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Sissel's voice has changed noticeably over the past 20 years. It is now richer, with a darker timbre, much more full-bodied and with an immense power when needed. If you can, it is fascinating to compare what she sounded like on her first album with what she sounds like now. In her 1986 debut album, the voice is obviously young, with a crystalline purity and trememdous raw power. Twenty years on, the voice has matured beautifully with the power still evident but tamed by an exquisite refinement.
I do wish Amazon would bring in her earlier Norwegian/Danish albums. She has been issuing recordings since 1986. So far only her eponymous 1986 debut album, the showtune-influenced "Soria Moria" and the Christmas CD "Stilla Natt" are available. Personally I prefer listening to her in Scandinavian (She sings in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish).Read more ›
Fast forward a couple of worn out Sissel CD's later to the day I purchased MY Heart. I tell ya, the thing was barely out of the wrapper when once again I succumbed to the beauty of her voice. The first time I listened to O Mio Bambino and Pie Jusu I flat out cried!!!. Although the mixture of pop, folk and opera on this CD may seem odd to some, Sissel succeeds in moving listeners in a truely eclectic way. This is what I think distinguishes Sissel from other artists and makes this CD so special. She is versatile beyond belief. When she sings a folk song she sounds like a great folk song singer. When she sings a pop song she sounds like a Pop star. Now I'm not an expert on opera but I can tell you this, when she sings an Operatic song she sound's as good as any of the many singers I heard during my younger years when my grandmother blasted Italian opera albums in my home...it was like dueling banjoes... old grandma cranking up Pavarotti in the living room while I was blasting Led Zeplin and The Rolling Stones in my bedroom! I guess you could say that Sissel has brought me around to seeing things my Grandmother's way...I can see her now smiling in her grave and saying, " You-a see? I-a told-a you so-a my thick-a headed grandson"!! Hey grandma, you were right!!!
I was recently introduced to Sissel when she performed a concert on the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast. As I heard her astounding voice, I thought, "Who IS this remarkable woman?"
Sissel has truly one of the most gifted voices in the world. There are few voices on earth that have the clarity and purity and smoothness of tone that she has. As I was shopping for my first Sissel album, I listened to her singing some of the classical standards from this album along side recordings by Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church. All three voices are angelic (I've bought their albums, too), but I was captured by the sweet purity that Sissel had and the lack of overly-done vibrato that the other two had. Make no mistake. I'm a fan of them, too. But I literally couldn't stop listening to the incredible purity and clarity of Sissel's voice. It's almost like the clear beauty of a Church bell on a quiet Sunday morning after a quiet winter snow. It stands out in its beauty! I couldn't put her down, so to speak!
I suppose that with a voice like hers, it's no wonder that Bryn Terfel and Placido Domingo travel Europe with her to perform with her. Reviews have called Sissel, "THE female Josh Groban".
Sissel has more than just a flawlessly beautiful voice. She is also easily one of the most versatile vocalists in the world, effortlessly performing as beautifully in the pop realm as in the classical world. I particularly like the jazzy "Oblivion" track (#8) on this CD, although I find myself listening continuously also to Wait a While (track #1) and Deborah's Theme (Track #13).
Sissel is like a draught of pure ice-cold water direct from a crystal-clear mountain stream on a hot day. Her voice satisfies like no one else! And it only gets better every time you listen to it!
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If you have not heard of Sissel, you haven't heard the best sound in the world. Magnificent to hear and, on you tube, to watch. One cd you will not regret owning.Published 2 months ago by Al
love her singing... Here's some infor on her:
Sissel Kyrkjebø (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsɪsəl ˈçʏʁçəˌbʷøː], /ˈsisel ˈçyrçeˌbø/; born 24 June 1969), also simply known as... Read more
Her voice is flawless like an angel and her gentle beautiful spirit just pours from her voicePublished 6 months ago by Ruth Tuttle
I love Sissel. She has the voice of an angel. When I first saw her sing Auld Lang Syne on U tube with Norwegian scenary in the background I cried at the beauty of it all. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dorothy
Beautiful voice and beautiful singing. We have been listening to her cd's over and over again. Enjoying them very much!!Published 15 months ago by Carolyn
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