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A Good Instrument that Needs Some Time to Mature

This CD is one of the currently very popular Classical Crossover CDs being offered up to the public with great aplomb from the recording industry. For those of you who are fans of the genre you probably will like this recording, although the offerings on this CD lay more heavily on traditional music. Classical music fans will probably want to stay away from this CD. Jenkins has a lovely instrument but she’s young and her voice has not yet reached the maturity physically that is necessary to truly master the repertoire. ( If you don't believe me check out Renee Fleming's Rusalka: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (O silver moon) and compare it to Jenkins) It will be interesting to hear her sound 10 years from now after the voice has matured. I hope she continues to study classical music seriously because I think she has the makings of a good opera singer if she chooses to be disciplined about the craft. And it is discipline that this singer needs, because her technique is sadly sloppy for someone who graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Music. Her pronunciation of the foreign languages is not done well. Her vowels are wrong and her understanding of French in particular is frankly aweful I know some of you crossover fans are rolling your eyes at another opera fan’s criticism of a crossover artist but understand that this is an artist doing opera and if you are going to do opera you should respect it enough to do it well. And by well I don’t mean trying to be as good as opera greats like Callas, Sutherland, Bartoli, etc.(that’s unrealistic critics!) but simply taking the time to say the words correctly, perform the rhythms accurately, and get the style of the piece down right. These are all things within reach of singers like Jenkins but frankly they are too lazy to put in the necessary work. This shows a lack of love and respect for the art form which is upsetting to people like me who practice 4-6 hours a day on these very things. That being said, Jenkins less traditional selections like “Hymn to the Fallen” and “House of No Regrets” are quite lovely and worth giving a listen.

Not as bad as some reviewers would have you think

Why is Katherine Jenkins being compared to think likes of Cecilia Bartolli and Denyce Graves? They are opera singers and Jenkins is doing classical crossover here. I'd be hesitant to compare her to Sarah Brightman (who's often considered the gold standard in the crossover genre) because Jenkins is a mezzo soprano. Her renditions of classical pieces such as Seguidilla and Song to the Moon (excellent English translation by the way) are arranged as pop music essentially. I don't consider this "dumbing down" opera but rather introducing it to a new demographic- one that might not otherwise be receptive to it. Maybe Jenkins' fans will some day seek out Bartolli and Graves with an open mind. Very few would quibble about things like vibrato and diction in a pop singer and that's what Jenkins is. I consider her best pieces here to be her reditions of crossover "standards" like En Aranuz, Va Pensiero etc. They're often sung by sopranos so it's interesting to hear a different voice take them on.

La Diva

Fantastic voice - fantastic album - leaves you wanting more. Unfortunately Katherine's other two albums are not available on itunes US and I am unable to purchase them on the UK site. Hopefully itunes US will offer them soon.

Biography

Born: June 29, 1980 in Neath, Wales

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '00s, '10s

While still in her mid-twenties, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins emerged as Britain's all-time best-selling classical artist, although critics charged her success was more a result of physical beauty than musical talent. Born June 29, 1980, in Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales, Jenkins fell under the sway of classical music at age seven, studying piano and singing in her local choir throughout childhood. In 1990, she joined the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and also served with...
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La Diva, Katherine Jenkins
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Apr 12, 2005

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