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Simple Gifts / Bryn Terfel


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000477202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartTraditionalJohn RutterAlan Murray,   ... 
Performer:  Bryn TerfelSimon KeenlysideAled JonesJohn Williams
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Simple pleasures illuminated by Terfel’s genius for communication.

Often this kind of recital disc seems to bring out the worst in everybody concerned, including your reviewer, whose metabolism turns an overdose of sugar into acid. It isn’t that the notion of High Art is outraged, and it certainly is not the effect of an inbuilt objection to what is popular, let alone what is simple: rather that so often simplicity is precisely what is missing and a luxury of self-conscious beautifying is brought in. On the whole that is not so in this instance. On the whole, good taste has known where to draw the line, and there is much that gives pleasure.

Terfel himself has the gift to be simple and, in something almost
Read more amounting to genius, the gift of communication. With him, the words live and become vivid: in the very song Simple Gifts there’s a touch of defiance in ‘We shan’t be ashamed’ and ‘the valley of love and delight’ does indeed light up. He sings I’ll walk beside you as a song of promise, looking to the future. He frequently uses a soft, intimate voice, in a modern manner but not as a crooner. Yet I fear there is also a loss in his ‘real’ singing and it shows up in the duets with Simon Keenlyside, who produces with traditional solid resonance and is all the better for it. Occasionally the arrangements overreach themselves – but then how delightful to find that Morning has Broken goes not to a laid-back ‘stay-in-bed, sleepy head’ motion but to a wide-awake spring-day allegro.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [11/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
2.
Deep river by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
3.
Lord bless you and keep you by John Rutter
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
4.
I'll walk beside you by Alan Murray
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
5.
Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater dolorosa by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Still, weil's Kindlein Schlafen will by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Mack Wilberg.
This selection is sung in English and German. 
7.
How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell.
This selection is sung in English and Swedish. 
8.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Aled Jones (Tenor)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
9.
Bless this house by May Brahe
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
10.
Ave verum corpus by Karl Jenkins
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
The Rose by Amanda McBroom
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
12.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
13.
Mae ehangder (God's Mercy) by W. S. Gwynn Williams
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1978; Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell.
This selection is sung in English and Welsh. 
14.
Morning has broken by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
15.
Nearer, my God, to Thee by Lowell Mason
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
16.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell.
This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
17.
A Little Night Music: Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Jonathan Tunick. 
18.
God be with you till we meet again by William Gould Tomer
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
19.
He Was Beautiful by Stanley Myers
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 
20.
Simple gifts by Joseph Brackett
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Hazell. 

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