Voice of an Angel

Voice of an Angel

by Charlotte Church
     
 

We're fascinated with child prodigy musicians because these innocent-looking youngsters have astonishing gifts that makes them sound like adults. Twelve-year-old Welsh soprano Charlotte Church has the clear voice of a child in a church choir and the vibrato of a grown-up. Voice of an Angel, Church's debut recording, is guidedSee more details below

Overview

We're fascinated with child prodigy musicians because these innocent-looking youngsters have astonishing gifts that makes them sound like adults. Twelve-year-old Welsh soprano Charlotte Church has the clear voice of a child in a church choir and the vibrato of a grown-up. Voice of an Angel, Church's debut recording, is guided by the nurturing and gentle conductor Siân Edwards, who leads the Welsh Opera Orchestra and what sounds like a choir of coal miners filling a rugby stadium with mighty sound. Church appropriately bypasses the big opera arias, offering familiar tunes by British composers such as Parry, Holst, and Harty, as well as three charmingly nature-oriented Welsh bird songs by Elwyn-Edwards. Although it is not specified in the CD booklet, the young singer apparently performs the roles of both Hansel and Gretel in a duet from Humperdinck's opera, and she does so winningly. The booklet does explain, a propos of the fur-cloaked image of Church on the cover, that "Charlotte Church does not wear real fur." Give her a few decades, at least, and this budding diva should be swathed in mink like the best of 'em.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given that she was merely 12 years old when she released her debut album Voice of an Angel, and that she is certainly cute, it may be easy for observers to dismiss Charlotte Church as the product of mere marketing, but that's not really the case. Yes, she is a marketer's dream, but her soprano voice is alluring, accomplished, and sweet -- even if it's not quite the voice of an angel, it comes close. And that's the reason why millions of listeners were wooed by Voice of Angel: Church is talented, young, and adorable. She's a good singer, sure, but one with enough talent to make her more than a special interest story. However, she is also the kind of singer that isn't well-regarded by classical purists for a variety of reasons, chief among them being the special-interest story itself. It's a double-edged sword, actually, since her very age makes her noteworthy to a wider audience, but not to the aficionados of opera, since she doesn't possess the skill that would make her a great artist in the view of many critics. Yet Voice of an Angel should be judged as a record, apart from Church's age. On that level, it succeeds -- particularly if it's viewed as a debut album. Yes, the material is pretty familiar -- "Ave Maria," "Amazing Grace," and "Danny Boy" all make appearances -- and because Church doesn't really offer revolutionary interpretations of the songs, she is open to criticisms from some opera critics. However, she has such a nice voice that it will be easy for many listeners to overlook the obviousness of the material and just enjoy the sweet music; Voice of an Angel certainly has its fair share of that.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646095720
catalogNumber:
60957
Rank:
27575

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Tracks

  1. Pie Jesu  - Charlotte Church
  2. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  - Charlotte Church
  3. In Trutina  - Charlotte Church
  4. The Lord's Prayer  - Charlotte Church
  5. Jerusalem  - Charlotte Church
  6. Ave Maria  - Charlotte Church
  7. Psalm 23  - Charlotte Church
  8. I vow to thee, my country, for chorus & orchestra, H. 148  - Charlotte Church
  9. Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)  - Charlotte Church
  10. My Lagen Love  - Charlotte Church
  11. Suo Gân (Lullaby), song  - Charlotte Church
  12. Lullaby ("I'll set you aswing in a purple bell"), for voice & piano  - Charlotte Church
  13. Amazing Grace  - Charlotte Church
  14. Y Gylfinir (The Curlew)  - Charlotte Church
  15. Tylluanod (Owls)  - Charlotte Church
  16. Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr  - Charlotte Church
  17. When at Night I Go to Sleep  - Charlotte Church

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlotte Church   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Sîan Edwards   Conductor
Louise Ryan   Vocals
Meinir Huelyn   Harp,celtic harp
Welsh National Opera Orchestra   Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble
Welsh National Opera Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Meinir Heulyn   Harp,celtic harp
Graham Jackson   Conductor,Choir Master

Technical Credits

Giulio Caccini   Composer
Gustav Holst   Composer
Hubert Parry   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Alpha Blondy   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
William Blake   Text
Robert Bryan   Text
Nick Ingman   Arranger
John Newton   Composer
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Giulio Turturro   Art Direction
Grace Row   Producer
John Stoddart   Text Translation
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Harold E. Samuel   Adaptation
James Marsh   Liner Notes
Charlotte Church   Liner Notes
Jeremy Caulton   Executive Producer
Louise Ryan   Vocal Coach
Traditional   Composer
Meinir Huelyn   Arranger
Cecil Spring-Rice   Text
Adelheid Wette   Text
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer,Text
Harold Samuel   Adaptation
Cahal O'Byrne   Text
Seasamh MacCathumhaoil   Text
Constance Bache   Text Translation
James Marsh   Liner Notes
Robert Williams Parry   Text
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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