Bryn Terfel - Simple Gifts

Bryn Terfel

Another rousing display of virtuosity, on this 2005 album.
Deutsche Grammophon: 10 October 2005

So famous these days that his record company evidently deem his surname superfluous, the world's biggest-selling opera singer returns with another crossover album of classical standards and modern interpretations.

Simple Gifts cover

Tracklisting

  • Ave Verum Corpus
  • Deep River
  • Lord Bless You And Keep You
  • I'll Walk Beside You
  • Stabat Mater Dolorosa
  • Still Still Still
  • Simple Gifts
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Panis Angelicus
  • Bless This House
  • Ave Verum Corpus
  • She Was Beautiful
  • Rose
  • Amazing Grace
  • Mae Ehanger
  • Morning Has Broken
  • Nearer My God To Thee
  • Ave Maria
  • Send In The Clowns
  • God Be With You

With guest spots from fellow baritone Simon Keenlyside (on the Karl Jenkins-written Ave Verum Corpus), Aled Jones (Panis Angelicus) and guitarist John Williams (She Was Beautiful), Simple Gifts takes in a wide range of styles, from folk to show tunes, though traditional religious songs inevitably form the bulk.

There's room for surprises among Bryn's restrained interpretations, however, notably on his reading of Sondheim's Send In The Clowns. Another rousing display of virtuosity from this remarkable performer.

Words: Joe Goodden


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