O Fortuna

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886975964925
  • Catalog Number: 7596492
  • Sales rank: 67,071

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhydian Primary Artist
Kiri Te Kanawa Soprano (Vocal)
Karl Jenkins Conductor
Bryn Terfel Baritone (Vocal)
Catrin Finch Harp
Iwan Griffiths Baritone (Vocal)
Thomas Bowes Leader
Wyn Jones Tenor (Vocal)
Simon Lee Conductor
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
Mazen Murad Mastering
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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