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Enchantment CD

3.2 out of 5 stars 516 customer reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • 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
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005OWEJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Compare to her previous albums, this one ranks closer to the bottom. When she was younger, say elevenish, her voice was lovely to listen to. It was a sweet, angelic voice so like a young girl at that age should sound with a potential of becoming a power house in the future. But now in her mid teens, Miss Church has yet to reach that point and one wonders now if she ever will. Her voice has not gotten better nor worse.
Like a previous reviewer said, the strain in her voice is evident and sometimes a little painful to listen to. There are some songs where she's straining towards a range her vocal chords can not handle and there are other times like in "Papa can you here me?" where here voice is just above whisper (cranking the volume is needed). In fact, her pitch is not the same, at least to my ears it isn't. It sounds as if it's been lowered a key or two. Another thing with her singing is that I hear a lot of air before the words come out. Her voice does not come out as clear or pure as it could be. There is just too much whooshing sounds for me to continue listening to this CD.
I love show tunes from time to time and I'm familiar with most of the songs on this album. Although I believe Miss Church did put in a great effort, she missed her mark. If you want to listen to an Opera/Pop/Broadway style of music, I recommend Sarah Brightman (albums: Dive, Eden, or La Luna).
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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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I always fear for the future of musical child prodigies, especially those whose vocal gifts are taken advantage of with punishing numbers of concerts and premature recordings. Certainly, I was impressed by Miss Church as an eleven-year-old and hoped that, after an initial airing, her voice would be nurtured and held back to mature. Unfortunately, this was not to be, and just a few years later, no longer merely precocious, she runs the risk of being judged on her scanty merits. How sad it is to hear the strain in her young, thin voice as she reaches for notes she cannot dependably attain, much less sustain. The "glam" CD photo of this young lady says it all. In a sagging music industry, it offers unknowing consumers the "buy me" temptation of a pretty face and a fashionable mane of blond hair. Miss Church's CD was anything but an "enchantment." Such a pity.
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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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