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Bryn Terfel - A Song In My Heart

Terfel,Bryn
Release Date: 07/10/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000915802   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  TraditionalJames P. CarrellRalph Vaughan WilliamsJohn Ireland,   ... 
Performer:  Bryn TerfelNeil MartinMartin TaylorMalcolm Martineau,   ... 
Conductor:  Barry WordsworthJohn Eliot GardinerMyung-Whun ChungSir Charles Mackerras,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some of the best vocal performances of recent years – evidence of the wide musical sympathies of a great singer.

A Song in my Heart - Bryn Terfel
James P CARRELL (1787-1854) and David CLAYTON (1801-1854): 1 Amazing Grace (arr. Chris Hazell) [4:02]; 2 Amazing Grace (arr. Martin Taylor) [3:04]; Trad arr. Chris HAZELL 3 Shenandoah [4:21]; 4 "Ar hyd y nos" [4:46]; 5 "Suo-Gân" [5:03]; 6 "Deep river" [5:12]; Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) 7 The vagabond [3:14]; 8 "Whither must I wander" [4:04]; 9 Silent Noon [3:36]; John IRELAND (1879-1962) 10 Sea Fever [2:20]; Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) 11 "Non più andrai" from "Le Nozze di Figaro"
Read more [3:34]; 12 "Passeggiamo anche noi" and "Il core bi dono, bell’idolo mio" from "Cosi fan tutte" [2:15 + 4:18]; 13 "Ein mädchen oder weibchen" from "Die Zauberflöte" [4:01]; 14 "Io ti lascio, o cara, addio" KAnh245 [4:26]; Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) 15 Erlkönig [4:26]; 16 "Du bist die ruh" [4:42]; 17 Der musensohn [1:55]; Alan J LERNER (1918-1986) and Frederick LOWE (1901-1988) 18 "Little Prince" from "The Little Prince" [3:19]; 19 "They call the wind Maria" from "Paint your wagon" [3:14]; Richard RODGERS (1902-1979) and Oscar HAMMERSTEIN (1895-1960) 20 "Come home" from "Allegro" [4:05]; John HUGHES (1873-1932) 21 Cwm Rhondda (arr. Chris Hazell) [3:39]; Welsh Trad arr. D G Jones 22 "Y march glas" [1:41]; 23 "Glas y dorian" [2:32]; George Frederick HANDEL (1685-1759) 24 "Sì, tra I ceppi e le ritorte" from "Berenice" [4:17]; 25 "Vouchsafe, O Lord" from the Dettingen Te Deum [2:17]; Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) 26 "Lord God of Abraham" from "Elijah" [3:04]; Ivor GURNEY (1890-1937) 27 Sleep [3:08]; Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) 28 "Go, lovely rose" [2:44]; Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) 29 "Une puce gentile" and "Voici des roses" from "La Damnation de Faust" [1:23 + 2:29]; Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) 30 "Die frist is um" from "Der Fliegende Holländer" [10:56]; 31 "Wie todesahnung – O du mein holder abendstern" from "Tannhäuser" [5:53]; Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) 32 "In diesem wetter" from Kindertotenlieder [6:33]; Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) 33 "Du bist wie eine blume" [1:44]; 34 "Die beiden Grenadiere" [3:55]; 35 "Mein wagen rollet [langsam" [3:27]; Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (1842-1900) and Sir William GILBERT (1836-1911) 36 "Hereupon we’re both agreed" from "The Yeoman of the Guard" [1:43]; Giuseppe VERDI 37 "Eh, paggio! … L’onore!" from "Falstaff" [4:32]; John RUTTER (b. 1945) 38 "The Lord bless and keep you" [2:46]; Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone); Neil Martin (pipes), London Voices, London Symphony Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor) [1,3,6,38]; Malcolm Martineau [7,8,9,15,16,17,27,28,33,34,35]; English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner [11]; Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Orchestra dell Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung (conductor) [12]; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras [13,14,24,25]; Chorus of Opera North, English Northern Philharmonia, Paul Daniel (conductor) [18,19,20]; The Black Mountain Choir, Risca Male Choir, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Gareth Jones (conductor) [4,5,21]; Alun Llwyd (harp) [22,23]; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Paul Daniel [26]; Philharmonia Chorus, Eton College Boys’ Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung (conductor) [29]; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado [30]; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine (conductor) [31,37]; Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) [32]; Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor) [36]; Martin Taylor (guitar) [2];: rec various locations between 1993 and 2006 except 22 and 23 (1978) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4776686 [76:06 + 72:43];

One glance at the above list shows you the versatility of this singer and the variety of distinguished colleagues with whom he has worked. The booklet note boasts of his ability to tackle music normally regarded as suitable for different kinds of voice, and to bring to them all a powerful sense of vocal drama and sincerity. The latter is certainly true. The English songs in particular all come up with astonishing freshness, even if you know these recordings well, and the two Wagner extracts grab the listener and refuse to let go. It is an amazing achievement to be able to do this and also to portray the very different characters of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Wilfred Shadbolt. His Mozart, too, is notable for the way in which he is able to differentiate between the different characters and to make the most of the drama inherent in the music. What these discs, apparently chosen by the singer, show above all, is the way in which he is clearly inspired by words and by dramatic situations.

There is a wonderful identification with the Lerner and Loewe and Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers, whose energy and accuracy show up the vocal and dramatic inadequacies of certain well-known singers who specialize only in musicals. The Handel extracts are perhaps somewhat overblown; other items on the original disc would have represented the singer in a more flattering light.

