Jon Christos - Northern Light

Published Saturday 28th January 2006
Jon Christos - Northern Light
Jon Christos - Northern Light

STYLE: Classical
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14291-10300
LABEL: Roots Music Group RMCD0001

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Jon deserves the accolades he's been receiving and although classical purists might find some of the material here a tad too "popular", there is no doubting the rich quality of Jon's voice, a velvet-smooth tenor served by years of world class training and possessing a staggering two and a half octave range. A real standout on this set is Jon's version of Mario Lanza's "I'll Walk With God". Apparently Jon recorded it in one take and it's a deeply emotional and soul lifting performance. Other standouts here are the evergreens "O Holy Night", "Nessun Dorma" and "Jubilate Domum". As well as performing on the piano on 'Northern Light', Jon also conducts the City Of Manchester Symphonia - an orchestra he created and one largely staffed by his college contemporaries - on some of the tracks. It's too early to say, as suggested by his publicist, whether Christos really does compare with Enrico Caruso. But he is certainly a spectacular new classical talent.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Suspiro [Listen]
2. Caruso [Listen]
3. Non Ti Scordar Di Me [Listen]
4. Immenso Songo [Listen]
5. Shadow [Listen]
6. Did You Ever [Listen]
7. All Or Nothing [Listen]
8. Tutto Sie Per Me [Listen]
9. Che'lla Mi Creda [Listen]
10. I'll Walk With God [Listen]
11. Forever And Ever [Listen]
12. Jubilante Domum [Listen]
13. Nessum Dorma [Listen]
14. O Holy Night [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Divo in UK @ 23:05 on Aug 28 2010

To say that Christos compares to Caruso is a very common hype among novices. This bloke is not talented and therefore lies about being an "international opera star" and leaving the opera because he was singing to an elitist minority. He never performed in anything more than school productions as a student, here and there. Never professionally. Obviously, he did not have an operatic quality voice, as judged by professionals. Don't think he'll earn many fans lying like that, especially when the truth comes out eventually!

Posted by Fran in Glossop @ 23:28 on Sep 16 2006

I think Jon is a very talented man and his album is amazing. He is also one of the nicest, unaffected people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I am sure his career is going to go from strength to strength. He is a true superstar.

Reply by Sid Richards in Manchester @ 18:15 on Nov 24 2006

Not sure if you're aware but Jon is hosting a Christmas concert for us at Manchester Cathedral on 13 December. Will be a magical night. Pass it on please!


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Posted by Emma in East Kilbride @ 12:41 on Jul 4 2006

Surprisingly spectacular voice.Great choice of songs.Lets hope this young man goes far.I also hope this is just the first of many albums from Jon Christos.

Posted by jonathon in uk @ 02:39 on Mar 1 2006

What an amazing debut album, this guy is the real deal and has an incredible voice with such warmth and passion and the album is a superb collection of classics and brand new songs. No doubt he will go on to be a superstar in the future.

Posted by Grub @ 18:14 on Jan 31 2006


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