Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
Original Release Date: September 15, 1998
Number of Discs: 1
Label: EMI Int'l
1999 debut for Europop artist. 12 classical influenced tracks including 'De L'Abime Au Rivage...' and 'Spente Le Stelle' plus 3 bonus tracks 'Dolce Veneno', 'Fera Ventura' and 'Discovering Yourself'. Standard jewel case.
De L'Abime Au Rivage
Spente Le Stelle
Cuor Senza Sangue
Reprendo Mai Piu...
Une Ombre Dans Le Ciel
Lucifero Quel Giorno...
Ira Di Dio
A La Frontiere Du Reve...
A hauntingly beautiful masterpiece that spellbinds, February 7, 2004 By Nocturnal Tigress (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
I first heard of Emma Shapplin when a friend of mine recommended her music to me. I became very interested in her and soon purchased 'Etterna'. My mother got me this for Christmas, and it was a complete suprise.
This album is a masterpiece. Emma's gorgeous, soaring vocals are supported by Gregorian chants, pop beats, soaring strings, and howling wolves. The lyrics are written in medieval Italian, adding a very romantic feel to the album. I strongly urge all fans of classical crossover to grab this. Emma is one of the best classical crossover artists out there- right up there with Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban. If you are a fan of either of these two or any other similar artists, don't miss this. My vocabulary must be limited because I have trouble finding the right words for this.
Also, make sure you grab 'Etterna', Emma's most recent release. You won't be disappointed with either. Both are wonderful masterpieces.
Not just for opera lovers, February 3, 2004 By Alessandro Bruno (Toronto, Canada)
emma Shapplin has been duly praised for her wonderful soprano voice and style; however, I believe the true strength of this album is the musc as a whole. the singing is beautiful no doubt, but it's the music and the orchestration that work so wonderfully with the voice to produce what I might call a unique sound. It's not really opera, but it combines elemnts of this artform with classical and pop. Many other singers form Sarah Brightman to Celine Dion - the latter with disastrous results - have attempted to achieve something similar, but Emma Shapplin comes closest to hitting the right note and balnce between musical genres. Apart from any technical or genre considerations, the melodies are simply beautiful, while lyrics and titles evoke a romantic passion, which though overdone at times, captures the romantic immagination. Titles such as "Cuor senza sangue" (A bloodless heart) in my mind immediately evoke the characters of Puccini. I also think that song happens to be the best one of the album and all by itself worth the price of admission. It builds with a conspicuous but soft beat into an almost Rossinian crescendo expressing pathos and optimism at the same time. It's also teh song where Emma Shapplin's voice truly shines.