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Heaven on Earth Ta­nia de Jong Mu­sic CD (50 min­utes)


Heaven on Earth is a like the ‘great­est hits’ of the heav­enly song­book. This ex­tra­or­di­nary record­ing is a rev­e­la­tion, as skilled so­prano de Jong per­forms orig­i­nal songs, cover ver­sions and im­presses with her own rein­ven­tions of some of the great­est mu­sic and songs of all time. With stun­ning orig­i­nal adap­ta­tions of Beethoven, Pa­vanne, Mozart and Dvo­rak, de Jong com­bines her own orig­i­nal lyrics with the beau­ti­ful scores of renowned clas­si­cal mu­sic com­posers. And amongst the all-time le­gends of Western mu­sic there are some un­ex­pected mo­ments from the East too: a stun­ning ren­di­tion of Peace Om Shanti makes a sur­prise cameo to­wards the end. ‘Some­where’ from West Side Story is a swoon-wor­thy stand­out, as are cov­ers of ‘Sum­mer­time’ from Porgy and Bess and the iconic ‘ La Vie En Rose’ by Edith Piaf. The crys­tal pu­rity of Ta­nia de Jong’s voice is a mar­vel­lous de­light, and she breathes new life into old stan­dards. Heaven on Earth is a re­mark­able fu­sion of clas­si­cal, con­tem­po­rary, spir­i­tual and world gen­res: it’s the per­fect sound­track to a long hot bath or a cosy night wrapped up in front of the fire with a fine glass of wine.

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