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Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Eric Kaz / Linda Ronstadt : Winter Light
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, no 2)
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
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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: Peter Weihe (guitar); Peter Murray , Michael Soltau (keyboards).

Recording information: Alexander Digital Suite, Miami, FL; Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; Centro Arteria, Milan, Italy; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Henry Wood Hall, London, England; Nemo Studios, Hamburg, Germany; Nemo STudios, London, England; Nemo Studios, Timmendorf; Smecky Studio, Prague, Czech Republic.

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

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? Ne andrò lontano
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Eric Kaz / Linda Ronstadt : Winter Light
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascio chi'io pianga
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka :: Excerpt arranged as song
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Webber, Andrew L : Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra :: Pie Jesu
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 :: Slow Movement arranged as song
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun Dorma
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, no 2)
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Peter Murray (Keyboards); Michael Soltau (Keyboards); Peter Weihe (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary