Odyssey

Album Summary

>Lovland, Rolf : Prayer
>Mitchell, Joni : Both Sides Now
>Franzel, Jeff : Never Saw Blue
>Sandri, Andrea : Dell'amore non si sa
>Moccio, Stephan : What You Never Know
>Enya : May It Be (for the film Lord of the Rings
>Hawes, Patrick : Quanta qualia, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Mauro Malavasi / Leo Z / : You Are Water
>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
>Caporuscio, Aldo : My Heart Belongs To You
>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
>Fortier, Andrew : I Say Grace
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The voice of an angel! - The New York Times A ton of star quality. - Newsweek

Last year, Hayley Westenra sold over 250,000 units of her debut album, Pure, and appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Morning Edition, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and NBC's American Dreams. Now with Odyssey, her second album, Hayley is poised to break through to the next level. With worldwide sales of over 2 million units and her vocal maturity reaching new heights, Hayley is in position to become a superstar in the US. This new CD is filled with hook-laden, radio-friendly songs including the Joni Mitchell classic 'Both Sides Now' and classical crossover gems including a duet with Andrea Bocelli. Decca. 2005.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Hayley Westenra (vocals); Hayley Westenra; Larry Salzman, Mark Jaimes, Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Angie Passarella (acoustic guitar); Davis Mariotti (flute); Giles Martin (recorder); Phil Simpson (saxophone); Phil Christie (tenor saxophone); Tom Arthurs (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Lowe (trombone); Eve Nelson (piano, programming, background vocals); Will Foster, Simon Chamberlain (piano); Billy Mowbray (keyboards); Don Richardson (double bass); Ian Thomas , Greg Critchley (drums); Ian Tilley (programming); Emma Holmgren, Mae McKenna, Alison Jiear, Carol Kenyon (background vocals); Andrea Bocelli (vocals); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recording information: Air Studios (Lyndhurst) London; Atlantis Gramofon AB, Stockholm, Sweden; Clock Studio, Bologna, Italy; metropolis 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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Works Details

>Lovland, Rolf : Prayer
  • Performers: Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Mae McKenna (Voice); Alison Jiear (Voice); Carol Kenyon (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Fionnuala Sherry.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>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

>Franzel, Jeff : Never Saw Blue
  • Performers: Will Foster (Piano); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Ian Tilley (Programming)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Mark Luna, Tom Kimmel.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Sandri, Andrea : Dell'amore non si sa
  • Performers: Leo Z (Programming); Leo Z (Piano); Leo Z (Percussion); Angie Passarella (Flute); Giles Martin (Recorder); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Andrea Bocelli (Tenor); Davis Mariotti (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble of Bologna
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Leo Z, Mauro Malavasi (1958 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Moccio, Stephan : What You Never Know
  • Performers: Fiona Pears (Violin); Raul Clarvis (Percussion); Billy Mowbray (Keyboards); Don Richardson (Double Bass); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Simon Chamberlain (Piano); Ian Thomas (Drums)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Enya : May It Be (for the film Lord of the Rings :: Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Performer: Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

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

>Mauro Malavasi / Leo Z / : You Are Water
  • Performers: Eve Nelson (Programming); Eve Nelson (Piano); Eve Nelson (Guitar); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Greg Critchley (Drums); Larry Saltzman (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Alex Forbes, Eve Nelson.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.

>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  • Performer: Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1700

>Caporuscio, Aldo : My Heart Belongs To You
  • Performers: Marica Aderwall (Voice); Joachim Nilsson (Guitar); Emil Heliling (Voice); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Emma Holmgren (Voice)
  • Conductor: Johan Ahlin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Hayley Westenra (Voice)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1600

>Fortier, Andrew : I Say Grace
  • Performers: Chris Lowe (Trombone); Raul Clarvis (Percussion); Tom Arthurs (Flugelhorn); Tom Arthurs (Trumpet); Don Richardson (Double Bass); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Phil Simpson (Saxophone); Mae McKenna (Voice); Alison Jiear (Voice); Simon Chamberlain (Piano); Ian Thomas (Drums); Carol Kenyon (Voice); Phil Christie (Drums)
  • Conductor: James Brett
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johnny Gale.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal