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Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman

Album Summary

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Frank Peterson / Michael : Anytime, Anywhere (adapted from Albinoni's Adagio)
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Cano, José María : Hijo de la Luna
>Moccio, Stephan : What You Never Know
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : En Aranjuez con tu amor
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Sarah Brightman / Frank P : It's A Beautiful Day (after Puccini's Un bel dì)
>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Webber, Andrew L : Phantom of the Opera, musical
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Eric Kaz / Linda Ronstadt : Winter Light
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
>Peterson, Frank : A Question of Honour (after Catalani's La Wally)
Performer Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Sarah Brightman (vocals); Paul Bateman (conductor); Peter Weihe (guitar); Michael Soltau, Peter Murray (keyboards); London Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Englisg National Orchestra; Prague Symphony Orchestra; The Bach Choir; The Choir Of New College.

Engineers: Michael Soltau, John Timperly, Frank Peterson.

Personnel: Sarah Brightman (vocals).

Sure, she's as close as you can get to naked in the album artwork. OK, so there's an insert hawking Sarah Brightman calendars, coffee mugs, and sweatshirts. Yes, there's a fair amount of calculation likely in her pop-classical crossover. That doesn't mean the lady can't sing like an angel. Before the embryo-with-pipes known as Charlotte Church came along, Brightman was THE pop-classical singer, whose supernatural pipes allowed her to appeal to both camps with equal verve. CLASSICS proves that, aided by a bevy of orchestras and choirs, Brightman is still big coin in the crossover world. And she's got a lot more traditional operatic chops than little Miss Church to boot. Making her way through old warhorses like "Pie Jesu," "Ave Maria," and "Nessun Dorma," Brightman manages to invest these tracks with new life, and when she takes on the Linda Ronstadt tune "Winter Light" she brings to it an ethereal majesty that leaves no question as to her interpretive abilities on the pop side of the fence.

REVIEWS:

Entertainment Weekly (11/23/01, p.83) - "...Brightman's a stronger song stylist than a singer, but her reedy soprano sounds less shrill and more mature here..." - Rating: B-



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Works Details

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? Ne andró lontano
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Frank Peterson / Michael : Anytime, Anywhere (adapted from Albinoni's Adagio)
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Cano, José María : Hijo de la Luna
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Moccio, Stephan : What You Never Know
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : En Aranjuez con tu amor
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1968

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka :: La Luna
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Sarah Brightman / Frank P : It's A Beautiful Day (after Puccini's Un bel dì)
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Webber, Andrew L : Phantom of the Opera, musical :: The Music of the Night
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1986.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O Mio Babbino Caro
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984

>Eric Kaz / Linda Ronstadt : Winter Light
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun Dorma
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Peterson, Frank : A Question of Honour (after Catalani's La Wally)
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary