Winter Symphony

A Winter Symphony

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by Sarah Brightman
     
 

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After the chart-topping success of Symphony, Sarah Brightman releases her first-ever Christmas album. A Winter Symphony brings Brightman's virtuosity and originality to many of the season’s classics. Her angelic voice glides through an array of seasonal favorites, including “Silent Night,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” a resplendent performance of “Ave Maria…  See more details below

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After the chart-topping success of Symphony, Sarah Brightman releases her first-ever Christmas album. A Winter Symphony brings Brightman's virtuosity and originality to many of the season’s classics. Her angelic voice glides through an array of seasonal favorites, including “Silent Night,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” a resplendent performance of “Ave Maria,” and others. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
Label:
Manhattan Records
UPC:
5099923412323
catalogNumber:
34123

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Curt Cress   Drums
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Steve Sidwell   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Peter Weihe   Guitar
Trevor Barry   Bass
Frank Peterson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gunther Laudahn   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Pianoharp
Stephen Henderson   Percussion
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Roland Peil   Percussion
Monteverdi Choir   Choir, Chorus
Billy King   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Carsten Heusmann   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hammond B3
Pete Murray   Piano,Conductor
Jan Eric Kohrs   Piano,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carolin Fortenbacher   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Fernando Lima   Vocals
Amelia Brightman   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alex Grube   Bass,Bass Guitar
Anna Coralee   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hein Gas   Drums
Kallas   Drums,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nemo Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Composer
Sergey Prokofiev   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Sarah Brightman   Programming
Greg Lake   Composer
Roy Wood   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Steve Sidwell   Orchestration
Volker Heintzen   Engineer
Frank Peterson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Jorge Avendaño   Engineer
Loris Ceroni   Composer
Paul Bateman   Orchestration
Charly Bauerfeind   Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Text
Jorge Avendaño Lührs   Composer
Christina Rossetti   Text
Traditional   Composer
Jim Morey   Management
Carsten Heusmann   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Pete Murray   Orchestration
Arcadio Hernández   Engineer
Dennis Preiss   Engineer
Dominic Aurich   Booking
Uwe Heckmann   Booking
Kathrin Kiesewetter   Sample Clearance,Copyright Coordinator
David Click   Legal Advisor
Nat Farnham   Contributor
Lachlan Macbean   Text Translation
Jens Schippmann   Legal Advisor
David Zedeck   Contributor

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A Winter Symphony 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
SashaHM More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this CD, from Brightman fans and non-fans alike. But in my personal opinion, it's a superb album, and I'm thrilled she finally produced a holiday CD.

I'm giving it 4 of 5 stars because I do believe it could have been better, but that by no means implies that I hate the CD in anyway. I've just followed Sarah for the past 10 years since I was a little girl. This woman was my introduction to opera and classical cross over music! That being said, I know what the "best" and "most" could sound like from her; this isn't it.

I really wish two things would have been done with this CD: Sarah singing, "The First of May" (as she did on the Symphony tour, for pre-Christmas dates), and she also included a version of her singing "Carol of the Bells."

A few notes:

"Arrival" -- based off of the ABBA track by the same name, it opens the CD in a very unqiue and interesting fashion. I never thought the day would come when I would hear my favourite soprano covering the quartet from Sweden. The thing is, she doesn't do it in a corney fashion either. It's tasteful and I think she does ABBA justice. Her voice also lends the track an unearthly fantistical ring to the track, making you "see" the song as you "hear" it.

"Colder than Winter" -- if you ever had your heart broken by anyone for any reason, you will releate to this song. Enough said.

"Ave Maria" w/ Fernando Lima -- I seriously think this woman loves this song, because this is the THIRD (or more, who knows/remembers) arrangement she's has recorded of it. I have all of Sarah's releases and, while I welcome this addition to the CD, I seriously wish she would just CHILL on the hail Marys. I don't think Fernando Lima has a great voice, it's acceptable, but he's no Andrea Bocelli or Josh Groban, and he's completely not a Nick Garrett or Russell Watson by any stretch of the imagination. So what saves this track? The arrangement. It's beautiful and DIFFERENT. The last minute of the song, especially. Peterson is ths this verion's saving grace! Take the "Ave Maria" you think you know, to a new place. It's either really fantastic, or really brave. You be the judge.

"I Believe in Father Christmas" -- she also sings this on the "Symphony" tour before the holidays, if you are lucky enough to see her in person. It's fabulous! Oh I love love love this song. It's a unqiue addition to any Christmas CD that doesn't get played enough, and for Sarah, that's a blessing for her album!

"Happy Christmas (The War is Over)" -- Sarah Brightman, whhhhhhhyyyyy??? Okay, I am biased. I think no one SHOULD sing this besides for John Lennon and if you do sing it, like "Imagine," you better do it some justice (Eva Cassidy). So again, all I have to say, is Sarah Brightman, whhhhhhhyyyy did you do this? Wwwwhhhhhhyyyy did you taint your near perfect singing record?
sharonfgraves More than 1 year ago
This was my first Christmas CD this season, and it is probably the only one I will need. Sarah's voice is amazing, as usual, and each track is clear and beautiful. The extra DVD is a nice bonus with video of songs from the Symphony release. The only bad part is that the CD ends. I would have loved to have had more songs from Sarah.
S.BrightmanFan More than 1 year ago
Sarah does it again with that amazing voice. Just buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah Brightman and her Holiday CD did not dissapoint! I liked it enough to buy 3 more for my best friends, they loved it too!
LouisTrissel More than 1 year ago
This is my first Christmas album I've ever brought in almost four ago. I listened to the whole when I first brought in December '08 and it was amazing, the album has beautiful songs and wonderful singing voice. I love to listen to this album every December, once a year. I would recommend this Christmas album for everyone who love Christmas season!
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laurenmullins630 More than 1 year ago
She never gets it wrong. This CD is amazing as usual for Sarah Brightman. I would have LOVED to hear her sing "O Holy Night", though.
MS84115 More than 1 year ago
I have more holiday music, than any other genre, in my music library: wish I could return this one. Bleah.
subaru08 More than 1 year ago
She's done it again! Another fantastic album made by Sarah Brightman. Sarah Brightman is my favorite artist. I was so excited to hear that she had finally made a Christmas album. I bought the B&N exclusive version of A Winter Symphony and found it was well worth it. The album has songs I've never heard but I immediately loved every track after listening to the album. The extra tracks are fabulous! The second disk is a DVD that includes four tracks from her Symphony album, a photo gallery, and a couple more features. This is a good one to have in a holiday music collection. Truly Amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very happy with the whole CD and the extra DVD is fabolus..
Raymar More than 1 year ago
This is one of Sarah's best ever CDs I have nearly worn it out listening to it so many times!! And I enjoy it everytime.
SusanVT More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Christmas album is her best album yet. "Symphony", of course, is as good. The songs on both albums ring true with a bit of saddness or perhaps for Sarah, the songs ring true with reality. She is the greatest artist of our time. Her personality draws you in and won't let you go. We all have ups and downs in our lives and it seems sometimes that the downs promote a growing experience that cannot be accomplished any other way. To you Sarah, we will always love you no matter what time, what year, what circumstance. You are to us the epitome of all those things that we hold so close and dear. Be happy now Sarah, your world will recover from the darkness and will again provide all of us with your brillance. Love to you Sarah, from all of us for the Holiday season and for always.
Nanalinda More than 1 year ago
Sarah never fails to touch my heart.
Her concerts are fabulous.
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