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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B001BNF8CU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Sacred Arias is Katherine Jenkins' last album in her deal for Universal before she moves to Warner for another six-album deal, and she has decided to go out with a bang--albeit a quiet one. While her previous outing, Rejoice, saw the Welsh mezzo-soprano striking out more than ever towards the world of pop, Sacred Arias, as the title suggests, sees her return to her religious-classical roots with comfortably familiar tunes like "Abide with Me", "Ave Maria", "Pie Jesu" and even "Silent Night". The mood on Sacred Arias is as refined and peaceful as you'd expect given the title, and though there's an abundance of well known material here, Jenkins also offers us the more obscure charms of "Missa Criolla", a dreamy version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and a soulful take on "Down in the River to Pray". Other classical pieces include "Panis Angelicus" and Barber's haunting vocal piece "Agnus Dei", which help make this a triumphant final flourish for both her and Universal. --Danny McKenna

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I really looked forward to this album's release. It was worth the wait, I was not disappointed.

This album in my opinion, contains Katherine's best vocal to date. The vocal production is free and unhurried, giving the whole album a very relaxed feel. I really like all the repetoire chosen, my own personal favourites include: Goodall's "The Lord Is My Shepherd"; "Down to the River To Pray" "Ave Maria" and "May The Good Lord Bless You and Keep You".

I do agree that the choice of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", seems a little odd. However, while Katherine's version is not as definitive as k.d. lang or Jeff Buckley's version - it is still well sung.

I would definately recommend this album, to anyone considering purchasing it.
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Katherine Jenkins first impressed me when I heard her sing O Holy Night on the BBC. This new album is excellent, more in the style of her earlier albums Premiere & Second Nature then last year's Rejoice. I have listened to this brilliant album several times now.
I am glad that she has returned to songs and music that suit her voice best, a voice that is growing in richness and depth.
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Sacred Arias is the final album in the £1million, six album deal with the Universal Classics and Jazz label which has seen a meteoric rise in the singers popularity since her debut album Premiere in 2003. So, while it's time to say goodbye to the old label, it's time to move on, and the departure from Universal heralds the start of another six album contract, this time with the Warner label, and this time worth a staggering £5.8million.

The farewell Sacred Aria album marks a return to the classical market where she has found such success. Her first four albums enjoyed lengthy periods at No. 1 in the UK Classical charts, while the fifth (Rejoice) with less than 60% of its content being classical making it ineligible for the Classical Chart still enjoyed favourable sales and reached No.3 in the UK Album Chart.

The return to classical also introduces us to some of Katherine's personal favourites from the decade she enjoyed as chorister in her childhood days at St. David's Church in Neath, South Wales. She describes the experience:

`It taught me about discipline and musicianship, and it gave me a huge knowledge of the sacred music repertoire. I don't think I'd be here without it'.

The track list is either comfortably familiar or too predictable, depending on ones taste. Those who complained that the previous album Rejoice strayed too far into the pop direction will be pleased to see this return to the classics, while those who liked that pop foray will have to wait for Warner to reveal the route for the future. Personally I think she generally makes a comfortable transition from each genre.
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Already, we arrive at album number six for Katherine Jenkins. With every passing year, she seems to continue to gain more momentum and popularity within her career. One reason for this should be contributed to her consistancy. She has not deviated from a selection of traditional classical pieces, hymns and modern songs (with a classical feel). This albumsticks to the formula for the most part except that the album focuses mainly on hymns or songs with a religious/spirtitual basis. Hymns include Silent Night, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Down To The River & May The Good Lord. Other tracks include the Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Pie Jesu' and the ever popular 'Hallelujah' which has been frequently covered
(even ending up in a Shrek movie).
One criticism may be that the tracks are nothing new for the most part and have been covered thousands of times before. Don't be put off by this. Katherine's rendition of 'Hallelujah' is possibly one of the most beautiful & lifting versions of the song I have ever heard and I am a huge fan of the song in itself! The hymns seem to flow effortlessly from her, this truly is another great addittion to her music. Her voice is sounding better than ever, and wether or not you have spiritual beliefs, do not be put off by this album, it can be appreciated by anyone.
As it is in similar style to her previous work it probably won't attract amny new fans - excepts fans of hymns, but there is plenty here for current fans to enjoy, and enjoy it you will. A highly recommended album fromone of Britains best voices in the charts.
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Katherine has a rich, wonderful voice and I remain firmly committed to the notion that I like her music. Sadly, the reality is that, on most of her albums, there are only a few tracks which really grab my attention and make me want to replay them. Sacred Arias is exceptional in that I can connect with virtually every track, and I could play the whole album over and over again. I will admit that I like church music, and I can see that the theme might not appeal to a wider audience. I believe that the best music is that which evokes an emotional response and, for me, this is Katherine's best album yet.
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Eagerly awaited, but sadly not as good as her previous albums.And I`ve been a fan since "Premiere" . I also agree that the title is somewhat misleading ( as I listen to Silent Night with snow falling outside !! ).It`s a pleasant collection of well-produced mostly familiar material, but "Sacred Arias" is indeed inaccurate.For the real thing, try Mr Bocelli`s splendid album of that title.
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