Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church

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Until very recently, most musical prodigies have been instrumentalists. Charlotte Church changed all that. The 13-year-old Welsh soprano swayed the ears and hearts of listeners around the world with Voice of an Angel, a deliciously sweet program of popular, traditional, and sacred songs. For…  See more details below


Until very recently, most musical prodigies have been instrumentalists. Charlotte Church changed all that. The 13-year-old Welsh soprano swayed the ears and hearts of listeners around the world with Voice of an Angel, a deliciously sweet program of popular, traditional, and sacred songs. For her second recording, the young singer with a pure, silvery voice and a smile of gold performs some of the most beguiling melodies in the classical repertory and more traditional tunes. Sure, mature singers could bring more polish to the vocal acrobatics of Rossini's "La pastorella" or the "Jewel Song" from Gounod's Faust. And no doubt it won't be long before Church will be able to dazzle us with pristine leaps and runs, but right now it's the sincerity and freshness of her singing that endears. Puccini's soaring aria "O mio babbino caro" has never sounded so truly girlish -- as the composer intended -- and Gershwin's "Summertime" is not its usual sultry self, but a bewitchingly youthful paean to long, school-free days. The program opens with "Just Wave Hello," a song commissioned by the Ford Motor Company as their global anthem for the new millennium and written especially for Church. With its lavish orchestration, it doesn't quite fit in with the refined and mostly intimate tone of the rest of the album. Some will find it stirring, others can skip it. There are 16 other selections for Church's many fans to savor.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Charlotte Church's debut album Voice of an Angel won a large crossover audience -- an audience much larger than the average opera record gets, let alone a record made by a 12-year-old. So, for her second album Charlotte Church -- which followed the debut by a matter of months in the U.S., showing just what a huge hit it was -- it would have made sense to simply offer more of the same, since that would satisfy her large audience. And, to a certain extent, that is what the second album does. However, the opera pieces are now not the focus of the record; they're just part of the tapestry. Pop standards like "Summertime" and traditional songs like "She Moved Through the Fair" rub shoulders with Brahms and Puccini. Most notably, the record kicks off with "Just Wave Hello," a new age crossover item underpinned by a vague trip-hop beat that was borrowed from Enigma. Written by her producer Danny Beckerman, it is a clear bid for a new, even larger audience -- one who normally doesn't buy opera albums but likes classy, quality singers. Of course, that's Church's audience, but this time she and her colleagues are reaching for an even broader base, and on those terms, they succeed. Naturally, that will just irritate the classical and opera purists who were ready to criticize her anyway, given that they believe she, at her tender age, simply isn't mature or skillful enough for much of this material. They may be right -- she doesn't really offer interpretations as much as readings, and for how charming and pretty her voice is, she's not really schooled. The thing is, that doesn't distract from the effectiveness of Charlotte Church. Yes, "Just Wave Hello" already sounds dated, but the rest of the record boasts accomplished, professional (albeit mainstream) production and arrangements and, lest we forget, a very gifted, endearing vocalist called Charlotte Church. She has a sweet, pure soprano voice that will charm and win over listeners who don't consider themselves opera fans. Whether it wins opera fanatics is another matter entirely, but this album wasn't made for them anyway.

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  1. Just Wave Hello (Ford Global Anthem)
  2. La pastorella dell' Alpi ("Son bella pastorella"), song for voice & piano
  3. Barcarolle (Night of Stars)
  4. O mio babbino
  5. Lascia ch'io pianga
  6. Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
  7. The Holy City, sacred ballad for voice & piano (or orchestra and chorus, ad
  8. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  9. Summertime, song (from Porgy and Bess, opera)
  10. The Jewel Song
  11. Voi che sapete (Tell Me What Love Is)
  12. She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  13. Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano
  14. Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried St
  15. The Last Rose of Summer, song
  16. Ymdaith Gwyr Harlech (The Men of Harlech)
  17. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlotte Church   Primary Artist,Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Janice Graham   Violin
London Welsh Male Choir   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Colin Paris   Double Bass
Janet Atkins   Viola
Frank Gallagher   Low Whistle
Rhodri Davies   Harp
Paul Edmund-Davies   Flute
Sîan Edwards   Conductor
Mick O'Brien   uillean pipes
Stephen Westrop   Choir Director
London Symphony Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Timothy Hugh   Cello
Jane Atkins   Viola
Gareth Davies   Flute

