Michael Bannett | Beautiful Soup

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Beautiful Soup

by Michael Bannett

Exceptional 12-yr old Michael Bannett sings a wonderful mix of classical and folk music in this solo album. It's a trove of musical treasures, a concoction of styles and periods that Michael makes into....well, as the title says...a Beautiful Soup
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Danny Boy (Irish folk song)
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3:11 album only
2. Trade Winds (Frederick Keel)
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2:10 album only
3. Bonny at Morn (Northumbrian folk song, arr. Jacobs)
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2:44 album only
4. Wiegenlied (W. A. Mozart/ Bernhard Flies)
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2:52 album only
5. Caro Mio Ben (Giuseppe Giordani)
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3:01 album only
6. Ave Maria (J. S. Bach/Gounod)
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2:54 album only
7. Loch Lomond (Scottish folk song)
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3:09 album only
8. Round-shouldered Man (Lucy Simon) from The Secret Garden
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2:13 album only
9. Heidenroslein (Franz Schubert)
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1:42 album only
10. O For the Wings of a Dove (Felix Mendelssohn)
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1:54 album only
11. Bist Du Bei Mir (J. S. Bach/Stoltzel)
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2:35 album only
12. Ma Navu (J. Spivak)
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2:46 album only
13. Where Is Love? (Lionel Bart), from Oliver
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2:35 album only
14. Ave Verum Corpus (W. A. Mozart)
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2:38 album only
15. The Salley Gardens (Irish folk song, arr. Britten)
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2:18 album only
16. The Gentle Maiden (Irish folk song, arr. Somervell)
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1:59 album only
17. Long Time Ago (English folk song, arr Copland)
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2:32 album only
18. Beautiful Soup (F. W. Wadely)
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2:05 album only


Album Notes
Beautiful Soup, a CD of folk, classical, and even a few Broadway songs, is the recipient of the 2002 Trebby Award, chosen by the listeners of Trebles.net, an internet radio station. Although he has recorded on many other CDs, this is Michael's first solo album.

Michael is an experienced recording artist as well as child actor in musical theater and opera. He has performed in ten San Francisco Opera productions, most notably as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca, the First Spirit in The Magic Flute,the Apprentice in Peter Grimes,and Harry in Albert Herring. He sang a duet with Charlotte Church on A&E, and has sung solo in recital with famed tenor Salvatore Licitra. He been a soloist for the San Francisco Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the Other Minds festival. With the Alameda Civic Light Opera he has performed as Oliver in Oliver,as Colin in The Secret Garden, and as Anna's son Louis in The King and I.


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A very talented singer. highly recomended disc.
The interesting collection of music chosen for this disc showes off the outstanding voice of Michael Bannett. The problem with many discs issued by young trebles is that they tend to have the same songs and therefore you end up with a limited collection of songs performed by many singers.

This is not the case with Beautiful Soup, there is a good selection of material which shows Michael's artisitic ability to the full. His presentation is outstanding for such a young singer. I full recomend this disc, and suggest that you also consider, Jounney Through THe British Isles. This is also an outstanding disc.


Clear bell like tones. Will be a lovely tenor one day. Great celtic accent. Ed
This voice rings with such clarity. Michael has an ability to dwell on a note until he's developed it to the utmost. . I love his accent on the celtic songs. I know he will be a great tenor one day and can't wait to hear it.
Ed Brown - Montreal Canada. edbrown@videotron.ca

Roger G.

Soup-perb - an absolute delight
Having listened to the freeby tasters I couldnt wait to hear the full CD. A fast and efficient service resulted in pure satisfaction. Michael is not just one to watch - he's one to listen to.

Christophe HENRY (FRANCE)

On my taste,Michael's voice is not very powerful,(except in "Bist du bei mir"),and there is,SOMETIMES,too much air in his voice.But his work with the words is good and he speaks 5 different langages on this recording!!His approach is sensitive.The whole result is not perfect but good.Michael was right to do this record which is a beautiful "souvenir"of his 12 years old voice.The accompanying on the piano is excellent.


Greetings from Sweden
Great CD! Greetings from Sweden!

Richard Stephens

A true delight.
Such treble voices are rare. Michael's diction is wonderful, his voice is sweet and pure. This CD is a very worthy addition to any treble collection. Hopefully, he will one day be a great tenor.

Glen R Stobbs

Beautiful Soup - Beautiful Music
Michael has a voice that captures detail and emotion that is hard to find in new singers.
He is definitely one to watch as his popularity grows.

Just buy the CD!! You will soon see what I mean!

Somerset, UK

Colin Brownlee

An excellent CD, good choice of music and an excellent voice. Those interested in the treble voice should have this CD in their collection.

The service from CDbaby was also very impressive!

Ariel M.

Eclectic song selection, spectacular album
Incredible young singer. Unbelievable how he can sing so many different genres so movingly. I bought this album for "Bonny At Morn" but luckily the album is full of other gems. One of the sweetest, most honest voices you will ever hear.


A fine controlled treble singer with huge potential
A first class selection of music and the treble standards are sung with excellent pitch and diction - Michael gives a very professional performance and these songs show his voice range well.
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