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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Capitalizing on the success of his Decca-released Top Ten album Bring Him Home and his critically acclaimed performances in Les Misérables and La Boheme, Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe's first major label, EMI Classics, rush-released this 16-track best-of just in time for the Mother's Day market, the second time in just three months that the label raided his back catalog following the recently reissued The Sound of Alfie Boe. Released in such close proximity, You'll Never Walk Alone doesn't include any material from the latter, but even with only two other studio albums to select from, it's far from the hastily assembled cash-in you might expect. His increasingly widening fan ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Capitalizing on the success of his Decca-released Top Ten album Bring Him Home and his critically acclaimed performances in Les Misérables and La Boheme, Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe's first major label, EMI Classics, rush-released this 16-track best-of just in time for the Mother's Day market, the second time in just three months that the label raided his back catalog following the recently reissued The Sound of Alfie Boe. Released in such close proximity, You'll Never Walk Alone doesn't include any material from the latter, but even with only two other studio albums to select from, it's far from the hastily assembled cash-in you might expect. His increasingly widening fan base may already own the six tracks that appear from 2007's Onward, an accessible combination of hymns, traditional standards, and contemporary pop songs performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, such as "Amazing Grace," British patriotic song "I Vow to Thee My Country," and a cover version of Alison Krauss & Union Station's "A Living Prayer," and likewise with the four tracks chosen from the same year's La Passione, a more authentic Neapolitan-inspired operatic effort performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra including two odes to the Italian tenor Caruso by Ruggero Leoncavallo ("Mattinata") and Lucio Dalla's ("Caruso") along with Agustín Lara's Latin classic "Granada." But there are also six tracks that have never appeared on an Alfie Boe album before. There's a duet with Welsh soprano Natasha Marsh on a rendition of "Brindisi" from Verdi's La Traviata, which appeared on her 2008 self-titled effort, three digital-only releases ("Abide with Me," "Where'er You Walk," and "Cujus Animam" from Rossini's Stabat Mater), and a track that has only previously appeared on Myleene Klass' classical compilation Music for Romance (Donovan's "Fratello Solo Sorella Luna"), alongside one of his contributions to award-winning composer Howard Goodall's "Eternal Light: A Requiem" ("Agnus Dei"). While Boe moves further into the classical pop mainstream, You'll Never Walk Alone is a welcome reminder of his more natural operatic talents, whose combination of familiar and rarer material should appeal to newcomers and completists alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099909678927
  • Catalog Number: 96789
  • Sales rank: 14,352

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfie Boe Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Craig Leon Conductor
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Stephen Darlington Conductor
John Owen Edwards Conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Natasha Marsh Soprano (Vocal)
Valeriano Chiaravalle Conductor
Christopher Maltman Baritone (Vocal)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Choir, Chorus
London Musici Performing Ensemble
Terry Edwards Conductor
Technical Credits
George Frideric Handel Composer
Gustav Holst Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo Composer
John Rutter Composer
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Craig Leon Text
Lucio Dalla Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Ron Block Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Text
Nick Ingman Text
John Newton Composer
Chris Porter Text
Gioachino Rossini Composer
William Henry Monk Composer
Howard Goodall Composer
Matteo Saggese Text
Henry Francis Lyte Text
Donovan Leitch Composer
Alfie Boe Text
Chris Elliott Text
Cecil Spring-Rice Text
Newburgh Hamilton Text
Ernesto de Curtis Composer, Text
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