All Angels

All Angels

Released on January 1, 2006 by UMSM

Main artist: Compositeurs Divers

Genre: Classical

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Album : 1 disk - 14 tracks Total length : 00:49:58

  1. 1 Songbird (Album Version)

    All Angels, All Angels Copyright : (P) 2006 Universal Classics & Jazz

  2. The Flower Duet (from Lakmé) (Compositeurs Divers)
  3. 2 The Flower Duet (from Lakmé) (Album Version)

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  4. 3 Salve Regina (based on Pachelbel's Canon) (Album Version)

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  5. Steal Away
  6. 4 Steal Away (Album Version)

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  7. 5 The Windmills Of Your Mind (Album Version)

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  8. Barcarolle (from The Tales of Hoffman)
  9. 6 Barcarolle (from The Tales of Hoffman) (Album Version)

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  10. 7 Silent Night (Album Version)

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  11. Cavalleria rusticana
  12. 8 Hosanna (Album Version)

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  13. Ave Verum Corpus (theme from Brideshead Revisited)
  14. 9 Ave Verum Corpus (Theme From Brideshead Revisited) (Album Version)

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  15. 10 Angels (Album Version)

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  16. Ave Maria
  17. 11 Ave Maria (Album Version)

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  18. Pokarekare Ana
  19. 12 Pokarekare Ana (Album Version)

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  20. Agnus Dei
  21. 13 Agnus Dei (Album Version)

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  22. 14 Amazing Grace (Album Version)

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About

Released for the Christmas market, when the "once a year" brigade comes out and buys a record, the debut album by the teenage quartet All Angels hit the Top Ten in the last week of November 2006. However, the competition for classical crossover albums was strong that year, All Angels competing with chart albums from the Fron Male Voice Choir, Katherine Jenkins, Il Divo, and the very similar-sounding Angelis. The momentum could not be sustained, and All Angels disappeared entirely from the chart even before Christmas week. This album mixed arrangements of classical repertoire, mainly the more popular and well-known end, with soft MOR pop songs. It included Delibes' Flower Duet, Mascagni's Hosanna from Cavalleria Rusticana, and -- almost inevitably for a group of angelic female singers -- Schubert's Ave Maria and Barber's Agnus Dei. The pop repertoire included "The Windmills of Your Mind," Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird," and also inevitably, Robbie Williams' "Angels." Those who did not like the voice on the original "Angels" could at least focus on the guitar solo, but even that was lacking on the All Angels version, as the track was watered down to provide the ideal of a middle-of-the-road, easy listening song. Universal were masters at promoting classical crossover music, and although a cynic might point to the CD's initial high chart position and rapid descent as a sign of failure, the girls were very talented singers and musically this was a very accomplished album. All the tracks were obviously chosen for maximum effect and profit but lacked originality -- and ultimately All Angels was a nice easy listen but unsatisfying, the classical pieces being superior to the pop choices. ~ Sharon Mawer

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