Ryland Angel

Ryland Angel

by Ryland Angel
     
 

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British countertenor Ryland Angel ventures into classical crossover on his debut CD as a singer/songwriter. A concert hall regular, Angel offers his unique blend of classical and pop styles on an album that calls forth comparisons to James Taylor and James Blunt, as well as Renaissance and Baroque music. Matched with Manhattan Records label mates See more details below

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British countertenor Ryland Angel ventures into classical crossover on his debut CD as a singer/songwriter. A concert hall regular, Angel offers his unique blend of classical and pop styles on an album that calls forth comparisons to James Taylor and James Blunt, as well as Renaissance and Baroque music. Matched with Manhattan Records label mates Sasha Lazard, Shawna Stone, and Giorgia Fumanti, Angel also features on the DVD Heavenly Voices, a concert performance broadcast on PBS in March 2007. This album is also available as part of a three-disc package bundling together all four artist's albums.

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Considered one of the finest counter tenors of his generation, Ryland Angel makes the switch from the rarefied world of Baroque music -- which established him as an international star -- to the land of pop classical on his lushly produced major-label debut. While some of the press materials tried to link him to more pop oriented singer/songwriters like Aaron Neville, James Taylor and James Blunt, Angel's stunningly beautiful, ethereal and transcendent voice will appeal just as much to fans of Josh Groban. But while Groban always aims for the big pop hook and crescendo, Angel is a little more traditional, letting most of these tracks build their feelings slowly, drifting over a colorful ambient landscape. He's at his best when tapping into the spiritual realm, giving a fresh, uplifting interpretation to the usually staid "Ave Maria" and a loving, romantic touch (with some haunting Irish flavored accompaniment) to "The Water Is Wide." The songs featuring Angel without traditional church choir textures -- which seem to slow the pace down and detract from his singular beauty -- are the most appealing, beginning with the lovely opener "Absalom" and reaching a heartfelt peak on "Find a Way to You," a romantic anthem which could become this decade's "My Heart Will Go On." Romantic with a religious touch, atmospheric with a sensuous heart, Angel for the most part effectively bridges musical centuries while keeping things true to his emotional heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0094634713221
catalogNumber:
47132
Rank:
330542

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Performance Credits

Ryland Angel   Primary Artist
Ian Thomas   Drums
Craig Leon   Conductor
Simon Chamberlain   Piano
Andy Findon   Recorder,Wood Flute
Hugh Webb   Harp
Steve McManus   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
John Parricelli   Guitar,Mandolin
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Ernö Olah   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist

Technical Credits

Ed Bennett   Producer,Engineer
Craig Leon   Producer,Orchestration
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Arjen Mensinga   Engineer
Ryland Angel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bryce Johnson   Composer

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