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Angela Gheorghiu - Mysterium ~ Sacred Arias
Adolphe Adam, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gabriel Faure
Angela Gheorghiu - Mysterium ~ Sacred Arias
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
At first glance, this looks like another of those star turns in which a highly publicized singer tackles material calculated to broaden her appeal. But it's much more than that, for Angela Gheorghiu, in addition to possess...  more »

      
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At first glance, this looks like another of those star turns in which a highly publicized singer tackles material calculated to broaden her appeal. But it's much more than that, for Angela Gheorghiu, in addition to possessing one of the great voices of our day, exhibits an affinity for most of the 15 selections on this highly attractive disc. She opens with Romanian Orthodox works that are compelling in their heartfelt simplicity. The rest of the program includes standards, like the Schubert Ave Maria, and traditional Christmas songs, such as "O Holy Night" and "Adeste fideles" (both gorgeously sung with a restraint that averts sentimentality), along with others ranging from the familiar to the seldom heard. One of these rarities is the high point of the disc: Niedermeyer's "Pieta, Signor," sung with spectacular intensity and boasting some thrilling trills. Gheorghiu's so good that this Christmas stocking stuffer becomes a disc for all seasons. --Dan Davis
 

CD Reviews

I love it with my whole heart!
Janet Knori | Eugene, OR USA | 12/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This won't be as long or detailed or even knowledgable as the previous two reviews. Fortunately, they are both positive where it counts - Angela is well-named, has the voice of an angel. Soft, textury, intense, variegated as some of the yarns I love to knit!

I'm not sure if there could be a human being in the world who failed to appreciate and LOVE this CD. My whole heart adores listening to it!

Janet Knori, author of "Awakening in God""
Divine music, Divinely performed, glorifying Divinity.
Peter Vadasz | Flagstaff, AZ, USA | 11/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Angela Gheorghiu performs here in 5 different languages, starting with 4 Romanian sacred arias (that one can not find them easily elsewhere), followed by similar arias in English, Latin, German and Italian. The music is DIVINE. Angela uses her DIVINE voice to give us a DIVINE performance glorifying DIVINITY. It is BEAUTIFUL, ADORABLE, TOUCHING, and ETERNAL. To me this CD is an example of PERFECTION."