Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church

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by 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. ForSee 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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Editorial Reviews

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

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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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