Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
Original Release Date: June 18, 2002
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Ark 21
01. Un sospir' di voi
03. Da me non venni
04. La notte etterna
07. La silente riva
08. Spesso, sprofondo
09. Mai piu serena
10. Nell' aria bruna
12. La notte etterna (remix)
Hauntingly Beautiful, November 8, 2003 By Nocturnal Tigress (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
This is a fantastic American debut album by Emma Shapplin. This album should definetly put her at the top of the classical crossover charts with Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban. The amazingly talented Emma lets her haunting vocals soar over the music. I reccommend this wholeheartedly, especially if you're a fan of new age or classical crossover.
A Most Wonderful Discovery, February 19, 2004 By EncoreSarah "encoresarah"
A devoted fan of Sarah Brightman, I stumbled upon this artist, Emma Shapplin. Her voice entranced me at once. When I looked through the booklet I was at once spellbound by this chanteuse. Her album sparkles with imperial music and an angel's voice. This album belongs in every crossover library; it adds theatrics and mystery to every room its music reaches. I was very lucky to discover Saran Brightman, and now I am honoured to have found Emma Shapplin.
Opratica Supreme, October 2, 2006 By 9th Strategic Reconn Wing
This is an amazing album, beautifully recorded. Its pop-ified classic Italian style mixed with the lyrics derived from "old Italian" and hints at classical melody make for a real delight. Extremely powerful vocals that pierce through the dark aesthetic like the beacon of a lighthouse through a dense fog at night. If you're a fan of Opratica, or a fan of Sara Brightman who wishes she would take her lyrics more seriously, you will love this album.
While many compare Emma Shapplin to Sara Brightman, there are some notable differences. First is the raw power of Emma's voice versus that of Sara. While Sara Brightman is an exceptionally talented artist, I would dread her performance without technical augmentation. Emma on the other hand avoids the elaborate digital editing processes to the degree often heard on Brightman albums. Accordingly, it is possible to observe minor performance irregularities. However, such nuanced "flaws" are inherent to all great vocalist, and constitute more of individual stylization than "flaw." The absence of such character in Brightmans recordings simply attests to the overuse of digital augmentation to produce artificially "perfect" recordings, in a fashion akin to air brushing a super model's picture. Played back on high end audio kit you can even here the occasional recoil of a pianos dampening pedal, something which would certainly be edited out of a Brightman recording. All these things attest to the raw and pure integrity of Emma's recording. Additionally, the lyrics, when translated, are much less insipid than the usual Brightman tune. Though Brightman had to marry Andrew Lloyd Webber to launch her career in full, I suspect Emma Shapplin's pure technical talent and more advanced aesthetic sensibility will assure her a successful cross-over career without any such convenient relationships.
If You Like Emma..., January 23, 2006 By Sergey Lenkov "Serge" (Mother Russia)
The reasons to listen to this album...
Beautiful woman with beautiful voice sings beautiful songs. This album is one of high-class standards of crossover genre (well balanced elements of classical, pop, electronic, New Age and even Celtic music are fused into this new genre). One hit - "Le Notte Eterna" worth the whole album.
I can`t tell you that I`m listening to this CD every day, but when I`m in the mood to hear some calm, light and beautiful but not much serious music - I`m listening to this album.
If you like this style of music, try also CD by
Spanish singer-songwriter Nadia "This Is My Life".
She also plays electronic keyboards and her music is very beautiful - mix of romantic pop, new age electronic music with the touch of light classical sound.
CD by Nadia was released by label Neuronium.