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Product: Audio CD
Title: Charlotte Church
Label: Sony
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Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
An angelic voice...


Charlotte Church is young yet, with, I hope, a vast career ahead of her. Her voice is gorgeous, this I'll grant, but there's something missing from many of the performances recorded here. How about a little common sense in the choice of songs? Men of Harlech obviously requires a voice like Bryn Terfel's, not a young teen, barely into adolescence. Is there any woman who could sing this powerful martial song and do it justice? Sure. Jessye Norman comes to mind. Maybe Jane Eaglen as well. And then there's The Holy City. Once again, Charlotte Church's voice does not yet fit the bill. Has anyone out there heard Jessye Norman sing that song? Or Sherrill Milnes? How about Benjamin Luxon? In my opinion, a certain maturity and grandeur of voice is needed to do the Holy City justice. Also, I got strange feelings listening to such a young lady sing She Moved Through the Fair. Make no mistake, this is a beautiful version of this song... but it gives me the willies to hear a young lady sing about marrying a woman. Oh, well, it's good anyway. (Loreena MacKennit does one of the most beautiful renditions of this moving song I've ever heard. Maybe hearing an expressively mature woman sing the song alleviates the strangeness. Maybe I'm nuts.) However, I think Miss Church will grow into these songs. This is a wonderful voice and charming talent right now. Who knows what the future holds? Charlotte Church sings Offenbach's Barcarolle with beauty, charm, and grace, making this my favorite song on the album. For those who love beautiful singing, and could not care less about `mature interpretations', don't let my somewhat jaundiced misgivings deter you: this is beautiful music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Passion of the Christ (Score)
Label: Sony
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Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Music from first Christian nation in the world - Azerbaijan


The whole soundtrack is of course a must-own for any music lover. John Debney made a truly remarkable job in bringing the music from all over the world and fuse it into one in this CD. Of particular interest, is the "Song of Complaint", which has music from distant Azerbaijan, played by Goksel Baktagir and Yurdal Tokcan, and internally known as the "Azeri" song. (...). The instrument used, duduk, is an ancient one used in the Caucasus, particularly in Western Azerbaijan. Here's how the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia" defined it in its last, 3rd edition (1973, in English): "DUDUK (from the Turkish du:du:k), a wind instrument having a pipe about 300 mm in length with nine fingerholes and a double reed. Usually twoduduks are played--one performer plays the melody while the other holds a single tone (the pedal point). The dudk is widespread amon the people of the Caucasus. (vol. 8, p. 438)".One of the best duduk players from Azerbaijan, Alihan Samedov, can be heard here: (...).The relevance of such music in the OMS for the film is that Azerbaijan, known as Caucasian Albania in ancient times, was one of the first - and some say the first - nations in the world to make Christianity as their official religion, back in 4th century A.D. The oldest church in the whole region is also located in the north-east of Azerbaijan, in the village of Kish. This is the ancient land visited by the apostle's and contemporaries of Christ. (...)



Product: Audio CD
Title: Classical Wedding [Spring Hill]
Label: Spring Hill (Wea406)
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Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
substituted for orchestra at my wedding


I wasn't sure what to choose for my wedding ceremony selections, so this CD has helped me to narrow my choices considerably. The combination of strings and trumpet is beautiful. I find myself listening to it even when not in "wedding" mode. I highly recommend this for brides that aren't familar with classical music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Irish Volunteer: Songs Of The Irish Union Soldier 1861-1865
Label: Rykodisc
Artist: David Kincaid
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
If you have one drop of Irish blood, you will be touched.


Mr. Kincaid may not have a top 40 album, but it is a great work. His treatment of the music, the instruments used and his grand husky vocal renditions make it easy to sit back, close your eyes, and go back in time. The songs are invigorating, sad, and sometimes irreverant. If you listen often and long enough you will recognize the basic Irish traits: Loyalty, Pride and Honor. "Nobility be Damned"!