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WALES: Double top; Terfel's joy after scooping second Grammy.

Byline: By ERYL CRUMP

OPERA superstar Bryn Terfel was celebrating last night after picking up a prestigious musical award.

The bass baritone was awarded his second Grammy for his album Simple Gifts which won the best Classic Crossover Album in Los Angeles.

The Pant Glas-born 41-year-old was unable tobe at the ceremonydue toprior commitments in Vienna.

Last night he said: "Simple Gifts was a joyous recording tomake, full of beautiful music, and the experience shared with some great friends who also feature on the album - John Williams, Simon Keenlyside and Aled Jones. It's a particular pleasure therefore, to win such a prestigious award - I'm delighted."

Simple Gifts is a collection of spiritual and secular songs ranging from Mozart, Pergolesi and pseudo-Bach to Sondheim.

Brynadded: "The albumincludes duets with other stars including Ave Verum Corpus, a duet by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins for baritone Simon Keenlyside and myself, an arrangement of She Was Beautiful from the film The Deer Hunter featuring John Williams on guitar, and Panis Angelicus with Aled Jones."

The Grammy was Bryn's second. He won a similar award for Best Classical Vocal performance for his recording of Opera Arias in 1996.

Last July, he became the second holder of the Queen's Medal for Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London, presented by the Queen at a BBC Prom marking her 80th birthday.

The 49thGrammyAwardsweredominated by country trio the Dixie Chicks, whowon five awards including best song, best albumand record of the year.

erylcrump@dailypost.co.u

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