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Compass / Light Songs

Audio Samples

>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : The Music of the Night, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Levi, Eric : I Believe
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Roy Orbison / Joe Melson : Crying
>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
>Warren, Diane : Compass, song
>Newley, Anthony : Who Can I Turn To When Nobody Needs Me?
>Sutherland, Gavin : Sailing
>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel

Album Summary

>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : The Music of the Night, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Levi, Eric : I Believe
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Roy Orbison / Joe Melson : Crying
>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
>Warren, Diane : Compass, song
>Newley, Anthony : Who Can I Turn To When Nobody Needs Me?
>Sutherland, Gavin : Sailing
>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel
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Notes & Reviews:

2010 sophomore album from the winner of Australia's Got Talent (2009). Since his win, Mark has gone on to achieve platinum sales and a #2 album with his debut album, My Dream: Mio Visone. Mark has teamed up again with producer Chong Lim , for Compass. The title track was written by Dianne Warren especially for Mark. The other songs on the album are classics that will certainly strike an accord with Mark's fans, including a stirring duet of 'I Believe' with Greta Bradman. 11 tracks.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jane Rosenson, Owen Torr (harp); Michele O'Young, Jemima Littlemore, Dimitri Calligeros, Nick Parry, Romano Crivici, Anna Albert, Anne Marie Braid, Martyn Hentschel, Victoria Jacono, Caron Chan, Kasia Hans, Jono Hendl, Susannah Cuming, Narine Melconnian, Lisa Stewart (violin); Greg Ford, Robyn Stout, Stefan Duwe, David Wicks (viola); Andy Hines, Chris Lockhart Smith, Anna Rex (cello); Libby Pring (flute); Richard Rourke (clarinet); John Lewis (bass clarinet); Matthew Tighe, Duncan Thorpe (oboe); Jennie McLachlan (bassoon); Angus Gomm, Stewart Kirwan, Darryl Carthew (trumpet); Alison Egan, Adrian Hallam, Graham Nicholls, Phil Wilson (French horn); Anthony Kable, Colin Philpott, Justin Kearin (trombone); Duncan Spry (tuba); Tim Pailis (timpani); Iain Scotland (percussion).

Recording information: River Studios, Melbourne; Studios 301, Sydney.

Striking while the iron's hot, 16-year-old tenor Mark Vincent's second album, Compass, comes less than 12 months after storming to victory in the 2009 third series of Australia's Got Talent. The follow-up to his chart-topping debut, My Dream: Mio Visionario sees him team up with producer Chong Lim for another series of popular show tunes and classical arias with a few conventional pop songs thrown into the mix. With renditions of Miguel Fleta's "Amapola," Phantom of the Opera favorite "Music of the Night," and Sarah Brightman's "Nella Fantasia," all of which appeared on Paul Potts' debut album, One Chance, comparisons with his fellow Talent winner are inevitable. But a full 23 years his junior, Vincent adds a more youthful edge to the familiar standards, while both his enunciation and his delivery are far more authentic and convincing than his British counterpart's. Backed by simple but tasteful orchestral arrangements, Vincent appears just as much at ease when tackling traditional operatic pieces, such as Agustin Lara's 1932 Latin classic "Granada," as he does when adding an operatic flavor to modern pop classics like Roy Orbison's "Crying," Rod Stewart's "Sailing," and musical favorites like West Side Story''s "Somewhere" and Carousel's "You'll Never Walk Alone." An emotionally stirring duet with classically trained soprano Greta Bradman on a cover of musical hero Andrea Bocelli's "I Believe" provides the highlight, but Vincent's first original composition, the powerfully dramatic title track, specially penned for him by prolific Grammy Award-winner Diane Warren, suggests he could give Josh Groban a run for his money if he ever dared to venture away from the often predictable classical crossover fare. Compass isn't quite the leap forward Vincent needed if he's to transcend his talent show beginnings, but it's an accomplished effort which indicates he's capable of producing more original and inventive material in the future. ~ Jon O'Brien



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Works Details

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : Granada
  • Performer: Mark Vincent
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : The Music of the Night, song (for the musical The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Performers: Mark Vincent (Piano); Michael Tyack (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Janine Maunder (Voice); Susie Ahern (Voice); Mark Vincent (Piano); Angus Burchall (Drums); Angus Burchall (Percussion); Rod Davies (Voice); Stuart Fraser (Guitar); Chong Lim (Keyboards); Chong Lim (Piano); Chong Lim (Programming)
  • Conductor: Chong Lim
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Éric Levi : I Believe
  • Performers: Janine Maunder (Voice); Mark Vincent (Keyboards); Greta Bradman (Keyboards); Chong Lim (Piano); Chong Lim (Programming); Chong Lim (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Chong Lim
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Stuart Fraser (Guitar); Mark Vincent (Guitar); Angus Burchall (Percussion); Angus Burchall (Drums); Michael Tyack (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1957

>Roy Orbison / Joe Melson : Crying
  • Performers: Mark Vincent (Piano); Chong Lim (Programming); Janine Maunder (Voice); Susie Ahern (Voice); Angus Burchall (Percussion); Angus Burchall (Drums); Rod Davies (Voice); Stuart Fraser (Guitar); Chong Lim (Keyboards); Chong Lim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Chong Lim
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lacalle, Joseph M. : Amapola, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Mark Vincent (Piano); Michael Tyack (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924

>Warren, Diane : Compass, song
  • Performers: Rod Davies (Voice); Stuart Fraser (Guitar); Chong Lim (Piano); Chong Lim (Programming); Chong Lim (Keyboards); Janine Maunder (Voice); Susie Ahern (Voice); Mark Vincent (Piano); Angus Burchall (Drums); Angus Burchall (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Chong Lim
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Newley, Anthony : Who Can I Turn To When Nobody Needs Me?
  • Performers: Mark Vincent (Piano); Michael Tyack (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sutherland, Gavin : Sailing
  • Performers: Mark Vincent (Drums); Angus Burchall (Percussion); Angus Burchall (Drums); Stuart Fraser (Guitar); Chong Lim (Programming); Chong Lim (Keyboards); Chong Lim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Chong Lim
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Rodgers, Richard : Carousel
  • Performers: Janine Maunder (Voice); Susie Ahern (Voice); Mark Vincent (Voice); Rod Davies (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern