The Three Welsh Tenors - Tarantella
Tarantella is the second album by The Three Welsh Tenors. The Three Welsh Tenors have set Wales on fire over the past two years and the heat from that fire is now felt throughout Britain to North America and beyond.
There exciting new album, Tarantella, now promises to outshine the success of their debut album, with its combination of the traditional and new, the popular and classical. And as you would expect from these experienced artists, their singing is brimful of passion and wit.
The duet from “The Pearl Fishers” is probably the best-known of all operatic duets, but it is sung here for the first time in a new arrangement for three voices. The versatile guitarist Wyn Pearson composed “Cymru, gwelaf di” especially for The Three Welsh Tenors, and he asked Dafydd Iwan to compose the words; the result is a moving testament to Alun, Rhys and Aled’s feelings for Wales, sung with conviction and passion. The same is true of Caradog Williams’ new medley of Welsh evergreen favourites “Men of Harlech”, “Unwaith eto” and Rhys Jones’ “O Gymru”.
Caradog, who is the The Three Welsh Tenor’s regular accompanist on stage, also turns arranger in a new Tarantella version of what is probably the best-loved of Welsh traditional songs “Ar lan y môr”, and probably the best-known of all Welsh songs, “Myfanwy” by Joseph Parry. And Aled Hall himself shows his prowess as arranger with his a cappella arrangement of “Busy doing nothing” from the film “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (Can’t you just see Aled Hall perfectly at home in the court of King Arthur?!)
But that is not all! If you were asked to name the ten most-sung popular songs in the Western world, your list would probably include “O sole mio”, “My way” and “Bridge over troubled water”. Well, they are all on this album, together with the beautiful title song “Tarantella Napoletana”, all arranged by John Quirk, and accompanied by the Welsh Session Orchestra.
And to crown it all, a new arrangement by Wyn Pearson of the Welsh hymn “Rhys”, sung here in Welsh and in English as a bonus track. What more does a man or woman need?