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The Irish Tenors Live in Belfast
Richard Farrelly, William Wallace, Tempest Sanderson
The Irish Tenors Live in Belfast
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
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Just a year after their smash breakthrough debut album--itself still riding high in the charts--the Irish Tenors have added another delightfully varied collection to their discography. Live in Belfast again showcases the g...  more »


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All Artists: Richard Farrelly, William Wallace, Tempest Sanderson, Francis McPeake
Title: The Irish Tenors Live in Belfast
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: Music Matters
Original Release Date: 3/7/2000
Re-Release Date: 1/8/2007
Album Type: Live
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Celtic, Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 658926901828

Just a year after their smash breakthrough debut album--itself still riding high in the charts--the Irish Tenors have added another delightfully varied collection to their discography. Live in Belfast again showcases the group's obvious concert charisma from a performance given in February 2000. It's a generous smorgasbord of medleys, traditional numbers, and songs from popular sources (including "Scorn Not His Simplicity," which Sinead O'Connor has interpreted)--mixing nostalgic sentimentality with selections of bittersweet melancholy. Binding the whole together is the unmistakable stylish charm of the Irish Tenors, whether singing in solos or in ensembles. But the biggest surprise for fans already hooked on the Tenors is the introduction of Finbar Wright as replacement for original member John McDermott. Wright's bright, romantic voice easily wins over a potentially skeptical crowd--especially in the dreamy "Isle of Innisfree"--and blends nicely with his colleagues. (McDermott, who had to bow out of the performance due to the death of his mother, makes a surprise appearance to solo in a memorable and touching "The Last Rose of Summer"--given as a tribute to his parents--and to rejoin the Tenors for "Red Is the Rose.") The arrangements by Tenors producer Frank McNamara are played with zest by the Orchestra Warsaw Sinfonia. --Tom May

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As Delightful As The Original!
Dawn Livingston | Ohio United States | 03/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I like John McDermott's voice, so without intending to be, I was a little standoffish with regards to Finbar Wright. Face it, John McDermott cannot be replaced. What you have in Finbar Wright is a strong, beautiful, noteworthy voice in the operatic style of Tynan and Kearns. Basically, he's won me over enough for me to want to buy his solo CD and if that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is. McDermott has a distinct and warm voice but Wright's is worthwhile too. Wright starting off the songs "Dublin in the Rare Old Times" and "Fields of Athenry" was ideal. There is something of Wright's voice that seems (at least to me) to be a combination of Kearns and McDermott's voices and well suited to the kinds of songs that McDermott would sing. Perhaps the best song of the entire CD is "Scorn Not His Simplicity" by Tynan. A beautiful song I'd never heard before with thoughtful, stirring lyrics paired with Tynan's distinctive and expressive voice. Exquisite. If it were a movie, it would win an Oscar. Kearns stand-out songs are "Bantry Bay" and "There is a Flower That Bloometh." Both beautiful songs done full justice by Kearns. By the way, the "gloaming" of "Bantry Bay" means twilight. Didn't know that til I looked it up. "Dublin in the Rare Old Times" was warm and very well done. I liked "Molly Malone" but having first heard the slower, sadder Dubliners version I find it hard to get used to the Irish Tenors one. It seems rushed and the ending seems too abrupt. The "Fields of Athenry" by Wright, Kearns and Tynan was very well done but topped by the dramatic "Star of the County Down", also done by the three. For those that like "The Fields of Athenry," I highly recommend the version of it done by singer Paddy Reilly. Because Wright, Tynan and Kearns sing in an operatic style I think they sing more easily together. Perhaps it is easier for them to sing in harmony than it is with McDermott because his style is a little different, that is, not operatic. And the harmony of Wright, Kearns and Tynan is at it's best in "Star of the County Down." However, "Red is the Rose" showcases how marvelous the harmonies between the distinct voices and styles of McDermott, Kearns and Tynan can be at their best. Beautiful lyrics, melody and harmonies. A quiet and restrained song, delicate and beautiful yet strong. Perfection. I simply cannot imagine it being done better. "Carrickfergus," "Green Isle of Erin" and "Isle of Inisfree" were all done well by Finbar Wright and though I don't like the song "Carrickfergus" I have to say that Wright sings it beautifully so that I find myself listening to it anyway. I liked the Percy French Medley that begins with "Phil the Fluther's Ball" but I kind of felt left out because I couldn't understand all the words. I hope that in future CD releases, which I imagine there will be many more of, will include the lyrics. I very much like "Come Back Paddy Reilly" by Tynan, and "The Lay of the West Clare Railway" by Wright, and I think they were the perfect choices to sing those particular songs as their voices seemed to be an excellent fit. I think the song "Paddy McGinty's Goat" would be a good song to include on a future CD along the same lines as those in the Percy French Medley. Other songs to include in the future might be "Irish Ways and Irish Laws" and perhaps "The Widow Malone."I think some may be disappointed that McDermott's involvement was so small. But he does have solo CD's of his own and this is the Irish Tenors, not just him alone. Kearns voice is always good but seems to get better the more listened to and Tynan is always a delight. Wright is not McDermott, but his voice will charm you if you only let it. I hate the idea that either Wright or McDermott won't be in the next tenors CD. An evening spent listening to them is a relaxing and delightful one. But, fortunately, I can console myself with the CD's that exist already. I think if you get the CD because your favorite is McDermott, then you might be disappointed because he sings only two songs and Wright is not a carbon copy of him. However, if you listen to the CD wanting to be entertained, and wanting to listen to beautiful songs done very well, possibly better than anyone else can do them, you will be very happy with this CD."
They've done it again!
Dawn Livingston | 03/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have once again lost myself in the music of these wonderful men. They are more relaxed in this CD and their passion comes through brilliantly. Anthony continues to amaze in his range of songs. His "Phil the Fluther's Ball" cause the foot to tap and his "There is a Flower that Bloometh" and "She is Far From the Land" cause the heart to swell. Finbar is a wonderful addition and I look forward to hearing more from him. "Carrickfergus" is a song I have loved for years and "Isle of Inisfree" brings back the memories too. Ronan continues to delight and make us think also. His "Scorn Not His Simplicity" brings tears. The wonderful surprise of John McDermott made the performance that much more special. I want the Four Irish Tenors next!"
The Four Tenors?
Lavonne McClish | Texas, USA | 04/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After I had taped the "Live from Belfast" television program from PBS, I liked it so much that I wanted the CD also. I greatly admired John McDermott for singing the tribute to his parents so soon after his mother's death. Obviously the audience loved him, and I liked him too. However, Finbar Wright is an excellent tenor, and I would like to see him given more opportunities. As for Anthony Kearns, he has, to my way of thinking, a nearly perfect voice. I love the way he ornaments a note with trills, turns, and lilts. He can sing fun songs, patriotic songs, and sad songs equally well. He seems to put everything he has, emotionally, into his singing, and he touches my heart."