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Aria
     

Aria

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by Paul Schwartz
 

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Ambient composers Paul Schwartz and Mario Grigorov add their electronic melodies to selected opera arias on this album. Popular melodies from Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Dido, Aeneas, and more are used here. The final effect is striking, though these

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Ambient composers Paul Schwartz and Mario Grigorov add their electronic melodies to selected opera arias on this album. Popular melodies from Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Dido, Aeneas, and more are used here. The final effect is striking, though these classic themes may be enhancing the Schwartz- Grigonoz creations more than they are helping the arias. A product of renowned Abbey Road Studio #1, all the operatic vocals were recorded live in this acoustically superb environment. This shows the creator's respect for the time-tested gems they are setting. It comes as no surprise that Schwartz was Andre Previn's assistant conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony and musical director for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phanton of the Opera. Grigorov is a pianist and composer who is as comfortable in jazz and classical music as is in rock and electronica. Aria is sublime and rewarding.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923576327
catalogNumber:
5763

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Schwartz   Primary Artist,Conductor,Track Performer
Sam Newsome   Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Michael Ivey   Vocals
Martin Loveday   Cello
Anthony Pleeth   Cello,Soloist
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Helen Tunstall   Harp
Mario Grigorov   Track Performer
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Rebecca Luker   Vocals
Gordon Rickmeister   Drum Loop
Linda Watson Brown   Background Vocals
Michelle Ivey   Vocals
Linda Watson-Brown   Background Vocals
Michelle Ivey   Vocals
Helen Turnstall   Harp

Technical Credits

Paul Schwartz   Producer,String Arrangements,Concept,Audio Production,Creation
Mario Grigorov   Concept,Creation
Steve Plotnicki   Executive Producer
Gordon Rickmeister   drum programming

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Aria 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is outstanding. I bought all three, Aria, Aria 2, and Aria 3. It is so well done and the voice of the soprano is not the canary in the birdcage. I can't stop listening to any of the 3 albums. The packaging is well worth the price. Buy all three (ISBN 99923 57852) in a set if you can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was browsing in my local B&N Bookstore during lunch when I noticed the beautiful music coming out of their speakers. I went to the music section to find out what it was. I normally do not buy things I am not familiar with, but purchased it anyway and have loved it ever since. I am not a big fan of opera or new age music, but I aboslutely love this album! It's different, refreshing, and it transports you to a happy, peaceful place. My favorite track is Secret Tear. I can play that over and over again, tho they're all very good. I've just found out about Volume 2. I guess I'm off to the bookstore again..... I can't get enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That is exactly what this CD will do to you, once you fill your home with its magnificent energy. I am in love with the entire compilation, my favorite being,''Un Bel Di'', adapted of course from Madame Butterfly. The blend of new age and the classical opera creates an ambient pop fusion rebirth. Another keeper in my books and truly a winner... do you want to transport yourself out of the ordinary??? Get the CD....it will bring your ship in!~