Encore

Encore

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by Sarah Brightman
     
 
With four previously unreleased performances and two Italian versions of hit songs, Encores, Sarah Brightman’s new collection of theater tunes, has its share of rarities. While there are familiar takes on material from Phantom of the Opera (“Think of Me”), Sunset Boulevard (“Surrender”), Aspects of Love (“There Is More to Love”), By

Overview

With four previously unreleased performances and two Italian versions of hit songs, Encores, Sarah Brightman’s new collection of theater tunes, has its share of rarities. While there are familiar takes on material from Phantom of the Opera (“Think of Me”), Sunset Boulevard (“Surrender”), Aspects of Love (“There Is More to Love”), By Jeeves (“Half a Moment”), and Song and Dance (“The Last Man in My Life”), Brightman also chimes in with renditions of songs from such lesser-known productions as Rex and The Crooked Mile. Unreleased material includes memorable performances drawn from Whistle Down the Wind, East Is East, Carmelina, Saturday Night, and La Rondine. Rendered in Italian are the signature songs “With One Look” ( Sunset Boulevard) and “Memory” (Cats). Brightman handles it all with the stylish aplomb, interpretive sensitivity, and larger-than-life verve that her fans have grown to cherish.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Records can be accused of scraping the bottom of the barrel in its second compilation of old Sarah Brightman tracks released to take advantage of the singer's international popularity due to her albums Time to Say Goodbye, Eden, and La Luna, all recorded for a different company. Happily, even the bottom of the barrel contains some excellent material, even after the cream was skimmed off with The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. During and after her marriage to Lloyd Webber, Brightman performed on the Original London Cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera and recorded the albums The Songs That Got Away (1989) and Surrender (1995), and that's the material sampled here, that is, the remaining tracks that weren't used on The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. There are four songs recorded for those album sessions that were not released -- Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind," Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's "One More Walk Around the Garden," Stephen Sondheim's "What More Do I Need," and George and Ira Gershwin's "In the Mandarin's Orchid Garden." The last three, fairly obscure songs by well-known show-music songwriters, are typical of the non-Lloyd Webber choices found on The Songs That Got Away and Surrender. Also typical are the Lloyd Webber oddities, such as Italian-language versions of "With One Look" from Sunset Boulevard and "Memory" from Cats. If the mixed bag of material works, it's because of the unflappable Brightman, who doesn't only gamely undertake the selections, but throws herself into them, making "Piano" (as "Memory" somehow comes out in Italian) sound like an opera selection. "What More Do I Need," a comic celebration of love in dirty old New York, is beyond her, but not much else is.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0731458905028
catalogNumber:
589050
Rank:
17423

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Piano
Steve Barton   Vocals
Harry Rabinowitz   Conductor
Michael Reed   Conductor,Musical Direction
Michael Reed   Conductor,Musical Direction

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Producer,Orchestration,Piano Accompanist
Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Larry Wilcox   Orchestration
Jim Steinman   Lyricist
Sheldon Harnick   Lyricist
Don Black   Lyricist
David Caddick   Musical Supervision
David Cullen   Orchestration
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Charles Hart   Lyricist
Dave Hunt   Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Martin Levan   Engineer
Steve Margoshes   Orchestration
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist
Nigel Wright   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Engineer,Engineering
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
David Hunt   Engineer
Alan Ayckbourn   Lyricist
Trevor Nunn   Lyricist
Christopher Hampton   Lyricist
Giuseppe Adami   Lyricist
Peter Wildeblood   Lyricist

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Encore 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From her opening track of ''whistle down the wind'' to the last soothing notes of that italian song at the end, Sarah Brightman mesmerized the living hell out of this diehard fan. My ears have never been so happy since I was in my mother's womb. Five stars does not begin to sum up the measure of my adoration for Ms. Brightman's work. She is truly the angel of music!! (note the added exclamation point). I hear that, on first listening to this record, Pavarotti cursed and stormed into his dressing room, vowing never to sing again. Those who speak italian heard him mutter, ''there is nothing left to sing. The woman has eclipsed perfection.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another absolutely beautiful CD which again proves that Sarah Brightman is the Angel of Music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago