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Sacred Songs
     

Sacred Songs

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by Plácido Domingo
 
"In a sense, every type of music is sacred," says Plácido Domingo, "because it seems to come to us from a divine source." The tenor's philosophy is powerfully realized on this recital disc, for the 16 tracks cover a very wide range, both historically and emotionally, including openhearted, operatic-style selections by

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"In a sense, every type of music is sacred," says Plácido Domingo, "because it seems to come to us from a divine source." The tenor's philosophy is powerfully realized on this recital disc, for the 16 tracks cover a very wide range, both historically and emotionally, including openhearted, operatic-style selections by Mascagni, Rossini, and Franck, beautiful Baroque melodies by Bach and Handel, the Broadway classic "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (from The Sound of Music), and more contemporary expressions of faith. Yet there is a consistency of mood here that may best be described as inspirational, even in pop-flavored selections -- like Rustichelli's "Kyrie," with its restrained use of guitar and synthesizer. The Orchestra Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi under Marcello Viotti provides elegant support, while Sissel, the pure-toned, Norwegian-born crossover sensation, joins Domingo on two tracks, and the tenor's son, Plácido Jr., contributes as a composer with a stirring "Ave Maria." Even opera lovers who normally shy away from crossover albums may warm to this one, especially as the now-60-year-old Domingo is in magnificent voice throughout. Indeed, for many aficionados, it will be worth the price of the disc just to hear the tenor sing Wagner's beautiful song "Der Engel" (The Angel).

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - John Steane
Vocally, [Domingo] seems everlasting, the tone beautiful as ever.... In feeling, he combines passions with restraint, and...is dignified without being dry.
San Francisco Chronicle
Sacred Songs...succeeds splendidly, with enough of the Domingo magic to bring to life a touching pastiche of devotion across the ages. There is no condescension in the pop duets with a singer called Sissel, and no holding back feelings in Tosti's 'Preghiera.' It is a lovely collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2002
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947157526
catalogNumber:
471575
Rank:
227366

Tracks

  1. Ave Maria (Salve O Maria), song for voice & piano
  2. Kyrie, for voice, keyboard, synthesizer, guitar & orchestra
  3. Panis Angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & double-bass
  4. Pregária, for voice & piano/orchestra
  5. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangements)
  6. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)
  7. Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus
  8. Bist du bei mir, for voice & continuo
  9. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere e belle - Ombra mai fu
  10. Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Domine Deus
  11. Repentir, song for mezzo-soprano & orchestra ('O Divine Redeemer")
  12. The Sound of Music, musical: Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  13. Ave María
  14. Der Engel ("In der Kinkheit frühen Tagen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonk Lieder), WWV 91/1
  15. Elias (Elijah), oratorio, Op. 70: Ye people, rend your hearts - If with all your hea
  16. Preghiera. Alla mente confusa, for voice & piano/orchestra

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Mendelssohn, Franck, Gounod and others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
he's no charollette chruch, but he does wuite well.