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Amour - The Voice of Romance

Natasha Marsh Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000KGGHJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Si Un JourNatasha Marsh 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gymnopedie No. 1Natasha Marsh 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La Wally (Ebben? Ne Andro Lontano)Natasha Marsh 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ai Giochi AddioNatasha Marsh 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Autumn LeavesNatasha Marsh 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mi MancheraiNatasha Marsh 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chanson D'Amour Op 27 No 1Natasha Marsh 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. He Moves Eyes FollowNatasha Marsh 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The First Time Ever I Saw Your FaceNatasha Marsh 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Et MisericordiaNatasha Marsh 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La DelaissadoNatasha Marsh 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Pur Ti MiroNatasha Marsh/Fernando Lima 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Les Filles De CadizNatasha Marsh 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14Natasha Marsh 4:050.99  Buy MP3 


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With her versatile soprano, stunning good looks and unflinching passion for opera, Natasha Marsh has become a firm favourite with classical fans. Amour, her debut album, may come as a surprise to those familiar with her classical repertoire however, since it showcases not only her love of arias but her fondness for classic pop songs and movie soundtracks too. While Marsh's voice is inevitably capable of hitting the soaring heights demanded of pieces such as Verdi's "Si Un Jour" (theme from Jean de Florette, which opens the album), Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 1" and Delibes' "Les Filles de Cadix," Marsh sounds surprisingly comfortable when tackling non-classical material - the sweeping romance of "Autumn Leaves," for example, or the dreamy undulations of Ewan McColl's "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face." Likewise, her love of films (she studied music and drama and is equally passionate about both disciplines) adds an interesting undercurrent to the album, in particular her stirring renditions of Nino Rota's "Al Giochi Addio" (a.k.a. the theme from Romeo & Juliet) and Bacalov's "Mi Mancherai" (the theme from Il Postino). Overall, Amour is sure to further establish Natasha Marsh as a seriously sonorous and highly accessible all-rounder. --Danny McKenna

BBC Review

Natasha Marsh's new album, Amour, is an eclectic collection of songs and arias ranging from Catalani to Ewan McColl. Whether or not you like this CD will very much depend on your musical tastes. If you're a bit of a musical snob, or the kind of person who would happily sit through an entire semi-staged production of The Ring Cycle, then this is not for you. If, however, you want a relaxing, unplug-the-telephone and open-a-box-of-chocolates recording, slickly produced with a host of favourite melodies, then Amour might well push the right buttons.

Marsh's soprano is sweet, pure and very versatile. 'Eben? Ne Andro Lontano' and 'La Delaissado' are delivered beautifully, but the songs where her clear voice really makes an impression are the softer, less operatic works. 'Autumn Leaves' is a highlight of the CD and she manages to make this old classic her own, whilst nodding to the famous Eva Cassidy recording. 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' has the same quality, and her declared love of the film Il Postino is obvious in the fabulous, heartfelt performance she brings to 'Mi Mancherai'. 'Les filles de Cadix' is also delivered flawlessly, although without the punchiness that singers such as Cecilia Bartoli have previously brought to this song about feisty, flirty Spanish girls who won't be tied down by a man. This lack of fire when needed is a disappointment, and you're left wondering to what extent this is Marsh's voice, and to what extent it is the way the album has been produced. Her vocals have obviously been heavily mic'd to come out over the choir during the 'Et Misericordia' from Rutter's Magnificat, which gives an uncomfortable soloist/choir balance. Why was this necessary?

The whole album feels slightly as if it has been recorded to be the audio equivalent of a soft focus photograph. It's pretty, relaxing, and at times very good indeed, but lacks clarity and assertiveness in places. Don't let this gripe dissuade you from buying it, though, if you fall into the latter category above. --Charlotte Gardner

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine soprano!! 2 Jun 2007
By M. Porter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Another Amazon recommendation - thanks Amazon!!

Superb is about the only word I find appropriate. A good and eclectic collection of tracks from opera to pop. I'm not musically trained but I couldn't fault the voice nor the presentation. As an out and out Katherine Jenkins fan it was pleasant to hear a soprano in the same category. I am listening now to one of the best renditions of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' since Roberta Flack's version. Crystal clear diction and a warm presentation. 'Si un Jour' is probably the best track for me but there isnt a track I dont like.

I hope we both see and hear much more of Natasha Marsh - mind you as far the BBC goes, this sort of music seems to be part of the vast forgotten realm of classical/cross over/operetta vocal music! Sorry about the soap box!!