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Text
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Text
Trevor Horn   Producer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Jean Lenoir   Composer,Text
Julian Smith   Arranger
Robert Smith   Composer
Hugh Syme   Art Direction
Porl Thompson   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Frank Gallagher   Arranger
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
David Foil   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Dimo Safari   Art Direction
Grace Row   Producer
Charles Harbutt   Engineer,Engineering
DuBose Heyward   Text
Daguerre de Hureaux   Contributor
Jeremy Sams   translation,Text Translation
Danny Beckerman   Arranger,Engineer,Choir Arrangement,Engineering
Jeremy Caulton   Executive Producer
Haydn James   Arranger,Musical Director
Charles Mackerras   Arranger
Roy Moore   Arranger
Tina Ruta   Vocal Coach
Louise Ryan   Vocal Coach,Language Advisor
Stephen Saper   Engineer,Authoring
Geo L. Zalva   Orchestration
William Carlos Williams   Text
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Peter Williams   translation
Peter Gayle Williams   Text Translation
Dorothy Heyward   Composer,Text
Michel Carré   Text
Thomas Moore's American Dream   Text
William Williams   Text
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer,Text
Thomas Moore   Composer
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Whitehead More than 1 year ago
Listening to Sian Edwards singing Handel's Lascia Ch'ia Pianga gives the feeling of what heaven must be like. I can think of no other experience even nearly equal to this. Unfortunately I've not heard more of her singing to really make an adequate review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could someone say that Charlotte could be the next LeAnne Rimes?? Charlotte is in a class all by herself, and no one can hold a candle to her. She was mesmerizing in her concert, definately super star status. She won us over immediately. Our hero for the new millenium. Music doesn't get any better than this, and I agree with another writer who said that she and the London Symphony Orchestra go together, they deserve each other, well said!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a conaisseur of classical music but this girl gives me goosebumps. Wales, thank you for Charlotte
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is just incredible that such a beautiful voice could come from a little 13 year old. Also that a child as young as Charlotte is, seems to be such a professional and still keeps her wholesome typical teenage personality. My congratulations to her parents and her aunt for keeping her both feet on the ground and from becoming a spoiled child, which could mar her image. she seems like the teen aged daughter of the world and we all love her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording is wonderful for a girl her age.What's a Leanne Rhymes?
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT! At her age, this is world-class. Relaxing and soothing. Kind of mix of classical and new age, especially first track, Just Wave Hello.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that she is amaizing i would like to train or have someone train them our whole family loves music my husband plays the piano an we enjoy her very much i play her second cd at work all the time it is very relaxing, and have gotten comments about her that where very good they could not belive a 13yr old girl could sound so good. i hope she puts out another cd soon, i have still to get voice of an angel i can'seem to find it, maybe i am looking in the wrong place, but she is great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her voice is wonderful. And she is a great person. I can't wait for her to come out with some more CD's. I can't wait till she comes to my town for a concert. That will be awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Charlotte Church was excelent!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the album does contain wholesome tracks. however, it does not contain any lyrics on the cassette.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Church is an amazing soprano-her voice outshines all. Both her first and second albums are excellent-I can't wait for the third album! I'm sorry that I couldn't give more stars; Charlotte deserves it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, completely exploted. While she has a pretty voice for her age, she should be in Wales training it properly. The last thing she should do is subject herself to a professional atmosphere. It puts strain on a young voice. Besides, NO 13 year old should be singing opera...NONE. Let me put it bluntly, she sings as beautiful as any 10 or 11 year old boy soprano. However, she needs to stick to light songs...better yet, she needs to be back in Wales singing in a choir and singing opera after intense trainging...not now.....and she is hardly a musical phenomonom. I would perfer if the public listens to real opera's like Ms. Church is playing operatic dress up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD for Christmas and HIGHLY recoment it! I listen to it every day (along with Dream a Dream and Voice of an Angel). I love the old hymns on this CD! I've never had a more spiritual experience!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Church has an amazing voice, and imagine what it'll be like in a few years when it blossoms even more! BUT, she does need to work a little more on how she hits her high notes and maybe a different genre of music would be nice? I'm not the classical music type, but she has me hooked I still recommend her CDs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not an avid fan of Charlotte Church, but I do enjoy her music. This is one of those CD's that I really just enjoy. It's comfortable to listen to anytime. I particularly like ''Men of Harlech'' and ''Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer'', but all the tracks are very enjoyable. Charlotte Church has a very pure, clear voice. I hope that she keeps it that way. I notice that some reviewers have remarked that she has vocal flaws - I for one have listened to her over and again and can't pick out anything in her voice that sounds bad. I think she is very talented and quite in control of her voice. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The choice of songs is really great! I especially like the songs that have to do with Jesus! Bravo Charlotte!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD, especially the songs "Just a Wave Hello," and "Men of Harlech." I really like this CD, and would recommend it, as Charlotte has a beautiful voice.
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