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Classic Album Review: Charlotte Church | Enchantment

The teenage soprano expands her classical repertoire with some Broadway hits.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Classical music’s little girl is growing up — into a Broadway baby.

For her fourth album Enchantment, 15-year-old soprano phenom Charlotte Church continues to expand the range of her repertoire by mixing in more contemporary fare with the classical pieces. Too bad most of the newer stuff consists of hoary movie-musical fare like Tonight and Somewhere (from West Side Story), Bali Ha’i (from South Pacific) and even Papa Can You Hear Me? (from — heaven help us — Yentl). Ick. Sure, she still has the voice of an angel — and puts it to good use on DelibesFlower Duet and Strauss’s Laughing Song, along with a couple of lightly spiced flamenco-tinged numbers featuring Toronto guitarist Jesse Cook. But as the cheeseball fare starts to push aside the quality, it’s hard not to fear that a couple of years hence, you’ll hear Charlotte singing a Disney cartoon-theme duet with the likes of Whitney and Mariah. Now that would be the definition of disenchantment.