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Etterna [Enhanced, Import]

Emma ShapplinAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Universal Can/Zoom
  • ASIN: B000068PW9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Un Sospir Di Voi
2. Aedeus
3. Da Me Non Venni
4. La Notte Etterna
5. Leonora
6. Celtica
7. La Silente Riva
8. Spesso Sprofondo
9. Mai Piu Serena
10. Nell Aria Bruna
11. Finale
12. La Notte Etterna (Remix)

Editorial Reviews

Emma Shapplin is an artist who is French yet sings in 14th century Italian. Her personality is romantic, mysterious & passionate & she brings all of these elements together in Eterna, the follow-up to her hit 1998 album, Carmine Meo. Highlights include, 'La Notte Eterna' (Remix) & an enhanced portion (interview video in French & English) for use on Mac & PC. 2002.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma Shapplin is undisputedly the Queen of the Night! January 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As I write this I'm listening to one of my favorite songs on 'Etterna', "Da Me Non Venni" and am getting chills like you wouldn't believe! In a past interview I read on the internet about 'Carmine Meo', Emma explained how she wanted to use a language that was very poetic (aka 14th-century Italian, which very few people know) for she wanted to convey emotions that you could feel rather than understand. And while that worked on her last studio album, it works even better with 'Etterna' for the music shifts its focuse on her singing without the gorgeous melodies overpowering to steal the spotlight. My introduction to Emma Shapplin was through the Yomanda remix to "Spent le Stelle" though, which spills forth a very addicting techno beat with soaring vocals that are free and unrestrained, so don't misconstrue what I'm saying because her vocals are indeed very strong and can carry through just about anything she puts her mind to! Before you buy this though you should know that this is not proper opera and that Emma has never claimed to be a traditional "opera singer". She sings from the heart...from the SOUL, and because of that her haunting arias with sweeping synthesizers and dramatic string melodies come out beautiful and TRUE. And even though Jean-Patrick Capdevielle did a marvelous job on 'Carmine Meo', producer Graeme Revell, who also worked with Emma on the Red Planet soundtrack, succeeds in making 'Etterna' sound mystical and ethereal with Shapplin composing all of the lyrics, which are dark, seductive and mysterious... "'A sigh from you and I am born again of the Demon's Forge'"... "'Ah! The evil, wicked desire which disarms me! And it leaves...leaves... My life leaves me... Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended August 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful and haunting follow-up to her first album.
Emma Shapplin has truely grown as an artist because
on Etterna she has co-written all of the compositions.
Etterna is beyond catergorization and effectively
mixes operatic vocals with orchestrated arrangements
and electronic elements. Buy this CD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting followup to Carmine Meo�. July 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was browsing through an Archambault when I saw Emma Shapplin's "Etterna." I quickly snatched up a copy since I loved her début album "Carmine Meo" and her contributions to the "Red Planet" soundtrack, and "Etterna" followed Emma's tradition of Baroque Italian lyrics, gorgeous melodies, her sensual soprano, and otherworldly sound effects (chanting, water, space sounds). Like "Carmine Meo," "Etterna" is an opera of sorts featuring an exotic cast of characters.
The liner notes are simply gorgeous, featuring Emma as the range of characters: an elf, a witch, an old lady, a little boy, the soul, a crazy girl, all printed in metallic gold interspersed with vibrant colour photos. Whereas the environment of "Carmine Meo" was geared more towards Fire and Earth, "Etterna" is ruled by Water: the sounds of waves gently lapping, the melody wavelike and tranquil. The lyrics are drenched in melancholy, much like "Carmine Meo," although "the hope is in the melody," as Emma explains during the CD-ROM interview (one version is in English, the other in French with English subtitles).
"Etterna" is on label Ark21 after a breach of contract with Pendragon Records (which explains why Emma was not present on "Atylantos," the sequel to "Carmine Meo." A classical crossover success story, Emma Shapplin was born in Paris in 1974. She took singing lessons as a teenager, later joined a heavy metal band in which she mostly screamed and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day in an attempt to "roughen" her voice. Later she returned to her classical roots after seeing an opera performance that touched her deeply. She met up with French composer and rock star Jean-Patrick Capdeville at a party and asked him to write a gothic opera for her, "Carmine Meo," which went on to sell over a million and a half copies.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, not-so-beautiful music September 22, 2002
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Emma Shapplin's Etterna is a mixed bag for me. Although Emma's impressive coloratura soprano voice rises high, it's soaring over mediocre music. The instrumentation tends to be very pedestrian, safe, new agey electronic music. There are exceptions, of course. The choral backgrounds are beautiful, and the string section in Da Me Non Venni is a sweet accompaniment to Emma's voice.
Etterna is a concept album. Like Tori Amos in Strange Little Girls, Emma assumes a different character for each of the songs: a crazy woman, an elf, an old lady, a little boy, etcetera. Theoretically, the photos in the liner notes reflect these personalities, but what is revealed instead is a fashionable collection of pictures of the highly-photogenic singer.
The multimedia included on the CD is similar, demonstrating Emma's pretty walk and theatrical fashion sense.
Etterna is an album based around a water theme, and is sung in 14th-century Italian, a language which Emma believes is the most musical in nature. She could be right.
If you are a fan of the operatic techno of The Fifth Element or recent Delerium, you will love this album. If you're a musical purist, you'll want to keep away. Check it out if you fall somewhere in the middle
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Emma Shapplin
This album is a classic Emma Shapplin music compilation and as good as she is, that is some of what I already had.
Published 3 months ago by Waldyr Francolin Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not her best by a mile
I have heard her voice before and loved her songs this promted me to buy this album but it was definitly not worth the money also said it was a dvd but could not work on my... Read more
Published 23 months ago by nigel stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Sarah Brightman fans!!!!
I purchased this CD on the reccomendation of a coworker who also enjoys Sarah Brightman as much as I do. Read more
Published on October 15, 2003 by Michael Mooney
2.0 out of 5 stars Pop to the Dark
After winning me over with her 1st CD "Carmine Meo" of Italian standards with a rock beat, this lastest CD enters into the dark with demonic songs about losing ones will. Read more
Published on May 7, 2003 by PhiloX
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Voice, Bad Music
I brought this album in hopes in finding another Sarah Brightman, a cross-over opera singer with a strong and beautiful voice. Read more
Published on March 1, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars second listening
I loved the first CD carmine meo and thought it was hard to follow and on first listening the Etterna I was very dissapointed. Read more
Published on January 21, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Etterna is the best
Emma Shapplin is just wonderfull
There is nothing better than Emma Shapplin in the world
She's a angel from heaven and her music like magic
Published on October 26, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
I loved her first album and listen to it all the time, so I had expected her second album to be excellent as well, but it was a wall of undifferentiated sound, a mish mash lacking... Read more
Published on September 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb work on this CD
This CD is I better than Caramine Meo. It is like candy to the ears. The multimedia section is fantastic too.
Published on July 15, 2002
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