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Sacred: A Spiritual Journey
     

Sacred: A Spiritual Journey

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by The Irish Tenors
 
The Irish Tenors are back, and despite a personnel change and a shift toward a more diverse array of musical styles, their crowd-pleasing appeal remains intact on Sacred: A Spiritual Journey. That's partly because the change in the trio's lineup is not only a departure -- Ronan Tynan has left to

Overview

The Irish Tenors are back, and despite a personnel change and a shift toward a more diverse array of musical styles, their crowd-pleasing appeal remains intact on Sacred: A Spiritual Journey. That's partly because the change in the trio's lineup is not only a departure -- Ronan Tynan has left to focus on his solo career -- but also a homecoming: Original member John McDermott has returned to the group, joining colleagues Anthony Kearns and Finbar Wright for this album of inspirational favorites. Sometimes singing solo, more often blending in harmony, the tenors naturally include some Irish-tinged material ("Hail Glorious St. Patrick"), but elsewhere they range from the Gregorian chant of "Deus Meus" and "Salve Regina," through songs associated with Stevie Wonder ("My Love"), Mahalia Jackson ("If I Can Help Somebody"), and Cat Stevens ("Morning Has Broken"), to the more contemporary Christian sounds of "How Deep the Father's Love." The album reaches one high point with a moving interpretation of "Amazing Grace," and another with the soaring "Lord of the Dance" (which adds Celtic touches to the Shaker hymn tune "Simple Gifts"), but there's something here for anyone who's looking for soul-stirring music sung with an irresistible Irish lilt.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Since 1998, Irish Tenors have celebrated the holidays (Home for Christmas, We Three Kings) and their beloved homeland both far and away (Ellis Island, Heritage). On Sacred, the rotating trio -- Ronan Tynan has been replaced by founding member John McDermott -- applies its collective pipes to such inspirational classics as "How Deep the Father's Love," Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken," and of course, "Amazing Grace." Fans of this style of classical crossover can do no better, as the Tenors craft nuanced and deeply emotional renditions of these secular and nonsecular works like the masters that they have quietly become.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018292924
catalogNumber:
82929
Rank:
26953

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irish Tenors   Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
John McDermott   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Arnie Roth   Conductor
Finbar Wright   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John McDermott   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Anthony Kearns   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member

Technical Credits

Paul Francis   Text
Arnie Roth   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
David "Boots" Bowers   Engineering Consultant
Alma Bazel Androzzo   Composer
Eleanor Farjeon   Composer,Text
Irish Tenors   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
David Bowers   Engineering Consultant
Gregorian Chant   Composer

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Sacred: A Spiritual Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to this CD is a magnificant worship experience. The purity of their voices and the sincerity of their renderings will truly touch your heart. As the previous reviewer said, this is not background music. These songs will grab your attention and bring you into the presence of God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sacred: A Spiritual Journey just released by the Irish Tenors is not an easy-listening, background musical presentation. The cd begins with a extremely dramatic version of "Deus Meus." The soaring finale will lift the heart in grand preparation for the beautiful selections that follow. The cd has two solos performed by each of the men: Wright sings "Morning Has Broken" and "There Is No Cross Love Cannot Bear" Kearns sings "If I Can Help Somebody" and "To Do Thy Will" McDermott sings "Shelter Me" and "How Deep the Father's Love". The solos give a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the different styles of music and vocal approaches. But the trio presentations are definitely the best of this cd. These generous and personable performers mesh gorgeously while singing either in unison or harmony. "Be Thou My Vision" and "Lord of the Dance" remind the listeners why Celtic music is so memorable and appealing. But the gems of the album (with Deus Meus) are "Amazing Grace" and "My Forever Friend." "I'll Walk with God" is a fitting tribute to the sincerity and honesty of these fine men who are also gifted performers. The note on the insert states that the Irish Tenors want to bring the listeners into the presence of the Almighty. All believers will agree they have accomplished their mission.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago