Their one-off duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers became one of the most-played tracks in Australian recording history, topping the Classic 100 Opera survey and featuring in countless CD compilations.
Now, for the first time, operatic superstars David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes have joined forces to record an entire album of glorious duets for tenor and bass. In an atmosphere of high emotion at the end of 2008, the two friends assembled at Eugene Goossens Hall in Sydney to record much-loved songs of hope, faith and glory, as if in defiance of the glum mood of the times brought on by the world economic crisis.
Both artists brought with them their wish-lists of favourite songs designed to uplift the spirit and to showcase the uncanny beauty of their two voices when joined together. Highlights of a luminous album include O Holy Night, Amazing Grace, Abide
With Me, and sublime solo versions of the spiritual Poor Wayfaring Stranger and Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah.
1. You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
2. All through the Night
3. The Holy City
4. Amazing Grace
5. O Holy Night
7. Panis angelicus
8. The Lord’s Prayer
9. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
10. Battle Hymn of the Republic
11. Abide with Me
12. Morning Has Broken
13. I’ll Walk with God from The Student Prince
14. Ave Maria (Gounod)
15. The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth
16. Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic and recording artists. He has sung many roles for Opera Australia and both state and international opera companies, including his award winning performances of Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee.