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Jessye Norman - Sacred Songs ~ Ave Maria, Amazing Grace, etc..


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - SanctusThe Ambrosian Singers 5:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Schubert: Ave MariaThe Ambrosian Singers 6:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Franck: Panis AngelicusSir Alexander Gibson 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gounod: Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)Sir Alexander Gibson 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Holy CityJessye Norman 6:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Anonymous: Amazing GraceThe Ambrosian Singers 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Anonymous: GreensleevesSir Alexander Gibson 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Anonymous: Let Us Break Bread TogetherSir Alexander Gibson 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Traditional: I Wonder As I WanderThe Ambrosian Singers 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Traditional: Sweet Little Jesus BoyJessye Norman 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Yon: Gesù BambinoThe Ambrosian Singers 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Jessye Norman is one of the most celebrated artists of our century. She is also among the most distinguished in a long line of American sopranos who refused to believe in limits, a shining member of an artistic pantheon that has included Rosa Ponselle, Maria Callas, Leontyne Price and now this daughter of Augusta, Georgia. "Pigeonholing," said Norman, "is only interesting to ... Read more in Amazon's Jessye Norman Store

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  • Performer: Alexander Gibson, Ambrosian Singers, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
  • Conductor: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Jessye Norman, Charles Gounod, Franz Schubert, Cesar Franck, Stephen Adams, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000040VJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Charles Gounod Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major : Sanctus 6:01 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Franz Schubert Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) 6:07 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman César Franck Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass 4:09 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Charles Gounod Repentir ("O Divine Redeemer"), song for mezzo-soprano & orchestra 6:20 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Stephen Adams (Michael Maybrick) The Holy City, sacred ballad for voice & piano (or orchestra and chorus, ad lib) 6:22 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman John Newton Amazing Grace 3:22 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman English Traditional Greensleeves, folk song 3:54 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Traditional Spiritual Let Us Break Bread Together 3:29 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Christmas Traditional I Wonder As I Wander (American) 3:21 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Robert MacGimsey Sweet Little Jesus Boy, carol for voice & orchestra 4:39 Performed By : Ambrosian Singers / Christopher Bowers-Broadbent / Jessye Norman Pietro Yon Gésu Bambino

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The songs also have good arrangements.
Gary A. Lynch
Ms Norman succeeds and this Christmas Album is simply the best in it's genre and one of the best albums I ever have had the pleasure to listen to.
Douglas Modig
Who can deny that Jessye Norman is gifted with an incredible voice.
Nancy C Bakalar

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Billy Spargo on January 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Heaven must be missing an angel because she's here with us-singing on this disc. This is arguably one of the most beautiful recordings of sacred music ever made. Ms. Norman brings a lifetime of experience to this genre-she joined her church choir at 4! The warm acoustics make you feel like you are sitting in your favorite pew-albeit with a magnificent vocalist in the choirloft. Jessye has conquered the world's opera houses in the most demanding roles-one of which garnered her a fifty-five minute standing ovation (Salzberg). But she is most resplendent in the music of her youth. The majestic voice soars over the orchestra and chorus to deliver the full beauty of the music. Ms. Norman also performs selections with organ accompaniment-appropiate since her voice has often been compared to the king of instruments-"with all the stops pulled out"! You will hear why she is one of the most acclaimed recitalists of our time. Her expansive vocal range encompasses every nuance of the music heard here. We are taken on a journey through the entire spectrum of the category starting with a classical Mass, moving through an American spiritual and finishing with a Christmas carol that will keep you in a festive mood year 'round. Amoung the gems on this disc is an Ave Maria sung in German and arguably the most powerful solo recorded performance of "The Holy City" ever. If you want to hear what the heavenly choir sounds like before entering the pearly gates-listen to this disc. Brava Jessye!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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I was listening to the local public radio station when they played the Sanctus and I literally had to drive off the road to listen it was so powerfyl and moving. Jessye Norman is a national treasure.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
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The Sanctus, and the Holy City will send chills down your spine! Absolutey Breathtaking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Modig on October 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jessye Norman is no stranger to power singing and may sometimes launch herself in the Wagnerian repertoire with a vitrincracking voice on par with the greatest, such as Flagstad and Nilsson. She may outstage Callas as a Dalilah and spellbind a whole world with her renditions of Strauss'"Vier letze lieder".

Listening to her album of scared music seem to transport us into the core of human heart and love. Ms Norman excells in presence and vocal retstraint in order to translate the heartrending message of a Schubert "Ave Maria" which seldom have been better sang than by ms Norman. This seemingly simple piece is simply every singer's trap in which the true quality of the voice may be eposed and ms Norman is passing with flying colours!I have heard divas like Price and Nilsson
faring less well.

Ms Norman is wise enough to hold back that imposing vocal instrument of hers and her renditions on this album are unsurpassed. This may be the only true megastar in contemporary classic vocal music and a reminder that the Flagstads and Nilssons are not easy to live up to. Ms Norman succeeds and this Christmas Album is simply the best in it's genre and one of the best albums I ever have had the pleasure to listen to. Douglas Modig
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Scott on January 30, 2012
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I bought this CD just to hear Jessye's Ave Maria. No one sings Ave Maria like Jessye. I wept hearing her at Jackie Kennedy's funeral, literally wept. Surely Jessye's divine voice heralded Jackie's return to the Gods. Exquisite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Moore on April 22, 2010
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Ms. Norman is one of the greatest sopranos to ever live. Her voice is so clear and soulful. Her mastery of arias in Italian and other languages is beyond reach. I am mesmerized each time I listen to her.
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