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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Glen Roven ,

An Amazing CD by Grady Harp

To review a CD such as this is impossible. Here are so many aspects to the presentation courtesy of GPR Records and Sing for Hope with all proceeds going to amfAR - the musical works, the poetry, the artists - singers and musicians - that a listing of the names of the people who donated their talent to this gift is staggering and speaks so eloquently to the reason for this project. This recording is a `Quilt' itself - the only thematic thread is one of giving hope for the victims of AIDS and for furthering AIDS research.

How often does one recording include the talents of such artists as Daniel Okulitch, Isabel Leonard, Joyce di Donato, Matthew Polenzani, Noah Stewart, Nicole Cabell, Michael Slattery, Melody Moore, Jamie Barton, Anthony Dean Griffey, Sasha Cooke, Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Bagwell, Ricky Ian Gordon, Glen Roven, Gregg Kallor, Scott Gendel, John Musto and more and more- some of the pianists performing their own compositions. The variety is splendid and performances are first rate, recorded with vibrancy and presence. And in the atmosphere of all this is the poetry of Walt Whitman, Edna St Vincent Millay and Siegfried Sassoon.

There is so much more impact from the whole than there is from the individual works (strong as each is), but this recital, this coming together, is a not only gorgeous to hear but very moving. Looking for an excellent holiday gift? One that helps AmfAR also? Consider this. The rewards are unending.

WKellerman ,

Hope for all

A noble come-together has taken shape in the form of this record. Excellent voices render songs that bring hope to those intended to benefit from this record. ORDINARY by Michael Slattery, AUTUMN by Noah Stewart, Lester Lynch on MORNING LULLABY, Melody Moore on ONE CHILD, Sean Panikkar on THE FAR SHORE, Sharon Stone reciting EVERYONE SANG, all have the power to give hope to those who seem to have given up on it. NO GIGGLY TIME, written by Herschel Garfein, made me smile and AT LAST, performed by Camille Zamora and Yo-Yo Ma, brings a beautifully expressive album to an end.

Russ Suereth ,

A Must-Have Album for Any Fan of Classical Music and Opera

An all-star cast comes together on one album to inspire hope and support cure-focused HIV/AIDS research. This classical collection of twenty-three tracks includes wonderful music from Yo-Yo Ma, Joyce DiDonato, and others. You'll also hear spoken-word poems performed by Ansel Elgort and actress Sharon Stone.

The album booklet alone is worth the price of admission. It details each track with full color images and lyrics and provides important historical information about the HIV community and its struggles.

In keeping with Sing for Hope's ethos of volunteerism, all artists have donated their time and talent so that 100% of profits from the sale of the album will go to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

This is a must-have album for any fan of classical music and opera.