Actors:Charlotte Church, Josh Groban Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop Studio:Sony Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 02/05/2002 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1981 Release Year: 2002 Run Time: 1hr 56min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
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"I am a tremendous Charlotte Church fan and very much enjoyed the Enchantment CD. However,this video of the concert in Cardiff was a huge disappointment. Not only did she sing off key, but her onstage persona was very much like that of a spice girl. She needs to work on her stage presentation if she plans to be viewed as a professional classical soprano. Josh Groban was wonderful. I am sorry to say that I cannot recommend this product."
Sing, sing, sweet Charlotte!
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 01/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe playing on her home turf got rid of the stage fright and nervousness that plagued her in her Jerusalem concert video. It could also be that she's gotten more confidence with age. Anyway, this is a marked improvement over her previous concert. She's at her most beautiful so far, has more confidence and poise, flashes that winning smile of hers, and singing in top form. She still has some of that nervousness, only this time, she isn't speaking to the audience at Warp 8000 like she did before. She's slowed down considerably--to Warp 1000. Just kidding--she speaks okay here. And she still says "Thank you" with the second word at a higher register, like "Thankyip!" A brief orchestral medley comprising of "Tonight" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story is played by the National Orchestra of Wales under the guidance of Arnie Roth. Charlotte sweeps on stage in a white gown, singing "Tonight", the first song from her third album Enchantment. In fact she sings all songs from Enchantment except for "The Flower Duet" and "The Laughing Song"."If I Loved You", from Carousel, turns out to be her grandmother's favourite song, so she does that, followed by "The Water Is Wide", and do we get a real sample of her vocal talents here!Then there's "Bali Ha'i" from South Pacific. During this song, the lights go magenta and there are specks of light, such as would come from a mirror ball.Before going into the Celtic-sounding "Carrickfergus" with those exotic Uilleann pipes, the best song from Enchantment, she says that she's really nervous. The orchestral backing really helps here and from her emotive high notes, it's clear she loves this song with a capital L. So do I!Costume change, with black trousers, blouse, and a beaded lace wrap, with which she sings "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" from Porgie And Bess, and "A Bit Of Earth".With her second guest, a Welsh harpist, she performs two Welsh songs from Voice Of An Angel: "Suo Gan" and that mystical magical song "My Lagan Love".Josh Groban pops up for two duets. First is "Somewhere", from West Side Story, the second is "The Prayer", their rendition of the Celine Dion/Andrea Bocelli duet.Break time, and Roth and his orchestra do a quick burst of Carmen while the stage is lit red. before Charlotte comes back on stage dressed in a red dress, with her hair in a bun.Then comes Jesse Cook and Kevin, two musicians on guitar, who take Charlotte from "The Little Horses", "From My First Moment", and "Habanera." This latter song features some bongo players as rhythm.Another costume change, this time a black dress with straps. Before singing "Papa Can You Hear Me" she remarks that Streisand sang this before her and that she would never top that. Wrong, Charlotte--you do it better than Streisand. Her voice is at her best when singing the next song, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and boy does she hit that high note without flubbing it. She's got range! She does justice to a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine", dedicating it to the people who died in the 11 September attacks, and to follow up, she does "Amazing Grace", which she also did on Voice Of An Angel. The show ends with her guest stars bringing her bouquets.Well done, sweet Charlotte! At 82 minutes, quite a good show, with lots of songs. Now if she would maintain the same poise that she did in her next concert, she'll be well on her way to the top."
She just keeps getting better.
David Hanson | San Marcos, Ca. United States | 02/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW I just finished watching Charl's new DVD what an improvement.
The video quality was much better than any that came before. And the sound for a live concert is excelent. Then there's Charlotte she was as always Charlotte. No one will ever convince me that she isn't at least part Angel. ...
Not only does she mesmerize us with her beautiful voice through 19 songs but she also gives us a tour of her home town Cardiff Wales.
I would encourage everyone to get a copy "Enchantment From Cardiff Wales" You won't regret it believe me."
Sweet, Exciting, Wonderful Live Concert
G. Reid | Roseland, NJ | 06/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Available in VHS or DVD this live concert is absolutely terrific. You can save some money with the VHS version if you wish as it is produced full quality in hi-fi stereo. It is almost 2 hours in length - a real treat. Charlotte and her beautiful voice are stunning. Apparently most Americans are not aware of this terrific video since it has not been reviewed in about 2 years. Rest assured, I think it would be almost impossible for you to be disappointed with this live concert. Please, please enjoy this terrific performance by Charlotte, guests and the orchestra."
Another wonderful performance
G. Reid | 02/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had previously seen Charlotte Church's concert on PBS this past December but nevertheless was waiting expectantly to see the complete program on DVD and also the bonus features. And it was worth waiting! First I would like to briefly describe the setting of the concert and then give the reasons I liked Charlotte's performance so much.The event was very classy and formal. Charlotte changed costumes four times during the program. The orchestra, conductor, accompaniment all performed superbly. Charlotte looked stunning, immaculate, attractive . During her singing, she does these things so well -such as closing her eyes at the appropriate times and using her hands to express the feeling and meaning of the lyrics. Her voice is very melodious and rich in the low tones and rises to the highest pitch when required. She proves she can move from classical to contemporary with the assorted selection of songs which she performed equally well. She is successful because her performances always move her audience emotionally. Picking out some of the songs chronologically on the DVD, I especially liked "If I loved you". Her emotion overflowed and she sang her heart out with this one. "Carrickfergus" with the piping background music captures the imagination of the audience and soothes and lifts your mind to a peaceful and beautiful place. The classical pieces such as "A bit of earth", 'The water is wide", "Suo-Gan" ,"The Little Horses"( last two, lullabies) are nicely done as we expected from Charlotte. I find if one looks up the lyrics and translation of such pieces you will understand and enjoy the songs even more."Habanera" was nice and charming, showing a few steps of Charlotte's dancing and her singing versatility in French. "The Prayer"with Josh Groban was very romantic and I especially liked the beginning with the expressive, low tones of Charlotte's voice."Bridge over Troubled Waters" was excellently done and put the audience in the right mood before "Imagine" which Charlotte dedicated to the victims of the Sept11 tragedy.
She sang Imagine with just the right tone to make it so touching. This brought the house down with so much applause, delight, and appreciation.The bonuses were great . "Interview with Charlotte" gave us an insight into her music, personality and what she likes to do as a young person. "Aerial Tour of South Wales" did what it says, gave us beautiful panoramic views of ocean, mountains, cliffs, green pastures and the old history of Wales. Accompanying this video, appropriately, was the song The Water is Wide by Charlotte. Finally, "Video Tour of Cardiff With Charlotte" was ably done by Charlotte showing the bay of Cardiff, castles, shopping areas, her girl friend, and aerial views of picturesque Cardiff, where Charlotte was brought up. In the background of this video tour, Charlotte sang the beautiful Carrickfergus.All together, you will be enchanted by this DVD which deserves the higest marks. It couln't be more perfect."