My Heart

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My Heart, the second American release from Norwegian soprano Sissel, follows her 2002 self-titled debut with a set of delicate and diverse songs that spotlight the singer's evocative voice. Backed on many tracks by the great London Symphony Orchestra, Sissel flows effortlessly between pop numbers such as the love song "Someone Like You," classical-flavored selections like the soaring "Tristezze," and operatic favorites such as "O mio babbino caro," while opera VIP Bryn Terfel makes a guest appearance on Schubert's familiar "Ave Maria." The album is released simultaneously with a concert DVD, Sissel in Concert: All Good Things, available separately.
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My Heart, the second American release from Norwegian soprano Sissel, follows her 2002 self-titled debut with a set of delicate and diverse songs that spotlight the singer's evocative voice. Backed on many tracks by the great London Symphony Orchestra, Sissel flows effortlessly between pop numbers such as the love song "Someone Like You," classical-flavored selections like the soaring "Tristezze," and operatic favorites such as "O mio babbino caro," while opera VIP Bryn Terfel makes a guest appearance on Schubert's familiar "Ave Maria." The album is released simultaneously with a concert DVD, Sissel in Concert: All Good Things, available separately.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Sissel's My Heart can be summed up in a single word -- pretty. Everything about the disc is pretty. The cover is pretty, the title is pretty, the songs are pretty, it all sounds pretty, and even Sissel herself is, well, pretty. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as pretty music does have a place in this world; however, this style has a tendency to be pretty saccharine, pretty dull, and pretty boring. My Heart is not as bad as that thanks to expert collaborators like Ettore Stratta and Richard Marx, but it rarely aspires to be more than just pretty music. Vocally capable, Sissel has a beautiful and haunting tone that can entrance a listener and she can successfully navigate between light operatic songs and contemporary pop much like Sarah Brightman or Josh Groban. But what distinguishes those artists from Sissel is their selection of more interesting and varied material. While Brightman and Groban have branched out by experimenting with different genres or writing their own songs, Sissel remains entrenched in familiar classics like Schubert's "Ave Maria" or treacly ballads like Jon Lord's "Wait a While." Oddly enough, Sissel even covers hits by Brightman "Pie Jesu" and Groban "You Raise Me Up", as if trying to catch up with the competition. The sole track that hints at better things is "Angel Rays," a song co-written by emerging singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes and featured on the soundtrack to the film Evelyn. With an acoustic guitar setting the mood, the contemporary folk song is markedly unique amid the orchestral pieces, and Sissel approaches it like a tamer Joan Baez quietly conveying the delicate lyrics. Although not as captivating as "Angel Rays," she also does well with two tepid ballads, "Someone Like You" and "Beyond Imagination," written by '80s pop star Richard Marx. The inclusion of these tracks demonstrates that Sissel can find and perform much more interesting songs than the standard mass-appeal selections elsewhere on My Heart. There is no need for her to simply rely on pretty songs, because she has the ability to make music that is thoughtful, creative, adventurous, and beautiful. Again, nothing on this disc is necessarily bad; it's just that there is little here to take her artistry to the next level. Regardless of the material, Sissel's voice still manages to enthrall and the vocal charisma she generates makes My Heart a pretty and pretty good listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498165966
  • Catalog Number: 000208002
  • Sales rank: 11,770

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sissel Kyrkjebø Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ettore Stratta Conductor
Steve Brewster Drums
Richard Galliano Accordion, Bandoneon
Richard Marx Keyboards, Background Vocals, Guitar (Nylon String)
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Bryn Terfel Baritone (Vocal)
Michael Thompson Guitar
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Jon Lord Composer
Ettore Stratta Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Kjetil Bjerkestrand Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Phil Bodger Producer, Engineer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Orchestration
Greg Calbi Mastering
Frédéric Chopin Composer
David Cole Engineer, Engineering
Dick Lewzey Engineer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Richard Marx Composer, Producer, drum programming
David Zippel Composer, Text
Sissel Kyrkjebø Liner Notes
Stephen Endelman Composer, Producer
Penny Bennett Art Direction
Charles Harbutt Engineer
Rolf Lovland Composer
Chris Hazell Arranger
Matt Prock Engineer
Andrew Eccles Cover Photo
Jake Jackson Engineer
Traditional Composer
Gemma Hayes Composer
Sid McLauchlan Producer
Brendan Graham Composer
Ferdinand Lemaire Composer, Text
Philip Bodger Engineer, Engineering
Mat Prock Engineering
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
Arne Svare Management
Francis Giacobetti Text
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Voice

    It took some time before "My Heart" was finally released here in the US, but I think it was worth the wait. I've had the album for a couple of months now and it's one of those cds I can always go back to because it is so soothing and relaxing. Sissel goes back and forth from poppier, upbeat songs like "Someone Like You" and "Beyond Imagination" written by Richard Marx and more traditional/classical sounding ones ("Ave Maria", "Pie Jesu"). The song choices are interesting, she even does "Raise Me Up", a song Josh Groban did not too long ago. Her voice is what lets her get away with all these different songs: it's beautiful and emotional and you just want to listen to all she's got to offer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Opera lovers, look at the bright side...

    ...at least this is no Sarah Brightman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing, clear, spritual!

    PBS station on Long Island has been promoting Sissel since late last year. After listening to this album, I very much look forward to her (first?)NYC concert in April.

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