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Hear the Angel Voices

by Carl Tanner

Classic Christmas Music- AMG Review It's hard to separate tenor Carl Tanner from stories of his rise to fame: one has it that, back when he was a trucker, he was singing with the windows down when a prescient stranger told him he had missed his calling and should move to New York. Another sets him up as a hapless waiter who, urged on by a bartender, sang for Richard Gaddes, the star-making director of the Santa Fe Opera, during a chance encounter at the restaurant where he worked. Instead of detracting from his first full-length holiday CD, Hear the Angel Voices, these stories -- which could be anywhere from two to 100 percent true -- manage to enhance it: no one expects a waiter or a truck driver to sing "O Holy Night" with this much fire and conviction, and no one expects a voice as rich and as fully formed to sneak up so suddenly, with as little fanfare. From first track, "Joy to the World," to closer "The Christmas Song," Tanner infuses these classic carols, as well as hymns such a
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy to the World
2:03 $0.99
2. Mille Cherubini
4:14 $0.99
3. O Holy Night
4:41 $0.99
4. All Is Well
4:07 $0.99
5. Panis Angelicus
4:08 $0.99
6. Adeste Fidelis
3:12 $0.99
7. Ave Maria (Caccini)
4:01 $0.99
8. The Lord's Prayer
3:28 $0.99
9. White Christmas
3:34 $0.99
10. Little Drummer Boy
4:03 $0.99
11. Silent Night
3:51 $0.99
12. Christmas Time Is Here
4:44 $0.99
13. Ave Maria (Bach)
3:12 $0.99
14. Agnus Dei
3:31 $0.99
15. The First Noel
2:11 $0.99
16. The Christmas Song
3:23 $0.99
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Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia to very modest means, neither Carl nor his family had any idea he would grow up to become a world-renowned opera star. His mother kept house and raised Carl and his three brothers, while his father, who Carl says “was the hardest-working man I ever knew,” worked two full time and part time jobs to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. But during good times and bad, there was always music playing in the Tanner house. And though music was a big part of Carl’s life, in the beginning it was country music that influenced him. “Every Sunday my father and I would drive down to visit his brothers and sisters and I would turn the radio to whatever country music station his little Chevy Corvair could get, then I would sing along with John Denver, Willie Nelson, Roy Clark or whoever was crooning away at the time. I'm pretty sure that’s where I first got my love for music.” Carl started learning the violin when he was 13 years old and though he never really took it seriously, he says, “I do believe that was the start of my love for classical music.”

The first time Carl was “discovered” was after a Saturday football practice, when he was singing in the shower. He says, “a high school friend from four doors away came over to ask if that was me singing. I said, yeah, sorry about that!" She insisted that I try out for the school chorus. That became my first experience singing with an organized group of singers.” After graduating high school, Carl did various odd jobs to earn money so as not to be a burden on his parents. Then one day, he woke up to the realization that all his friends had left for college and he needed to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life. Since singing was all he really knew, he auditioned for and was accepted to the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, where he earned a degree in Performance.

With that piece of paper in his pocket, Carl went back home to Arlington, still unsure what he was going to do next. To earn some money, he started driving a truck. Then, he was offered a job as a licensed bounty hunter and he says, “Yep, I was crazy enough to take it. It paid well and was exciting for a while but a few close calls convinced me that singing was what really made me happy. And, it was a heck of a lot safer.”

So in 1990, with a small bag of clothes and $75.00 in his pocket, Carl moved to New York City. One evening, while walking in Greenwich Village, he heard the sound of someone singing opera coming out of a tiny restaurant. He walked in, sat down at the bar and asked the bartender for a coke. The bartender replied, "Coke's not good for your voice.” When asked how he knew Carl was a singer, he said, “I can tell by the way you speak.” The bartender prompted him to get up and sing, which by a stroke of good fortune, became a defining moment in his young life. For at the restaurant that night was Richard Gaddes, Director of The Santa Fe Opera. Upon hearing Carl sing, he offered him a role in one of the operas that he was producing the following summer. Carl’s career as a professional opera singer was about to begin…

Carl Tanner has evolved into one of opera's great tenors. With his brilliant voice, he continues to perform to packed houses all over the world, from Covent Garden to La Scala, from New York to Berlin, from Naples to Washington. Carl was seen by millions on NBC's Today Show. After hearing Tanner's Metropolitan Opera Central Park performance of Turandot, the NY Post's classical critic wrote, “His voice is robust and virile, he delivered 'Nessun dorma,' the aria every tenor fan waits for, with passion and a ringing resonance. It would have brought the house down if there had been one."



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Mary Atwell

Earthshakeing, marvelous so very moving best Christmas CD
marvelous arrangement for both orchestra and vocal excellent selection of music for this very special Christmas CD

David Johnson

Hear the Angel's Voices
I really enjoyed this CD, especially "Christmas is Here" and all the classical pieces.

Larry First

All Is Well
I was outside doing some cleanup shortly before our Thanksgiving Day guests arrived when my wife called out, urging me to stop what I was doing and come in. She had just heard the most beautiful song delivered in the most powerful, deeply moving manner. Our DISH DVR system has a one-hour buffer, so she was was able to replay it for me from the begining when I came in. It was a song I had never heard before, but which instantly captured my attention with its stirring and uplifting message, presented with such passion and eloquence - "All Is Well". It was one of the songs featured on the Sirius/XM classic holiday channel. Some songs grow on you with time. This one struck straight to the heart. I knew I wanted a recording of that song so that others could benefit from the simple yet profound blessing.

But our guests would be coming soon, so we turned the TV off. Unfortunately, I had failed to note the performer's name. I searched high and low online with no success, other than to find that it was written by Michael W. Smith. I finally decided to record a whole day of that same Sirius channel spanning the same time of day during which it had originally played. When we returned home from work, I began fast forwarding through several of the 16 recorded hours, and finally, there it was - Carl Tanner - All Is Well. What a voice. And not only his voice, but those of the children. Wow! And the orchestration was perfectly balanced, enhancing the vocals - never overpowering. It was a masterpiece.

I purchased the CD online and the following week, played that one song for the congregation of our church as part of our morning worship. This song will make the Christmas of 2008 forever uniquely special.

Larry First

Neva Effenbeck

Hear the Angel's voices
Oh my -- when I listen (in my car) to "The Lord's Prayer", I want to pull over and drop to my knees. The arrangement (both vocal and orchestra) are just beyond beautiful -- they are a spirtual experience -- I love the whole CD!!! Love it -- will giving this as a gift too. You are a blessing as well as blessed.