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Sacred Songs

Placido Domingo Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Ave Maria (arranged from "Intermezzo sinfonico")Marcello Viotti 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. KyrieMarcello Viotti 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Franck: Panis AngelicusMarcello Viotti 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Álvarez: PregáriaMarcello Viotti 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gounod: Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846Marcello Viotti 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schubert: Wiegenlied, D.498 - Arr. & Orch. Steven Mercurio as "Mille Cherubini in coro"Marcello Viotti 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gounod: Messe solennelle de Ste. Cécile - SanctusMarcello Viotti 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: "Bist du bei mir", BWV 508 AriaMarcello Viotti 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Serse / Act 1 - Frondi tenere / Ombra mai fuMarcello Viotti 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle / Gloria - Domine DeusMarcello Viotti 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gounod: Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)Marcello Viotti 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Climb Ev'ry Mountain [The Sound of Music]Marcello Viotti 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Domingo Jr.: Ave MariaMarcello Viotti 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Der EngelMarcello Viotti 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op.70 / Part 1 - "Ye people, rend your hearts" - "If with all your hearts"Marcello Viotti 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tosti: Preghiera (Alla mente confusa)Marcello Viotti 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00006GEKH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Work December 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Of the great living tenors, Placido Domingo commands the most respect among musicians for his voice, musicality, breadth of repertoire, and professionalism. The CD purchasing public, however are more excited by Andrea Bocelli and Luigi Pavarotti. Sacred Songs is an attempt to win over some of their market share.
16 songs are contained on the disc that would admittedly be better but less alliteratively titled Inspirational Songs; Richard Rogers's Climb Every Mountain, one of the highlights, is hardly church music. Along with a healthy supply of beautifully sung classics by Franck, Gounod and the like are a handful of curiosities. The inclusion of an Ave Maria by Domingo's middle son Placido Domingo Jr, with Luisa Domingo on harp is an enjoyable bit of musical nepotism. Schubert's well-known Lullaby is merged with his ballet music from Rosemunde and the whole given a new text and backing by women's choir; likewise Mascagani's instrumental Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana becomes a duet between Domingo and the pop soprano Sissel. Domingo's sheer musicality saves the former, but the latter is less fortunate, as Sissel's thin singing and pious recitation spoil an otherwise gorgeous composition. (Admittedly, Sissel fares much better in her second duet on the CD.) Also somewhat aesthetically questionable is Paolo Rustichelli's Kyrie, with the composer accompanying on piano, guitar, and synthesizers. The real low point on the disc occurs in Gounod's Sanctus, where a lovely climax is destroyed by the sloppy ensemble of the Coro Sinfonicao di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
Whether Sacred Songs will convert the unbelievers is questionable, and it may even alienate some of Domingo's more dogmatic followers with its hint of crossover.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo for "Sacred Songs" by Placido Domingo December 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Placido Domingo presents a beautiful new collection of sacred songs which includes old favorites like "Panis Angelicus" by Cesar Franck, and wonderful new additions like the melodious "Ave Maria" composed by his son, Placido Domingo, Jr., featuring Luisa Domingo on the harp. The recording, from the Auditorium Milano in Milano in February, 2002, is clear and vibrant. Program notes by Harvey Sachs are outstanding and indicate that the songs included cover a period of 300 years. They are sung easily by Mr. Domingo in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Latin. Sensitive and moving orchestral accompaniment is under the direction of conductor Marcello Viotti, who says, "Musicians must communicate everything they have in their souls, and what makes Placido so special is his very, very rich soul: he gives so much, gives of his fullness." My favorite compositions on the recording are the robust "Domine Deus" by Rossini, and the humble "Repentir" by Gounod, which drives you to your knees. Full text of all the songs with English translation is presented, along with color pictures of Mr. Domingo at work on the two duets with his collaborating Norwegian soprano, Sissel. Also included is the inspiring "Ave Maria" by Schubert, sung by Mr. Domingo at the New York memorial service for the September 11 disaster victims. The songs are summarized best by Mr. Domingo: "Over the years, sacred music has always been close to me...every piece of music we hear [on the recording] is a miracle, therefore sacred." I recently heard Mr. Domingo in person at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (singing the lead in Mozart's "Idomeneo"), and can assure you this "world's greatest tenor" is still in wonderful and wondrous form. The new "Sacred Songs" is a must for those who love classical sacred music, a recording which to me makes the soul soar.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected More February 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I like very much Placido Domingo, and the album is good, however not as good as I expected. I felt some enthusiasm is missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Songs June 25, 2013
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I fell in love with Pacido Domingo and his singing. I saw his life story on one of the Lifetime channels and was very impressed.
Betty G.
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