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My Secret Heart: Songs Of The Parlour, Stage And Silver Screen

Ben Heppner Audio CD
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5. Someday My Heart Will Awake
6. I'll See You Again
7. We'll Gather Lilacs
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11. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
12. Roses Of Picardy
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14. Serenade
15. Love Me Tonight
16. Be My Love
17. The Desert Song
18. I'll Follow My Secret Heart

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With his 1999 Met triumph as Tristan--the most taxing of all Wagner's tenor roles--Canadian singer Ben Heppner has fully earned his heralded position as the great new Heldentenor of our time. His Lohengrin is a signature role, while his album German Romantic Opera has been nominated for a Grammy. Yet Heppner also commands tremendous versatility--and of a much more engaging character than that of the typical crossover effort--using his powerful, bronze-tinged tenor to tender and charming effect in My Secret Heart. This is a collection of songs roughly from the period between the two world wars, when music began to reach mass audiences via radio and screen. Many of these are almost forgotten gems--emblems of a vanished era--but once had wide cultural currency: the World War II hit "We'll Gather Lilacs," the radio show Family Hour's theme tune "Let My Song Fill Your Heart," and the oft-recorded 1919 ballad "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise." Heppner, with his sturdy beauty of tone and sweet, natural-sounding vibrato, breathes new life into this genre. He handles the idiom's unabashed schmaltz with charm and brings a lilting urbanity to two Noël Coward tunes, with especially bittersweet refinement in "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." --Thomas May

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a 'crossover' album should be! Aug. 31 2001
Format:Audio CD
In general, I hate it when classical singers make 'crossover' recordings. Usually the singer has no idea how to sing 'pop' material in anything like the proper style - even someone who is singing it because he or she genuinely likes the music and not just to milk cash from the unsuspecting masses. But there are always exceptions to a rule, and this CD is one of them. Ben Heppner here scales down his huge operatic voice and shows his 'secret heart', a more intimate side of his musical personality.
There is no question that Heppner is one of the greatest tenors of our age. He is often compared with his fellow Canadian Jon Vickers (with whom he shares much of his repertory) but especially here, he is beginning to remind me more and more of Jussi Bjorling, and I can think of no higher compliment. Part of this is because Bjorling actually sang quite a bit of repertory similar to what Heppner sings here, but more importantly, both voices have an ideal combination of power and sweetness. Heppner's is essentially a very lyric voice despite its large size, and he is capable of great tonal beauty and sensitivity. This not only makes his Wagner, Giordano, and Berlioz very special, but makes him equally adept with the gentle little gems he sings on this disc. He is helped somewhat by the fact that these songs, most of which were written in the very early part of the 20th century, are a lot closer to the 'classical' style than more modern pop. But what really makes Heppner perfect for this material is his total identification with the texts, his tenderness, and his utter sincerity. Also, his diction is superb - you won't need the printed texts to understand what he is singing. In the hands of a lesser singer, some of these old fashioned songs would be absolute treacle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This cd has left me speechless, wow! Feb. 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
Air give me air, I need lots of air, air, air.......This cd has caused me a lot of adverse breathing.
The things that I have read about Ben have been very true. He really is a lot more than I ever bargained for. He is THAT GOOD.
I need to go out on a limb and say that he is the best tenor I have ever heard. In my wildest dreams I never thought anyone could be that good.
For this cd Ben choose to sing a lot of standards. Bravo! This is my kind of music. Ben did an excellent job crooning us with his golden voice. He knew when to hold back and when to sing at full strength. This is marvelous how he worked each song to get the full meaning out of it.
The only complaint I have is there was not enough of the good olde songs that I wanted to hear Ben sing. I know it's hard to please all the people all the time and I understand where Ben was coming from.
This cd is a must for the fans of beautiful opera singers who crossover with popular music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heppner's a Hit May 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
Having heard Ben Heppner in broadcasts of Turandot and Tristan and Isolde (in which his big dramatic tenor was spectacular), I was not entirely prepared of the sweet intimacy of the sound of so much of "My Secret Heart." Many of the songs were familiar and well-loved: I'll See You Again, We'll Gather Lilcas, Roses of Picardy, I'll Be Seeing You and the title song itself. And I found songs new to me, and after several playings, I had found some new favorites. The quiet intimacy of some of the love songs remind the listener that Heppner dedicated the album to his wife - he sounds as if he's singing straight to her. He has figured out what many opera singers do not -- that what works for Tristan and Calif is not the way to sing "I'll Be Seeing You." The power is there, tempered by control, and the voice is wonderful -- he is versatile. Of course, when he gets to "I Love Life," we remember that he's probably the best dramtic tenor performing today. I was already a fan - I am now a bigger one. Bravo, Bravo.
(P.S. Tell the writer of the liner notes, that "Deep in my Heart" starring Jose Ferrer was a movie about the life of Sigmund Romberg, not Rudolf Frimal.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine album of songs of sentiment April 16 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is a very fine album. I was quite taken with Heppner's clear diction and fresh approach to this music. The highest praise I can give this album is that one would not have though this was someone who had excelled in the heavy Wagner vocal literature. While I thought some of the numbers in the first 12 of the CD were less memorable than the last half dozen, his recording of Romberg's Serenade and "Be My Love" are worth the price of entire CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Heppner Delights Once Again. Nov. 12 1999
Format:Audio CD
Ben Heppner is Pheonominal, and this CD is a tribute to his flexibility, and artistry. The CD will be accessable to a wider audience because of the music sung. I recommend this CD both to opera afficionados, and those who like broadway, easylistening, or just good singing. Each song is beatifully sung and well thought.
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