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listen  1. Tonight (Album Version)Charlotte Church 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Carrickfergus (Album Version)Charlotte Church 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Habañera (Album Version)Charlotte Church 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bali Ha'i (Album Version)Charlotte Church 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Papa Can You Hear Me? (Album Version)Charlotte Church 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Flower Duet (Album Version)Charlotte Church 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Little Horses (Album Version)Charlotte Church 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. From My First Moment (Album Version)Charlotte Church 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Water Is Wide (Album Version)Charlotte Church 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Album Version)Charlotte Church 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Laughing Song (Album Version)Charlotte Church 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. If I Loved You (Album Version)Charlotte Church 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Bit Of Earth (Album Version)Charlotte Church 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Somewhere (Album Version)Charlotte Church 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The PrayerCharlotte Church;Josh Groban 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Johann II Strauss, Lucy Simon, David Foster, Sian Edwards, John Clark, et al.
  • Conductor: Jerome Kern
  • Composer: Charlotte Church, Leonard Bernstein, Irish Traditional, Georges Bizet, Richard Rodgers, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005OWEJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of course, we couldn't expect time to freeze its relentless path and forever preserve the Welsh sensation Charlotte Church in a chrysalis of precocious youth. And yet, at 15 and now taking bolder steps into expanding her repertory on Enchantment, the soprano remains a marvel of a prodigy. Here, she scours a wider range of sources than on her previous albums. Church moves with breathtaking ease from classic Broadway (West Side Story, Show Boat, South Pacific) to traditional Celtic, film ballads, and even a couple of high-operatic numbers. Church's straightforward approach to the melody of "La Habanera" may not exactly be what Bizet had in mind for his Carmen, but fans will get double pleasure out of the singer's exquisite duet with herself on the haunting "Flower Duet" from Delibes's Lakmé. What's more, there's a greater freedom of expression and sense of how to shape a phrase in many of these tracks--notice how much there is to savor, for instance, in "The Water Is Wide" and "Carrickfergus." It all adds up to a widely varied course, demonstrating the continued growth of a singularly gifted young artist. --Sarah Chin

Customer Reviews

Habanera - Charlotte Church does not have the range of voice for this song.
Chris Norton
Alright, time for ME to write a review...I've waited a while, so now here goes: This cd does not suck as much as many people would like to say it does.
"chickenlegchicki"
I HIGHLY recommend any and all of her albums to the classical music/broadway fan.
ClassicalFanatic

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161 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Josh B. on January 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's sad for me to see such a young talent head in the direction Charlotte Church is heading. Sitting back and listening to this girl sing songs meant for mature voices, before having been properly trained is egregious.
Charlotte Church is a product of a culture who doesn't care about the long term - a culture bent on instant gratification. Watching Charlotte Church sing gives an indication as to how true this is.
First - her tone is weak and breathy. This is nothing worth faulting her on...it's merely a product of her age. She's too young to be singing what she's being told to sing.
Second - her jaw tension is bad enough to injure those around her. When you watch Charlotte sing her jaw flaps up and down. This is something that needs to be dealt with. Too much jaw tension could very well be this singers undoing (not to mention her collapsed sternum, high breathing and abnormal vowel construction).
Many people will debate that Charlotte Church is undermining the whole of the opera community by instilling false standards on the ears of the public. Ardent singers say that she's a sign of the collapse of classical music. This I will take issue with. If someone is bring opera and classical music to the masses then more power to them, however, this should not be done at the expense of the singer's talents. Charlotte Church is not ready for the amount of, or kind of singing she is being asked to do. Give her a few years and then maybe she can release a CD Worth listening to. If she waits she could be great...but as is, she's just another Andrea Bocceli....or Sarah Brightman - people who try to sing but can't hold a candle to those true operatic singers (i.e. Kiri Takanawa, Renee Flemming, and Sam Ramey).
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234 of 244 people found the following review helpful By "beethoven_nikita_christ" on December 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Charlotte Church still sounds the same... Cold and boring...
After 3 albums, I expect this album to be a lot better, but after listening to it, I find it (still) a disappointment... Where's the improvement?
I think the main problem with this album is the choice of songs. I think Miss Church would do better singing songs specially written for her (like a pop star?). Most of the songs she sing in this album have better versions, sang by more mature singers with better interpretation and techniques.
Her version of "Habanera" is especially weak. I would prefer it if she sings the original version of this famous aria... With notes and orchestral accompaniment exactly the same as the one Bizet had written. However, I don't think Miss Church would sound very good singing the original version either. Her voice is still of a boy-soprano quality which would not be strong and expressive enough for this aria which is demanding ---usually sang by more mature and established opera singers. She is trying to sound more mature here... But I think it wasn't that successful...
Her version of "The Little Horses" is a bit too slow for me and the accompaniment seems too loud. I would like this track better if she did it a little faster. However, I still think that a singer which much lower and deeper voice would do this song better. :-)
"The Laughing Song" is straining... Especially on those high notes!!! EEEEEKKKKKSSSS!!!!
The more outstanding tracks (I think) are "Carrickfergus" and "Papa Can You Hear Me?"... Other than that, the other tracks just isn't too well sung to leave a deep impression....
I hope Miss Church's next album would be better....
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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on December 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This girl has a good voice, but she wallows in rehashes of songs that have been performed better by other artists. Does she not have access to some original material? How many times can someone sing remakes of old songs and make them sound like opera and keep selling albums? The commercial for this cd on TV alone is stomach turning.
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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Allyn on September 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
...and it's a rare event that I write two contradicting reviews for one thing. But upon careful listening to this CD, and after listening again to all of Charlotte Church's other CD's, it really does seem that there is something (almost inexplicable) missing from "Enchantment."
I will say right up front that I'm NOT a singer (I am, however, an instumentalist-a pianist, to exact, so I do have somewhat of a "musical" ear), but even I could hear something that had changed for the worse in Charlotte's voice. "Tonight" from "West Side Story" seems flat-as if Charlotte is just going through a technical exercise-there is really no "rapture" in her voice that should be there in a love song like this. I agree with many people that "Carrickferges" is good; the new "wispy" sound of Charlotte's voice almost improves the song. But as the CD continues, the limitations of "the voice" really begin to show. Notes in "Papa, Can You Hear Me" and "From My First Moment" sound a little strained or simply don't gain enough momentum. And "Can't Help Loving Dat Man" is sung too tentatively, too prettily, and to be blunt, it is devoid of the "sexiness" it desparately needs.
The main redeeming quality of this CD? Interesting repertoire and fresh interpretations. Accompaniment on other Charlotte Church CDs didn't deviate much from choir/orchestra, so the ethnic percussion in "Bali Ha'i," the sulty Spanish guitar in "Habanera," and many other special touches were very welcome treats. I'll be curious to see what Charlotte Church releases next-hopefully it retains the unique accompaniment of this CD and forgoes the sometimes-lukewarm vocals.
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