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Then again, it's just possible that Church's very appeal rests on the delicate balance between the unapologetic sweetness of her music and the unforced girlishness she flashes between songs, rare qualities indeed against the harsher foil of sexualized pop culture. Given the degree to which various predecessors, from Brenda Lee to Tanya Tucker to LeAnn Rimes, have been groomed to transmit a precocious "maturity," Church's virginal typecasting may be methodically anachronistic, but at least it offers a calming refuge from the mixed messages and soft-core spin offered by Britney Spears.
Director David Mallet, who's become the DeMille of up-market music videos and a staple for PBS fund drive specials, applies a familiar balance of sure technical craft and slick sentimentality. He dresses the Brixton Academy concert site with a faux stained glass window, flickering candle light, and delicate laser lighting units that imbue Church with a backlit radiance, just so we won't miss the angel connection. Skeptics will also note her Andrew Lloyd Webber connection (the signature Pie Jesu), as well as canny nods to Celtic chic in the inclusion of such warhorse choices as "Danny Boy" and "My Lagan Love." Still, whether or not the young star achieves her dream of singing Tosca at La Scala, for the moment Church achieves a poised lyricism that's no mean feat. --Sam Sutherland
The human voice is a fragile instrument indeed. Used properly, it can create a beautiful sound. Used in the manner of the young Miss Church, one will experience general fatigue and laryngitis in extreme cases.
Hopefully, there is a pedagogue out there who can correct Miss Chruch's vocal issues, and help her to achieve the status that the public places her in. Otherwise, she will continue to develop techincal problems that will eventually prematurely end her career.
She is quite the personality and I had to just laugh when she declared that the Men of Harlech were looking so "posh" in their matching suits.
By watching her in concert you will be able to see the contrast between her teenage personality and her angelic and almost adult presence when singing for an audience. It is as if an angelic force pervades her very being. She could be as ancient an angel as one who first sang for God at the beginning of time.
Within her is a beautiful soul which radiates throughout her being when she is on a stage. I noticed how while practicing her songs she seems much more shy, but she comes alive completely onstage. There are times when she does seem under the spell of her own voice.
Not only does Charlotte take on some complex songs for her age, she sings each song as if she has always known these songs. In fact, she started singing at a very young age and has a very musical family. The beauty of her voice has the power to bring
a grown man to tears.
Songs in this Concert which are also from the Voice of an Angel CD include:
The Lord's Prayer
Mae Hiraeth yri y Mor
My Lagan Love
When at Night I Go to Sleep
In this DVD, you get to see behind-the-scenes footage and glimpses of her life. Everyone in her life seems to just come alive in a new way when they are around her. It is as if the light in her being also flows to everyone around her.
Of course, she was also a very young Welsh schoolgirl at the time who was known to pout and have disagreements with her mom. She is very human and yet has been blessed with an amazing talent. We forget all about how human she is when hearing her sing her signature tune, Pie Jesu. Especially while surrounded by candles and an amazing orchestral accompaniment. The sheer confidence everyone places in Charlotte was part of what impressed me.
Part of the beauty of her voice is the innocence. She is truly a natural. In a way, it is unfair to compare her to anyone else. She is unique. This is a child who took charge of her own future at a very early age. In this DVD you will see how she actually started her career by her own actions. It is not her mother pushing her, but rather encouraging her to be the best she can be. They show Charlotte and her mother laughing and it does seem they have a very good relationship.
"I was watching Richard and Judy and they said they were looking for talented kids. No one was around so I phoned up." "The producers said I had to sing down the phone. So I did 'Pie Jesu,' and that was it. I was invited on the show! Mum and Dad were the last to find out!" -Charlotte Church
I look forward to seeing her acting in the 2003 release of "I'll be There," which is a comedy. She actually made her acting debut in the UK TV drama 'Heartbeat'.
Charlotte's biggest ambition is to sing in her favorite opera - Madame Butterfly -at La Scala in Milan. You know, this Welsh soprano might just do it one day. After all, she has already had a concert at The Megaron in Athens.
At 17, she has seen so much success. I can only imagine a wonderful future for this motivated young star. She was born Feb. 21, 1986.
Also look for:
Charlotte Church - Enchantment (From Cardiff, Wales) (2001)
Charlotte Church - In Jerusalem (2001)
Dream a Dream: Charlotte Church in the Holy Land (2000)
Christmas Glory from Westminster (2000)
Charlotte Church: Prelude - The Best of Charlotte Church (2002)
Voice of an Angel
I'll be There CD
Voice of an Angel Audiobook
Voice of an Angel: My Life (So Far)
Sometimes in this world where we live with tragedy and sorrow day after day, God does something miraculous. He gives us a Charlotte Church.