Anyway - if you like Kate Jenkins I'm pretty sure you'll like this, by no means light, soprano.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music from a beautiful voice 2 Mar 2008
By Mart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Soprano Natasha Marsh's debut album Amour (meaning `Love') hit the No. 1 spot in the classical album charts in its first week of release in February 2007.

The album is a mix of classical, contemporary classical, opera, popular and film music, so has inevitably attracted the interest of those wishing to debate the merits of the so-called `crossover' music genre and whether it is a case of a good opera singer selling out to the pop market, or a pop singer trying to masquerade as an opera singer.

For me this type of debate always detracts from the music and its real purpose, which of course should be to entertain. A singer, after all, should be free to perform anything he or she likes. A `real' opera singer surely is one who acts and sings in a full opera production (rather than for example simply singing an aria taken from an opera) and a `real' pop singer is broadly defined as one who attempts to appeal to a wide contemporary audience. If an artist chooses to sing outside of their normal genre, or `crossover' into another style, it should not be considered as either selling out to their normal fan base or a diluting of the quality of the music. Ultimately it's whether the music sounds good and entertains that is more important than debating musical genres.

That said, Natasha Marsh is an opera singer. She must be, for she joined the National Youth Music Theatre, won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, graduated with a first class degree in Music and Drama at the Birmingham University then went on to appear in operas such as Mozart's `Don Giovanni', `Magic Flute' and `Requiem', Puccini's `La boheme', Bizet's `Carmen', Britten's `The Turn of the Screw' and Berkley's contemporary `Jane Eyre' (for which the title role was written for her).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appearing with Paul Potts 5th Feb 2008 12 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful attractive woman with an equally attractive and very pleasant voice singing from opera, musicals and Queen. I am just about to purchase her CD Amour and yes I do have in my library Samson & Delilah, Turandot, Tosca, Madam Butterfly to name a few. Natasha Marsh makes a pleasant change.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 8 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply beautiful - a stunning, versatile voice with each song exquisitely crafted with true musicianship. Could I gently suggest that the previous reviewer visit Natasha's 'myspace' to consult the summary of her previous training and work in the opera world. I am sure that this will clarify Natasha's excellent operatic pedigree for them.

I look forward to hearing more from this exceptionally talented artist.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the real thing 7 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
At last, an opera singer who I have seen playing leads with Opera North, Glyndebourne, Holland Park and Grange who has a voice which can truly cross all styles. What a versatile flexible instrument! Such musical choices with the performances and what an exciting and novel selection of pieces. More please Ms Marsh!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous voice and real emotion! 30 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have been hearing Natasha's album on Radio 2, and was stopped in my tracks by her gorgeous rendition of Autumn Leaves - I had tears in my eyes! What a discovery!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime actually 26 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Whoever wrote the 1 star review is clearly mistaken and has not listened to this album (a Florida store?! Very odd!). Natasha Marsh is the real thing and I have had the pleasure to witness some of her ravishing opera leads over several years. Recorded impeccably at Abbey Road with the LSO, this is a sublime body of work showcasing a wonderful vocal tone and versatility. She is truly a rising star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic voice 27 Aug 2012
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This album has a really nice mix of different pieces and luckily not too many in English. As far as opera goes this is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amour
Well the title says it all really. I have never heard Natasha Marsh sing before, so this is the first album of hers that I have ever heard. To be frank it is simply superb. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars More amour!
In no way can I be considered an opera lover, but when I recently heard an exquisite version of the main theme from Zefferellis Romeo & Juliet I had to hear more, and I discovered... Read more
Published 1 month ago by redmanx
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent album. I had heard her at the Classical Brit Awards. I will buy more of her work. Brilliant singer
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Natasha
Its a very good CD. I gave it to my mother on Mothering Sunday but also put it on my computer hard drive. Beautiful CD. For those relaxing moments.
Published on 3 April 2011 by Tony
1.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable voice
After reading several reviews commending her voice in various magazines and papers I was looking forward to listening to her. When I finally did I was really disappointed. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2007 by The Diva
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful woman
Beautiful voice, beautiful woman. Some of the comments below are probably written by jealous singers who aren't quite as pretty as Natasha Marsh. Me, I love beautiful sopranos. Read more
Published on 22 May 2007 by colin68
2.0 out of 5 stars EXTRA-Ordinary!
I heard this on Classic FM and I'm afraid I think it's just plain ordinary. I've also been an 'avid opera fan' for years, and this girl has never done any opera leads with any... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2007 by Erin McDonath
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