Benedictus

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel was so prolific at one point that you wouldn't think he'd need to kill two birds with one stone, but that's what he does with Benedictus, an album of duets recorded with tenor and fellow Welshman Rhys Meirion: it serves both as an album aimed at Britain's large crossover classical audience and as a step in Terfel's pursuit of Welsh identity. Most of the music is in the Welsh language, and liner notes are in both English and Welsh. The notes describe the album as "a tribute to that [Welsh] culture." "Benedictus," a work by Welsh composer Robat Arwyn a friend of Terfel's, is a big, warm, Romantic setting of the "Blessed is He who comes in the name ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel was so prolific at one point that you wouldn't think he'd need to kill two birds with one stone, but that's what he does with Benedictus, an album of duets recorded with tenor and fellow Welshman Rhys Meirion: it serves both as an album aimed at Britain's large crossover classical audience and as a step in Terfel's pursuit of Welsh identity. Most of the music is in the Welsh language, and liner notes are in both English and Welsh. The notes describe the album as "a tribute to that [Welsh] culture." "Benedictus," a work by Welsh composer Robat Arwyn a friend of Terfel's, is a big, warm, Romantic setting of the "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord" text from the Catholic mass, tailor-made for classical radio airplay. Another surefire classical hit is "Eli Jenkins' Prayer," a setting of a Dylan Thomas poem. The tracklisting on the back cover is typical of crossover releases: the poor old composers don't get credit except on the inside of the booklet. There are just titles, in the manner of a pop album. Despite its multiple marketing aims, the album works nicely. Terfel has chosen his Welsh material well, and the result is something like the performances Italian singers used to give of Neapolitan songs: the music is sentimental and delivered with full sincerity. Terfel and Meirion, who blend naturally as a duet, cover a wide temporal range here: some of the music sounds as though it goes back to the Thomas Moore era; some of it was written by followers of Schubert; and some is contemporary. Accompanying musicians include a small string group, an all-female string group called Celticana, and a piano. Sometimes this results in a little lurch from track to track, but Terfel's big, warm voice keeps everything together. A lesser singer might not have been able to carry this off, but with Terfel there are tunes here that will hang in your head. Benedictus was originally issued on the Welsh Sain label; this is a reissue version on the Australian ABC Classics label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Sain Records
  • EAN: 5016886250021
  • Catalog Number: 2500

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Benedictus - Robat Arwyn & Catrin Finch (3:34)
    Composed byRobat Arwyn
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  2. 2 Y Darlun (The Picture) - Davey Davies & T. Rowland Hughes (2:51)
    Composed byDavey Davies
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  3. 3 Y Ddau Forwr (The Two Sailors) - Joseph Parry & Annette Bryn Parri (3:44)
    Composed byJoseph Parry
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  4. 4 Grist Bendigedig (Blessed Christ) - Annette Bryn Parri & Wil Ifan (3:14)
    Composed byAnnette Bryn Parri
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  5. 5 Perhaps love - John Denver & Rhys Meirion (3:19)
    Composed byJohn Denver
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  6. 6 Y Ddau Frython (The Two Brythons) - J. Brwynog Jones & Annette Bryn Parri (3:06)
    Composed byJ. Brwynog Jones
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  7. 7 Y Border Bach (The Little Brook) (tune Neander's Arnsberg) - Annette Bryn Parri & Joachim Neander (3:31)
    Composed byAnnette Bryn Parri, Joachim Neander
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  8. 8 Luned - Eric Jones & T. Elfyn Jones (2:05)
    Composed byEric Jones
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  9. 9 Dal Ein Tir (Holding our ground) - Rhys Jones & Annette Bryn Parri (3:15)
    Composed byRhys Jones
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  10. 10 Pan F'or Nos Yn Hir - Ryan Davies & Catrin Finch (2:58)
    Composed byRyan Davies
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  11. 11 Sunset Poem (Eli Jenkins' Prayer) - A.H.D. Troyte & Dylan Thomas (2:46)
    Composed byA.H.D. Troyte
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  12. 12 Y Ddau Wladgarwr (The Two Parrots) - Joseph Parry & Annette Bryn Parri (2:42)
    Composed byJoseph Parry
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  13. 13 Anwylyn Mair (Mary's dearest one) - Gilmore Griffiths & Catrin Finch (3:03)
    Composed byGilmore Griffiths
    Performed byRhys Meirion
  14. 14 Salm 23 - Caryl Parry Jones & Rhys Meirion (4:47)
    Composed byCaryl Parry Jones
    Performed byRhys Meirion
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Rhys Meirion Primary Artist
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