STYLE: Classical RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 83588-16186 LABEL: Epic 88697578532 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-23 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Simon Carpenter
The sticker on the front tells me that this CD is 'the follow up to the fastest selling classical debut of all time' and it's not hard to understand why these three Roman Catholic priests have become international best-sellers. Basically they are a class act, combining great artistry with a believer's passion. Their first album was outstanding, and they have not put a foot wrong with this one either, from the choice of music, to the tasteful arrangements, to the performers chosen to accompany them. The 15 tracks include choral standards such as Haydn's "Te Deum", Jenkins' "Benedictus" and Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus", the popular Christian hymns "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace", John Rutter's "Gaelic Blessing" and several others. There is even room for an arrangement of "Silent Night". Vocally, the Priests are backed by a selection of top class choirs and ensembles including the London Oratory School Schola and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Like its predecessor, this one will sell and sell. It deserves to.
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The Priests, whose eponymous debut album sold almost 2 million copies in more than 40 countries last year, making it the fastestselling classical debut album of all time, are set to release their second album entitled Harmony this November.
The album will offer spiritual, classical and sacred music including The Lord’s Prayer and Silent Night.
The Priests are three Irish practising Catholic priests who continue to care for their parishes despite global recording success.