Alfie CD (2012)

Artist: Alfie Boe

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Specifications

Label Universal Music Distribution
SKU 228576521
UPC 602527912837
UPC 14 00602527912837
Format CD
Release Date 6/5/2012
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Author Alfie Boe
Compilation Appearance Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia
Compilation Appearance Downton Abbey
Technical Info
Producer Juliette Pochin; James Morgan
CatalogID 001642202
Lable Name Decca
Released 06/05/2012
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 55m : 23s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602527912837
Musical Guests
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Robert Plant
Nick Jonas
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Juliette Pochin, James Morgan (keyboards, programming).
Audio Mixers: Juliette Pochin; James Morgan.
Recording information: Ashmead Studios; Dean St Studios, London; DR Studios, Copenhagen; Smecky Soundstage, Prague.
Editors: Juliette Pochin; James Morgan.
Photographers: Colin Bell; Paul Marc Mitchell.
Having reached the U.K. Top Ten for the first time, performed for the English National Opera in La Boheme and The Mikado, and received rave reviews for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Mis?rables, Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe rounds off an incredible year with his fifth studio album, simply titled Alfie. Proving that it's not just the musical theater and classical pop worlds that appreciate his talent, the follow-up to commercial breakthrough Bring Him Home also features a collaboration with none other than Robert Plant, who lends his yearning tones to a moving orchestral interpretation of Tim Buckley's acoustic folk song "Song to the Siren." It's a shame that Boe couldn't have persuaded the Led Zeppelin legend to stick around a little longer, as it's by far the most compelling offering on a record that -- apart from an emotive operatic reworking of Martina McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes" -- plays it pretty safe. Alongside an understated acoustic version of Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," there's a suitably wintry take on Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," an impassioned adaptation of 17th century traditional English folk song "Over the Hills and Far Away," and a lushly produced rendition of Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year." But elsewhere, Boe continues to delve into a more familiar catalog of show tunes, from Gershwin's Oh, Kay! jazz standard "Someone to Watch Over Me" to Ragtime's stirring choral-led "Wheels of a Dream" to the two numbers from Les Mis?rables, "Who Am I?" and "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," the latter a duet with Michael Ball (better known as a solo piece for the character of Marius). Alfie should consolidate Boe's position as one of the U.K. classical crossover scene's biggest talents, but by proving he's capable of tackling material outside the box, you do wish that he'd be a bit braver and pursue his more adventurous leanings a little further. ~ Jon O'Brien
Disc 1
1 Being Alive - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
2 Maria - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra)
3 When I Fall In Love - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
4 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra)
5 Song To the Siren - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra/Robert Plant)
6 When You Wish Upon a Star - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
7 Music of the Night - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
8 Someone To Watch Over Me - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
9 In My Daughter's Eyes - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra)
10 Over the Hills and Far Away
11 Empty Chairs At Empty Tables - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra/Nick Jonas)
12 Wheels of a Dream - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
13 It Was a Very Good Year - (featuring City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
14 Who Am I - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra)
15 Bring Him Home - (featuring Danish National Chamber Orchestra)
Product Attributes
Artist Boe,Alfie
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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