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Old 2nd December 2009   #1
Graham
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Default Chloe Agnew: Songs from the Heart

So I trust that everyone has tuned in to their local PBS stations over the past few days to see and hear the new TV special filmed by Chloe Agnew and her group, Celtic Woman, called Songs from the Heart.

Chloe looks utterly gorgeous in the show, and her voice has never been more angelic.

Here's the video of one of Chloe's two solos - "Galway Bay," an old Irish song that was made famous by Bing Crosby. But with all due respect to Bing, Chloe delivers a matchless performance of this number, absolutely heartfelt and filled with emotion. Notice too that her grey gown is closely fitted to her figure, and defines her curves more than any dress she's worn in past PBS specials, so you can clearly see her womanly hips and voluptuous physique.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSvOmfcY_H0

My own favourite song from the show has to be "Pie Jesu," which Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote in a purely classical style for his Reqiuem. This brings out Chloe's angelic voice better than any other piece in Songs from the Heart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ6e4nDBrgo

As for the group numbers, the most exciting one is "Nl S'n L," the Gaelic folk dance. Chloe wears a peasant dress in this video, and boy, does she ever dance! She completely outshines every other performer. At a few key spots, you can even see her shapely legs as her skirt twirls up. But the online video only gives you a small sense. To get a real look at Chloe in this piece, you need to see the show on TV - or buy the DVD when it comes out at the end of January.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsewvO75Mgw

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Old 2nd December 2009   #2
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Default Re: Chloe Agnew: Songs from the Heart

Here are a few more videos associated with the Songs from the Heart special. Not the musical performances themselves, but rather some of the interview clips that appeared during the infamous PBS "pledge breaks" that always interrupt concerts like this.

Here's a brief video in which Chloe talks about life on the road, touring with the group. I love listening to her speaking voice as much as I enjoy hearing her sing. Even when she talks she sounds musical. And her accent is so charming.



Here, Chloe, along with two other members of the group, lament the fact that the concert is over.



And finally, here's a really short clip in which the girls encourage fans to support PBS. It's a nice video because you see Chloe dressed in her beautiful pink gown, standing in the sunlight.

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Old 3rd December 2009   #3
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Default Re: Chloe Agnew: Songs from the Heart

Here's the link to the video of Chloe's other solo in Songs from the Heart, a cover of the familiar Disney tune, "When You Believe."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B15gWqNUKrU

She looks gorgeous, and so curvy. And her performance is spectacular.

Although I generally prefer to hear Chloe singing more classical or Irish songs, like "Pie Jesu" and "Galway Bay," the truth is that "When You Believe" is not in fact a modern tune. It's based on a venerable Chinese melody.

Don't believe me? Listen to a bit of the following video by a Chinese orchestra performing at the famous Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, a few years ago. Note in particular the melody that plays at 0:22 and 1:45 in the video.



It's an old Chinese composition called "Dance of the Yao Tribe," and the melody is the same as the opening lyrics of "When You Believe" (when Chloe sings, "Many night we've prayed / With no proof anyone could hear...").
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Old 4th December 2009   #4
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Default Re: Chloe Agnew: Songs from the Heart

Chloe also appeared live in studio in five separate segments during the pledge breaks when the Seattle PBS station aired Songs from the Heart. Here are the videos of each.

In the first, she talks about the beginnings of Celtic Woman, and her own teenage aspirations.



Even the host mentions how much he enjoys listening to her speak, with her beautiful accent, in this clip:



Here she discusses how Celtic Woman has evolved over the years, and lists a few of her favourite songs:



In this clip, she reveals a few aspects of her personality, like her love of animals, and her affinity for higher learning:



Here she answers the question about how the girls of Celtic Woman really get along with each other:



Chloe looks stunning in each clip, dressed as she is in a stylish black dress with a belt that rides high, so it emphasizes her buxom curves and doesn't constrict the waist. It's a pleasure just to look at her in these videos, and to watch her smile. She's amazingly pretty.
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Old 4th December 2009   #5
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Default Chloe Agnew: From the New World


Here is another interesting video comparison. The most beautiful ensemble number in Songs from the Heart is called "Non C' Pi," which is set to the music of Dvořk's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" (second movement).

Interestingly, Chloe already once performed a song to this music, except with different lyrics.

First, let's listen to the performance from Songs from the Heart. Chloe sings at 1:04, 3:14, and 4:13 in particular. The video includes numerous views of her stunning figure in that sculpted grey dress.

- Click here to watch "Non C' Pi"

Now let's watch a video of Chloe singing "Going Home," set to the same melody, for her Walking in the Air solo DVD, filmed when she was very young--before she even entered Celtic Woman. It is remarkable to note how much the tenor of this song differs from that of "Non C' Pi," due to the wholly dissimilar English-language lyrics, and the quieter orchestration. Whereas "Non C' Pi" is richly romantic, lush, and grandly orchestral, "Going Home" is more subdued and intimate. It has a nostalgic quality, a distinctively Irish sweet-sadness. The picturesque Irish village that provides the backdrop to the video adds to the quaint mood of the piece. However, Chloe brings to her "Non C' Pi" lyrics some of the haunting beauty and intimacy of this performance.

And finally, for good measure, here is the real thing. This is the legendary Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a definitive video recording of the second movement of Dvořk's Symphony No. 9. The distinctive "Non C' Pi" / "Going Home" melody plays at 00:51 in the video. Eagle-eyed readers will observe that this video is filmed in the same concert hall (the Vienna Musikverein) in which the Chinese orchestra performed, in the video that Emily posted as an accompaniment to "When You Believe."

Although Dvořk intended for this theme to echo the Native American music that he heard in the United States (hence its "New World" appellation), it is in fact closer in character to the folk music of his native Bohemia. It was Dvořk's Czech blood, his Bohemian heritage, that enabled him to compose a theme so timeless and universal.

The wonder of Chloe's talent is that she can perform this music every bit as beautifully (whatever the specific lyrics may be) as even the finest of orchestras, under the baton of history's greatest conductor.

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