Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection

Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection

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by Sarah Brightman
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/1999
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0731453933026
catalogNumber:
539330
Rank:
4454

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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

Andrew Lloyd 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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