Sunday, August 26, 2012

Charlotte Church - Dream a Dream (2000)

Charlotte Church - Dream a Dream (2000)

The little girl with the big voice is back for a selection of popular Christmas songs and carols, ranging from the medieval "Coventry Carol" to the brand new title track, whose chorus will be recognized by classical music fans as the "Pavan" of Gabriel Faure. In between are pop standards like "Winter Wonderland" and Mel Torme's "Christmas Song" as well as some less familiar fare such as the delicate calypso "Mary's Boy Child" and the Welsh "Draw Tua Bethlehem". Much of the program features big, lush orechestral arrangements with Church's voice at full throttle, but several tracks deliver less most effectively, such as the lovely, simple choral accompaniment to Michael Praetorius' "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming" or the opening verse of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," sung solo with no instruments at all.
—Rovi, Allmusic.com

Tracks
  1. Dream a Dream for voice & orchestra (based on Fauré's Pavane Op. 50) ("Elysium")
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)
  3. The Little Drummer Boy (Carol of the Drum), carol
  4. Mary's Little Boy Child, song
  5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  6. Winter Wonderland
  7. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  8. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)
  9. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"
  10. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  11. When a Child Is Born
  12. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  13. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)
  14. Draw Tua Bethlehem (Far Over Bethlehem)
  15. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  16. Gabriel's Message (Basque)
  17. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
  18. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), for chorus
  19. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)

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