A Winter Symphony

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • EAN: 5099923412323
  • Catalog Number: 34123
  • Sales rank: 99,638

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
Tom Meyer Mastering
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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