From Wikipedia: ““Ave Maria” is a popular and much recorded setting of the Latin text Ave Maria.Written by French Romantic composer Charles Gounod in 1859, “Ave Maria” consists of a melody superimposed over the Prelude No.1 in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier – Book I (BWV 846), composed by J.S.Bach some 137 years earlier, however there is an additional bar in the Gounod so as to smooth out a rough change in harmony in the prelude. The result is a remarkable juxtaposition of these short works by two unrelated composers that fits perfectly as a melody and accompaniment.”
One of the prettiest and most relaxing, transcendental versions is by the group ‘Celtic Women’.
Pavarotti does a more vigorous less relaxing version… but still done in his inimitable classic style.
Bobby McFerrin uses his talent to show students how the composition was fit together.
Barbara Bonney does a great version which is sung in German.
Heavenly, ethereal…. like the voice of an angel.
But of them all, none beat the beauty and depth of Jewel’s version…
Coincidentally, the next town over is named Santa Maria