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 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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Barnes & Noble
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 094634713221
  • Catalog Number: 47132
  • Sales rank: 229,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Absalom (4:20)
  2. 2 Broken Heart (3:49)
  3. 3 Your Kiss (4:26)
  4. 4 My Dream (3:39)
  5. 5 Find a Way to You (4:26)
  6. 6 Agnus Dei (4:55)
  7. 7 The Water Is Wide (3:37)
  8. 8 Salve Regina (3:30)
  9. 9 Ave Maria (3:50)
  10. 10 By the Light (3:57)
  11. 11 Jesu Redemptor (4:28)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryland Angel Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
Simon Rhodes Engineer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Arjen Mensinga Engineer
Ryland Angel Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bryce Johnson Composer
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