Tino Tarango from CatholicChatter.com lends us this great post.
Album Reviews and an Interview with Lyric Soprano, Christine Westhoff
Christine Westhoff, a classically trained lyric operatic soprano, specializes in Oratorio and Sacred music. She is quickly capturing the hearts of music enthusiasts, from all over the world. She has performed in countries, on both the North American and European Continents.
As some of you may remember, the Always Catholic blog held a Christmas and Sacred music CD giveaway last November, of which I was the winner. I am very grateful to Sofia Guerra of Always Catholic, Elizabeth and Christine Westhoff, for having been selected as the winner at random. Ms. Guerra, asked if I would be so kind as to write reviews for both albums. It was my pleasure to oblige.
If I may, I would like to begin with Ora Pro Nobis, a repertoire of sacred hymns. The album also features Christine’s husband, Organist Timothy Allen. One of the musical numbers (which is also my favorite on the album), is a very beautiful rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria. Christine’s voice, permeates the melody, almost sending the listener into another world.
Her latest release, a Christmas album entitled Hark!, includes well-beloved Christmas hymns and songs. Among them, is my personal favorite, “Once in a Royal David’s City”. It is a song, that I had never heard of before listening to the album. However, upon hearing the song, I fell in love with it instantly! Another fan favorite, is Christine’s rendition of “O Holy Night”. Christine’s sweeping voice and the beautiful melody, cause the listener to pause and meditate on the mystery, which took place on that o so holy night. The album also features Christine’s husband Timothy on the Organ, once again.
On January, 7th 2015, Christine agreed to do an interview with CatholicChatter, via email. The interview, took place on January 8th, 2015, In the interview, we also discuss her latest project, Te Deum.
Now if you would like to read the interview with Christine and Tino you can click HERE to go to Tino’s site, CatholicChatter.com