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Sacred: A Spiritual Journey
Orchestr Ceská Filharmonie, Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright
Sacred: A Spiritual Journey
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Sacred marks John McDermott s first recording with the Irish Tenors since rejoining fellow original member Anthony Kearns and Finbar Wright. The Irish Tenors live up to their reputation as gifted interpreters with this col...  more »

      
   
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Sacred marks John McDermott s first recording with the Irish Tenors since rejoining fellow original member Anthony Kearns and Finbar Wright. The Irish Tenors live up to their reputation as gifted interpreters with this collection, covering a wide range of spiritual material. Sacred was produced by the Irish Tenors long-time musical director, Arnie Roth, and includes Be Thou My Vision, Deus Meus, Salve Regina, Amazing Grace, and 11 more hymns. Format: 15 tracks, Audio CD Publisher: Ignatius Press

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Sacred, but never stodgy
Dr. Emil "Tom" Shuffhausen | Central Gulf Coast | 09/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"With so many "hymns" albums being released these days, you wouldn't think you could find much that would be fresh and original, but this beautiful recording demonstrates that there can be a lot of life left in this genre. The voices, are--of course--in top form. What is so fresh is the obvious feeling and passion that McDermott, Kearns, and Wright bring to each song; and the song selection is generally very inspired.

My favorite song is "How Deep the Father's Love for Us," a relatively new composition that sounds ancient in its richness, depth, poetry, and wisdom, but also entirely vital, thrilling, and reviving in it's content. The classic STUDENT PRINCE song, "I'll Walk With God" is one of many tour-de-force moments that make the listener want to give a standing ovation. "Deus Meus" is beautifully mystical and "Be Thou My Vision" is a sturdy standard that stirs the soul. The intricate vocal interplay of "Lord of the Dance" is dazzling, and is complimented by crystalline strings.

In fact, the instrumentation throughout is exceptional, serving as a perfect, gorgeous bed for the vocals without overwhelming them. This is not only good "Sunday morning music," but it works anytime the listener is in need of a powerful lift."
The Best So Far...
Wexford Meg | Chicago, IL | 09/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just when you think they can't get any better, Anthony, John and Finbar really do. It's SO WONDERFUL to see John back! If you're a new fan or have been one from the beginning, you're simply going to love this album. It's a true masterpiece."
Okay, but . . .
J. Head | Chicago | 10/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I was not overly impressed with this CD. I felt some of the songs were overwrought and had too much orchestra on them. The best ones were the songs where the focus was on the singers, and not the accompaniment. And I'm really ticked off about Lord of the Dance--they left off the last verse, which I think is the best one in the whole song. I bought this mainly for Be Thou My Vision, Lord of the Dance, Amazing Grace, and Morning has Broken. I just wish the rest of the songs were as good. I would recommend John McDermott's "Great is Thy Faithfullness" over this CD."