Charlotte Church

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646435625
  • Catalog Number: 64356
  • Sales rank: 18,454

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
Vladimir Meller Mastering
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
Eric Enjem Digital Editing
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
Vlado Meller Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, ANGELIC voice I've ever heard!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVED this CD!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    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. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I really like it!

    The choice of songs is really great! I especially like the songs that have to do with Jesus! Bravo Charlotte!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, and still on her way!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT CD!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Voice of a child

    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 singers....it's like Ms. Church is playing operatic dress up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic

    the album does contain wholesome tracks. however, it does not contain any lyrics on the cassette.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she is great

    I thought Charlotte Church was excelent!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charlotte Church has an AMAZING voice.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    posh

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This recording is wonderful for a girl her age.What's a Leanne Rhymes?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charlotte in concert

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LeAnn Rimes go hide

    I am not a conaisseur of classical music but this girl gives me goosebumps. Wales, thank you for Charlotte

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    Posted October 24, 2009

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