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José Carreras Sings Catalan Songs

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000027II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Carreras' voice prior to nearly succumbing to leukemia in '87 carried his audience on the streamers of fireworks -- bright, climbing, breathtaking. Beating the disease, his voice changed; it changed to encompass the very heavens. This CD attests to Carreras' incredible range both technically and emotionally with the simplicity of EL CANT DELS OCELLS, the gap-toothed boyishness of CANCO DE GRUMET, the heart-wrenching DAMUNT DE TU, NOMES LES FLORS. These poetic songs are from his Catalan homeland; they are poignantly arranged and beautifully performed. Carreras calls it Singing from the Soul. I call it Singing the Collective Soul. Catalan Songs is an unexpected, very personal treasure.
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I heard José Carreras singing "T'estimo" in his native tongue in a concert with the three tenors and I was fascinated by his rendition of this song as well as the language and when I stumbled upon this recording I couldn't resist buying it. And it surely didn't disappoint me. Hearing him sing these traditional songs from his native homeland is pure delight.

Here you'll find all kinds of songs; lullabies, Christmas carols and love songs in addition to traditional folk songs. Josep's enthusiasm when singing is easily discovered. And he sings with his usual ardour, pouring all of his emotions into each song. This was recorded in 1990 and his voice is as wonderful as ever. The only thing that has changed since his illness is that he sings with even more passion than before. I enjoy listening to all of the songs, but have of course picked quite a few favourites. "D'amunt de tu, només les flors" is beautiful beyond words while "els contrabandistes" is fun listening to and makes you start toe-tapping. "Canticel" is a delightful little song and "Canco de comiat" is an achingly beautiful farewell song to Catalonia. "T'estimo" (I love thee) is a beautiful love song composed by a late fellow citizen of mine; the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, so the song is not from Catalonia, but the lyrics are translated into Catalan. Not long ago I had the honour of hearing José Carreras singing this song in my hometown. A wonderful experience, I might add. After finishing this song Carreras looked upwards and blew a kiss of thank you to heaven, obviously grateful that his rendition of this particular song was very well received by the audience in the composers' hometown. A gesture that no doubt added to his charm....
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I ordered this album for research into a project regarding Catalain folk songs, and was not really expecting to enjoy the album just for listening's sake, but I actually Really Really like it. If this rating system allowed for half stars, I would give it a four and a half!

The recording is flawless in it's clarity and quality, and the mix is virtually perfect... The orchestrations are lush and gorgeous, and performed flawlessly! Also, Mr. Carreras' vocal performance is passionate, and also very well recorded. If I have any issues at all with this is that his pitch is often noticeably off the mark, but that is disguised by a vibrato that is a bit distracting...

Often this kind of performance is deemed acceptable in classical circles, (though it should not be, but it's hard to buck several centuries of tradition) Certainly when delivering Folk songs (Albeit in an operatic style) there should be more focus on a simpler delivery, and the mechanics thereof...

Overall, a great experience, with the vibrato and pitch being a minor irritant at times, but i think easily overlooked in ones long term memory of the experience. I wold highly recommend it.
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