Since hearing this 'voice of an angel' six months ago, we cannot travel far nor relax in our home without yearning for the magical sounds of Charlotte's voice ... with apologies to no one, we heartily believe she has a very special, God-given, unique musical touch. A handful may critcally assess the breadth of her classical training or question the maturity of her voice, however we shall be forever grateful for the blessing that is the voice of Charlotte, an accomplished woman whose wonderous voice touches our heart and most assuredly has taken residence there forevermore.
Oh, and there's music too, from the old hits ("Half Breed," "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves") to "Believe," the late '90s techno-dance smash that here is saved until last, with a few covers thrown in for good measure (U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"? Go figure). We also get some old Sonny & Cher TV clips (bet you didn't remember that Ronald Reagan and David Bowie appeared on their show), highlights from her very impressive film career, still photos, drawings of Mackie's creations, and the "Walking in Memphis" music video. All in all, it's a weird, extravagant, campy stew, and a heck of a fun ride. --Sam Graham
THE SOUND IS HORRIBLE THOUGH and THAT'S WHAT MAKES THIS A TRAVESTY.
I am so disappointed, as for Concert DVDs, audio is the most important factor. Not even anamorphic.
Joe Satriani starts off the show.He is the guitarist I was most familiar with before buying the CD and DVD.He plays the songs "Cool No.9","Flying in a Blue Dream,"and "Summer Song".The third one is my favorite.He is my all time favorite guitarist(Vai is second).
Eric Johnson is next.He is the guitarist I was least familiar with.He is the most melodic guitarist here.On here,he plays the songs "Intro Song,Manhattan,and "SRV".On the CD,he plays "Zap","Manhattan",and "Camel's Night Out".Manhattan is my favorite on both.I like it because it sounds jazzy.
Steve Vai closes this show.He is probably my second favorite guitarist on here.He is definitely the most of a showman.Plus he has "The Incredible" Mike Keneally on guitar and keyboards.He plays the songs "Answers","For The Love of God",and "Attitude Song".In "Attitude Song",him and Mike Keneally duel with each other,and Keneally is just as fast.
Last becomes the best moment of all.All 3 "G's" jam together!They play the Freddie King/Jeff Beck classic "Going Down",the Frank Zappa classic "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama",and a nine minute blues workout on the Jimi Hendrix classic "Red House".The second is my favorite.Joe sings the first song,Steve and Keneally sing the second,and Eric sings the last.None of them can really sing.I can't wait to go to G3 '03 with Yngwie Malmsteen instead of Eric Johnson.
P.S.I went there.It was awesome,but this concert was better.I missed Eric Johnson.Yngwie's licks sounded mostly the same,and the three man jams were EXTREMELY loud.
Performed with a who's-who of East Coast session aces before a record-setting crowd of half a million fans, The Concert in Central Park finds its stars just shy of their 40th birthdays and very much in their primes, their voices sweet and pure and their playing relaxed, perfectly in tune and in synch. The show features a mix of S&G and solo Simon tunes, including all the songs that appear on the CD, with the addition of a reprise of "Late in the Evening" and the first live performance of Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace." This is classic material from start to finish, 87 minutes of unmitigated beauty. --Michael Mikesell
Video Quality: Very Good
Sound Quality: Very Good . not 5+1
This dvd not have extra feature!!
I wasn't expecting lasers and flying pigs, but if anything this concert documents how much mileage Floyd, or at least DG, got from them. Not a bad video by any means, but not a great one either.
Being a huge fan of Pink Floyd for a number of years, I do have mixed feelings about some of the songs. Overall, the selections are great: Although Gilmour's voice seems a bit tired, and not what it used to be, his bluesy playing is excellent. All the participating musicians are some of the best in the business, especially the long term Floyd collaborator Michael Kamen on piano, and guest appearances by Rick Wright and Bob Geldof.
The best part of this DVD,(a very nice surprise and a bit of a weird choice,)was the French song Je Crois Entendre Encore, with its melancholic tunes, soulful chorus, and Gilmour's best singing in this concert,it touched me deeply!
Yet I was slightly disappointed with the heavy reliance on acoustic guitars.Yes to be fair, the concert was intended to be unplugged and it is refreshing to hear new versions of old classics, but with songs like Shine on Your Crazy Diamond, it would have worked much better if Gilmour used both guitars, like he did with Comfortably Numb(he could not replace some of his best solos for Floyd with acoustics).
In some Floyd songs,the electric guitar is integral part of the song and mixing the electric with the acoustic for some songs would not have compromised the purpose and spirit of this concert.
Shine's acoustic intro was great yes , but it needed that extra electric touch to make the new version perfect.
