TRE PRINCIPESSE has just returned from Hollywood, California! They attended the Indie Music Channel Awards which was being held at the Hard Rock Cafe - Hollywood. They were honored to be nominated for several awards and they were even more honored to win in two of the categories. The ladies won in both "Best Gospel Producer" (to their recording engineer Marc Golde, Rock Garden Studio, Appleton, WI) and "Best Soundtrack Artists" for their "Broadway Medley" off of their debut CD.
"Tre Principesse was the highlight of the night. I've been coming to the Red Kettle Christmas Spectacular for years and their performance has been the best. They are such high quality artists. Incredible."
CD REVIEWS: "Whoever came up with the idea of the three of you collaborating musically is a genius..."
"Hello to the "Tre Principesse!" Your new CD "Getting to Know You" arrived today, and I'm enjoying it very much. Whoever came up with the idea of getting the three of you together to collaborate musically is a genius.Your voices are all so different - each unique, in fact - yet they come together nicely on the CD. Great song choices, too - especially "You Were Always on My Mind," and "Autumn Leaves." If you are planning a tour to promote the album, I hope come to Boston!"
- Stephen K. Fischer
"The CD showed up in my mailbox on Saturday! Awesomeness! Oh, what a perfect balance of songs of the music genres I love the most! It is also my first autographed CD! I look forward to more from the Tre Principesse!"
- Douglas Huie
"My wife, Brenda, and I have just been listening to Getting to Know You. I knew that this album was going to be good, it has exceeeded my expectations - it is absolutely wonderful. Brenda loved it also he comment was 'that it is very very excellent'. We both agree that there is something on the album for everyone. So many many congratulations Anastasia Lee, Agne Giedraityte, & Tatiana Marie - the Tre Principesse. I thoroughly recommend this album."
- Kevin Wrapson
"Over a year ago, when I first learned that the three Midwest young singers, Agne G., Anastasia Lee, and Tatiana Marie, were embarking on a joint effort to produce a CD as the “Tre Principesse” , I was more than skeptical. I couldn’t see how three distinctively different voices and genres could be successful on a single album. After all, there was Tatiana with a light almost innocent classical country/western voice, Anastasia with a powerful contralto voice, and Agne’s classically-trained soprano voice. How could this all blend on one CD? I had to wait over a year to find out that my skepticism was totally ill-founded.
After listening to “Getting to Know You” for the first time, I was immediately struck by how masterfully this album was produced. It was almost like weaving different colors and themes into a tapestry masterpiece. From the first song, “Always On My Mind,” to the powerful conclusion of the Broadway Medley, each song contributed to a masterpiece defining the term classical /crossover with a touch of classic country. Each song was chosen to feature and highlight the performer’s unique voice. The solos were interspersed with magnificent duets showcasing blend and harmony of their voices. This musical experience flows like a gentle but powerful river which brings a new and delightful experience around each bend.
I found that this CD is never boring for each track brings with it a new and different musical experience which features the distinctively different voices of these extremely talented young people. The production features the beauty of their voices and was never overwhelmed by the appropriate and well orchestrated accompaniment.
“Getting To Know You” is for anyone who wishes to experience a masterpiece of musical tapestry. In the first week of sales the girl's album hit #2 on Billboard's Classical Chart, a well deserved ranking."
- John V. Trautwein
"First of all, for anyone reading this, please let me be up front. I am basically a retired, 63-year-old guy, with lots of experience associated with USN and USAA and absolutely none, zip, zero, zilch formal skills or training in music, I just know what I like. I also have no connection to these outstanding young ladies. So, the following is my one-person opinion.
Received the CD yesterday and waited until I could play it loud in my apartment to listen to all I wanted to hear. I still use a 1980’s vintage high end Carver receiver, with separate a pre-amp and amp, and run through same vintage Affinity concert quality tower speakers. Stuff from long before electronics took over re-managing music. (IMHO)
The CD is superbly produced. Very clear and crisp, smooth transitions throughout, no electronic trickery of any kind that I could detect. These are simply their very well recorded and produced honest voices. The overall production is good. It’s a first album and obviously doesn’t have a $MM budget for inserts and such. What is does provide is a very honest and straightforward self-assessment by these young ladies of themselves and their dreams. I DO recognize the huge personal effort they have made in physical labor.
