Album features historic Grand Organ
Flashback to Variety Today 1995
Helen Zerefos with organist Robert Goode and sound engineer Marcus Nassner – their `Love and Music’ album is a gem.
By SHIRLEY BROUN
COLORATURA soprano Helen Zerefos has presence and voice which commands your attention.
Moving renditions of such international hits such as The Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night, Amazing Grace and Danny Boy are just a few of the treats in store for those who have a copy of Helen’s recent `Love and Music’ album.
In making the album, Helen also made history as the first voice ever to be recorded for an album with the magnificent Sydney Town hall Grand Organ. The Grand Organ, with its imposing dimensions which during the 19th Century were a symbol of a city’s pride and aspirations, was fully restored between 1972 and 1982 to its former magnificence, first witnessed in
Sydney for the first time in 1890. Combine its extraordinary sound with the lilting and wide vocal range of the charming and beautiful Helen Zerefos, and you have a rare combination of superb appeal.
There are so many tracks of pure listening pleasure on `Love and Music’ that I can’t select a favourite – once on the sound system, I just had to listen to the entire album.
There is bound to be one of your favourites among the selection which also includes The Blue Danube, Pie Jesu, Dome Epais Duet from Lakme, Anniversary Song, O Mio Babino Caro from Gianni Schicchi, Nuns’ Chorus, Hansel and Gretel’s Evening Prayer, Love and Music from Tosca and The Holy City. A beautiful lady with a remarkable voice. Proceeds of the sale of the cassette aide the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.