Three of the items are new to CD. Two Welsh songs were recorded in August 1978 when the singer was 12 at the Eisteddfod in Cardiff. It is no surprise that they won a prize, although essentially they have an historic interest rather than a musical one. The final item on the second disc is a version of "Amazing Grace" with Martin Taylor, apparently recorded for the BBC’s "Songs of Praise". As might be expected, this is a sincere and musical performance, which is enjoyable in itself. It does however serve to emphasise just how awful the arrangement of this same song is which starts the first disc. Like the other Chris Hazell arrangements on both discs it is overblown and unrelated to the fundamental character of the song, encouraging the singer to the kind of exaggeration otherwise rare here. There are only six tracks of this kind, but if the discs are listened to as a whole they do have, at least to this listener, a thoroughly depressive effect. Overall these discs show some of the best vocal performances of any sort recorded in recent years, and show also the wide musical sympathies of a great singer. It is a pity that they also include items which it is surprising were issued in the first instance, let alone reissued here.

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
2.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Bryn Terfel (), Neil Martin (Pipe)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Written: USA 
3.
Suo Gan by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Bryn Terfel ()
Written: Wales, UK 
4.
Amazing Grace (Tune: New Britain) by James P. Carrell
Performer:  Martin Taylor (Guitar), Bryn Terfel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States of Ame 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Songs of travel: no 1, The vagabond by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1904; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
Whither Must I Wander? by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Sea fever by John Ireland
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Passeggiamo anche noi - by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Cecilia Bartoli (), John Fisher (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
10.
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Il core vi dono, bell'idolo mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Cecilia Bartoli (), John Fisher (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
11.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Duncan Williams (Glockenspiel)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Io ti lascio, K Anh 245 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
13.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
15.
Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
The Little Prince, film score: Little Prince by Frederick Loewe
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
17.
Paint Your Wagon: They Call the Wind Maria by Frederick Loewe
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
18.
Allegro: Come home by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
19.
Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night), folk song by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1784; Wales 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
20.
Crw rhondda, Welsh hymn (a.k.a. "Wele'n sefyll rhwng y myrtwydd") by John Hughes
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Gareth Jones
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
21.
Y March Glas (The Blue Stallion), folksong by Traditional
Performer:  Alun Llwyd (Harp), Bryn Terfel ()
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
22.
Glas Y Dorlan (The Kingfisher), folksong by Traditional
Performer:  Alun Llwyd (Harp), Bryn Terfel ()
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
23.
Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, opera, HWV 38: Sì, tra i ceppi e le ritorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
24.
Te Deum (Dettingen) for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, HWV 283: Vouchsafe, O Lord by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1743 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
25.
Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Lord God of Abraham by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 08/11/1846 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
26.
The House of Life, song cycle for voice & piano: Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Bryn Terfel ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1903 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
27.
Elizabethan Songs (5) for voice & piano: No. 4, Sleep by Ivor Gurney
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1912 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
28.
English Love Lyrics (5), Op. 24: no 3, Go, lovely rose by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
29.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
30.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  James Levine
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
31.
In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in D major (Kindertotenlied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
32.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 24, Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Bryn Terfel ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
33.
Romances and Ballades ii, Op. 49: no 1, Die beiden Grenadiere by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
34.
Gesänge (4), Op. 142: no 4, Mein Wagen rollet langsam by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
35.
The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Hereupon we're both agreed by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (), Thomas Allen ()
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1888; United Kingdom 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
36.
Falstaff, opera: Ehi! paggio! ... L'Onore! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  James Levine
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
37.
Deep river by Traditional
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Written: USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
38.
The Lord bless you and keep you by John Rutter
Performer:  Bryn Terfel ()
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
39.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Voici des roses by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
40.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Une puce gentille by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 

Sound Samples

Amazing Grace - Arranged by Chris Hazell
Shenandoah
Songs of Travel: 1. The Vagabond
Songs of Travel: 7. Whither must I wander?
Sea fever: I must go down to the seas again
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 1: "Non più andrai"
Così fan tutte, K.588 / Act 2: "Passegiammo anche noi.."
Così fan tutte, K.588 / Act 2: "Il core vi dono"
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2: "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen"
Io ti lascio, oh cara, addio, K.app.245 (vocal part by G. von Jacquin)
Tannhäuser / Act 3: Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram)
Kindertotenlieder: In diesem Wetter
Erlkönig, D. 328 (Op.1)
"Du bist wie eine Blume", Op.25, No.24
Du bist die Ruh', D.776 (Op.59/3)
Der Musensohn, D.764 (Op.92/1)
"Die beiden Grenadiere" Op.49, No.1
"Mein Wagen rollet langsam", Op.142, No.4
The Little Prince: Little Prince
They Call the Wind Maria [Paint Your Wagon]
The Yeomen of the Guard - original version - Act 2: "Hereupon we're both agreed"
Falstaff / Act 1: Ehi! paggio!... L'onore! (Falstaff)
Come Home [Allegro]
Ar Hyd y nos
Deep River - Arranged by Chris Hazell
The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Suo Gân
Cwm Rhondda
The Blue Stallion: Y March Glas
The Kingfisher: Glas Y Dorlan
Berenice: Si, tra i ceppi
Te Deum in D, "Dettingen", HWV 283: Vouchsafe, O Lord
Elijah, Op.70 / Part 1: "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel"
Silent noon
Five Elizabethan Songs (The Elizas): 4. Sleep
5 Songs, Op.24: No.3 Go, lovely Rose
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Chanson de Méphistophélès. "Une puce gentille"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 6. Air de Méphistophélès. "Voici des roses"
Der fliegende Holländer / Act 1: "Die Frist ist um" - "Ew'ge Vernichtung, nimm uns auf" (Holländer, Mannschaft des Holländers)

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