Celtic Treasure

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
On the heels of her joint venture with Irish singing sensations Celtic Woman, which resulted in a CD and a concert DVD that was broadcast on PBS, young star Hayley Westenra digs deeper into the music of her heritage on her third solo disc, Celtic Treasure. Although a New Zealander by birth, Westenra traces her ancestors back to the Irish motherland she even knows the name of the boat they set sail on in 1851. And with her pure, youthful voice, she launches into such classic folk material as "Danny Boy," "Scarborough Fair," and "The Last Rose of Summer" -- songs she learned on the knees of her grandparents as a child. But Westenra also embraces the wider world of song ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
On the heels of her joint venture with Irish singing sensations Celtic Woman, which resulted in a CD and a concert DVD that was broadcast on PBS, young star Hayley Westenra digs deeper into the music of her heritage on her third solo disc, Celtic Treasure. Although a New Zealander by birth, Westenra traces her ancestors back to the Irish motherland she even knows the name of the boat they set sail on in 1851. And with her pure, youthful voice, she launches into such classic folk material as "Danny Boy," "Scarborough Fair," and "The Last Rose of Summer" -- songs she learned on the knees of her grandparents as a child. But Westenra also embraces the wider world of song here, extending to the American standard "Shenandoah," a choir-backed "Whispering Hope," and even versions of Madame Butterfly's "Un bel di" One Fine Day and the John Dowland and Sting? inspired "Melancholy Interlude." Westenra originals like "Summer Rain" and "Let Me Die" show that the singer also has an eye on the future: "New music has to be written, new songs created, otherwise we are robbing the future of a past," she sagely writes. Still, it's with the timeless simplicity of the classic English hymn "Abide with Me" that Westenra signs off on this delightful musical journey.
Metro UK - Suzanna Bain
[Westenra] never fails to add a fresh and modern twist to all she touches, seamlessly breathing old-style warmth and charm into bang up-to-date interpretations. Rating: 5/5
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947585312
  • Catalog Number: 000856002
  • Sales rank: 7,387

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hayley Westenra Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Miles Bould Percussion
Tony Hinnigan Flute, Pipe
Nick Ingman Piano, Conductor
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michel Pouliot Drums
Natalie MacMaster Fiddle
Peter Fitzpatrick Piano
David Downes Conductor
Des Moore Gittern
Alan Smale Leader
Andreja Malir Harp
Metro Voices Choir, Chorus
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tony Hinnegan Pipe
Mac Morin Piano
Rupert Christie Keyboards
Wix Keyboards
Brad Davidge Guitar
Shane Hendrickson Bass
Katie Krykant Background Vocals
Anthony Hinnigan Flute
Miche Pouliot Drums
Matt MacIsaac Human Whistle
Méav Ní Mhaolchatha Track Performer
Pat Fitzpatrick Piano
Wix Keyboards
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Technical Credits
John Dowland Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Cheryl Wheeler Composer
Alice Hawthorne Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Nick Ingman Arranger
Brian Masterson Engineer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Nick Patrick Arranger, Producer
Ron Hynes Composer
Natalie MacMaster Producer
David Downes Arranger
Costa Pilavachi Executive Producer
Steven Abbott Management
Nick Wollage Engineering
Henry Francis Lyte Lyricist
Donnell Leahy Producer
Traditional Composer
Ian Tilley Producer
Jacky Schroer Executive Producer
Nathaniel Chan Engineer, Digital Editing
Rupert Christie Programming
Hayley Westenra Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes
Sarah Class Composer
Michael Walters Art Direction
Wix Programming
Mark Cavell Executive Producer
Doug McKendrick Engineer
Kathryn Nash Management
Gerald Westenra Management
Jill Westenra Management
Rosetta Helen Elkin Lyricist
Giuseppe Giacosa Lyricist
Luigi Illica Lyricist
Nick Woollage Engineering
Frederick Edward Weatherly Lyricist
R.H. Elkin Lyricist
Thomas Moore Lyricist
Wix Programming
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Interesting Release

    This is a very interesting release . Despite the title, Haley manages to take this in a few different directions while managing to present a cohesive whole . The 2 songs that she co-authored are quite good and don't stray too far from the rest of the selections . The non-US version of this CD is called simply Treasure and that title might be more appropriate . If you are familiar with Haley, do not hesitate, buy this .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Amazing Album From Hayley Westenra!!!

    This CD is absolutely amazing! Possessing a naturally pure singing voice, Hayley tackles a wide variety of song styles with ease and grace. Because each one of these songs are lovely, it would be very difficult to choose a favorite. The original opening number transports you to a lush green forest of peace and healing and continues to carry the listener on an incredible journey unlike any other. From spirited folk "“Summer Fly”", to gentle renditions of classics "“Danny Boy”", to reverent hymns "“Abide With Me”", this girl has you smiling, crying and closing your eyes in pleasure. The only word of complaint that I have against this album is that it does not include five additional tracks from the international edition of the CD. The missing songs here are as follows: “Le Notte del Silenzo,” “Santa Lucia,” “The Heart Worships,” “E Pari Ra” and “Bist du Bei Mir.” Wal Mart sells a lively bonus track on their version of this CD called “The Mummer’s Dance,” which is unavailable anywhere else. Enjoy yet another amazing odyssey from this talented young lady!

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