Bring Him Home

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having earned a five-minute standing ovation for his recent performance in the lead role of Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary of West End musical Les Miserables, Blackpool-born tenor Alfie Boe, arguably Russell Watson's closest rival for the title of the U.K.'s most popular opera singer, couldn't have timed the release of his fifth studio album any better. Whereas his previous four releases have focused on classical favorites, hymns, and established standards, Bring Him Home is a collection of some of his best-loved film and show tunes, from South Pacific's "Some Enchanted Evening" to the more recent Moulin Rouge love theme, "Come What May," performed here as a duet with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having earned a five-minute standing ovation for his recent performance in the lead role of Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary of West End musical Les Miserables, Blackpool-born tenor Alfie Boe, arguably Russell Watson's closest rival for the title of the U.K.'s most popular opera singer, couldn't have timed the release of his fifth studio album any better. Whereas his previous four releases have focused on classical favorites, hymns, and established standards, Bring Him Home is a collection of some of his best-loved film and show tunes, from South Pacific's "Some Enchanted Evening" to the more recent Moulin Rouge love theme, "Come What May," performed here as a duet with Wicked actress Kerry Ellis. Recorded in Prague and Copenhagen, its 12 tracks are often surprisingly unpredictable, with songs from James Bond's On Her Majesty's Secret Service Louis Armstrong's "We Have All the Time in the World" and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory "Pure Imagination" sitting alongside more traditional pieces from Sunset Boulevard "As If We Never Said Goodbye", My Fair Lady "On the Street Where You Live", and, of course, Les Miserables the title track, also the first song Boe sang in public. However, his collaboration with Little Britain comedian and recent co-star Matt Lucas provides the album's unexpected highlight, on a stirring rendition of Man of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream." Backed by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin's simple but effective orchestral production, Boe performs the likes of Blood Brothers' "Tell Me It's Not True" and Carousel's "If I Loved You" in his own powerful and emotional style, without ever detracting from or overpowering the original melodies, ensuring that Bring Him Home is always a respectful and passionate homage to the world of musical theater. Like Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, and his idol, Andrea Bocelli, Boe's shift into more popular music territory will undoubtedly attract a new audience, but with no compromises to his own unique vocal abilities, his previous classical fan base shouldn't be deterred either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602527592107
  • Catalog Number: 001533002
  • Sales rank: 3,721

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bring Him Home - Danish National Chamber Orchestra (3:40)
  2. 2 Pure Imagination - Danish National Chamber Orchestra (3:22)
  3. 3 Come What May - Brighton Festival Chorus (4:51)
  4. 4 Hushabye Mountain - Danish National Chamber Orchestra (2:26)
  5. 5 As If We Never Said Goodbye - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:50)
  6. 6 On the Street Where You Live - Danish National Chamber Orchestra (3:22)
  7. 7 Some Enchanted Evening - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:09)
  8. 8 The Impossible Dream - Danish National Chamber Orchestra (2:53)
  9. 9 If I Loved You - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:46)
  10. 10 Tell Me It's Not True - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:34)
  11. 11 If I Ruled the World - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:23)
  12. 12 We Have All the Time In the World - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfie Boe Primary Artist
Henrik Janson Guitar
James Morgan Conductor, Keyboards
Lucie Svehlová Concert Master
Juliette Pochin Keyboards
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
James Morgan Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Anthony Newley Composer
Nic Raine Orchestral Arrangements
Ben Robbins Engineer
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Paul Bateman Orchestral Arrangements
C. Hampton Composer
Jan Holzner Engineer
Neil Ferris Management
Juliette Pochin Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Lars C. Brunn Engineer
Jill Ferris Management
H. Kretzmer Composer
C. Ornadel Composer
D. Baerwald Composer
A. Powers Composer
K. Gilbert Composer
J. Darion Composer
Stanja Vomackova translation
R.B. Sherman Composer
Michael Danks Engineer
A.R. Lerner Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Purchase all of this talents music and you won't be disappointed

    Purchase all of this talents music and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    highly highly recommended

    What an icredible voice! You will not be sorry with any song on this CD. It is outstanding. His duets are wonderful and the title track will bring you to tears! Enjoy every note!!

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    Songs From the Musical Theater

    Alfie Boe continues to impress with every new recording. Though quite at home in opera (Baz Luhrmann's DVD of 'La Boheme' shows how fine a Rodolfo he can be), Boe brings great musical dignity to these theatrical gems. His selections range form Rogers and Hammerstein ('Some Enchanted Evening' beautifully transposed for tenor voice, 'If I Loved You') to the Bricusse/Newley 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' ('Pure Imagination') to the Wasserman/Darion/Leigh 'The Man of La Mancha', to Lerner/Lowe 'My Fair Lady' to Boubil/Schonberg 'Les Miserables' to Bricusse/Ornadel 'Pickwick' and more. Boe follows the lyric of each of these very much loved songs - his very tender 'Bring Him Home' reminds us of his impeccable performance of Jean Valjean on the anniversary recording of 'Les Miz', and he soars in 'On the street where you lived' and finds the nobility in 'The Impossible Dream'. Boe's voice is supple with an extensive range, but in the end it is the wedding of a beautiful voice with the instincts of an intelligent interpreter that makes this album such a delight. Grady Harp

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