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Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church [with Bonus DVD]

Album Summary

>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Traditional, Irish : My Lagan Love
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Beckerman, Danny : Just Wave Hello (Ford Global Anthem)
>Rossini, Gioachino : La pastorella dell' Alpi ("Son bella pastorella"), song for voice & piano (Soirées musicales)
>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Hale, Simon : Dream a Dream for voice & orchestra (based on Fauré's Pavane Op. 50) ("Elysium")
>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé, opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Foster, David : The Prayer, song (for the film Quest for Camelot)
>Horner, James : A Beautiful Mind, film score
>Steve Mac / Wayne Hector / Don Black : It's the Heart that Matters Most (for the film Christmas Carol
>Fauré, Gabriel : Tantum ergo, for soprano, chorus & organ in F major
>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
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Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Charlotte Church (vocals); Billy Gilman, Josh Groban (vocals); Michael Thompson (guitar); Janice Graham (violin); Jane Atkins (viola); Tim Hugh (cello); Steve Mac (piano, keyboards); David Foster (keyboards); Chris Laws (drums); Felipe Elguetta (programming).

Producers include: Grace Row, James Horner, Simon Rhodes, Steve Mac, Keith Thomas.

This Limited version of PRELUDE includes a bonus DVD disc.

Personnel includes: Charlotte Church (vocals); Billy Gilman, Josh Groban (vocals); Michael Thompson (guitar); Janice Graham (violin); Jane Atkins (viola); Tim Hugh (cello); Steve Mac (piano, keyboards); David Foster (keyboards); Chris Laws (drums); Felipe Elguetta (programming).

Producers include: Grace Row, James Horner, Simon Rhodes, Steve Mac, Keith Thomas.

In the four years between her 1998 debut VOICE OF AN ANGEL and her 2002 compilation PRELUDE: THE BEST OF CHARLOTTE CHURCH, the Welsh native blossomed from classical music prodigy to a mature talent who accrued quite a mastery of the pop idiom. Fans of Church's early work will be pleased to hear the inclusion of compositions by Orff ("In Trutina"), Franck ("Panis Angelicus"), Rossini ("La Pastorella"), and Bizet ("Habanera"). Truly goose-bump inducing moments come via renditions of "Amazing Grace" and "Ave Maria," which truly benefit from the purity of tone that rings true in Church's crystalline soprano.

Church's chemistry as a collaborator also shines as duets with Billy Gilman ("Dream a Dream") and Josh Groban ("The Prayer") count as major highlights on this anthology. Although the inclusion of "Just Wave Hello," (aka the "Ford Global Anthem"), smacks of the type of corporate commercial greed that's more about marketing than music, PRELUDE offers a solid overview of a major artist who has only started to scratch the surface of her talents.



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Works Details

>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984

>Traditional, Irish : My Lagan Love
  • Performers: Meinir Heulyn (Celtic Harp); Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: In Trutina
  • Performers: Charlotte Church (Voice); In Trutina
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Beckerman, Danny : Just Wave Hello (Ford Global Anthem)
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Rossini, Gioachino : La pastorella dell' Alpi ("Son bella pastorella"), song for voice & piano (Soirées musicales)
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1830-1835

>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  • Performers: Rhodri Davies (Harp); Jane Atkins (Viola); Janice Graham (Violin); Colin Paris (Double Bass); Paul Edmund-Davies (Flute); Charlotte Church (Voice); Timothy Hugh (Cello); Gareth Davies (Flute)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1700

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Charlotte Church (Voice); Rhodri Davies (Harp)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Hale, Simon : Dream a Dream for voice & orchestra (based on Fauré's Pavane Op. 50) ("Elysium")
  • Performers: Charlotte Church (Voice); John Themis (Guitar); Ash Howes (Programming); Billy Gilman (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé, opera :: The Flower Duet
  • Performers: John Parricelli (Guitar); Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Habañera
  • Performers: John Parricelli (Guitar); Mario Melo (Surdo); Charlotte Church (Voice); Jesse Cook (Guitar); Jesse Cook (Drums); Mario Melo (Djembe); Mario Melo (Pandeiro); Mario Melo (Shaker)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Foster, David : The Prayer, song (for the film Quest for Camelot)
  • Performers: Michael Thompson (Guitar); Josh Groban (Voice); Charlotte Church (Voice); David Foster (Keyboards)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Carole Bayer Sager (1947 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Horner, James : A Beautiful Mind, film score :: All Love Can Be
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Steve Mac / Wayne Hector / Don Black : It's the Heart that Matters Most (for the film Christmas Carol :: The Movie)
  • Performers: Charlotte Church (Voice); Steve Mac (Keyboards); Steve Mac (Piano); Frizee McKenna (Voice); Chris Laws (Drums)
  • Conductor: Gavyn Wright
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2001

>Fauré, Gabriel : Tantum ergo, for soprano, chorus & organ in F major
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 11/14/1904

>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Performers: Bruce Gaitsch (Soprano); Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Sancta Maria (Ave Maria based on the Intermezzo)
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sian Edwards
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic