- James James (Bass Baritone)
- Bryn Terfel (Voice)
- John Hughes (Bass Baritone)
- David Richards (Percussion)
- Owen Williams (Bass Baritone)
Notes & Reviews:
Welshman Bryn Terfel has long been a musical ambassador for Wales, and likes to include Welsh songs in his recitals throughout the world. This new album from DG presents Terfel in the music that is closest to his heart, accompanied by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. This is an album of appealing songs, some familiar, many not. Most of all, it is an album of glorious singing!Notes & Reviews:
This album was nominated for the 2004 Grammy award for "Best Classical Crossover Album."
Bigger-than-life bass-baritone Bryn Terfel heads a seeming cast of thousands in this no-holds-barred celebration of Welsh song. There are gentle lullabies and nostalgic songs of a missed homeland as well as rip-roaring patriotic numbers. The instrumentation ranges from solo harp, as in the lovely 'Dafydd y Garreg Wen' ('David of the White Rock') to full orchestra and multiple choruses, as in 'Calon lan' ('A Pure Heart') and the hymn 'Cwn Rhondda.'
Terfel sings most of the selections in his native Welsh, including such world favorites as the carol 'Ar hyd y nos' ('All through the Night'), which has a lovely humming male choral introduction, and the lullaby 'Suo gan,' popularized by Charlotte Church. This is a welcome selection indeed, with songs of unabashedly warm emotions made all the more irresistable by Terfel's obvious sincerity and vocal charisma.
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