Beyond Imagination
 : Beyond Imagination

from: Sony Music Canada Inc.

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Sony
EAN: 0696998780323
Item Dimensions: 5042523525
Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Music Canada Inc.
MPN: MFR696998780323#VG
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Sony Music Canada Inc.
Release Date: October 29, 2002
Running Time: 64 minutes
Studio: Sony Music Canada Inc.

Disc 1:
  1. One Fine Day (Un Bel Di From Madame Butterfly)
  2. Sempre Ricordo (Piano Concerto in A minor)
  3. There's A Place (From The New World Symphony)
  4. Beyond Imagination (From A Midsummer Nights Dream)
  5. O Fortuna (From Carmina Burana)
  6. Lakmé H2O (Flower Duet)
  7. Ebben?..Ne Andro Lontano (from La Wally)
  8. You Live On in My Heart (From "Cinema Paradiso")
  9. Chanson Bohème (From Carmen)
  10. Remember Me
  11. Stranger in Paradise (From Kismet)
  12. Ode II Joy (From Symphony No. 9)
  13. 1001 Nights (From The Nutcracker Suite)
  14. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act III: Barcarolle. "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour"
  15. Lakmé
  16. Ave Maria
  17. Vittoria! (Aida 2002)
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Opera Babes ~ Beyond Imagination
Plucked from a wet afternoon of busking Bizet and Puccini to passersby on the Piazza in Covent Garden in the spring of 2001, soprano Rebecca Knight and mezzo Karen England soon found themselves singing in slightly larger venues: the FA Cup and Champions League soccer finals. That the management company doing the plucking had recently performed a similar Cinderella crossover act for Russell Watson offered portent, and indeed the Babes--the moniker began as a joke--were soon on their way to this recording debut. The marketing shtick and its soccer connections may offend purists, but it's the football hooligans that the Babes are trying to win over here; can Borodin soothe the savage Manchester United fan? Their classically trained voices mesh gloriously, with England's warm mezzo showing particular character in her solo turns.

The repertoire choices here cover material that may already be familiar to fans of Charlotte Church (i.e., Delibes "Flower Duet") and other crossover acts, but they do include some pleasant surprises, like Offenbach's Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann and "You Live On in My Heart," a reworking of Ennio Morricone's enchanting Cinema Paradiso theme with lyrics by Knight. But in a rush toward the musical middle of the road, it's the productions themselves that sometimes overwhelm the Babes with bathos ("Ave Maria"), hollow thunder ("Aida 2002"), and electro club kitsch (the 'Vibe Tribe' mix of "Flower Duet"). Former Art of Noise mainstay Anne Dudley's tastefully restrained coloring of Tchaikovsky's "1001 Nights" is one of the notable exceptions. They're babes, they sing opera--with fair promise--for the masses, and if they turn one in a hundred from football hooliganism to a well-mannered appreciation of Grieg and Dvorák, won't it all have been worth it? --Jerry McCulley

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