Ernesto Villarreal | Elizabeth and Ernesto

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Elizabeth and Ernesto

by Ernesto Villarreal

A simple yet elegant interpretation of a particularly unique and unexpected collection of songs from all walks of music, medieval to traditional to modern, that blends singer/songwriter acoustic guitar and violin with classical captivating vocals.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Deep Silent Complete
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2. The Mummers' Dance
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3. The Fallen
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4. Man's Road
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5. Black Is the Color
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6. Return to Me
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7. Gentils Galants de France
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8. Black Harp
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
How can you blend songs from all walks of music such as Nightwish, Loreena McKennitt, October Project, and the animated film The Last Unicorn in one acoustic guitar-driven vocally-enchanting album?

The answer is with a few acoustic guitars, a violin, and an angelical soprano.

"Elizabeth and Ernesto" captures the essence of a few songs by these seemingly exclusive artists in an independent release that amalgamates their songs with music from medieval France and a few original songs by Ernesto Villarreal, all simplistic yet elegant.

The end result is a musical journey that winks at our hearts, takes us through the clouds and back, and reminds us we're loved.

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Trent

A euphoric and delightful collection of emotion
“Angelical” perfectly captures the euphoric quality of Elizabeth’s voice, and “elegant” understates the subtle complexity she and Ernesto weave into this delightful collection of emotion. Elizabeth and Ernesto is my first and last go-to to take me to a world filled with aspirations and wonderment.
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Amy Tranchida-Waldschmidt

Album Review of "Elizabeth and Ernesto" Released 2007
Elizabeth and Ernesto
by Ernesto Villarreal
© Copyright - Firenight Records / Firenight Records (837101400398)
Release date: 2007

1. “Deep Silent Complete” –This track is woven with intricate melodies. Ernesto’s evocative and lilting guitar solos are the perfect accompaniment to Elizabeth’s floating vocals. These soaring melodies are underpinned by stirring guitar and drum rhythms—a nod to Nightwish.

2. “The Mummers' Dance” –Music lovers will be well served by Ernesto and Elizabeth’s beautiful rendition of Loreena McKennitt’s bestselling song. Whether familiar with the original or not, this track both captivates and motivates listeners to seize the day.

3. “The Fallen” –Prepare to be lulled into another time and realm. Elizabeth’s vocals and Ernesto’s strums work in tandem to induce a sense of the sacred. This track permeates the listener’s senses and alights like a prayer within the heart.

4. “Man's Road” –Guitar lovers with appreciate the rise and fall of Ernesto’s melodies on this track. Elizabeth and Ernesto stay true to this song’s haunting depth. Fans of The Last Unicorn will recognize this iconic America cover.

5. “Black Is the Color” –This traditional folk song, thought to be first heard in the Appalachian region of United States circa 1915, is likely of Scottish origin. Laden with romance and longing, Ernesto and Elizabeth’s voices soar throughout this lovely song, aptly adding to its long history.

6. “Return to Me” –October Project fans will recognize this track. Ernesto insightfully gave a light touch to his guitar melodies, complimented by soft drumming, to better showcase the duo’s harmonies. The pair do justice to perhaps one of the most authentic love anthems ever written.

7. “Gentils Galants de France” –Listeners will be transported to Medieval France. The guitar work is suburb on this track. Ernesto and Elizbeth’s harmonies are seamless. Reminiscent of Gregorian chant, their voices reach across the centuries to speak of love, longing, and loss.

8. “Black Harp” –Ernesto delivers another stellar guitar performance in this purely instrumental track. Listeners will be transported by the blend of strings in this timeless piece. Ernesto’s poignant playing is accompanied by the twin voices of violins, and the song’s namesake, a harp.

Review written by Amy Tranchida-Waldschmidt –October 20, 2018.
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Alex Maggetti

Masterful instrumental and vocal performances
Favorite tracks: The Mummers' Dance and Black Harp
Really moving performances on this album, fantastic arrangements and quality production. This music would make a great soundtrack to an independent film. I like to listen to Elizabeth and Ernesto whilst playing MTG or DnD or any number of games with a dungeon or magical element.
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Jon Wiedyk

Awesome cd
A great mix of new and old. If you like traditional music and/or modern world music this cd is the perfect blend of both. Like a walk through a good Renaissance Faire the cd will take you on a journey through time. Stunningly skilled guitar work mixed with beautiful vocals. I highly recommend it. Five stars!
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Amy Tranchida-Waldschmidt

Review of "Elizabeth and Ernesto" Released 2007
Elizabeth and Ernesto
by Ernesto Villarreal
© Copyright - Firenight Records / Firenight Records (837101400398)
Release date: 2007

1. “Deep Silent Complete” –This track is woven with intricate melodies. Ernesto’s evocative and lilting guitar solos are the perfect accompaniment to Elizabeth’s floating vocals. These soaring melodies are underpinned by stirring guitar and drum rhythms—a nod to Nightwish.

2. “The Mummers' Dance” –Music lovers will be well served by Ernesto and Elizabeth’s beautiful rendition of Loreena McKennitt’s bestselling song. Whether familiar with the original or not, this track both captivates and motivates listeners to seize the day.

3. “The Fallen” –Prepare to be lulled into another time and realm. Elizabeth’s vocals and Ernesto’s strums work in tandem to induce a sense of the sacred. This track permeates the listener’s senses and alights like a prayer within the heart.

4. “Man's Road” –Guitar lovers will appreciate the rise and fall of Ernesto’s melodies on this track. Elizabeth and Ernesto stay true to this song’s haunting depth. Fans of The Last Unicorn will recognize this iconic America cover.

5. “Black Is the Color” –This traditional folk song, thought to be first heard in the Appalachian region of United States circa 1915, is likely of Scottish origin. Laden with romance and longing, Ernesto and Elizabeth’s voices soar throughout this lovely song, aptly adding to its long history.

6. “Return to Me” –October Project fans will recognize this track. Ernesto insightfully gave a light touch to his guitar melodies, complimented by soft drumming, to better showcase the duo’s harmonies. The pair do justice to perhaps one of the most authentic love anthems ever written.

7. “Gentils Galants de France” –Listeners will be transported to Medieval France. The guitar work is suburb on this track. Ernesto and Elizbeth’s harmonies are seamless. Reminiscent of Gregorian chant, their voices reach across the centuries to speak of love, longing, and loss.

8. “Black Harp” –Ernesto delivers another stellar guitar performance in this purely instrumental track. Listeners will be transported by the blend of strings in this timeless piece. Ernesto’s poignant playing is accompanied by the twin voices of violins, and the song’s namesake, a harp.

Review written by Amy Tranchida-Waldschmidt –October 20, 2018.
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