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Prelude to a Dream

Jackie EvanchoAudio CD
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So far, fans have gotten small tastes of what Jackie Evancho can do, but with the release of Dream With Me her highly-anticipated, first full-length album, they will get their first full serving of her staggering talent.

The SYCO/Columbia album reunites the 10-year old singing phenomenon with legendary producer David Foster. Jackie caught the attention of Foster two years ago when she ... Read more in Amazon's Jackie Evancho Store

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00320JA3I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everytime
2. Concrete Angel
3. Teaching Angels How To Fly
4. Starry Starry Night (Vincent)
5. Think of Me
6. Memory
7. To Where You Are
8. River of Dreams
9. Dark Waltz
10. The Prayer
11. Amazing Grace
12. Ave Maria (Schubert)
13. O Mio Babbino Caro
14. Con Te Partiro

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292 of 297 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captures the birth of a unique talent August 19, 2010
By Ehkzu
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure most visitors to this page came because they saw Jackie Evancho perform on America's Got Talent. That was true for me--I'd never heard of her before now. I sure have now, and I will buy this album when more are made.

That said, you should realize that you won't be hearing the soulful adult voice soaring out of a ten year old child's mouth that astonished viewers on AGT. This is her voice a year earlier. Here she sounds like a gifted child--an extraordinarily gifted child with near-perfect pitch, one of the best vibratos I've ever heard in anyone regardless of age, and an exquisite musical sensibility--but a child for all that.

So if you'll only be satisfied with what you heard on AGT, wait for her next album. But if, like me, you've become a diehard fan in the two minutes she sang on AGT; if you've gone to YouTube and listened to everything else she's done--then you'll want to make the small investment needed to get this historical record of where a great star of the future came from.

What we really need is a DVD of her performing. Then you could see something that isn't fully brought across by just an audio track--which is the fact that she's "inside the music." Meaning that she isn't just singing--she's channelling the composer's soul from deep within the essence of the piece.

I don't want to go too far with this. Evancho has the strengths and weaknesses of a happy childhood with what appear to be great parents and siblings--surrounded by love and acceptance. Compare this with, say, Christina Aguilera, another very talented singer, who first started singing in her bedroom to try to drown out the screams of her mother as her drunken father beat her mother (and then deserted them when Aguilera was still young).
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring gift August 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Despite obvious comparisons to the Welsh singer Charlotte Church, who got her first national exposure at the age of 11 years, I would rate 10-year-old Jackie Evancho as having even more potential. She's had the benefit of wise parents who have gotten her professional training that makes the most of her amazing instrument and her deep feeling for music. She doesn't force her voice to do anything it can't accomplish naturally, and she has a delightfully genuine personality.

Comparing this CD, recorded at the tender age of nine, to Jackie's "coming-out party" a year later on the television show "America's Got Talent," I can only observe that her control has improved and the timbre of her voice has deepened. Her pitch is perfect and her phrasing impeccable. She still tends toward breathiness, but this is to be expected of a young child whose lungs don't yet have the capacity they will attain during her teenage years.

I give this CD four stars because of the relative immaturity of Jackie's voice at the time it was recorded and because of the hit-or-miss song selection, but I anticipate giving a full five stars to her next release. She has a very bright future in front of her. I hope she sticks with classical music, a repertoire for which her voice is far better suited, rather than going the pop route as Church did.

A complete listing of the tracks on this album with timing:

1. Everytime -- 3:42
2. Concrete Angel -- 4:03
3. Teaching Angels How to Fly -- 5:18
4. Starry Starry Night (Vincent) -- 4:43
5. Think of Me -- 3:09
6. Memory -- 3:53
7. To Where You Are -- 3:52
8. The River of Dreams -- 4:23
9. Dark Waltz -- 4:21
10. The Prayer -- 4:30
11. Amazing Grace -- 4:43
12. Ave Maria -- 4:52
13. O Mio Babbino Caro -- 4:04
14. Con Te Partiro -- 3:54
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little girl, BIG voice August 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just to clarify:
This is not my favorite kind of music.
I don't particularly like child singers.
I even feel a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea of child prodigies in general, fearing there may be way too much pressure on the child before he or she has the psychological maturity to handle it. What if the child DOESN'T develop into a superstar?
I'm NOT a pervert (well, not that way, anyway...), i do NOT "like" little girls -- or little boys, for that matter.

