Winter Symphony [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

Winter Symphony [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

by Sarah Brightman
     
 

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Ten months after the release of her blockbuster Symphony album, vocalist Sarah Brightman and producer/musical guru collaborator Frank Peterson release the inevitable, Winter Symphony. If only it were really an extension of the overblown, wildly overproduced former album it would work on sheer campSee more details below

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Ten months after the release of her blockbuster Symphony album, vocalist Sarah Brightman and producer/musical guru collaborator Frank Peterson release the inevitable, Winter Symphony. If only it were really an extension of the overblown, wildly overproduced former album it would work on sheer camp level alone. But alas, while it's excessive, it's not so overdone that it's dramatic or exciting, despite the presence of symphony orchestras, gaggles of session players, three choirs, etc. There are a number of traditional selections from the season of Christmas: "Silent Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and "Child in a Manger," among them, as well as two versions of "Ave Maria" (one in duet with Fernando Lima). There are also a slew of contemporary pop tunes in the mix, such as Vince Gill's "Colder Than Winter," an overcooked reading of Neil Diamond's "I've Been This Way Before," and inexplicably, one of the only hits ex-Move/Electric Light Orchestra co-founderRoy Wood ever scored on his own: the faux bubblegum nostalgic sock hop classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday." Despite the original version's nostalgic rock & roll structure and look at teen innocence, it is performed here as if it's a show tune. Weirdly enough, it's followed by "Amazing Grace"! The set closes with a far less dramatic reading of "I Believe in Father Christmas" than the wonderful version done by Emerson, Lake & Palmer back in the day. The tune comes from Sergei Prokofiev, but lyrics were added by Greg Lake and provided a rather solemnly majestic spiritual arrangement by Pete Sinfield. This take by Brightman feels like something that would be sung by the entire cast in a final scene from a newly staged musical version of A Christmas Carol. The sound here is a reversion of the old Brightman, where the instrumental and choir arrangements almost overwhelm the vocalist. This set is not contemplative, it's not necessarily joyous or expressive either, let alone inspiring. That said, it will no doubt appeal to hardcore Brightman fans without a hitch. [A deluxe edition CD/DVD was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2008
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006868014
catalogNumber:
70642
Rank:
288496

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Curt Cress   Drums
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Steve Sidwell   Conductor
Peter Weihe   Guitar
Trevor Barry   Bass
Gunther Laudahn   Vocals,Pianoharp
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Roland Peil   Percussion
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Carsten Heusmann   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Pete Murray   Piano,Conductor
Mario Frangoulis   Vocals
Jan Eric Kohrs   Piano
Fernando Lima   Vocals
Alex Grube   Bass
Hein Gas   Drums

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Composer
Gustav Holst   Composer
Sergey Prokofiev   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Greg Lake   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Roy Wood   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Steve Sidwell   Orchestration
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Volker Heintzen   Engineer
Frank Peterson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Jorge Avendaño   Engineer
Loris Ceroni   Composer
Paul Bateman   Orchestration
Joseph Mohr   Text
Jorge Avendaño Lührs   Composer
Maurizio Seymandi   Composer
Jim Morey   Management
Carsten Heusmann   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Pete Murray   Orchestration
Arcadio Hernández   Engineer
Dennis Preiss   Engineer
Cae Gauntt   Composer
Dario Baldan Bembo   Composer
Dominic Aurich   Booking
Uwe Heckmann   Booking
Kathrin Kiesewetter   Copyright Coordinator
David Click   Legal Advisor
Nat Farnham   Contributor
Lachlan Macbean   Text Translation
Jens Schippmann   Legal Advisor
David Zedeck   Contributor

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