I listened straight through and found the selections well suited to demonstrate the various voices and to provide insight into their strengths. I might suggest listening to the last cut first to set you mentally for all they can do.
Track one provides a great illustration of each lady’s strength and her individual strong point. Agne has tremendous range, generally an operatic sound, with exceptional coverage at the high ranges. Anastasia is very clearly made for fuller musical styles and has the capability to deliver. Josh Groban [who Anastasia sang with when she was 14] is not going to forget her!
I should confess a bias to be fair, I am personally most drawn to Tatiana’s voice. I enjoy a very wide range of music, but prefer good Pop/Country, not the twangy stuff. Track 4 is wonderful in demonstrating country, pop and still illustrate her depth of range. I would encourage her to try some very new stuff and see how it goes.
If you are familiar with current Celtic and Old Anglican style prayer music, tracks 3, 5 and 6 are phenomenal. Agne’s Carrickfergus could stand up to anything to anything by 'Celtic Woman'.
As mentioned, the closing Broadway Medley is an exceptional comparative presentation of their individual and combined sounds. These young women are a true treasure. I am happy I found them."
- Evan Roberts
"Years ago I had musical training... This CD is a masterpiece and truthfully shows the exceptional voices of these young woman. Amazing Grace is so emotional. The Broadway melody: they could easily be on Broadway. The time and effort put into making this CD is incomparable. And, yes, Josh Groban needs to hear this CD. I feel so drawn to these exceptionally talented women - and, no I have never met them, but I consider them and their families to be a part of my family. Their poodles as well."
- Barbara Strignano
"GETTING TO KNOW THEM...
I've known Anastasia Lee, "Anya" to her friends, for a few years now and listened to the occasional track on youtube, most famously her duet with Josh Groban and, famously or notoriously, depending on your political persuasion, her singing of the national anthem for the man who is now the 45th President of the United States.
She is an excellent performer with her distinctive deep contralto, and a great conversationalist with wide-ranging knowledge of many subjects. Last year she joined forces with her sister Tatiana Marie, soprano, and Lithuanian-American prodigy soprano Agne Giedraityte or simply Agne G., and Tre Principesse, - the Three Princesses, were born. Getting To Know You is their first recording effort, entirely independently funded.
It is an excellent first effort, akin to the early albums by Siobhan Owen, Toni Gibson, and other rising stars of the crossover world. The production is both polished and professional, and there are no embarrassingly out-of-sync tracks or other rookie mistakes. All three have excellent voices, although all also have room to grow. They will likely all grow in different directions, for, although the accompaniment is mainly classical in sound, it is obvious that Anya is more of a balladeer, Tatiana more of a country/adult contemporary singer, and Agne more of a true crossover singer, and they choose pieces to emphasize those strengths.
That is both the album's strength and its weakness. It is its strength because it allows each soloist to showcase her strength to its fullest on what she is best at. It is its weakness because it makes the album a bit of a hodgepodge, without a single theme, where a hymn can be next to a country heartbreak song or a crossover aria next to a Frank Sinatra ballad.
The established crossover pieces deliver the goods. Anya's "Amazing Grace," Agne's "In Canto," both singing "The Prayer." Anya's "My Way" and the duet "Autumn Leaves" with Tatiana have an excellent retro/wine-sipping afternoon vibe. Tatiana is excellent on her three solos "I'll Get Over You," "One Day At A Time" and the harrowing "Three Wooden Crosses," but theirs is a genre either a listener likes, or doesn't, and may not play as well with all crossover fans. Agne does an excellent job on the album's sole Celtic piece "Carrickfergus." The soloists harmonize quite well on the Broadway medley finale, which includes the title track "Getting To Know You," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "Edelweiss," "If Ever I Would Leave You," and the unbeatable "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Overall it is a good album, and I hope it leads to a second effort from the three rising stars. Given Anya's family's interest in history, I for one hope they perform the songs of the defining days of the 20th century - World War II. Anya could sing an excellent "Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover," while Agne would excel at the works of Ivor Novello, and anything by the Andrews Sisters would be a good choice."
- Steven Olivio