- Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: CD BABY.COM/INDYS
- ASIN: B00320JA3I
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Prelude to a Dream
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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).Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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Please. I wouldn t pay one penny for this garbage. What, are these people on drugs.Published 13 months ago by Joseph A. Stumpf
I loved it......Seventeen superlatives wow, Sweet, professional,Very memorable songs, melodies and impressions left on your mind. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Louis Michael D'Angelo
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 morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Dan Martin (Skydancer - The First)
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
A remarkable 11 year old so poised and intellegent about life and music! What more could her parents ask for. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by MA
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.
This little girl is just amazing beyond belief. Folks, hang on for a wild ride - this album could end up in the Smithsonian !!!! Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Ken
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 morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Terry A. Yates