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2004-11-17 Heartwarming Sound of Voices

Wetterauer Zeitung


Celtic Tenors enraptured audience during an
"Intimate Evening" in the Dolce Theat


Bad Nauheim (ihm). Lately, the Celtic Tenors from Ireland had a guest appearance in the Dolce Theatre. It was the tenors' second stay in the spa, but different to last time the concert was not sold out. It was really almost an "Intimate Evening" - which was, after all, what the artists had invited us for. However, only a few members of the audience seated in the back part of the auditorium followed the request to fill up the remaining free seats in the front. It was not really necessary either - considering the brilliant feast for the ears which was reaching even the last rows.

F or two hours, Matthew Gilsenan, Niall Morris and James Nelson captivated the listeners note by note, song by song. Wonderful melodies and impressive voices were characteristic for the evening, which did not get boring at any time.

Gilsenan, Morris and Nelson started their joint career in the year 1999 as "The Three Irish Tenors". Shortly afterwards they had made a name for themselves in their home country, and they also have a sworn-in fan community at their side in Germany. Members of the Fan Club had travelled to Bad Nauheim, too. The women sold CDs, T-Shirts and information material in the lobby, and answered the guests' questions about the stars and the emerald isle.

David Munro at the piano and Karl Breen on the guitar accompanied the tenors with virtuosity. The singers still suffered from colds, and it was also said that they had been forced to cancel two concerts earlier during the tour. In Bad Nauheim, that handicap was not audible at all. During songs as "Mystic Lipstick" or "Fionnghuala", the artists not only impressed with a remarkable charisma, but especially with their enormous skills. The repertoire was very rich in content, with cheerful traditional songs, solemn songs full of atmosphere, and classical arias.

As an hommage to the home country of the bagpipe, they did the song "Caledonia". That was the name of the area which included today's Scotland after the Roman invasion. The love song for that country was accompanied by quiet, romantic sounds from the piano and the guitar. The heartwarming consonance of the voices, sometimes gentle, sometimes more powerful, made many listeners close their eyes, and inspired them to let their thoughts wander.

In a traditional Irish way, they continued with "Wild Rover", a well-known song that had the audience clapping along. The same can be said about "Dublinia", a song during which very lively parts alternate with sentimental, longing lines in a very harmonic way.

Completely different in style, but not less beautiful, the tenors presented strong classical songs, such as "Nella Fantasia", and the seemingly effortless singing was brilliant to listen to. First-class support for the tenors was soprano Deirdre Shannon, who contributed another highlight of the evening with her presentation of "She moved trough the fair".

The enthusiastic reaction of the audience showed that the concert could have gone on for more than just two hours. Cheers, Bravos and loud applause were the thanks for a great evening, which will be remembered for a long time.