It leaves me to say how much Roger Waters departure from Floyd is missed.In all the Gilmour led concerts post Final Cut, the songs that Waters composed/cowrote are still what the fans really want to hear. You can tell by the huge cheers and applauses whenever Wish You Were Here or Comfortably Numb is played..The atmosphere and mood changes dramatically from enjoyment to a roar!
Having said all that, this DVD is great nonetheless,(strangely though it has not been released on CD! which would have made an invaluable addition to Floyd/Gilmour collection),giving us fans the opportunity to see one of the greatest musicians in rock history still doing what he knows best.
Wow. Who else but Streisand could still pull off such an audacious moment of sentimental psychodrama, the way that only a true star could? Yet nestled within the autobiographical meringue of the legendary singer's Millennium's-End concert, performed at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on December 31, 1999, that scene--and many other such self-referential moments reliving the sundry chapters of Streisand's life and career--is quite moving in its laid-bare honesty. A fuller experience than listening to the double CD of the concert, this video record of a magical night (does anyone remember our collective Y2K anxieties that New Year's Eve?) provides the most bang for the buck when it comes to reliving all those special scenes: surprise guest appearances (Barry Gibb, Bryan Adams, Neil Diamond, and Streisand's son, Jason Gould), duets with Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra (via video footage, of course), an appearance by dance master Savion Glover as Brother Time, a humorous bit with Shirley MacLaine, and several collaborations with Frost. If Timeless: Live from the MGM Grand was indeed, as Streisand claimed, the first step of a short farewell tour that ended in early 2000, it was the perfect way to exit the stage forever. --Tom Keogh
Sarah Brightman is in excellent voice in this concert in Florida, and she has great stage presence. Her movements are very graceful and fit the songs well, and her dancers do a great job as well. The setting of the stage is brilliant and makes one feel the "moon" atmosphere Sarah wants the audience to perceive (similar to but better than the red theme of the "One Night in Eden" concert). There's even a globe in the front of the stage, as if the stage Sarah is performing on is the moon.
If you love Sarah's voice, see her at her best, performing live! This DVD is a must!
La Luna is Sarah's most recent album of contemporary musical artistry, and the DVD version of her La Luna concert is an outstanding performance of the music from that album and many of her earlier works as well.
The DVD offers a number of audio format options, including DTS, Dolby 5.1 / AC-3, and PCM. The extra features included are similarly ample, including subtitled lyrics, a behind the scenes featurette, a music video, and more. The only complaint viewers may have regards the appearance in places of MPEG compression artifacts in the video; one may wonder if perhaps offering such a wide selection of sound formats slightly compromised the video encoding. However, said artifacts are not noticable to the average viewer and shouldn't detract from this outstanding performance.
I was disappointed with the lousy editing on the VHS version, but this DVD edition more than makes up for it, it includes all the missing songs from the concert.
Possibly the best feature of this show is the medley of early Ike & Tina Turner Revue songs she sings at the beginning of the show. The Addicted To Love and Private Dancer sets are spectacular for their theatrical qualities, and her tribute to Otis Redding is magic. (Note, here in Ireland, where Mr. Redding is practically unheard of, Ms. Turner finished the song early due to a lackluster response from the 25,000-strong crowd and asked us if we knew who he was. When very few people responded, she advised us to 'Look him up!' and broke into something else :-)
Get this DVD. It's a testament to the undying power of talent, and Tina Turner is one of the greatest talents of the 20th and 21st centuries.
How does lovely and entertaining Sarah get away with this?
I have grown to like "Tu Quieres Volver" more, now that I've seen it many times live, and have seen it on the DVD. The song right away, broke the classical first half of the show. It's nice to hear more rarely sung songs from Brightman like "Chanson Espagnol", Solveig's song", "I feel pretty" and "Tonight". I have never heard Sarah sing these 4 songs before hearing/watching them on my DVD/VHS.
The concert is made up of a decent time of approx. 73 minutes, considering some songs were a bit short, and some were long.
My copy has the photo taken from the box cover on it. The color is a bit off, but it's not bad. The item is good for collectors, classical music buffs, and diehard Brightman fans. I am all three. :)
My Sarah Brightman DVD collection is almost complete. Because of this DVD, I want to buy One night in Eden, on DVD, as well as the Royal Albert Hall Celebration.
Tracklist is as goes:
O Mio Babbino Caro
I Feel Pretty
Tu Quieres Volver
Who Wants To Live Forever
Whistle Down The Wind
Overture from the Phantom of the Opera
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
The Music Of The Night
Time To Say Goodbye
Don't Cry For Me Argentina
Total Time 75 Minutes
Buy this DVD. I think you will be happy.
I hope this review has helped you.