Title - 'Dreams And Songs'
Artist - Bryn Terfel
For those not in the classical know, Sir Bryn Terfel Jones, CBE is a Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer.
Terfel was initially associated with the roles of Mozart, particularly Figaro and Don Giovanni, but has subsequently shifted his attention to heavier roles, especially those by Wagner.
Sir Bryn Terfel has enlisted a host of impressive guest stars to duet with him on his new album Dreams and Songs, out now via Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada; the country’s leading music company.
Inclusive of two stars of the big screen and television, his friends Dame Emma Thompson and Rob Brydon it also features fellow singers Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins, Joseph Calleja and Danielle de Niese.
1. 'I Believe' – Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman
2. 'The Fields of Athenry' – Pete St. John
3. 'Perhaps Love' (with Alfie Boe) – John Denver
4. 'If I Were a Rich Man' from “Fiddler on the Roof” – Jerry Bock
5. 'Do You Love Me' from “Fiddler on the Roof” (with Emma Thompson) – Jerry Bock
6. 'Amazing Grace' (with Danielle de Niese) – Traditional
'Trees' – Oscar Rasbach
8. 'Tell My Father' from “The Civil War” (with Katherine Jenkins) – Frank Wildhorn
9. 'The Shepherd Poet Of Passchendaele' – Sir Karl Jenkins
10. 'The Golf Song' / 'Golfer's Lament' (with Rob Brydon) – Albert Hay Malotte
11. 'Ar Lan Y Môr' – Traditional
12. 'Granada' (with Joseph Calleja) – Augustin Lara
13. 'Smile' – Charlie Chaplin
14. 'The Hippopotamus Song' – Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
First up is a beautiful, crushingly impressive 'I Believe' which is backed seamlessly by an equally stunning 'The Fields of Athenry.' Alfie Boe on the supreme 'Perhaps Love' is another early stand out track here, and that's followed by both 'If I Were A Rich Man' (from "Fiddler on the Roof") and a simply beautiful beyond all imagination, 'Do You Love Me'.
A duet with Emma Thompson, and a song she describes as being “just so moving,” and also from "Fiddler", the track showcases perfectly perhaps what a lot of people didn't know about Thompson and her blessed vocal tones.
Soprano Danielle de Niese comes to the fore on a stirring 'Amazing Grace,' with 'Tree's then being backed by another soprano's work; this time in the shape of Katherine Jenkins on 'Tell My Father' (from "The Civil War").
There is also a world premiere recording of 'The Shepherd Poet Of Passchendaele', written especially for Terfel by Penclawdd-born Sir Karl Jenkins, the most performed living composer. Comedian and fellow Welshman Rob Brydon joins Terfel on the duet 'The Golfer’s Lament', a lighthearted tale of life on the fairway and that's backed by 'Ar Lan Y Môr.'
Listening to tenor Joseph Calleja on 'Granada' is a joy to behold and then the album rounds out with a wondrous Charlie Chaplin screen gem 'Smile,' and then a fun, buoyant cut in the form of 'The Hippopotamus Song.'
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