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

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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 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 ...
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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 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."
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998699120
  • Catalog Number: 86991
  • Sales rank: 129,115

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pie Jesu (3:25)
  2. 2 My Lagan Love (3:14)
  3. 3 In Trutina (2:00)
  4. 4 Panis Angelicus (4:09)
  5. 5 Amazing Grace (2:42)
  6. 6 Just Wave Hello (Ford Global Anthem) (3:51)
  7. 7 La Pastorella (2:26)
  8. 8 She Moved Through the Fair (3:01)
  9. 9 Ave Maria (2:48)
  10. 10 Dream a Dream (Elysium) - Billy Gilman (3:50)
  11. 11 Flower Duet (3:56)
  12. 12 Habañera (4:27)
  13. 13 The Prayer - Josh Groban (4:24)
  14. 14 All Love Can Be (3:16)
  15. 15 It's the Heart That Matters Most (2:20)
  16. 16 Tantum Ergo (3:26)
  17. 17 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:15)
  18. 18 Sancta Maria (3:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Program Start
  2. 2 Pie Jesu
  3. 3 Habañera
  4. 4 The Lord's Prayer
  5. 5 In Trutina
  6. 6 Bridge Over Troubled Water
  7. 7 The Prayer - Josh Groban
  8. 8 Panis Angelicus
  9. 9 Danny Boy
  10. 10 La Pastorella
  11. 11 My Lagan Love
  12. 12 Suo-Gân
  13. 13 Bali Ha'i
  14. 14 Ave Maria
  15. 15 Imagine
  16. 16 Jerusalem
  17. 17 Somewhere
  18. 18 Amazing Grace
  19. 19 Credits
  20. 20 Dream a Dream - Billy Gilman
  21. 21 Backstage With Charlotte
  22. 22 Video Tour of Cardiff With Charlotte
  23. 23 Interview With Charlotte
  24. 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
Vladimir Meller Mastering
John Newton Composer
Dave Reitzas Vocal Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Al 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 Digital Editing, 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
Eric Enjem Digital Editing
Louise Ryan Vocal Coach
Ron Howard Executive Producer
Chris Laws Engineer
Meinir Huelyn Arranger
Maya Iwabuchi Orchestra Leader
Chris Yoakum Digital Editing, MIDI
Nigel Lewis Engineer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Angelic - Pensive - Soothing

    I purchased this primairily for Ave Maria and Pie Jesu. Her clarity of voice and phrasing bring me comfort and peace at times when I want to be quiet, alone with my self and just in tune with the Spirt within me. It was a purchase that replaced a previous recording by the same artist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice child-like voice to be appreciated.

    I must admit I expected a more mature sounding voice even for her age, which on this disk spans from 12-16 years. I think miss church lacks the silkiness or clarity in the voice to produce a commanding tone in an opera, but nonetheless she is not an opera singer, but a classical performer aided by a mic.She should not be judjed alonside the likes of Renee fleming or Natalie dessay. It is her age also. Mostly her voice appears veiled and breathy, as I pointed out lacks the refined finess that a high soprano should have and what is left is an often raspy, thin, and weak sound that sound more like a young boy soprano. Yet her I'd hate to dismiss her as a good artist just beacuse somebody doesn't have powerful, and full voice doesn't mean you should not appreaciate a young voice of delictae beauty that in my opinion is a genre of its own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her Beautiful Opera Voice

    I love her voice I love her music so much and she was just only 13 yrs old when her first cd came out. But this Cd I give it a outstanding. I wish, I had her voice I can't get enough of her voice. when I first heard it, I was like she has a beautiful voice. I was in choir and I can do a very high note ,like she does. and I can't stop listening to this song Amazing Grace. I want to met her someday. and she can touch me Opera. I just love this CD so much. Charlotte Church I am a very hudge fan of yours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beauty through song

    Her voice is simply amazing and in the cd.. It gradually builds up to where she is today. Like it starts with songs from Voice of An angel to Enchantement. I love her and it hurts me that she is moving to pop.

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