The Canadian Tenors

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The members of the quartet the Canadian Tenors are eager to distance themselves from the term "popera," and prefer to call what they do crossover, but in fact, their sound and repertoire are not that far from groups associated with popera, like Il Divo. The Canadian Tenors don't sing opera; their first Decca release is made up of arrangements of pop and folk classics, and includes only one classical piece, a version of Albinoni's "Adagio," with words by Lara Fabian and Remo Giazotto. Three of the members, Fraser Walters (a former member of Chanticleer), Victor Micallef, and Remigio Pereira, have backgrounds in classical training, and it serves them well in singing with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The members of the quartet the Canadian Tenors are eager to distance themselves from the term "popera," and prefer to call what they do crossover, but in fact, their sound and repertoire are not that far from groups associated with popera, like Il Divo. The Canadian Tenors don't sing opera; their first Decca release is made up of arrangements of pop and folk classics, and includes only one classical piece, a version of Albinoni's "Adagio," with words by Lara Fabian and Remo Giazotto. Three of the members, Fraser Walters (a former member of Chanticleer), Victor Micallef, and Remigio Pereira, have backgrounds in classical training, and it serves them well in singing with full, warm, expansive tone. The group's newest member, Clifton Murray, comes from the gospel tradition, and while he blends well with the others, the lightness of his tone provides a nice contrast, especially in solo passages. There is a special appeal in the sound of the four men's voices in close harmony, particularly since their emphasis is on the ensemble, and not a competition in virtuosity to see who can sing the highest and loudest. The group's sound is characterized by big, richly orchestrated arrangements, augmented by backup vocals, exotic instrumental effects, and a driving rock beat. Credited to a variety of arrangers, the instrumentals are exceptionally well-crafted, with plenty of color and emotional punch, and they are performed well, most of them by the Moscow Film Orchestra. The Canadian Tenors are credited with most of the vocal arrangements, which skillfully exploit the strengths of the group and give the individuals opportunities to shine in solos. If there's any fault with the album, it's in the similarity of the effect of so many of the tracks: throbbing, soulful ballads, which, taken together, can feel romantically overheated and relentlessly intense. Each individual song, though, is completely effective on its own terms; there are no weak links. Standout tracks include a passionate and emotionally complex account of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and "The Prayer" by Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster, which features an especially effective interplay of the voices. The album is beautifully engineered, with vivid, creatively balanced sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527205144
  • Catalog Number: 001350902
  • Sales rank: 1,080

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tenors Primary Artist, Vocal Ensemble
Art Avalos Percussion
Bob Ezrin Guitar, Keyboards
Henrik Janson Conductor
Mark Kelso Drums
George Koller Bass
Peter Ljung Piano
Jeff Wolpert Percussion
Tim Lauer Keyboards
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Sérgio Santos Bass
Annalee Patipatanakoon Violin
Asher Lenz Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar
Yuri Sazonoff Conductor
Roman Borys Cello
Jiri Hurník Concert Master
China National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tommy Henriksen Bass, Guitar
Mark Camilleri Piano
Jamie McKnight Track Performer
Moscow Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
The Faith Chorale Choir, Chorus
Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Remigio Pereira Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Reno Silva Guitar
Joseph Resendes Piano
Czech National Symphony Choir Choir, Chorus
Michael Braun Drums
Ian Harper uillean pipes
Uli Janson Conductor
Technical Credits
Tomaso Albinoni Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
John Beasley Programming
David Foster Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Rita MacNeil Composer
James Horner Composer
Richard Cocciante Composer
Bob Ezrin Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Humberto Gatica Producer
Henrik Janson String Arrangements
Jack Lenz Producer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Richard Mills Contributor
Peter Moore Mastering
Lou Pomanti Programming, String Arrangements
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Steve Thompson Producer
Cynthia Weil Text
Anders Wollbeck Text
Jeff Wolpert Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Engineering
Andrea Bocelli Text
Rolf Lovland Composer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Text
Tony Renis Text
Alberto Testa Text
Lara Fabian Text
Nuria Diaz Text
Raquel Diaz Text
Charles Dickens Composer, Text
Steve Chahley Engineer
Asher Lenz Programming, Producer
Alberto Bevilacqua Text
Luc Plamondon Text
Yuri Sazonoff String Arrangements
Greg Kolchinsky Engineer
Josef Larossi Producer
Mark Masri Programming, co-arranger
Chris Brook Engineer
Brendan Graham Text
Remo Giazotto Text
Bill Ross String Arrangements
Giorgio Pintus Text
Justin Cortelyou Programming, Engineer
Stephen Skratt Programming
Marcus Bergqvist Engineer, Engineering
Tommy Henriksen Programming
Robert Turner Vocal Arrangements
John Hyler Programming
Stanislav Baroch Engineering
The Faith Chorale Choir Arrangement
Jill Ann Siemens Vocal Arrangements
Remigio Pereira Author
Fraser L. Walters Author
Richard Sibbald Cover Photo
Charles Cozens Arranger, Orchestration
Jeffrey Latimer Management
The Tenors Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Romano Musumara Composer
Amy Foster-Gillies Text
David Clenman Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Anna Hostman Vocal Arrangements
David Munro String Arrangements
Tomer Adaddi Orchestration
Victor Micallef Author
Clifton Murray Author
Uli Janson String Arrangements
Mattias Lindblom Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What a surprise

