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Having won Classical Brit `Album of the Year' awards for her previous two albums - 'Second Nature' and 'Living A Dream', Katherine Jenkins returns with her fourth and strongest album to date, `Serenade'. Featuring a collection of classical favourites that includes `The Flower Duet' (featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa), Pachelbel's `Canon' and Puccini's `O Mio Babbino Caro', `Serenade' also includes a version of the modern classic, `Everything I Do', performed in Italian and featuring Bryan Adams on guitar. Universal. 2006.
Following on from the heady success of albums like Premiere, Second Nature, and Living a Dream, Welsh mezzo-soprano and sometime fashion model and music teacher Katherine Jenkins now presents her fourth collection of classically-rendered hymns, arias, and pop classics. Serenade seems an understated title for someone with such a soaring voice and dynamic range, yet fans will know Jenkins is more than capable of balancing her operatic cartwheels with moments of real tenderness. This is evidenced immediately on the album's opening track, an elegant version of Bryan Adams's "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," sung in Italian with Adams himself featured on guitar. The same undulations of quietude and drama unfold throughout the rest of the LP as Jenkins recreates timeless classics such as "Dear Lord and Father," "Lisa Lan," "Chance in a Lifetime," and "O Mio Babbino Caro" with characteristic grace and aplomb. --Danny McKenna
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I am very glad I did! There are so many gems here that I now consider this Katherine's best album. Surprisingly, "Nella Fantasia" instantly became a favorite of mine. Her rich, warm tones really brought this song to life in a way I had never heard before. It could have been written for her! Ultimately, I concluded that she did justice to every single track, from the rousing gypsy dance ("Chanson Boheme") to the beautiful hymn, "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind." I would not have left out a single one, not even "O Mio Babbino Caro" (which I still think is sung too often.)
One thing people seem to be arguing about is what genre Katherine belongs to. With arias like "One Fine Day" in her repertoire, she can hardly be called a pop singer, but seeing that she has never actually performed in an opera, she can't rightly be called a legitimate opera singer, either. Instead, she is a part of a growing community of what we call "Classical Crossover" singers. Some people like this, some people don't. I just accept her for who she is - a classically trained recording artist who consistently produces wonderful music.
Jenkins has the knack of choosing some of the greatest classical pieces but also manages to inject her repertoire with modern selections (her 2005 album "Living a Dream" featured a mix of contemporary musical theatre and classical pieces). Here on the "Serenade" album she's joined by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and together they spin magic with Delibes' "The Flower Duet". For the serious opera fans, it's probably the best track on the album. Jenkins also enchants with a very pretty "Lisa Lan", "Green Green Grass of Home" and "The Prayer" (normally sung by a tenor, but equally stirring as performed here by Jenkins).
A very fine album indeed. [Universal/UCJ Music 476 571-8]
Some people critizaice Katherin Jenkins about she is a copycat of Sarah Brightman,but they are totally diferent.
Returning to the album,the song selection is great,I can ask for more!!!!!
My favs are
*(Quello Che Faró) Sarà Per Te [(Everything I Do) I Do It for You].- I wasn't sure about northamerican songs translated to italian and sung in an operatic style-alike, but this piece is beautiful..
*Nella Fantasia.- This is a Sarah Brightman "original song",Katherin did an excellent job with this song.
* Il canto.- I like the music and MS Jenkins voice brights in this song.
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