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The follow-up to the record-breaking debut
album-Voice Of An Angel (Sony SK60957, 1998)-by young
operatic superstar Charlotte Curch is destined to certain
success. A widely-aired live video entitled Voice Of An
Angel In Concert (Sony SHV61770, 1999) also received
significant international attention and was certified gold
by the RIAA.
The new album titled simply Charlotte Church (Sony
SK64356, 1999) includes a staggering collection of 17 tracks
opening with the stunning original contemporary-opera
crossover track "Just Say Hello" produced by Trevor Horn. A
two-minute edit of the 3:50 track is being used in the Ford
Global Millennium television advert. Certain to achieve
critical acclaim beyond typical classical circles,
further contemporary crossover work would be appreciated
by even broader audiences. Order the album today from
Charlotte Church provides all lead vocals and is accompanied
by the London Symphony Orchestra throughout the
recording-their chorus also contributes to the album
as does the London Welsh Male Choir. The singer's vast
ranging vocal excursions span the
recording and include technically superb renditions of
classical pieces such as the recent Sarah Brightman
"O mio babbino caro" as well as "Lascia ch'io pianga,"
"The Jewel Song," "If Thou Art Near," "Voi che sapete"
and a Brahm's "Lullaby." Her vocal work in Rossini's
"la Pastorella" waltz from Soirées Musicales
is especially memorable as is "Barcorelle" from Offenbach's
The Tales of Hoffmann and the traditional pieces
"She Moves Through The Fair" and "Men of Harlech"
(with male choir). The stunning ballad "Summertime"
from Porgy and Bess and the highly emotive
treatment of the secular hymn "Guide Me, Oh Thou Great
Redeemer," also with male choir, round out the album.
Destined for great success, this self-titled second album
is technically superb. Accompanied by a lovely booklet with
lyrics and translations where required, production quality of
the recording is top notch as well. This second collection
of Charlotte Church recordings includes a wide selection of music
and fully illustrates the talent of this rapidly emerging
vocal talent. Worth a cross-country journey-a must listen!