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Charlotte Church

4.1 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews

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Certified platinum. "One of the year's best"- New York Post. Includes Just Wave Hello; Summertime; Lullaby; The Last Rose Of Summer; Songs My Mother Taught Me.

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To judge by the impassioned responses to her debut album Voice of an Angel, Charlotte Church has already set extraordinary expectations for any follow-up. After all, the vocal phenomenon from Cardiff, Wales, took up a place in The Guinness Book of Records as the youngest artist ever--at the tender age of 12--to have an album attaining No. 1 status on the classical charts. This self-titled second release will continue to delight the highly gifted singer's legions of fans, and also contains some surprises for them. Church here tries out classical repertory with Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" and the "Jewel Song"--her pure and high-flying voice showing an amazing agility. There is great warmth in a couple of sacred songs, as well as the traditional Irish "She Moved Through the Fair." Church's vocal color--almost like a boy soprano at times--brings something unique to Gershwin's "Summertime," while the first track--Danny Beckerman's Hallmark-ish "Just Wave Hello"--seems destined to become part of the music you can't avoid associating with the turn of the millennium. --Sarah Chin
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00002EPP9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had purchased the 1st CD after seeing the PBS special, and was impressed with the sheer talent, in spite of the mediocre quality of the recording. Her voice in this CD shows tremendous growth, essaying a broader range with greater depth, color, and staying power. Gershwin's "Summertime" was my favorite of the disk. It's sung without dialect, and has a wistful, haunting quality I found quite charming. The lead track, "Just Wave Hello", was written for her, and showcases her talents and increasing range. She may also create a market for operatic-pop crossovers on the strength of this cut alone. She seems most at home in the final six tracks, moving from the charming "She Moved Through the Fair", into the ethereal "Last Rose of Summer", and a powerful "Men of Harlech". I would have bought the CD for these selections alone.
The opera selections were a mixed bag. Anna Rossi's review here at Amazon provides a better technical review than I can offer. I would suggest checking it out. If Voice of an Angel was an introduction, this CD is a quality resume. The only real problem I think this created for her was it brought her squarely into the gun sights of opera purists, and opened her up for the inevitable comparisons with veteran sopranos who've been singing these roles for years. It was probably necessary for Sony to cement her place in the firmament, but it also exposes her to some unfair panning.
Cuts from two of my favorite operas, Faust and Marriage of Figaro, were included. I was prepared to dislike the Jewel Song, but thought it was nicely done. She handles the upper ranges well, and each note in the middle runs is delivered cleanly... well enough to show she's got the chops to play with the big girls.
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By A Customer on December 8, 1999
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When I heard Roberta Peters sing "Lucia" at the Met in the sixties I thought I died and went to heaven. When I first heard Joan Sutherland's flawless technique I was sure the opera world had outdone itself. When Kiri, Cecilia, Renee and Leslie came along I was again mesmerized. The very mention of Maria Callas still causes my heart to skip a beat.
So am I some high-falutin' music critic about to warn you all to stay away from this MADNESS called Charlotte? Guess again.
I have played Charlotte Church's self-titled album several times. To start with, I am beyond floored, beyond flabbergasted. She has, unquestionably, one of the most glorious high soprano voices on the scene. It's much too green for opera stages -- let's agree on that -- but it's utterly magical in its present realm, the recording studio and TV venues. Most of the songs on the CD are enormously appealing. I took extreme pleasure in Miss Church's Mozart aria... I know she'll learn Italian and take it to the next level eventually, but it was brilliantly performed nonetheless. I see her owning several Puccini roles outright somday. When she actually begins to perform opera, I hope she'll continue to record sacred music and never forsake her delicious Welsh/Celtic repertoire.
Finally, it's fascinating that so many critics disagree about Charlotte Church. In the end, after all the ecstatic praises, the warm fuzzies, the cynical put-downs, the condescending encouragements, the "give me a breaks", it still about people reacting (and over-reacting) to a 13 yr. old adolescent girl living her dream. No marketing saavy in the world could have planned this.
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By A Customer on November 29, 1999
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This CD is much better technically than the first which sounded like it was done in a garage using an old tape recorder. Ms. Church is also better technically. I enjoyed most of the cuts on the CD because I find listening to her to be relaxing. I do not expect perfection in her 13 year old voice; what I find is a lovely voice worth listening to coupled with a certain charm and innocence. If you want the voice of a 40 year old soprano DO NOT BUY THIS CD you will be disappointed. If you want sweetness in an uncloying way this might be your choice.
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I'm a 25 year old light lyric soprano and I heard this CD at my voice teacher's house a couple of days ago. We both agreed that Charlotte Church has a very pretty voice but that some of the material she is singing is unsuitable for her at this stage of vocal development. We also observed that she just doesn't have the maturity yet to covey roles like Marguerite (Jewel Song) and Lauretta (O mio babbino caro) with all of the nuance and feeling that they require.
But she's only 13 years old so I'm sure that her interpretive skills will grow in time. I do agree with an earlier poster that it would have been better for her to wait and record some of this repertoire when she is older. Of course, it will make an interesting comparison when she sings these roles later.
I loved the way that she sings "The Last Rose of Summer." She seemed very connected to the song and her high notes have a floaty quality about them. All in all, it's an enjoyable disc. Church doesn't do anything that is vocally offensive.
When you've heard singers like Ileana Cotrubas sing "O mio babbino" and Mirella Freni singing "The Jewel Song," it's very hard NOT to compare them with Church. I don't think that it was the best idea of her agents and producers to set her up for this kind of critiquing by having her perform these arias.
And shame on Sony for not including translations of the pieces in foreign languages. For people who are interested, "O mio babbino caro" is sung by Lauretta, a young girl begging her father to find a way to help her marry the man she loves. Lauretta's plea is irresistable and her father does help her. The Jewel Song is sung when Marguerite, a young country maiden, discovers a casket of jewels left for her.
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