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Silent Noon

1 Mar. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 2012
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2012
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd
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  • Total Length: 45:51
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  • ASIN: B007O7E3N2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,124 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Securi Cor on 4 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Of all the British "popera" acts going on out there, from Russell Watson through Katherine Jenkins and beyond to Alfie Boe and Paul Potts, these two lasses have the most classical credentials, vocally and stylistically.
This new cd is a wonderful departure from their previous albums, focusing as it does on the purity of English song with piano accompaniment. Not since Dames Felicity Lott and Ann Murray have we had two such beautifully honed classical female voices reminding us how rich our national heritage of song is. The tasteful duet arrangements of these orginally solo songs often enhance the inherent sweetness of the melodies with a freshness that is quite charming: listen to the two Quilter songs as a sampler of the sound world this album inhabits.

Ms Knight and England have perfectly complimentary voices of equal size with very similar vibratos and precisely matched phrasing which here is ideal as, unlike opera duets which are by definition sung by two separate characters, most of these songs are settings of poems intended to be voiced by a single soul. The "dual unity" of their arrangement of Vaughan Williams "Silent Noon" works particularly well to convey the blissful union of two souls basking in the quiet beauty of a perfect English summer day.

Above all Warner Classics and the "Babes" should be congratulated in programming a cd for a popera audience which strays from the tired formulas and which I guarantee will charm a smile on even the surliest of listeners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2012
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I am a huge fan of the Opera Babes, so I bought this album blind having never listened to a single track. Listening to it was a bit of a shock to be honest. The singing was the usual high standard and the pianist was equally good. So, from a production point of view I cannot fault it, hence the 5-stars. What I was not expecting was the style. Each track is like going back to a musical evening about 100 years ago. Two highly talented singers accompanied by a pianist with the ladies and gents in their evening wear (black tie only). Having listened to it twice all the way through I can only say that it is a very brave production because, commercially speaking, I cannot see it having a large market. Being honest about it I would not have bought it had I listened to any of the tracks simply because it is not my kind of music. It is all a matter of taste I suppose and this is not mine. This will not put me off buying their future albums but I will be more careful before I buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dasmon on 13 Nov. 2012
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Mugged all be it by very talented and lovely people. Whoever advised them to create an album with no orchestral backing, simply a piano has done them a huge disservice.

I love the Operababes, their previous albums are constantly on my playlists and make every day seem somehow that little bit better as a result. Their version of Casa Diva on Rennaissance even after the hundreds of times of listening, still makes me stop whatever I am doing to simply sit back and enjoy the emotive melodies of their voices.

Then, they produced 'Silent Noon'. Why? Why would you do that to your fans!? Nice voices, but incredibly wearing and depressing. I am not a purist and just enjoy good music, but this compilation of dirges was at best disappointing, at worse a rip off.

It is like being mugged by a nice old lady. You can't be angry, but you can be upset and a little let down. I bought this CD and I would actually feel embarrassed to give it away! It is almost as if they wanted to produce a new album and decided to save on production costs by having one of their mates on the piano while they sing.

Save your money, if you haven't bought either of their previous albums, spend your money on those instead! This is an album only for the purists and real vocal experts, not for those of us who just enjoy listening to opera and classical music sung well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R Day on 21 May 2012
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Ive been an Operababes fan for many years.Bought their other two albums both had full orchestra backing and lavish production.
This new album is very different,just piano as backing on all songs.
14 traditional british songs sang beautifully by Rebecca Knight @ Karen England.
The album has a serene sound to it but the girls still show what good professional classical singers they are.
Some favourite tracks are O Waly Waly,The Salley Gardens,Let us wander not unseen and We,ll Gather Lilacs.
I like this album very much and the more I listen to it the more I enjoy it.
Its traditional,classical and relaxing.Its been three years since there last album but worth the wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. J. Armitage on 30 April 2012
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This is a lovely collection and a welcome return from the classiest "popera" act who were whisked from busking in Covent Garden to singing at the Cup final before making the award winning Beyond Imagination album for Sony. Ten years later they've chosen to go back to olde folk songs of the British Isles. Janet Haney's understated but beautiful piano accompaniment is the perfect setting for Karen England and Rebecca Knight's voices to soar and interweave with subtlety. We are treated to Vaughan Williams' lovely title piece and two beguiling Quliter songs such as "Now sleeps the crimson petal." Britten's "Waly waly" known in folk circles as The Water is Wide is wonderful as is The Sally Gardens. One is reminded of Britten and Pears own work here and yet there is a freshness and originality which exudes on every track no more so than on Novello's "We'll gather lilacs" and Dibdin's "Tom Bowling." This is a truly sublime and relaxing collection that will appeal to music lovers across different genres due to its sheer class and quintessential Englishness. The Babes are back with a landmark collection that you'll be playing in thirty years time!!
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