Encore

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 731458905028
  • Catalog Number: 589050
  • Sales rank: 131,734

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Brightman Primary Artist, Soprano (Vocal)
A. L. Webber Piano
Steve Barton Vocals
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Michael Reed Conductor, Musical Direction
Michael Reed Conductor, Musical Direction
Technical Credits
A. L. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Another absolutely beautiful CD which again proves that Sarah Brightman is the Angel of Music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest 14 Tracks Since the Beatles Broke Up

    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.''

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