Prayers

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
From the Italian Baroque to the Broadway musical, from the African-American spiritual to the sacred works of Mozart, soprano Sumi Jo's recital of Prayers offers a deeply moving survey of the countless ways music has been used to express religious faith over the centuries. Jo, the Korean-born coloratura whose impeccable technique and winning personality have made her one of today's most popular classical singers, is truly a vocal chameleon. Whether she's singing the mesmerizing Hebrew "Kaddisch" of Maurice Ravel, the angelic "Breit' über mein Haupt" of Richard Strauss, or an unaccompanied and truly soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace," Jo never fails to captivate the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
From the Italian Baroque to the Broadway musical, from the African-American spiritual to the sacred works of Mozart, soprano Sumi Jo's recital of Prayers offers a deeply moving survey of the countless ways music has been used to express religious faith over the centuries. Jo, the Korean-born coloratura whose impeccable technique and winning personality have made her one of today's most popular classical singers, is truly a vocal chameleon. Whether she's singing the mesmerizing Hebrew "Kaddisch" of Maurice Ravel, the angelic "Breit' über mein Haupt" of Richard Strauss, or an unaccompanied and truly soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace," Jo never fails to captivate the listener with her expressive range and unerring sense of style. Most impressive from a purely vocal standpoint are two prayer scenes from the bel canto opera repertory in which Jo excels: Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Rossini's L'assedio di Corinto. But as Jo proved on her crossover album Only Love, she has a flair for musical theater, too. On Prayers, she makes a successful return to Broadway territory with Lerner and Loewe's "Say a Prayer for Me Tonight" from Gigi and Bernstein's "Take Care of This House" from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- the latter a lovely duet with star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Works by Schubert, Gounod, Johann Strauss recalling Jo's triumphant Voices of Spring album, and Fauré are also featured here, and the soprano's silvery voice more than does them justice with the support of conductor and pianist James Conlon and the Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker. No matter what spiritual outlook you subscribe to, you're bound to find Jo's recital both beautiful and inspirational.
Gramophone - Richard Fairman
Here there is much to enjoy, as a beautiful voice goes hand in hand with mostly well-judged accompaniments from the Gürzenich-Köln Orchestra under James Conlon and a first-rate recording... It is, on balance, an attractive collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 685738577224
  • Catalog Number: 85772
  • Sales rank: 81,273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque No. 1) - Maurice Ravel & Thierry Cohen (4:12)
  2. 2 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Thierry Cohen (4:04)
  3. 3 Ave Maria - arranged by Mercurio, Steven - Giulio Caccini & Franz Schubert (4:00)
  4. 4 Amazing Grace - John Newton & Thierry Cohen (2:39)
  5. 5 Breit' uber mein Haupt dien schwarzes Haar, song for voice & piano, Op. 19/2 - Richard Strauss & Thierry Cohen (1:59)
  6. 6 Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera: L'ora fatal s'appressa...Giusto ciel - Gioachino Rossini & Thierry Cohen (6:24)
  7. 7 Requiem, for 2 solo voices chorus, organ, & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Thierry Cohen (3:21)
  8. 8 Der vierjährige Posten, Singspiel, D. 190: Gott! Höre meine Stimme! - Franz Schubert & Thierry Cohen (5:18)
  9. 9 Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus - Charles Gounod & Thierry Cohen (5:27)
  10. 10 Maria Stuarda, opera: Preghiera di Maria - Gaetano Donizetti & Thierry Cohen (3:44)
  11. 11 Requiem for My Friend, for solo voices, string quartet, double bass, organ & percussion: Lacrimosa - Zbigniew Preisner & Thierry Cohen (3:27)
  12. 12 Take Care of This House, for voice & orchestra or piano (from "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue") - Leonard Bernstein & Thierry Cohen (3:01)
  13. 13 Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nun's Chorus...Laura's Song - Ralph Benatzky & Johann Strauss II (3:27)
  14. 14 Say a Prayer for Me Tonight (from "Gigi"), song - Frederick Loewe & Thierry Cohen (2:46)
  15. 15 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Traditional Spiritual & Thierry Cohen (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sumi Jo Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have for all classical music fans.

    This is one of the best albums I have come across in the recent past. The collection has beautiful songs that are familiar to most of our ears. Sumi Jo's voice is gorgeous and her technique is impeccable, as demonstrated in one of my personal favorite songs, Caccini's Ave Maria.

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