(Identical to other 'Second Nature' UK CD release, other than packaging. Slidepack CD case = slimline version of standard CD jewel case)
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. Second Nature also won 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. The extreme contrast between the sheer operatic beauty of the music and Hannibal's concealed violence makes this piece, for me, unforgettable.
`Hymn to the Fallen' is another cinematic score, this time by John Williams for the 1998 film `Saving Private Ryan'. I always thought the music was poorly placed in the film, at the end while the credits rolled, so that cinema audiences were too busy exiting to fully appreciate it. This version I think improves on the original one, benefiting from the extra vocal emotion provided by the use of a single soprano voice (Jenkins) backed by choir (Czech Film Orchestra). This is my favourite of the CD.
This is another successful 2004 release by Katherine Jenkins, which will appeal to fans of her first album, Premiere, as well as a wider audience amongst the (so-called) crossover genre thanks to the inclusion of some non-classical tracks.