Santo - Sacred Songs

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This album of sacred vocal music sung by Juan Diego Fl?rez offers so many pleasures that's it's hard to know here to begin describing them. Fl?rez is in superb form; his clarion tenor has a youthful gleam, and he sings with purity and an intensity that's entirely unforced. It's a joy to hear him bring a subtle Italianate flair to selections from "Messiah," which come across as refreshingly heroic and red-blooded. The choice of repertoire is a delight; too often the religious albums that opera stars seem required to turn out can smack of pious gravity, but Fl?rez's selections have a wonderful variety and are even weighted toward the lively. Some of the obligatory ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This album of sacred vocal music sung by Juan Diego Flórez offers so many pleasures that's it's hard to know here to begin describing them. Flórez is in superb form; his clarion tenor has a youthful gleam, and he sings with purity and an intensity that's entirely unforced. It's a joy to hear him bring a subtle Italianate flair to selections from "Messiah," which come across as refreshingly heroic and red-blooded. The choice of repertoire is a delight; too often the religious albums that opera stars seem required to turn out can smack of pious gravity, but Flórez's selections have a wonderful variety and are even weighted toward the lively. Some of the obligatory standards, like Franck's "Panis Angelicus," Adam's "Cantique de Noël," and Schubert's "Ave Maria" are included, and Flórez sings them with a commitment and freshness that make them sound new. The obscure and relatively obscure pieces by Fux, Rossini, and Bellini are revelations. The Bellini and Rossini are home turf for Flórez and he sings these arias with the same sparkle and wit he brings to their comic operas. Bellini's Qui sedes Who sittest from his "Mass in A minor" must be one of the very perkiest settings ever made of this section of the Credo. There isn't much evidence of any sitting going on in the music; it sounds more like brightly garbed peasants gaily frolicking around a sun-splashed village square on a feast day. Flórez includes two songs in Spanish, the Kyrie from Ariel Ramírez's "Missa Criolla" and Flórez's own "Santo," a setting of the Sanctus that also includes sections in the Quechua language. A lovely, imaginative marriage of Western and Latin musical traditions, it's a piece with real substance and Flórez sings it with great spirit. "Adeste Fideles" is the only track where Flórez sounds a little too operatically over-the-top. Michele Mariotti leads the Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna in lively, nicely shaded accompaniment. Decca's sound is excellent: clean, present, and well balanced. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947822547
  • Catalog Number: 001487502
  • Sales rank: 175,575

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Plaudite, Sonat Tuba for tenor, trumpet & ensemble: Alleluia - Johann Joseph Fux & Ben Pateman (4:06)
  2. 2 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & Ben Pateman (3:30)
  3. 3 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - Adolphe Adam & Douglas Gamley (4:34)
  4. 4 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in A minor: Qui sedes - Vicenzo Bellini & Ben Pateman (7:30)
  5. 5 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Comfort ye... Every valley - George Frideric Handel & Ben Pateman (6:15)
  6. 6 Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Domine Deus - Gioachino Rossini & Ben Pateman (5:28)
  7. 7 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Chris Hazell (5:04)
  8. 8 Messa di Gloria, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Qui tollis - Gioachino Rossini & Ben Pateman (7:08)
  9. 9 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: Mit Würd' und Hoheit angetan - Franz Joseph Haydn & Ben Pateman (4:19)
  10. 10 Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra: Kyrie - Ariel Ramírez & Ben Pateman (4:29)
  11. 11 Messa di Gloria, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Gratias agimus tibi - Gioachino Rossini & Ben Pateman (8:09)
  12. 12 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) - John Francis Wade & David Willcocks (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Juan Diego Flórez Primary Artist
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