Aria

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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923576327
  • Catalog Number: 5763
  • Sales rank: 68,279

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
Boguslav Kostecki Violin
Michelle Ivey Vocals
Helen Turnstall Harp
Technical Credits
Paul Schwartz Producer, String Arrangements, Concept, Audio Production, Creation
Mario Grigorov Concept, Creation
Leon Zervos Mastering
Steve Plotnicki Executive Producer
Gordon Rickmeister drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible listening pleasure!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Taking It to a Higher Level!!!~

    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!~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There was music in the air......

    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!

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