Aria, Vol. 2: New Horizon

Aria, Vol. 2: New Horizon

by Paul SchwartzPaul Schwartz
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This follow-up to Paul Schwartz's chart-topping ARIA stays true to its original format: fresh arrangements of popular operatic arias in which the voice floats over swelling orchestrations and ambient dance grooves. Composer Schwartz could have settled for sampled string sounds played from a keyboard and rhythm loops from a drum machine. But he didn't. He uses a full symphony orchestra, "sung-to-order" vocals by Broadway diva Rebecca Luker, and wrote primo parts for cello, guitar, string quartet, flute, and oboe d'amore (the oboe's alto relative). And yes, keyboards and drum programming. The Croatian lullaby, "Sviraj," is typical of Schwartz's creations. Opening with gentle drum rhythms, evocative keyboard colorings, and the lovely melody line, the music slowly builds in intensity until the orchestra bursts forth and spins into an emotional frenzy. Several instrumentals pepper the album including "Horizon," a lovely duet for piano and cello; a dramatic orchestral "Intermezzo"; and a very hot yet cool version of Fauré's "Pavane," featuring a string quartet and Marc Antoine's guitar solos. Caccini's "Ave Maria" offers snappy, steamy rhythms underneath the satiny, soaring descant by Luker, as well as the gutsy voices of The Joyful Company of Singers. Enough of the blow-by-blows. ARIA 2 gets the thumbs up from me. It's peaceful yet energizing, with many moments of ecstatic beauty.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Astor Place Records
UPC: 0706881401720
catalogNumber: 4017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Schwartz   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor
John Anderson   Oboe D'amore
Clair Marlo   Vocals
Peter White   Guitar
Tony Lewis   Cello
Paul Adamy   Bass
Steve Barton   Vocals
Mike Brittain   Bass
Caroline Dale   Cello
Philippa Davies   Flute
Liz Edwards   Violin
Roger Garland   Violin
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Paul Kegg   Cello
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Chris Laurence   Bass
Martin Loveday   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Strings,Violin,String Quartet
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Bill Benham   Viola
Richard Bissill   Horn
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Mary Scully   Bass
Vaughan Armon   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola,String Quartet
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Strings,Violin,String Quartet
Bruce White   Viola
Rebecca Luker   Vocals
Café del Mar   Track Performer
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Cathy Giles   Cello
Richard Watkins   Horn
Everton Nelson   Violin
Alison Dodds   Violin
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Nigel Black   Horn
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Terry Silverlake   Drums
Paul Clavis   Percussion
Simon Fisher   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Kate Musher   Viola
Simon Fischer   Violin
Roberto Bryce   Vocals
John Anderson   Oboe
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Thomas Bowes   Violin
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Benedict Cruft   Violin
James McLeod   Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Jonathan Williams   Cello,String Quartet
Philip de Groote   Cello
Phillip Eastop   Horn

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Clair Marlo   Composer
Peter Cobbin   Engineer
Alan Douches   Engineer
Paul Schwartz   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production,Creation
Carla Leighton   Artwork
Geoff Holroyde   Engineer
Steve Plotnicki   Executive Producer
Alexander "Ace" Baker   Engineer
Keith Shortreed   Engineer

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Aria, Vol. 2: New Horizon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the suggestion of a friend, I purchased Aria II (she preferred it over the original Aria) originally intending to use it for meditation. Not only did it help with that, but I soon grew very, very fond of the passionate, dramatic bells and violins and the talented vocalists. Some tracks on the CD are more memoriable than others, but most of them are very, very good, either for meditation or easy listening. I highly suggest it as the best in the Aria series, over both the original and Aria 3, which do not seem to possess the same originality and passion.