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on 6 January 2006
I love the story of Charlotte Church - she was discovered by her response to a telephone-in contest from the 'Richard and Judy' show. Charlotte recounts that she was told by the producers to sing down the phone, which she did, and was invited to appear on the programme right away. The rest, as they say, is history. This CD is the first of her productions - one must give her credit for initially resisting the urge to become another Britney Spears or similar type, staying with traditional, classical, and religious music that serves to highlight her vocal talents well. While there are times she is a bit more ambitious than her voice will permit at the moment (some pieces of music are specifically intended for a more mature voice, so give Ms. Church time!), she has a good range, a great tone, and a wonderful sense of music as she sings.
This particular CD is one of several standards. From the religious side, she has such classics as Mawby's setting for Psalm 23, Andrew Lloyd Webber's setting for 'Pie Jesu', Franck's 'Panis Angelicus', and Parry's 'Jerusalem'. On the more classical/traditional side, she has versions of 'Danny Boy', several Celtic/Welsh tunes ('My Lagan Love', 'Suo-Gan', 'Y Gylfinir'), and even a piece from Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'.
Charlotte Church was just 13 years old when this CD was released; she has since gone from strength to strength with later releases. Her popularity has helped to revive an interest among younger listeners for music that they might otherwise overlook - that is one of the very great benefits of a career such as hers. Identified as a classical artist, yet being media savvy toward other people her own age, she embarked upon a still-growing career with this album that promises greatness.
This greatness can already be heard in its beginning stages on this recording.