherine Jenkins' voice. The only question is whether you enjoy the choice of songs. For many, the real test of quality is in the sustained performance of an opera role like Carmen, or in a more tightly controlled selection of songs - say Katherine Ferrier's interpretation of folk songs.
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Although I like to think that I like most types of music, one blind spot has always been opera and classical singing, which has traditionally been over-emotive and mostly unintelligible, even when sung in English. On the other side of the coin I can only take in small doses the current crossover trend that likes to add heavy modern pop or rock beats over the vocals. So, for me and thousands of other people, to judge by this album's sales and awards, Katherine Jenkins hits the bullseye.
The songs on this her second album in the space of a year are mostly from the light popular classical drawer, with a few show tunes, sacred songs and Welsh trad thrown in. She has a very warm and mellow sound to her voice and her range is in the mezzo-soprano - purists will detect strains when she hits high or low notes - and the songs have been cleverly arranged (some jointly by herself) to show it off in its best light. Her diction is also crystal clear, so you can hear every word (even if it's in a language you don't understand!) and there is very little noticeable vibrato.
The arrangements of all the songs, both vocally and orchestrally, put the atmosphere firmly in the easy listening category. The tone is set with the opening track, "Time To Say Goodbye" which makes for a soothing contrast with the more famous version by Sarah Brightman (with or without Andrea Bocelli) and this laid back treatment carries on, through "Caruso", "House of No Regrets" (which is an adaptation of Morricone's "Chi Mai"), Offenbach's "Barcarolle" to the finale of "You'll Never Walk Alone" to name just a few.
The repertoire here has already been much recorded by many other classical singers, contemporaries and those more experienced alike, and it has to be said that most do them with more passion. However, this is a great album to unwind to, for easy evening listening, and is well-liked by all ages.
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