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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 January 2012
Five BEAUTIFUL Stars! Marvelous performances by Britain's 'crossover' star! For those not familiar with the award-winning 31 year old mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, this program may come as a surprise, but the statuesque Welsh beauty is already a multi-million album selling superstar in Europe, winning the first-ever back-to-back Classical Brit Awards. With a beautiful voice that is angelic, clearly recognizable, and capable of overpowering the listener, six albums have gone straight to the top of the British classical album charts and landed among the top of the general music charts, competing with rock and pop stars. Among the seemingly ever-expanding group of classical crossover artists that I have heard, she is among the very best with a dreamy voice and wide range, anchored by a rock solid lower register, that can bring on goosebumps. Covering Broadway show themes, movie themes, classical arias, religious songs, and her native Welsh songs, this is a magnificently generous compilation set of 21 songs with full orchestra and chorus. The 'best of the best' begins with a soaring "Ave Maria" that shows off her unusual 'nuanced vibrato' that is quite a feat in both voice and breath control. The drama of "Phantom of the Opera: Music of the Night" is a beautiful performance. Her fabulous treatment of "The Prayer" is the best of the many versions that I have heard and made it onto my crowded iPod, ahead of the Andrea Bocelli-Celine Dion Golden Globe-winning version. A rapturous, heavenly "Agnus Dei" (Lamb of God) and "Requiem: The Lord is My Sheperd" are examples of the very inspiring religious themes contained herein. And perhaps best of all, a magnificently ascendant "Turandot: Nessun dorma" (No One Shall Sleep). My Highest Recommendation. Five OVERPOWERING Stars! (This review is based on an mp3 download)
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