ABC Classics 482 2429
Reviewed by Inge Southcott, May 1st, 2015
Are you in a hurry to find a gift for that great aunt you hardly know? Perhaps you are on your way to a family Christmas do, and you need to find something appealing, under $25 and inoffensive? Well this compilation CD will be the perfect answer to your prayers! Just pop into the Post Office – it will soon be there next to Andre Rieu’s CDS. Look for the charming photo of a white dove soaring in a soft pale blue sky.
Don’t be put off by the fact it is from the ABC Classics label! There is no demanding highbrow music on it, though maybe the excerpt from Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with soprano Yvonne Kenny, could be a bit too twentieth century. But if she doesn’t like it, she can fast forward to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Pie Jesu” with Barbara Bonney and Anthony Way. She’ll probably remember Anthony, that lovely looking boy treble who rocketed to fame in 1995 on the soundtrack of the BBC series The Choir. No matter that these two singers are not Australian on this Australian Broadcasting Corporation disc when all the other tracks are from Aussies. Their names will be familiar to her and that’s what’s important!
And besides, there are no CD notes about the actual music or the various artists for her to plough through. It is nice and simple with just the song texts and translations, and doves. Unfortunately it seems the funds did not stretch to photos. A nice shot of Teddy (Tahu Rhodes) or David (Hobson) would certainly have had appeal. Yes, this CD was certainly designed to appeal. It was released in March this year, so it is hot off the press, and in fact the most recent track on it was recorded in 2012.
Apart from ALW, it includes the two famous “ Ave Marias” (Gounod and Schubert), “Where’er You Walk” and “He Shall Feed His Flock” (Handel), Mendelssohn’s “O, For the Wings of a Dove” with Anthony piping away beautifully, Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”, Barber’s Agnus Dei,, arrangements of ” All Through the Night” and “Deep Peace”, an aria by Bach, an orchestral excerpt from Mendelssohn’s Op.27 and “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
Don’t miss it. How exciting that ABC Classics are entering the crossover CD market and using previous recordings from their archives so appealingly. Perhaps the venture may even save our beloved broadcaster….