[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 18 October 2005
As one of the most acclaimed opera singers of our time, Bryn Terfel dedicates his golden voice to a program that celebrates the simple beauty of melody and song, making the album a must-have for every Terfel fan and a serene and inspiring gift for the holiday season.
Finally here comes the long anticipated follow-up project to Bryn Terfel's platinum album 'Favourites'.
As one of the most acclaimed opera singers of our time, Bryn Terfel dedicates his golden voice to a program that celebrates the simple beauty of melody and song, making the album a must-have for every Terfel fan and a serene and inspiring gift for the holiday season. "Simple Gifts" is music for everyone!
For this new album, Terfel focuses on sacred, spiritual and meditative songs - songs of inspiration that range from classical to folk to popular, set to new orchestral arrangements by Chris Hazell, the same talent behind the arrangements on 'Favourites'.
Once again Terfel has invited other musicians into the studio to add some extra spice to the program - fellow Welsh superstar Aled Jones joins Terfel for César Franck's heart-melting 'Panis Angelicus' set for tenor and baritone; world-renowned guitarist John Williams is featured on 'She was beautiful', the vocal version of the hit Cavatina that Williams performed for the The Deer Hunter soundtrack; finally Terfel teams up with baritone Simon Keenlyside for a new rendering of Pergolesi's famous 'Stabat Mater'
Other selections include enduring folk favourites such as 'Amazing Grace, 'Deep River', and 'Morning has broken', all dressed in fresh arrangements by Chris Hazell; Mozart's 'Ave verum corpus' and the famous 'Ave Maria' by Bach/Gounod, as well as John Rutter's 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You' are also beautifully performed by the world's favourite baritone.
MOZART: Ave verum corpus
TRAD. AMERICAN: Deep River
RUTTER: The Lord Bless You and Keep You
MURRAY: I'll walk beside you
PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater dolorosa
TRAD. AUSTRIAN: Still, still, still
TRAD. AMERICAN: Simple Gifts
TRAD. SWEDISH: How great thou art
FRANCK: Panis angelicus
BRAHE: Bless this house
JENKINS: Ave verum corpus
MYERS: She was beautiful (Cavatina)
MCBROOM: The Rose
CARRELL/CLAYTON: Amazing Grace
WILLIAMS: Mae ehangder (God's Mercy)
TRAD. GAELIC: Morning has broken
MASON: Nearer My God to Thee
BACH/GOUNOD: Ave Maria
SONDHEIM: Send in the clowns
TOMER: God be with you