Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Sarah Brightman, one of England's most incandescent musical exports, is an internationally beloved performer and recording artist as well as the ex-wife and muse of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the fabulously successful theater composer. Here, Brightman, who has yet to completely consolidate her star status in the Colonies, utilizes her elegant, crystal-blue soprano on definitive versions of the maestro's greatest hits, culled from such landmarks as "Cats," "Evita" and "The Phantom of the Opera." The legendary showstoppers -- "Memory," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "The Music Of The Night" -- have rightfully earned Brightman her diva's stripes but it's the less familiar, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Sarah Brightman, one of England's most incandescent musical exports, is an internationally beloved performer and recording artist as well as the ex-wife and muse of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the fabulously successful theater composer. Here, Brightman, who has yet to completely consolidate her star status in the Colonies, utilizes her elegant, crystal-blue soprano on definitive versions of the maestro's greatest hits, culled from such landmarks as "Cats," "Evita" and "The Phantom of the Opera." The legendary showstoppers -- "Memory," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "The Music Of The Night" -- have rightfully earned Brightman her diva's stripes but it's the less familiar, and less grandiose, tunes like the romantically operatic "Chanson d'Enfance" and coyly assertive "Love Changes Everything" from "Aspects of Love" and the pastorally reflective "Unexpected Song" from "Song & Dance" that provide the chanteuse welcome opportunities to reveal the considerable heart behind her formidable technique.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Despite a long history of pop and musical-theater success in England, Sarah Brightman was not well known in the U.S. until her 1997 album Time to Say Goodbye became a triumph, topping the Billboard classical crossover chart for most of 1998. Really Useful Records, her former husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's label, took advantage of her sudden popularity to release this compilation of recordings of Lloyd Webber songs she'd made between 1985 and 1995, and since she had served as a real muse to the composer, many of his most popular songs were included. Several of them -- "Pie Jesu," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and "Amigos Para Siempre Friends for Life" -- had been chart hits for Brightman in the U.K. So had "The Phantom of the Opera," the title song of a musical Lloyd Webber had written for her and in which she had starred, albeit in a different recording from the one included here, which was the Original London Cast version featuring her co-star, Michael Crawford. Also included were the most memorable songs from such Lloyd Webber shows as Evita "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", Song & Dance "Unexpected Song," "Tell Me on a Sunday", Aspects of Love "Love Changes Everything", and Cats "Memory," "Gus: The Theatre Cat," "Macavity: The Mystery Cat". Even the songs that had not been tailored specifically for Brightman had been written for her kind of voice, a full-bodied, dramatic soprano, and she sang with a thorough understanding of the composer's intentions. The result was an excellent primer for anyone who had first encountered Brightman with "Time to Say Goodbye" and was wondering where she came from.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 731453933026
  • Catalog Number: 539330
  • Sales rank: 24,871

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Brightman Primary Artist, Vocals
Cliff Richard Vocals
Michael Crawford Vocals
José Carreras Vocals
John Gielgud Vocals
Steve Barton Vocals
David Caddick Conductor, Choir Conductor
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Michael Reed Conductor
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Producer, Orchestration, Piano Accompanist
Larry Wilcox Orchestration
Don Black Lyricist
David Caddick Musical Supervision, Vocal Conductor
David Cullen Orchestration
Charles Hart Lyricist
Dave Hunt Engineer
Martin Levan Engineer, Contributor
Steve Margoshes Orchestration
Robin Sellars Engineer
Richard Stilgoe Lyricist
Nigel Wright Producer, Orchestration
Thomas Z. Shepard Engineer
Simon Rhodes Engineer
Trevor Nunn Lyricist
T.S. Eliot Text
David R. Murray Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All I Ask of You

    ... is to give this CD a chance. This was one of those CD's I bought without knowing whether I would like it: usually I live to regret it when I do that, but this was an exception. I had only heard Sarah sing in clips on BN.com and such, and didn't know whether I liked ALW or not. I really like this CD and I highly recommend it. There are four songs from the Phantom of the Opera, but it is not wasted time to hear them even if you own the soundtrack. ''The Phantom of the Opera'' is the same as on the soundtrack, but the others are different. For example, Sarah sings ''All I Ask of You'' with Cliff Richards and not Steve Barton, and ''Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again'' has a different ending (very beautiful repeated phrase). Of course Sarah also has a distinctive way of interpreting ''The Music of the Night'' which is very moving. ''Unexpected Song'' is one of the songs I always skip when I listen to this CD. Although it is an amazing song and very emotional, and I used to love it. ''Chanson d'Enfance'' is in French and one of my favourites. Sarah also sings ''Another Suitcase in Another Hall'' and ''Don't Cry For Me Argentina'' from ''Evita''. These also are very good. ''Amigos Para Siempre'' with José Carreras is lovely, and ''Love Changes Everything'' is another favourite of mine. Sarah's interpretation of ''Memory'' is tearworthy, it is so beautiful. It is one of my favourite songs in the world - so gentle, yet full of power. I didn't care for either of the other songs from ''Cats'' (the musical doesn't intrigue me particularly, only ''Memory''). ''Tell Me On a Sunday'' and ''Anything But Lonely'' don't particularly stand out to me but are very pretty. And of course there is ''Pie Jesu'' which is haunting and wonderful. Sarah's voice is one which can fill the heart with real emotion - one can identify with it in any mood and time and be refreshed by it as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiration for aspiring women singers.

    This is one of the most wonderful CD's that I have ever run across. The music, the vocalists and the tone that is expressed is absolutely wonderful. As a young singer I am enchanted and I will sing along with it for many years to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! And again I say WOW!

    This Sarah Brightman album is an excellent introduction to the work of Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Not only does she make the most well-known songs sound new (Memory, Phantom title track, Music of the Night), but she breathes new life into the less well-known pieces (Unexpected Song). The songs are culled out of her two ALW albums, and her voice is as angelic as ever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sara does it again

    when i was little i saw the Phantom of the opera and the music in here brings out old and newer memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not her best even though ALW is very good

    I bought this album in 1999 when my craze in Sarah was already on the rise. However, in spite of plenty of gorgeous moments, this just doesn't hold my attention any more than ''Time To Say Goodbye'' did. Even ''Surrender'' was more notable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Singer

    Please Saraaa...come back to Florida,Pleeeasee!!!!!!!! She and Andrea are the best.She should make music videos too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah and Andrew

    I loved the entire CD after my mother had me listen to it when I was over there one day. I have always loved Sarah and Andrew. They make beautiful music together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too much echo chamber

    Sarah Brightman has a fantastic voice - it doesn't need the extra echo chamber effects that I detect here. I had to readjust the balances on my car stereo to keep the vibrato from driving me nuts. Also, the balance is sometimes off between her and her singing partner. In particular, it doesn't sound like she and Michael Crawford were in the studio at the same time when they did the 'Phantom' Number. On the whole, it is a good CD and since many of the roles were either written for her or performed on stage by her, she must have the definitive interpretation. Also, I was bummed out that the words are not included.

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    Posted March 24, 2011

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