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Simple Gifts

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
>Rutter, John : Lord bless you and keep you
>Murray, Alan : I'll Walk Beside You
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Brackett, Joseph : Simple Gifts
>Anonymous, Swedish : How Great Thou Art (Tune
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Stan, May H. Brahe (a.k.a. : Bless This House, for chorus & keyboard
>Jenkins, Karl : Ave verum corpus
>Myers, Stanley : He was beautiful
>McBroom, Amanda : The Rose
>Carrell, James P. : Amazing Grace (Tune
>Williams, W.S. Gwynn : Mae ehangder (God's Mercy)
>Anonymous, English : Morning Has Broken, song (Tune
>Mason, Lowell : Nearer, my God, to Thee
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Sondheim, Stephen : Send in the Clowns (for the musical A Little Night Music)
>Tomer, William G. : God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc, entitled Simple Gifts presents Bryn Terfels favorite sacred, spiritual and inspirational songs, in new orchestral arrangements of Chris Hazell, including Deep River, John Rutters moving setting of The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts, Bach/Gounods Ave Maria and more. Guest artists here include tenor Aled Jones, guitarist John Williams and baritone Simon Keenleyside. one of Wales greatest musical exports [who] has performed with technical brilliance and wonderful style in all of the great opera houses around the world Bryn is a big man with a big voice and a big heart. - Gramophone Awards Issue, 2004

Notes & Reviews:

This album received the 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Crossover Album."



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Written: by 1875
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rutter, John : Lord bless you and keep you
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Murray, Alan : I'll Walk Beside You
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1936
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and German.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1819
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brackett, Joseph : Simple Gifts
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Swedish : How Great Thou Art (Tune :: O store Gud)
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and Swedish.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Aled Jones (Boy Soprano); Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stan, May H. Brahe (a.k.a. : Bless This House, for chorus & keyboard
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Jenkins, Karl : Ave verum corpus
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Myers, Stanley : He was beautiful :: She Was Beautiful (Cavatina)
  • Performers: John Williams (Guitar); Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1978
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>McBroom, Amanda : The Rose
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Carrell, James P. : Amazing Grace (Tune :: New Britain)
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Williams, W.S. Gwynn : Mae ehangder (God's Mercy)
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and Welsh.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : Morning Has Broken, song (Tune :: Bunessan)
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1931
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mason, Lowell : Nearer, my God, to Thee
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sondheim, Stephen : Send in the Clowns (for the musical A Little Night Music)
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1973
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tomer, William G. : God Be With You Till We Meet Again
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio