Pie Jesu - Sissel Kyrkjebø

Updated: Oct 10


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Sissel Kyrkjebø

"...In March 2004 «My Heart» was released in America with a different track list, including added songs such as the Ave Maria duet with Bryn Terfel, a version of You Raise Me Up and the Richard Marx-penned tune Someone Like You, and a DVD with live recordings from a 2002 Oslo concert also hit stores the same day. The album garnered praise from American music critics as did her first-ever full-scale USA tour, which began in Washington, D.C., in April and concluded in St. Louis in May. During this period she also broke up with Eddie Skoller. Sissel joined the Lord of the Rings Symphony tour, which has hit the USA, Columbia, Antwerp and London. In the music, taken from the popular Lord of the Rings films, Sissel sang solo parts while being accompanied by local orchestras and choirs. Rings composer Howard Shore, who arranged and conducted the music, planned on hiring three soprano singers to handle the vocal chores, but after hearing Sissel, decided she would be enough. She did several international venues with this concert throughout the year, as well as being a guest soloist with symphony orchestraes. In November and December Stageway produced a highly successful Christmas concert, which also included guest star Peter Jøback. Sissel draw packed houses at venues from 1500 - 8000, and once again proved that she is Norway´s artist number one." from the website: Bach-Cantatas.com



"Inspired by two separate tragedies—a journalist who had interviewed him just weeks before dying in Northern Ireland as a result of the IRA conflicts, and the story of a Cambodian boy who was forced to murder his mutilated sister or be executed himself—Andrew Lloyd Webber took to writing music as a way to cope with and express his grief. When he finished his Requiem, Webber dedicated it to his father who passed away in 1982. Webber's Requiem is his most personal composition, and his only fully completed classical work. The requiem is a striking, yet welcome, departure from the style of music for which Lloyd Webber is known. Webber's Requiem was first performed in New York City, New York in the St. Thomas Church on February 25, 1985, with conductor Lorin Maazel, soprano Sarah Brightman (who, at the time, was his wife), tenor Placido Domingo, and child soprano Paul Miles-Kingston. In 1986, Requiem earned Lloyd Webber a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. In addition, "Pie Jesu" placed among the top 10 in British music charts earning the Requiem the Silver Certification by the British Phonographic Industry. Unlike a traditional requiem mass, Lloyd Webber combined the texts of the Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei, as well as the Hosanna and Benedictus, and split the Sactus into two movements. This treatment of the sacred texts is unique to Andrew Lloyd Webber and will be remembered and enjoyed for many, what will likely be centuries. "Pie Jesu" Latin Lyrics Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu Qui tollis peccata mundi Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem Pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu, pie Jesu Qui tollis peccata mundi Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei Qui tollis peccata mundi Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem Sempiternam Sempiternam Requiem "Pie Jesu" English Translation Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus Father, who takes away the sins of the world Grant them rest, grant them rest Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus Father, who takes away the sins of the world Grant them rest, grant them rest Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God Father, who takes away the sins of the world Grant them rest, grant them rest everlasting everlasting Rest Recommended "Pie Jesu" Performances Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" from Requiem has been steadily increasing in popularity since its premiere in 1985, due massively in part to the large successes of late 20th and early 21st century performers including Angelis, a six-member group of preteens created by Simon Cowell in 2006, Sarah Brightman, Marie Osmond, Charlotte Church, and Jackie Evancho (who was the runner-up in the fifth season of America's Got Talent in 2010). Search YouTube for "Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber," and you'll get thousands of results. Since I mentioned above that the song's recent popularity is due in part to a handful of singers, the links below will take you to videos of their "Pie Jesu" performances. I've also included a few of my favorite recordings by classically trained singers.

  • Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston: the 1985 Grammy-winning performance (watch on YouTube)

  • Angelis (watch on YouTube)

  • Marie Osmond (watch on YouTube)

  • Charlotte Church (watch on YouTube)

  • Jackie Evancho (watch on YouTube)

  • Celtic Women (watch on YouTube)

  • Bel Canto Choir Vilnius (watch on YouTube)

  • Genia Kühmeier and Shintaro Nakajima (watch on YouTube)

  • Anna Netrebko (watch on YouTube)

  • Barbara Bonney (watch on YouTube)" from the article: Pie Jesu Lyrics, English Text Translation, and History

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