O Fortuna

O Fortuna

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by Rhydian
     
 

Just as everyone expected following his shocking defeat, 2007 X-Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts went on to surpass the success of the show's winner, selling more copies of his self-titled debut album in its first week than fresh-faced crooner Leon Jackson's managed to sell in its entire run. Twelve months on, the flamboyant Welsh…  See more details below

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Just as everyone expected following his shocking defeat, 2007 X-Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts went on to surpass the success of the show's winner, selling more copies of his self-titled debut album in its first week than fresh-faced crooner Leon Jackson's managed to sell in its entire run. Twelve months on, the flamboyant Welsh tenor faces the tough challenge of consolidating his initial chart success, without the aid of the program's publicity machine, for his second album. Named after its opening track, a rendition of Carl Orff's ubiquitous Gothic classical piece which has been heavily used on The X-Factor, O Fortuna shows Rhydian isn't too keen to distance himself from the talent show which launched him. However, while its karaoke-style predecessor could have been recorded by any classical crossover artist, O Fortuna is a much more original and personal affair which makes more of an effort to highlight his national heritage. In addition to the tasteful orchestral production of Welsh classical heavyweight Karl Jenkins, there's an interpretation of Joseph Parry's 19th century traditional song "Myfanwy" with fellow native and opera star Bryn Terfel, contributions from Welsh harp virtuoso Catrin Finch, and a stirring performance of the Welsh national anthem, "Land of My Fathers." But O Fortuna is more than just an homage to his homeland, as Rhydian also tackles classic hymns ("How Great Thou Art"), film soundtracks (Vangelis' "Conquest of Paradise"), musical theater ("Anthem" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Chess), and pop (Mike + the Mechanics' "The Living Years," John Denver's "Annie's Song"), all in his own powerful and passionate style. But it's the lesser-known tracks that provide the album's most goosebump-inducing moments. "Benedictus" is a stunning rendition of a piece from Karl Jenkins' 2001 The Armed Man, featuring legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, while the rousing "I Won't Let You Walk This Road Alone" is an original composition penned by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff, which echoes the emotive balladry of Josh Groban. O Fortuna may not be as crowd-pleasing as his debut, but with the bombastic tendencies thankfully reigned in, it's a more subtle and authentic offering which best showcases Rhydian's gifted vocal abilities.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2009
Label:
Sony Uk
UPC:
0886975964925
catalogNumber:
7596492

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhydian   Primary Artist
Kiri Te Kanawa   Soprano (Vocal)
Karl Jenkins   Conductor
Bryn Terfel   Baritone (Vocal)
Simon Lee   Conductor
Catrin Finch   Harp
Iwan Griffiths   Baritone (Vocal)
Thomas Bowes   Leader
Wyn Jones   Tenor (Vocal)
Peter Wilman   Tenor (Vocal)
Peter Massocchi   Bass (Vocal)
Gwawr Owen   Choir Director
Jody K. Jenkins   Percussion
Will Rees   Baritone (Vocal)
Gareth Tresseder   Tenor (Vocal)
Dewi Siôn Evans   Tenor (Vocal)
Caradog Williams   Baritone (Vocal)
Andy Finden   Bamboo Flute
Aled Owain Morgan   Tenor (Vocal)
Iwan Owen   Bass (Vocal)
Ieuan Wyn   Tenor (Vocal)
Huw Euron   Bass (Vocal)
Heulyn Jones   Tenor (Vocal)
Marylebone Camerata   Performing Ensemble
Robyn Lyn Evans   Tenor (Vocal)
Peredur Evans   Bass (Vocal)
Owen Saer   Tenor (Vocal)
Osian Rowlands   Bass (Vocal)
Gareth Rhys-Davies   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Carl Orff   Composer
John Denver   Composer
B.A. Robertson   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Karl Jenkins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,Text
Jay Landers   Composer
Charlie Midnight   Composer
Vangelis   Composer
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Nigel Wright   Producer,Orchestration
Tim Rice   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Pete Murray   Orchestration
Hywel Wigley   Engineer
Rupert Christie   Engineer
Benjamin Wallfisch   Arranger,Orchestration
Yvie Burnett   Vocal Coach
Rhydian Roberts   Vocal Arrangements
Grahame Davies   Composer,Text
Yann McCullough   Vocal Editing
Jody K. Jenkins   Percussion Engineer
Paul Chandler   Pro-Tools
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Annie Skates   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Contractor
Michael Rutherford   Composer
Neil Silwell   Orchestration

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