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The Opera Band

Album Summary

>Shearman, James : Prayer in the Night, song (after Sarabande by George Frideric Handel)
>North, Alex : Unchained Melody
>Antonio Galbiati / Giusep : Canto alla vita
>Peter Wolf / Michelle Wol : Vita Mia
>Kamen, Michael : Requiem for a Soldier, song (theme from Band of Brothers)
>Sky, Amy : Whisper of Angels, song (after Pavane by Gabriel Faure)
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Elgar, Edward : Lux aeterna
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Selections recorded at Shine Studios, Metropolis London, and Budapest Radio Studios.

Personnel: Richard Harvey (pipe); Richard Cottle (keyboards); Nick Patrick (percussion, programming); Miles Bould (percussion); Youki Yamamoto (programming).

Recording information: Budapest Radio Studios; Metropolis, London, England; Shine Studios.

Amici (friends) Forever is a predominantly British vocal group made up of five classically trained singers who, in addition to possessing voluminous vocal chops, also have pop-star-photogenic looks. In the age of classical/pop crossovers like Bond and Charlotte Church, how could their highly touted debut album, THE OPERA BAND, not be a recipe for stardom?

Though the temptation to belt out an album's worth of operatic versions of pop hits was surely there, Amici Forever didn't choose that route. While there is a bit of pop-oriented material (an Italian-language version of "Unchained Melody," "Requiem for a Soldier [Theme from a Band of Brothers]"), the bulk of the album is classically minded, drawing on such composers as Mozart, Fauré, Dvorak, and, of course, Puccini ("Nessun dorma!" which seems to have become the "Freebird" of the opera world). The music over which the five vocalists strut their collective stuff is a mix of traditional orchestration and more modern, electronics-assisted touches; imagine Andrew Lloyd Webber getting down with David Foster at the Met. THE OPERA BAND finds Amici Forever to be fully prepared for their inevitable world domination.



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Works Details

>Shearman, James : Prayer in the Night, song (after Sarabande by George Frideric Handel)
  • Performers: Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Nick Patrick (Percussion); Nick Patrick (Programming); Amici Forever; Youki Yamamoto (Programming); Miles Bould (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.

>North, Alex : Unchained Melody
  • Performers: Youki Yamamoto (Programming); Miles Bould (Percussion); Nick Patrick (Programming); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Nick Patrick (Percussion); Amici Forever; Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Antonio Galbiati / Giusep : Canto alla vita
  • Performers: Richard Cottle (Keyboards); John Parricelli (Guitar); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Amici Forever; Nick Patrick (Programming); Nick Patrick (Percussion); Miles Bould (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.

>Peter Wolf / Michelle Wol : Vita Mia
  • Performers: Nicholas Garrett (Bass Baritone); Nick Patrick (Percussion); Miles Bould (Percussion); Geoff Sewell (Tenor); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Amici Forever; Richard Cottle (Keyboards); David Habbin (Tenor); Nick Patrick (Programming)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.

>Kamen, Michael : Requiem for a Soldier, song (theme from Band of Brothers)
  • Performers: Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Amici Forever; Miles Bould (Percussion); Nick Patrick (Percussion); Nick Patrick (Programming)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sky, Amy : Whisper of Angels, song (after Pavane by Gabriel Fauré)
  • Performers: Miles Bould (Percussion); Nick Patrick (Programming); Nick Patrick (Percussion); Amici Forever; Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Richard Harvey (Pipe); Richard Cottle (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Au fond du temple Saint
  • Performers: Amici Forever; Miles Bould (Percussion); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); David Habbin (Tenor); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Nicholas Garrett (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Soave sia il vento
  • Performers: Tsakane Valentine (Soprano); Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Jo Appleby (Soprano); Amici Forever; Nicholas Garrett (Bass Baritone); Miles Bould (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Elgar, Edward : Lux aeterna
  • Performers: Miles Bould (Percussion); Amici Forever; Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Richard Cottle (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performers: Jo Appleby (Soprano); Miles Bould (Percussion); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Tsakane Valentine (Soprano); Nick Patrick (Programming); Amici Forever; Nick Patrick (Percussion); Richard Cottle (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Performers: Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Amici Forever; Miles Bould (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun Dorma
  • Performers: Richard Cottle (Keyboards); Miles Bould (Percussion); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass); Amici Forever
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Ensemble: Budapest Film Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926