The Priests

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
A trio of Irish Catholic priests, two of them brothers, may seem like odd candidates for a major crossover marketing push by the RCA/Sony colossus, but whoever conceived this odd idea has carried it off reasonably effectively. Start with the makeup bucks that were surely involved; the blond-haired priest in the center, collar and all, is made to look like a cyborg from a hip science fiction movie. The surfaces come from the pop side; arranger Sally Herbert provided some of the more lush string backgrounds on Radiohead's recordings, and producer Mike Hedges has a r?sum? going back to the 1970s and encompassing such groups as the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. But when...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
A trio of Irish Catholic priests, two of them brothers, may seem like odd candidates for a major crossover marketing push by the RCA/Sony colossus, but whoever conceived this odd idea has carried it off reasonably effectively. Start with the makeup bucks that were surely involved; the blond-haired priest in the center, collar and all, is made to look like a cyborg from a hip science fiction movie. The surfaces come from the pop side; arranger Sally Herbert provided some of the more lush string backgrounds on Radiohead's recordings, and producer Mike Hedges has a résumé going back to the 1970s and encompassing such groups as the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. But when it comes down to the basic musical product, nobody goes overboard. The three priests -- two tenors and a baritone -- have light voices that the production doesn't overwhelm, and they stick to familiar numbers like Franck's "Panis Angelicus" before turning to contemporary material. The newer songs are better suited to their slightly croonish voices, and they have an enjoyable mix of familiar numbers, like the seemingly ubiquitous Andrew Lloyd Webber "Pie Jesu," and more unusual yet simple melodies, not only Irish but also, in a couple of cases, Spanish. The production is oddly echo-filled, but it comes off as spacious rather than grandiose, and it effectively knits the entire program together. It all coalesces into a group of Christmas sentimental favorites of the sacred sort, sung in ensemble by performers who've managed to bring some of their enjoyment of what they do to an outsized project. Recommended, especially as a holiday item for those whose gift-giving plans include light classical music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886973396926
  • Catalog Number: 733969
  • Sales rank: 31,631

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Priests Primary Artist, Vocal Ensemble
Sally Herbert Conductor
Brendan Monaghan Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Pablo Colino Choir Conductor
Danny O'Neill Piano
Danny O'Neill Piano
Philharmonic Academy of Rome Choir Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Olli Cunningham Conductor
Accademia Filarmonica Romana Choir Vocals
Danni O'Neill Piano
Pablo Colino Conductor
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Edward Elgar Composer
César Franck Composer
Franz Joseph Haydn Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Jean Sibelius Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Haydn Bendall Engineering
Sally Herbert Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Audio Production
Seán Ó Riada Composer
Mike Hedges Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
William Henry Monk Composer
Austin Ince Engineering
Brendan Monaghan Whistle
Enda Walsh Studio Supervisor
Bob Chilcott Composer
Alastair McMillan Studio Supervisor
Marzen Murad Mastering
Traditional Composer
Michael Keeney Vocal Recording
Pablo Colino Arranger, Liner Notes
Matthieu Clouard Audio Production
Youki Yamamoto Programming
The Priests Arranger
Adam Langston Programming
Mazen Murad Mastering
Eugene O'Hagan Liner Notes
Salli Isaak Arranger
Robat Arwyn Composer
Olli Cunningham Programming
F.M. Alvarez Composer
Pablo Colino Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRAVO!!!

    Add true faith to the Irish love for music and you have the beauty of historical works that sound truly sublime.<BR/>These tenors are incredible...<BR/>The Catholic faith is all about preserving that which is eternal as you will discover when the priests sing a 4th century hymn that my 93yr old Irish grandmother requested be sung at her funeral..Ave Maria.<BR/>This beautiful music on this album has been preserved through centuries and congratulations to the priests whose talents are part of this legacy..

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    This is a great CD!! The 3 voices together are just amazing!! The Irish Blessing is so beautiful and peaceful. If you enjoy church music you will love this. Enjoy

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Heavenly Song

    I first saw/heard The Priests perform on PBS. They did a concert in the Cathedral of Armagh, Ireland. I was taken by their sincerity and simplicity, but also by the quality of their music. Unlike other threesomes where each is a tenor, the voices of each of these three are different. This enables a harmony that is very pleasing to the ears. If you like classical church music, you will find this album inspiring and very worthwhile.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Music to lift the spirit

    I first heard about the Priests last summer; CNN dubbed them "New Clergymen on the Block." Father Eugene O'Hagan, Father Martin O'Hagan (the two are brothers) and their childhood friend Father David Delargy are priests in the parishes of Ballyclare and Ballygowan, Cushendun, and Hannahstown in Northern Ireland. All three studied at the Irish College in Rome, and sang for Pope John Paul II as they studied for the priesthood. They were recently signed by SonyBMG in a much-publicized deal valued at one million pounds; their contract also has unique stipulations such that their respective parish duties take precedence over promotional events, or that they may opt out of any performance or commercial activity which conflicts with their religious beliefs. <BR/><BR/>Despite the proliferation of classical crossover groups and soloists, the Priests are unique. "Their brand isn't something that's been invented; it's been around for 2,000 years," says Samantha Wright, the group's manager. A portion of the proceeds go to charity. Both the concept, talented singers who also happen to be ordained priests, and the fact that the proceeds go to charity, is a refreshing change in this age of contrived commercially-oriented classical crossover acts such as Il Divo and Amici Forever. <BR/><BR/>The fourteen songs include sacred Latin hymns such as Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, and Domine Fili Unigente (from Vivaldi's Gloria) and Haydn's Mit Würd und Hoheit Angetan, in addition to more modern tracks such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting Pie Jesu (originally sung by Sarah Brightman) and Benedictus. There are two Spanish tracks and several Irish compositions, including Ag Criost An Siol and a musical setting of the familiar Irish Blessing ("May the road rise to meet you..."). Although the album is not Christmas-themed, there is a beautiful, uptempo version of "O Holy Night" in which the harmony of the three priests is woven together most magically over the shimmer of horns. <BR/><BR/>The production values are simple and understated, allowing the beauty of the songs (and of the priests' divinely gifted voices) to shine through. The beauty of the singing has nothing to do with studio wizardry or posturing; there are no glaring synthesizers or technical sleight of hand as is omnipresent in classical crossover albums these days. The music is simply a vehicle for prayer, backed sublimely by the Choir of Philharmonic Academy of Rome and was recorded in St. Peter's Basilica. The Priests themselves said it best: "When we sing, we don't simply sing. We pray." <BR/><BR/>The Priests is a work that can be appreciated on many levels whether you choose to enjoy it simply as soothing background music or as a deeper tool to aid in reflection and prayer, and its various elements come together flawlessly, from the three mesmerizing voices of Fathers Eugene, Martin, and David, to the timeless hymns and songs selected, to the traditional philharmonic arrangements and backing choir. This is a gift that will certainly be cherished by those who love sacred music (Catholics will feel right at home with several of the more traditional hymns like Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus), Irish music (there are hints of tin whistle and a touch of Irish Gaelic on Ag Criost An Siol and Irish Blessing) and by anyone who appreciates musical beauty.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    This beautiful music will touch all who listens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Outstanding & Inspirational CD

    This is an excellent CD! I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys listening to outstanding voices, with an outstanding symphonic orchestra. This CD sounds great in the car, or in the home. It is incredible and inspiring! I am patiently waiting for the DVD to come out, next week. I have seen previews of the DVD. It will be part of my collection as well. I have bought three copies of the CD and have given two out as gifts. The CD is that great. The harmony of these voices, coupled with the full dynamic orchestra will keep you in awe!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was all I thought it would be, and more.

    After I saw them on TV, i just knew I had to have the CD. I have nearly worn it out playing it almost every day.It is better than the 3 Tenors. Of course I HAD to say that as I am Irish also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fabulous

    I bought this for my husband & we listen to it every night as we drift off to sleep, it's so beautiful & reverent. I absolutely love it. Their voices are wonderful & blend so nicely!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Priests

    This was a stunning performance. I listened to it with the lights out and my eyes closed on my living room couch. It was a professional and satisfying experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    priests cd

    enjoyed this cd. they do a really good job with the music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievably Beautiful!!

    I have heard these priests on PBS and had to have the CD. Their voices are the most wonderful blend and they are magnificent. Their choice of songs is wonderful and there is something in it for everyone. Their Pie Jesu just gives me goosebumps and far outshines Sara Brightman's version. A wonderful, enjoyable offering. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    inspirational,highly professional

    sacred and secular music performed in a professional way that will appeal to fans of these genres as well as fans of "good Irish music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    I absolutely love the voices and the music! Waiting for the next release!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just heavenly

    I am no expert in music but I know something beautiful when I here it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Priests

    Wonderful music - soul searching!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    it's ok

    Music is ok, but nothing to get excited over. Wish I could get more enthused after listening to it. Don't waste your money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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