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Odyssey [UK]

Album Summary

>Enya : May It Be (for the film Lord of the Rings
>Traditional, American : The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly)
>Sandri, Andrea : Dell'amore non si sa
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Lovland, Rolf : Prayer
>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
>Traditional, English : Scarborough Fair
>Hawes, Patrick : Quanta qualia, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Moccio, Stephan : What You Never Know
>Mitchell, Joni : Both Sides Now
>Gavin Creed / Wishart Cam : The Mists of Islay
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The young singer's sophomore album "Odyssey" has been re-outfitted with different cover art and three previously unreleased recordings for this issue: "The Water Is Wide", "Laschia Ch'io Pianga" and "Scarborough Fair". "Odyssey" also features beautiful versions of "Wiegenlied" (Mozart), Caccini's "Ave Maria", "May It Be" (from the motion picture "Lord of The Rings") & "Quanta Qualia" (a melodic choral piece), a version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now", a beautiful ballad called "Never Saw Blue (Like That)" and "Dell'Amore Non Si Sa", a sensational duet with Andrea Bocelli.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Hayley Westenra (vocals, piano); Mae McKenna, Alison Jiear, Andrea Bocelli, Carol Kenyon (vocals); Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Angie Passarella (acoustic guitar); Francois Rive (cello); Davis Mariotti (flute); Tony Hinnigan (pipe); Finbar Furey (Uilleann pipe); Simon Chamberlain (piano); Rupert Christie (harpsichord, keyboards); Billy Mowbray (keyboards, programming); Don Richardson (double bass); Ian Thomas (drums); Miles Bould (percussion).

Recording information: Air Studios (Lyndhurst), London, England; Angel Recording Studios, London, England; British Grove Studios, London, England; St. Lorenzo's Church.

Originally released in September 2005, Hayley Westenra's second international album was re-released in April 2006 with only 14 instead of the original 16 tracks. Westenra sings a wide selection of pop-oriented compositions, including Joni Mitchell's "Both Side Now," Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," and "May It Be" (as featured in The Lord of the Rings), all with the minimum of backing music, mainly just a pure soprano voice beautifully soaring like a bird and leaving its cage behind. One can't help but think of the scene in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy locks himself in the library and plays some opera over a loudspeaker. "Quanta Qualia" has something of the quality of the Clannad hit "Theme from Harry's Game," while "Dell'amore Non Si Sa" is a duet with Andrea Bocelli. There are also a few new folk ballads: "What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)," "The Mists of Islay," and "She Moves Through the Fair." Odyssey is the ideal album to chill out and relax to after a hard day's work. [This 12-track version of Odyssey does not include "Scarborough Fair" or "The Mists of Islay."] ~ Sharon Mawer



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>Enya : May It Be (for the film Lord of the Rings :: Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Performers: Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Traditional, American : The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly)
  • Performers: Miles Bould (Percussion); Rupert Christie (Keyboards); Tony Hinnegan (Pipe); Hayley Westenra (Piano); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.

>Sandri, Andrea : Dell'amore non si sa
  • Performers: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor); Davis Mariotti (Flute); Angie Passarella (Voice); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Leo Z (Percussion); Leo Z (Piano); Leo Z (Programming)
  • Conductor: Mauro Malavasi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble of Bologna
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Leo Z, Mauro Malavasi (1958 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia Ch'io Pianga
  • Performers: Rupert Christie (Harpsichord); Rupert Christie (Keyboards); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Lovland, Rolf : Prayer
  • Performers: Alison Jiear (Voice); Carol Kenyon (Voice); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Mae McKenna (Voice); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Fionnuala Sherry.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1600

>Traditional, English : Scarborough Fair
  • Performers: Miles Bould (Percussion); Rupert Christie (Keyboards); Tony Hinnegan (Pipe); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nick Ingman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1673

>Hawes, Patrick : Quanta qualia, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Patrick Hawes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O Mio Babbino Caro
  • Performers: Helen Cole (Harp); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Stephen Hussey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Moccio, Stephan : What You Never Know
  • Performers: Simon Chamberlain (Piano); Raul Clarvis (Percussion); Billy Mowbray (Keyboards); Billy Mowbray (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin); Don Richardson (Double Bass); Ian Thomas (Drums); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Mitchell, Joni : Both Sides Now
  • Performers: Raul Clarvis (Percussion); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968

>Gavin Creed / Wishart Cam : The Mists of Islay
  • Performers: Helen Cole (Harp); Fiona Pears (Violin); Francois Rive (Cello); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  • Performers: Finbar Furey (Voice); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1700