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Pure

Audio Samples

>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
>     A Mass for Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>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
>     In Trutina
>Ronan Hardiman / Frank Mu : Heaven
>Bush, Kate : Wuthering Heights

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: Hayley Westenra (Voice); Francois Rive (Cello); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Chris Barrett (Programming)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

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

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

>Dore, Charlie : River of Dreams (after Vivaldi)
  • Performers: Hayley Westenra (Voice); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar); Chris Barrett (Programming)
  • 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: Hayley Westenra (Voice); Mary Hammond (Voice); David Hartley (Piano); Chris Barrett (Programming)
  • 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: Hayley Westenra (Voice); Mary Hammond (Voice); Francois Rive (Cello); David Hartley (Piano); Chris Barrett (Programming)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Princess Te Rangi Pai : Hine e Hine (Maori Lullaby)
  • Performers: Ian Humphries (Violin); Andrew Williams (Viola); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Rolf Wilson (Violin); Chris Barrett (Programming); Francois Rive (Cello); Robbie McIntosh (Guitar)
  • 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); Hayley Westenra (Voice); Andrew Williams (Viola); Thelma Owen (Harp); Francois Rive (Cello); Gregory Knowles (Cimbalom)
  • Conductor: Ian Dean
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English

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

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