CD Angelica [Atlantic] (CD 1148693), Audio Other
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Angelica [Atlantic]

  • 1. O Mio Babbino Caro - (featuring Sewell Griffith/Clif Magness)
    2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - (featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem/David Foster)
    3. Un Bel Di - (featuring Sewell Griffith)
    4. Der Holle Rache - (featuring Lori Stinson/Steve Vai) :: Queen Of The Night - (featuring Lori Stinson/Steve Vai)
    5. IO Son L'Umile Ancella - (featuring Rebecca Semrau)
    6. Ave Maria - (featuring Lori Stinson/Eric Johnson)
    7. Caro Nome - (featuring Anita DeSimone/Steve Stevens/Lyle Workman)
    8. O Divine Redeemer - (featuring Julia Bonilla)
    9. O Soave Fanciulla - (featuring Rebecca Semrau/Charles Castronovo)
    10. Panis Angelicus - (featuring Julia Bonilla)
    11. Quando M'en Vo - (featuring Anita DeSimone/Dweezil Zappa)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83048

  • Credits
    ProducerClif Magness
    EngineerClif Magness; Francis Buckley

    Angelica: Julia Bonilla, Anita DeSimone, Sewell Griffith, Rebecca Semrau (vocals); Cliff Magness (classical guitar, guitar, keyboards, percussion, synthesizer programming).
    Additional personnel: The Boys Choir Of Harlem, Charles Castronovo (vocals); Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Steve Stevens, Lyle Workman (guitar); Jai Winding (Hammond); David Foster, Eva King (keyboards); Nathan East, Abraham Laboriel (bass); John Robinson, Josh Freese, Joe Travers, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Luis Conte, Efrain Toro (percussion).
    Angelica is an intriguing blend of opera and rock spearheaded by songwriter/composer Clif Magness and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager. The project features four sopranos -- Julia Bonilla, Anita DeSimone, Sewell Griffith and Rebecca Semrau -- who are supported by a wide array of professional studio musicians, including bassist Nathan East, pianist David Foster, the Boys Choir of Harlem and guitarists Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Dweezil Zappa. Essentially, the album is opera songs performed with rock spirit -- big beats, big chords, big dynamics and pure intensity. Magness has rearranged selections from Verdi's Carmen, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Gianni Chicchi, and Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, as well as several selections from Schubert, Gounod and Franck, for a rock band, keeping the actual arrangements and feeling of the original composition. Occasionally it works, occasionally it doesn't, but Angelica is never less than intriguing, and adventurous listeners -- particularly fans of prog-rock -- might want to give it a try. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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