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Pure

Album Summary

>Traditional, Maori : Pokare Kare Ana
>Sheyne, Pamela : Never Say Goodbye (after Ravel)
>Nel, Sonia Aletta : Who Painted the Moon Black?
>Dore, Charlie : River of Dreams (after Vivaldi)
>Martin, George : Beat of Your Heart
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Jenkins, Karl : Benedictus (from The Armed Man
>Princess Te Rangi Pai : Hine e Hine (Maori Lullaby)
>Class, Sarah : Across the Universe of Time, song
>Matteo Saggese / Umberto : Dark Waltz
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Ronan Hardiman / Frank Mu : Heaven
>Bush, Kate : Wuthering Heights
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Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Hayley Westenra (vocals); Giles Martin (guitar, keyboards, programming); Robbie McIntosh, Tony Ingelby (guitar); Dave Hartley (piano); James Brett (keyboards); Steve Pearce, Mark Brown (bass); Andres Kallmark (programming); Mary Hammond (background vocals); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recorded at Air Lyndhurst, Eastcote Studios, London, England in 2003.

Personnel: Mary Hammond (vocals); Giles Martin (guitar, keyboards, programming); Tony Ingleby, Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Greg Knowles (cimbalom); Thelma Owen (harp); Rolf Wilson, Ian Humphries (violin); Andrew Williams (viola); Francois Rive (cello); David Hartley, Guy Davis (piano); James Brett (keyboards); Roy Benson (double bass); Steve Pearce (bass guitar); Ian Thomas (drums); Chris Barrett , Anders Kallmark (programming).

Recording information: Air Lyndhurst, Hampstead, London, England (02/2003-12/2003); Eastcote Studios, London, England (02/2003-12/2003).

On her debut, Hayley Westenra, a 16-year-old singing sensation from New Zealand, endures the inevitable comparisons to Charlotte Church, but it's the impression she's made that's placed her in such lofty company. And not many fledgling artists can boast of having the legendary George Martin contribute songs and arrangements to their album. PURE might be the best description of her singing--crystal clear and devoid of mannerisms. It's not simply the beauty of her voice that impresses, however, but how effectively she uses it.

The precocious soprano demonstrates the poise, versatility, and musical instincts of a seasoned pro. Westenra moves gracefully through a program made up primarily of Euro-pop ballads but also includes arrangements of well-known classical melodies, as well as a pair of Maori songs. Highlights include affecting renditions of "In Trutina" from Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' and the traditional spiritual "Amazing Grace." And, in what might be an effort to defy easy categorization, she changes direction on the closing track, and lets loose on Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights." Given such eclectic song choices and Westenra's impressive voice, PURE is certain to bring plenty of attention to this talented young artist.



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Submitted on 01/28/11 by JAMES R. OESTREICH, The New York Times 
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Works Details

>Traditional, Maori : Pokare Kare Ana
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Francois Rive (Cello); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Sheyne, Pamela : Never Say Goodbye (after Ravel)
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Giles Martin (Keyboards); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Anders Kallmark (Programming); Steve Pearce (Drums); Ian Thomas (Drums)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Language: English

>Nel, Sonia Aletta : Who Painted the Moon Black?
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Giles Martin (Keyboards); Guy Davis (Piano); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Anders Kallmark (Programming)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English

>Dore, Charlie : River of Dreams (after Vivaldi)
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Martin, George : Beat of Your Heart
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Giles Martin (Programming); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Martin
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Giles Martin.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English

>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); David Hartley (Piano); Mary Hammond (Voice); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Martin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779
  • Language: English

>Jenkins, Karl : Benedictus (from The Armed Man :: A Mass for Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); David Hartley (Piano); Francois Rive (Cello); Mary Hammond (Voice); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Princess Te Rangi Pai : Hine e Hine (Maori Lullaby)
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Francois Rive (Cello); Rolf Wilson (Violin); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Andrew Williams (Viola); Ian Humphries (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Class, Sarah : Across the Universe of Time, song
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Francois Rive (Cello); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Andrew Williams (Viola); Gregory Knowles (Cimbalom); Thelma Owen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English

>Matteo Saggese / Umberto : Dark Waltz
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Rolf Wilson (Violin); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Gregory Knowles (Cimbalom)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: In Trutina
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Anders Kallmark (Programming)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Ronan Hardiman / Frank Mu : Heaven
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); Roy Benson (Double Bass); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Francois Rive (Cello); Rolf Wilson (Violin); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Anders Kallmark (Programming); Andrew Williams (Viola)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Language: English

>Bush, Kate : Wuthering Heights
  • Performers: Chris Barrett (Programming); James Brett (Keyboards); Tom Windriff (Drums); Guy Davis (Piano); Tony Ingleby (Guitar); Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English