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Even though Daniel Rodriguez's first two CDs focused on patriotic music (Spirit of America) and romance (From My Heart), there's always been a strong spiritual component to his singing, and this comes to the fore on In the Presence. Rodriguez has a real gift for communicating through song; his voice has the sort of "Everyman" flavor that is easy to identify with, but it's gilded with just the right amount of operatic technique to produce a glorious sound at the climaxes. The stirring orchestral arrangements add to the splendor, especially those by the late Johnnie Carl, longtime music director of the Crystal Cathedral. Rodriguez is as convincing in contemporary religious numbers like "An American Hymn" and "On Eagle's Wings" as he is in the classical selections. (To give credit where credit is due, neither "Joyful, Joyful" nor "Ave Maria" is a "traditional" tune, as they are labeled here; the former is the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with new words, and the latter is by Schubert.) Broadway star Lea Salonga is a perfect match for Rodriguez in two of the album's loveliest selections, including the sublime "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. But best of all are traditional hymns such as "Amazing Grace," where Rodriguez achieves a simple purity that perfectly conveys the deep faith that animates his singing.
Performance CreditsDaniel Rodriguez Primary Artist,Vocals
Jack Everly Conductor
John Lissauer Conductor
Lea Salonga Vocals
Technical CreditsTim Heintz Instrumentation
Allyn Ferguson Orchestral Arrangements
Robert H. Schuller Author
Jimmy MacCarthy Composer
Johnnie Carl Orchestral Arrangements
Lee Holdridge Orchestral Arrangements
John Lissauer Orchestral Arrangements
Sammy Nestico Orchestral Arrangements
David Rideau Producer
Jack Frisch Art Direction,Session Photographer
Michael Joncas Composer
Pablo Munguia Vocal Producer
Pavel Prantl Orchestra Director
Lee Elwood Holdridge Composer
Gary Chester Engineer
In The Presence based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I have all of Daniel's music and I knew we were in store for something special but this exceeds even my imagination. WOW!!!!! This is an outstanding selection of songs that are absolutely magnificent and breathtaking! You will want to get this album and share it with everyone you know. Daniel has given us music with special meaning for him, but that meaning is universal. It will touch you deeply! He has written a beautiful tribute on the enclosure. He moves us with not only his warm and passionate voice, but with his inspirational words. The goodness, faith and courage of this wonderful man comes through as he takes us on a journey with each song of faith and hope. This is absolutely a masterpiece!! Five GOLD stars and a standing ovation for this one!! BRAVO DANIEL!!
On both of Daniel Rodriguez's previous CD's, he has included a song of faith such as "The Lord's Prayer" or "I'll Walk With God." This time around, he devotes his entire "In the Presence" CD to the spiritual side of life. While God might be the central theme, Rodriguez uses a variety of styles and techniques to show his faith, and there are many standouts. "Joyful Joyful" (aka "Ode to Joy") is an all-out wind sprint from first note to the last. To make it all the way through without gasping for breath at this tempo is athletic indeed. Plus he manages to finish on a very strong note as well. At first thought Irish pop tune "Bright Blue Rose" seems a bit out of a place on an inspirational CD, but Rodriguez's soothing higher register gives it a very earthy feel. Although it's from the movie "East of Eden," " An American Hymn" has not been overdone to death like many songs. Rodriguez's mentor Placido Domingo recorded it on his 1981 "Perhaps Love" album. While beautiful, Domingo's diction made the lyrics hard to understand. Rodriguez's rendition makes the lyrics of American beauty and faith ring like a champagne glass. "Amazing Grace" has a most unusual arrangement, one of the late Johnnie Carl's last works. Beginning acapella (as Rodriguez sang it at the Republican National Convention last summer) the music eventually slides into "Bolero." But he absolutely saved the best for last, with another Carl arrangement, "How Great Thou Art." Like "Joyful, Joyful" this is pure power from beginning to end. Originally sung at the Crystal Cathedral a few years back, certainly the rafters are still shaking. If you enjoyed either of the first two CD's, or spiritual music in general, you'll enjoy this one