All of that goes out the window with Jackie Evancho, though, because this little girl is the real deal. When she takes the stage on Dec 2nd, she will be the youngest female vocal soloist in the 119 year history of Carnegie Hall. That's the right way to look at her talent. Does that make her the greatest singer in the history of the United States? Of course not. Not yet. Am i potentially contradicting what i said above, what if she doesn't become a star? Yeah, maybe.

This album is obviously not great in itself, for the reasons others have mentioned, plus the immaturity of Jackie's voice. What's interesting is to hear how her voice developed over such a short time. Jackie loves singing in Italian (she insists on singing Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" in that language). If you make the assumption that the last songs on the album, the ones in Italian, were recorded last, something happened to her voice during the summer of 2009 (if you do the math, that's when it was likely recorded). She went from being a very good child singer to having a much bigger voice, almost adult-like. Then by the time of Jackie's concert a few months later, in December 2009 at the Highmark Company in Pittsburgh, she'd developed astonishing richness, a truly amazing sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I loved it......Seventeen superlatives wow, Sweet, professional,Very memorable songs, melodies and impressions left on your mind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Louis Michael D'Angelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Jackie Evancho
I'm a big fan of Jackie Evancho living in Norway, and just love this album, along with all her other albums. Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by A. Otto
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe she's the most talented singer of all time
I've been following Jackie Evancho on youtube for about 2 1/2 years. I just happened to run across her in my youtube wanderings and I just knew, the moment I saw the video of her... Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Skydancer
5.0 out of 5 stars voice of an angel
Great CD! Worth every penny! Came on time and packed in great shape. I have her other CD as well. I cant wait until the 3rd one comes out!
Published on June 11, 2011 by judybear58
5.0 out of 5 stars So Angelic and Kind!
A remarkable 11 year old so poised and intellegent about life and music! What more could her parents ask for. Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Marianne McGoffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this price for real?
Why is this cd priced at $495.00? I am certain I won't order it at that price. Has a hacker made a joke, or what? Anyway, color me mystified.

Published on March 23, 2011 by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable !!!!
This little girl is just amazing beyond belief. Folks, hang on for a wild ride - this album could end up in the Smithsonian !!!! Read more
Published on March 9, 2011 by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie's talent
I haven't heard "Prelude To A Dream". But I would love to!!! I've seen quite a few of her vidios on You Tube and hew own web site. And she has never disapointed me yet!!! Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Terry A. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay the way you are do not let anyone ever change you!!!!
I first heard you on Americas Got Talent. I know I will never live long enough to see you grow up honey you have a voice that is just out of this world. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Doris B
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING RAW TALENT!
I was fortunate enough to get this as an MP3 album while it was still available. Like many others, I was blown away by her voice on "America's Got Talent," and wondered how such a... Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by Cheryl H. Long
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When will this be available?
According to Wikipedia it has been withdrawn from sale indefinitely. Has anyone been able to purchase this cd or the mp3's lately. I bought my mp3 cd the morning after her first performance.
Sep 4, 2010 by Rodger K. Jueckstock |  See all 9 posts
Jackie Provides Emotional Healing To Me
Jackie is indeed a treausure, but the copy of "Prelude to a Dream" for sale here is a counterfeit accioding to Mike Evancho (Jackie's dad).
Mar 11, 2011 by James K. Butler |  See all 4 posts
Prelude to a Dream is a counterfeit
What James said is true. The seller is a scammer! It's a beautiful album and its rarity commands high prices on EBay for valid copies. This isn't one of them.
Mar 8, 2011 by Bruce Henderson |  See all 3 posts
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