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My Heart

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There's no arguing with the power of Sissel's voice. The Norwegian soprano brought James Horner's Titanic to life and blew people away at the Lillehammer Olympics' opening ceremony. Positioned as a classical crossover performer, Sissel's talent and versatility gets her into trouble. The 12-song My Heart bounces back and forth from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Franz Schubert, from Astor Piazolla to Ennio Morricone. These different composers are reconciled into one album by her talent. She's less successful with a so-so version "Ave Maria," but does better with Puccini's tear-jerker aria "O Mio Babbino Caro." Things go aesthetically awry when the singer (who has recorded folk music in the past) dives into folk-pop with "Angel Eyes" and then spin completely out of control on Richard Marx's "Someone Like You," which is a jarring stab at light R&B. Seemingly formulated by marketing team, My Heart may succeed at getting radio airplay in different formats, but it's an album that loses its way at times. --Tad Hendrickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wait A While
  2. Lascia Che
  3. Someone Like You
  4. Tristezza
  5. Angel Rays
  6. Mon Ceur
  7. Pie Jesu
  8. Oblivion
  9. You Raise Me Up
  10. O Mio Babbino Caro
  11. Ave Maria
  12. Deborah's Theme (From Once Upon A Time In America)

Product Details

  • Composer: Fryderyk Chopin, Stephen Endelman, Brendan Graham, George Frideric Handel, Andrew Lloyd Webber, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0001BS4LA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This was Sissel's second US release and by far her best English language album. It works as a showcase for her lovely voice. It spans classical, jazz and pop. The producers have charted a very safe course. There's something here to please everyone. Some lovely rarities include "Angel Rays" from the film "Evelyn," the soaring hymn "You Raise Me Up," Argentinian composer Astor Piazolla's "Oblivion" and my favorite here, the all too little heard "Deborah's Theme" from Sergio Leone's epic film "Once Upon A Time In America". This haunting, wordless hymn, will forever conjure up in my mind the image of a young Jennifer Connelly (Deborah) walking down the street, haloed in rising mist turned gold by the setting sun, as the little boy who loves her looks on longingly from afar, followed by the final scenes in the film, when as an old man, he realises what he lost when he turned her away.

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).
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I first heard Sissel on a PBS special sometime during the 2003 Christmas season. I was surfing my local cable channels for a football game and was instantaneously mesmerized by a stunningly beautiful voice from an angelic and elegant woman that I have since come to know as Sissel. The remote never did take me to the familiar surroundings of that football game ....instead Sissel took me on a musical journey that I shall not forget. I was moved at the deepest level of my soul in a way that is totally impossible to describe. All I know is that I dared not lay hand on the remote and, after 2 hours of listening, found myself yearning for more of her velvet voice and enchanting smile.

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!!!
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Everything about this woman is beautiful!

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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