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About Paul Schwartz
The compact disc Aria 3: Metamorphosis is being released on September 21, 2004, as a follow-up to the previously released successful CD's Aria and Aria 2. Paul Schwartz, who conceived, created and performed the recording, has transformed some operatic melodies to create contemporary ambient/dance soundscapes. Broadway's Tony-nominated Rebecca Luker provides soprano vocals. A chorus is heard to dramatic effect on some of the selections. Those who enjoyed the previous recordings are likely to enjoy this one as well. Among the arias that Schwartz has chosen as his inspiration are Handel's "Ombra mai fu" from Serse, Puccini's "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" from La Rondine, Verdi's "Amami, Alfredo" from La Traviata, and Handel's "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Rinaldo. This recording is not for serious opera fans who are almost certain to prefer the original orchestrations of the arias with the voice more prominent minus the backbeat. But fans of ambient music who appreciate the electronic backbeat and contemporary arrangements may find these pieces hauntingly beautiful.
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