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Ultimate Collection - Katherine Jenkins

Album Summary

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro), song
>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
>Parton, Dolly : I Will Always Love You
>Traditional : I Vow To Thee My Country
>Jange, Robert John : Everything I Do (I Do It for You) (Italian version
>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Williams, John : Saving Private Ryan
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Webber, Andrew L : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
>Hughes, John (II) : Calon lan (A pure heart)
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Cassidy, Patrick : Vide cor meum (for the film Hannibal)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Webber, Andrew L : The Music of the Night, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
>Loewe, Frederick : I Could Have Danced All Night, song (for the musical My Fair Lady)
>Lovland, Rolf : I've Dreamed of You
>Webber, Andrew L : Don't Cry for Me Argentina, song (for the musical Evita)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2009 collection from the world's favorite mezzo-soprano. From the crossovers of Cohen's 'Hallelujah' to the straight operatic conventions of Puccini's 'O Mio Babbino Caro', Jenkins proves that she is nothing if not versatile. Her lengthy career has also seen such highlights as a version of 'Time To Say Goodbye' (originally made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman) and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Music Of The Night', from his Phantom Of The Opera musical. Throughout this collection, it is Jenkins' maturity beyond her years that impresses most in performance. Decca. 2009.

Notes & Reviews:

Released shortly after the Welsh soprano turned 30, the Katherine Jenkins compilation The Ultimate Collection is a good summation of her recording career so far. In that sense, it tends to confirm the impression of her as essentially a blonde, 20-years-younger Sarah Brightman, to the point of repeating many songs associated with Brightman, such as "Time to Say Goodbye," "Pie Jesu," and "The Music of the Night." In the classical crossover world of Brightman and Jenkins, one takes familiar pop ballads and show tunes and finds ways to suggest that they are to be considered classical music. Thus, Jenkins sings the Dolly Parton-penned Whitney Houston hit "I Will Always Love You" and the theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (written by Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, and Mutt Lange, and a hit for Adams), in Italian, as if they were arias from lost operas. She also takes on show tunes like "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." And she treats Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as if it were a sacred hymn. (It isn't, but she's not the first singer to think it is, and for Cohen, that's made it his most valuable copyright since "Suzanne.") Of course, she also does a few actual classical pieces. From a pop perspective, it seems odd that she re-covers so much oft-covered material. But from a classical perspective, it simply may be that Brightman has established a classical crossover repertoire, and as with any classical repertoire, each succeeding generation has the right and obligation to reinterpret it. Certainly, Jenkins' sales indicate that her audience is perfectly happy to hear her sing this crop of recent warhorses, and The Ultimate Collection puts them on one disc. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Parton, Dolly : I Will Always Love You
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Inglis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1974

>Traditional : I Vow To Thee My Country
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Inglis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.

>Jange, Robert John : Everything I Do (I Do It for You) (Italian version :: "Quello che farò sarà per te")
  • Performers: Keith Scott (Guitar); Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Michael Kamen (1948 - 2003).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Williams, John : Saving Private Ryan :: Hymn To the Fallen
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1998

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakme :: The Flower Duet
  • Performers: Kiri Te Kanawa; Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Webber, Andrew L : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Hughes, John (II) : Calon lân (A pure heart)
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
  • Performers: John Parricelli (Guitar); Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1989

>Cassidy, Patrick : Vide cor meum (for the film Hannibal)
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O Mio Babbino Caro
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Inglis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Webber, Andrew L : The Music of the Night, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Inglis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Loewe, Frederick : I Could Have Danced All Night, song (for the musical My Fair Lady)
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lovland, Rolf : I've Dreamed of You
  • Performers: Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe); Adrian Bradbury (Cello); Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Arcadian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Webber, Andrew L : Don't Cry for Me Argentina, song (for the musical Evita)
  • Performer: Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Inglis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976