Aria, Vol. 2: New Horizon

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
This follow-up to Paul Schwartz's chart-topping ARIA stays true to its original format: fresh arrangements of popular operatic arias in which the voice floats over swelling orchestrations and ambient dance grooves. Composer Schwartz could have settled for sampled string sounds played from a keyboard and rhythm loops from a drum machine. But he didn't. He uses a full symphony orchestra, "sung-to-order" vocals by Broadway diva Rebecca Luker, and wrote primo parts for cello, guitar, string quartet, flute, and oboe d'amore the oboe's alto relative. And yes, keyboards and drum programming. The Croatian lullaby, "Sviraj," is typical of Schwartz's creations. Opening with ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
This follow-up to Paul Schwartz's chart-topping ARIA stays true to its original format: fresh arrangements of popular operatic arias in which the voice floats over swelling orchestrations and ambient dance grooves. Composer Schwartz could have settled for sampled string sounds played from a keyboard and rhythm loops from a drum machine. But he didn't. He uses a full symphony orchestra, "sung-to-order" vocals by Broadway diva Rebecca Luker, and wrote primo parts for cello, guitar, string quartet, flute, and oboe d'amore the oboe's alto relative. And yes, keyboards and drum programming. The Croatian lullaby, "Sviraj," is typical of Schwartz's creations. Opening with gentle drum rhythms, evocative keyboard colorings, and the lovely melody line, the music slowly builds in intensity until the orchestra bursts forth and spins into an emotional frenzy. Several instrumentals pepper the album including "Horizon," a lovely duet for piano and cello; a dramatic orchestral "Intermezzo"; and a very hot yet cool version of Fauré's "Pavane," featuring a string quartet and Marc Antoine's guitar solos. Caccini's "Ave Maria" offers snappy, steamy rhythms underneath the satiny, soaring descant by Luker, as well as the gutsy voices of The Joyful Company of Singers. Enough of the blow-by-blows. ARIA 2 gets the thumbs up from me. It's peaceful yet energizing, with many moments of ecstatic beauty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923576426
  • Catalog Number: 5764
  • Sales rank: 149,224

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Arianna - Aria (5:16)
  2. 2 Ebben - Aria (4:42)
  3. 3 Addio - Aria (5:48)
  4. 4 Horizon - Aria (4:22)
  5. 5 Barcarolle - Aria (4:06)
  6. 6 Cantilena - Aria (1:12)
  7. 7 Sviraj (Lullabye) - Aria (5:31)
  8. 8 Interlude - Aria (1:34)
  9. 9 Pavane - Aria (4:07)
  10. 10 Ave Maria - Aria (4:25)
  11. 11 Leiermann - Aria (4:57)
  12. 12 Lullabye (Sviraj) - Aria (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Schwartz Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
John Anderson Oboe D'amore
Clair Marlo Vocals
Peter White Guitar
Tony Lewis Cello
Paul Adamy Bass
Steve Barton Vocals
Mike Brittain Bass
Ben Cruft Violin
Caroline Dale Cello
Philippa Davies Flute
Liz Edwards Violin
Roger Garland Violin
Wilfred Gibson Violin
Garfield Jackson Viola
Paul Kegg Cello
Kevin Kuhn Guitar
Chris Laurence Bass
Martin Loveday Cello
Rita Manning Violin
Maciej Rakowski Violin
George Robertson Viola
Cathy Thompson Violin
Kate Wilkinson Viola
Gavyn Wright Strings, Violin, String Quartet
Marc Antoine Guitar
Bill Benham Viola
Richard Bissill Horn
Dermot Crehan Violin
Mary Scully Bass
Vaughan Armon Violin
Peter Lale Viola, String Quartet
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Jackie Shave Strings, Violin, String Quartet
Bruce White Viola
Rebecca Luker Vocals
Café del Mar Track Performer
Paul Clarvis Percussion
Cathy Giles Cello
Richard Watkins Horn
Everton Nelson Violin
Alison Dodds Violin
Rebecca Hirsch Violin
Nigel Black Horn
Rachel Bolt Viola
Terry Silverlake Drums
Paul Clavis Percussion
Simon Fisher Violin
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Kate Musher Viola
Simon Fischer Violin
Roberto Bryce Vocals
John Anderson Oboe
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Thomas Bowes Violin
James McLeod Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones Violin
Jonathan Williams Cello, String Quartet
Philip de Groote Cello
Phillip Eastop Horn
Technical Credits
Gabriel Fauré Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Clair Marlo Composer
Peter Cobbin Engineer
Alan Douches Engineer
Paul Schwartz Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Orchestration, Audio Production, Creation
Leon Zervos Mastering
Carla Leighton Artwork
Geoff Holroyde Engineer
Steve Plotnicki Executive Producer
Alexander "Ace" Baker Engineer
Keith Shortreed Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing, unique music

    On the suggestion of a friend, I purchased Aria II (she preferred it over the original Aria) originally intending to use it for meditation. Not only did it help with that, but I soon grew very, very fond of the passionate, dramatic bells and violins and the talented vocalists. Some tracks on the CD are more memoriable than others, but most of them are very, very good, either for meditation or easy listening. I highly suggest it as the best in the Aria series, over both the original and Aria 3, which do not seem to possess the same originality and passion.

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