Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church (Ltd. Ed. CD & DVD)

Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church (Ltd. Ed. CD & DVD)

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by Charlotte Church

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Charlotte Church was only 12 when her debut album, Voice of an Angel, was released 1998, launching the precocious Welsh soprano into overnight stardom with a program of traditional and classical songs. A self-titled disc followed in 1999 that focused on operatic classics; the Christmas-themed See more details below


Charlotte Church was only 12 when her debut album, Voice of an Angel, was released 1998, launching the precocious Welsh soprano into overnight stardom with a program of traditional and classical songs. A self-titled disc followed in 1999 that focused on operatic classics; the Christmas-themed Dream a Dream came out in 2000; and Enchantment appeared in 2001, broadening the singer's repertoire into Broadway song. Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church gathers highlights from each of these top-selling albums, beginning with "Pie Jesu," the opening track from Church's debut disc, and continuing with "Amazing Grace," "Ave Maria," and more. Also included are selections not found on the singer's solo discs, such as "All Love Can Be" from the soundtrack to A Beautiful Mind and "The Prayer," a duet with another young sensation, Josh Groban, that was featured on his debut disc. Four previously unreleased tracks complete the collection, including Church's cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Even in the youth-conscious era of the turn of the 21st century, there couldn't have been too many best-of compilations issued by 16-year-olds. But Charlotte Church had been recording regularly since she was 12, with a reported ten million albums sold worldwide (including one gold and three platinum certifications in the U.S.), which seems to justify this hour-long stock-taking effort, when you throw in "All That Love Can Be," from the soundtrack to A Beautiful Mind, and, inevitably, four new recordings. Talking sales may be crass when discussing a classical artist, but not a classical crossover artist, and Church (or her advisors) made the decision early that she was going to pursue a career in the popular market that would make use of her voice in public long before some opera company might have gotten around to featuring her. It's a compromised posture, of course, resulting in music that is classical lite leaning toward adult contemporary, the musical niche carved out by Sarah Brightman. No surprise, then, that this set begins with Church's version of "Pie Jesu" by Brightman's old flame, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Opera excerpts, Celtic airs, spirituals, pop songs, and ersatz classical numbers (e.g., the Josh Groban duet "The Prayer," penned by David Foster and translated into Italian) follow, and Church brings her even-handed, lovely approach to each. Has there ever been a Carmen as calm as hers on "Habañera"? Ordinarily, one might say this is classical music for people who don't like classical music, but it is actually grown-up-sounding music for children, sung, appropriately enough, by a child. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]

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Disc 1

  1. Pie Jesu
  2. My Lagan Love
  3. In Trutina
  4. Panis Angelicus
  5. Amazing Grace
  6. Just Wave Hello (Ford Global Anthem)
  7. La Pastorella
  8. She Moved Through the Fair
  9. Ave Maria
  10. Dream a Dream (Elysium)  - Billy Gilman
  11. Flower Duet
  12. Habañera
  13. The Prayer  - Josh Groban
  14. All Love Can Be
  15. It's the Heart That Matters Most
  16. Tantum Ergo
  17. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  18. Sancta Maria

Disc 2

  1. Program Start
  2. Pie Jesu
  3. Habañera
  4. The Lord's Prayer
  5. In Trutina
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  7. The Prayer  - Josh Groban
  8. Panis Angelicus
  9. Danny Boy
  10. La Pastorella
  11. My Lagan Love
  12. Suo-Gân
  13. Bali Ha'i
  14. Ave Maria
  15. Imagine
  16. Jerusalem
  17. Somewhere
  18. Amazing Grace
  19. Credits
  20. Dream a Dream  - Billy Gilman
  21. Backstage With Charlotte
  22. Video Tour of Cardiff With Charlotte
  23. Interview With Charlotte
  24. Aerial Tour of South Wales

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlotte Church   Primary Artist
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
David Foster   Keyboards
Bruce Gaitsch   Steel Guitar
Janice Graham   Violin,Leader
Colin Paris   Double Bass
John Themis   Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Conductor
Dave Arch   Performing Ensemble
Janet Atkins   Viola
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Jesse Cook   Drums,cowbell
John Parricelli   Acoustic Guitar
Mario Melo   Pandeiro,Repique,Surdo,Djembe,Shaker,Timba
Steve Mac   Piano,Keyboards
Rhodri Davies   Harp
Paul Edmund-Davies   Flute
Sîan Edwards   Conductor
Haydn James   Musical Direction
Stephen Westrop   Choir Director,Choir Master
Chris Laws   Drums
Ronald Corp   Musical Direction
Jeremy Backhouse   Choir Master
Timothy Hugh   Cello
Welsh National Opera Orchestra   Track Performer
Gareth Davies   Flute
Graham Jackson   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Peter Bond   Engineer
Keith Thomas   Producer
James Horner   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
J. Lawrence Cook   Arranger
Felipe Elgueta   Programming,Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Randy Kerber   Orchestration
John Newton   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Vocal Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Schmitt   Vocal Mixing
Julian Smith   Arranger
Brian Tankersley   Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   String Arrangements
Simon Hale   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jesse Cook   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Richard J. Davis   Vocal Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Vocal Producer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Simon Rhodes   Producer
William Ross   String Arrangements
Ed Kaufman   Engineer
Kevin Jacobs   Equipment Rental
Mario Melo   Orchestration
Paul Bateman   Arranger
Cesar Ramirez   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Grace Row   Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Ash Howes   Programming,Engineer
Tony Renis   translation
Steve Mac   Arranger,Producer
Nick Marshall   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Julian Gallagher   Producer
A. Testa   translation
James Shearman   Arranger
Danny Beckerman   Engineer,Choir Arrangement
Jeremy Caulton   Executive Producer
Louise Ryan   Vocal Coach
Ron Howard   Executive Producer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Meinir Huelyn   Arranger
Maya Iwabuchi   Orchestra Leader
Chris Yoakum   MIDI
Nigel Lewis   Engineer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer

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