    When I listen to music,like movies, I look to be taken away from the stress in this world. I'm very impressed and forgot all the problems in the world thanks to my new group the Canadian Tenors.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The music, the tight blend of harmony in their voices, and the emotional timbre with which the music is delivered...simply stunning. Heard them the Oprah Show this week and immediately purchased the CD. It takes you to another place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Canadian Tenors

    I LOVED this CD, the music was great, I love Hallaluia, it's a beauitful song. Very well done.
    Chris Start

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific

    Terrific music from an intriguing new group. They put real effort into their harmonies and it pays off. They are a less slick, but highly talented group much like iL Divo, The emphasis on music over looks and marketing is refreshing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Have never heard better!

    My husband and I happened to be home for Oprah when they were on and we ordered their CD before Oprah was over. They are fantastic! Not only are each of their voices incredible but their harmony is out of this world. And they are so together - their voices blend as one. Much better than Il Divo. We both get chills listening to their music. We are so happy that this kind of music is still out there!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Canadian Tenors

    I have listened to all of the songs on the CD of the Canadian Tenors that I recently purchased and enjoyed it immensely. I was lucky to have seen them perform on one of Oprah's afternoon TV shows when they were surprised by Celine Dion. She came from backstage while they were performing and she performed the last part of the song "Hallelujah" with them. This was the reason I bought their CD -- not only did Oprah recommend them as well as Celine but their performance is incredible. The quality of their voices are wonderful - beautiful songs as well. I hightly recommend this CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm hooked on Canadian Tenors

    Wow! I wouldn't even know about the Canadian Tenors if I hadn't seen them on an episode of Oprah. I'm so glad I did. This is the first CD of its kind I have purchased, unless you count Susan Boyle. These four young men will take your breath away. Although many of the lyrics are in French, that doesn't detract from the purity and strength of their voices, individually and collectively. I listen to this CD and I am transported to another world. Even if you're typically not drawn to this type of music, give the Canadian Tenors a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Canadian Tenors - Music as it should be!

    This CD was purchased, particularly for the song Hallellujah, after the quartet was seen on Oprah Winfrey's T.V. Show. However, there is not one song on the entire CD that could not be called acceptional. It would be easy to compare them to Divo or other talanted groups, but that would be unfair to The Canadian Tenors. Their talant is their's alone, and in time music lovers will realize how truly spectacular they are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Four great tenors!

    I heard this group on Oprah and enjoyed their music. Many of the songs are in languages other than English but their voices and smooth and melodious. Hallelujah is personal favorite along with Luna.

    If you like harmonizing tenors, you'll enjoy this CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Canadian Tenors

    Wow...I thought the known TENORS were amazing...I first saw the Canadian version on the Oprah show with C Dion. I did not know that she was their favorite. The guys looked around and just started to smile... But when I heard Hallelujah, the song, I was in tears! It is sure a beautiful song. I do not normally buy anything on the first listening, but I went out and bought this one right away. There are a bunch of interesting songs that you will like..It is definitely a keeper!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What's not to like?

    After seeing these 4 men in concert and feeling blessed to have done so I bought this CD for myself and my 90-year old grandmother. Their music truly is for all ages! I highly recommend the purchase of this CD and if you have the chance go catch them live at a concert as well! They are definitely putting their God-given talents to work!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2014

    The Canadian Tenors are simply the best!!! I have all their mus

    The Canadian Tenors are simply the best!!! I have all their music on DVDs and I am getting this CD to play in my car. I watch my DVDs a lot since most times there is nothing worth seeing on TV. At the top of my bucket list is seeing The Tenors in concert, and that will definitely happen. Give them a try and you will never get enough of their spectacular music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Canadian Tenors

    I got this CD at low cost and I am really enjoying it very much!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great group

    Loved the song Halalulah. Wish the rest were similar, but great, never-the-less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great listening

    First saw this group on Oprah and really enjoyed their performance. I really enjoy listening to this CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    I first looked for this CD after seeing the Canadian Tenors perform on Oprah. I knew from that performance that they were special and had to check out the CD. I am not disappointed--in fact, I am thrilled! The music and their voices are outstanding and well worth the purchase. I can't wait to hear more from these talented and special men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    terrigic CD--wish it was longer

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome music. It just reaches in and "grabs" your heart. The harmony is beyond words.

    Enjoyed all the selections. My favorite was Hallelujah. Wow!!!
    Second favorite was "The Prayer". It was very humbling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great listening music

    The first time I heard The Canadian Tenors sing "Hallelujah" from their new CD on TV I knew I had to purchase it. It's a very inspirational song and their blending of voices on all the songs is terrific. It isn't my usual choice of music, but when something is this good, it's GOOD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overall it was a very good album

    Did not especially enjoy the first or the last tracks, but loved the rest.

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