Harem

Harem

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by Sarah Brightman
     
 

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Soprano star Sarah Brightman goes global with Harem, offering a richly flavored album of songs with an exotic twist. Ranging from the vibrant title track, with its hints of Arabia, to numbers based on familiar classics ("Stranger in Paradise," "It’s a Beautiful Day"), the disc dips into world-beat territory while showcasing the multi-million-selling artist’sSee more details below

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Soprano star Sarah Brightman goes global with Harem, offering a richly flavored album of songs with an exotic twist. Ranging from the vibrant title track, with its hints of Arabia, to numbers based on familiar classics ("Stranger in Paradise," "It’s a Beautiful Day"), the disc dips into world-beat territory while showcasing the multi-million-selling artist’s haunting voice. The roster of guest stars spans the globe, including British violinist Nigel Kennedy, Iraqi singer Kazem al-Sahir, and many others. Also available: the limited edtion with a bonus DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Adopting a Middle Eastern flavor to enhance her blend of classical and new age pop, Sarah Brightman's Harem continues her experimentation with thematic discs that began with 1993's oceanic Dive. These themes, while never dominant or original, are simply meant to enhance her brand of crossover just enough to keep listeners interested in hearing her next project. Harem accomplishes that feat by shrouding new age pop songs in a thin Middle Eastern veil that disguises, but never completely covers, Brightman's true musical identity. It works well when she fully utilizes the theme, as on the opening title track where Brightman's fragile operatic voice is able to capture the traditional phrasing without sounding forced. But when the formula simply dresses up a pop/dance song like "The Journey Home," the results are less interesting and cross into territory already explored by the group Enigma and its worldly hits. Elsewhere, Brightman appears to have been taking classes at the Kate Bush vocal institute, sounding eerily similar to the English thrush on the quiet tracks "What You Never Know" and "Free," her writing collaboration with Sophie B. Hawkins. Retaining her classical leanings, Brightman successfully incorporates "Un Bel Di," from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, into the surging beats of "It's a Beautiful Day," her best attempt at creating a chart-worthy hit. Middle Eastern music stars like Kazem al-Saher and the late Ofra Haza lend an air of authenticity, while the tasteful arrangements by former Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman refrain from overpowering Brightman's voice or sinking into an Arabian parody. The disc gets a bit long by the time it reaches the unnecessary standard "Stranger in Paradise," but Brightman's Harem adventure is interesting enough to have listeners packed and ready to travel with her on another musical journey.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724353718022
catalogNumber:
37180
Rank:
34452

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Tracks

  1. Harem  - Sarah Brightman
  2. What a Wonderful World  - Sarah Brightman
  3. It's A Beautiful Day (after Puccini's Un bel dì)  - Sarah Brightman
  4. What You Never Know  - Sarah Brightman
  5. The Journey Home  - Sarah Brightman
  6. Free  - Sarah Brightman
  7. Mysterious Days  - Sarah Brightman
  8. The War Is Over Now  - Kazem Al Saher
  9. Misere Mei (after Alegri)  - Sarah Brightman
  10. Beautiful  - Sarah Brightman
  11. Arabian Nights  - Sarah Brightman
  12. Stranger In Paradise  - Sarah Brightman
  13. Until the End of Time  - Sarah Brightman
  14. You Take My Breath Away  - Sarah Brightman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Ofra Haza   Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Nigel Kennedy   Violin,Soloist
Chris Thompson   Vocal Ad-Libs
Bach Choir   Choir, Chorus
Natacha Atlas   Vocals
Martin Frosty Beedle   Drums
Jaz Coleman   Vocals
Peter Weihe   Guitar,Sitar
Trevor Barry   Bass
Frank Peterson   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Abdel Al Aboud   Violin,Soloist
Gunther Laudahn   Background Vocals
Rony Barrak   Percussion
Reda Bedaire   Nay
Gregorian   Choir, Chorus
Aboud Abdel Ali   Violin
Michael Soltau   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Reed   Conductor
Matthias Meissner   Keyboards
Prague Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Jonathan Penton   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lukas Hilbert   Background Vocals,Electric Sitar
Nina Bromham   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jiri Burda   Mandolin
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Ibrahim Fathie   Kavala
Chiara Ferrau   Narrator
Sarah Leatherbarrow   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Adrian Partington   Conductor
Amir Abdel Magid   Kanoon
Stephan Moccio   Piano
Andrew Playfoot   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anna Samant   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Shweta Shetty   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Dean Hussain   Vocals
Reda Bdir   Nay
Kadim Al Sahir   Vocals
Christopher Thompson   Vocal Ad-Libs
Kuljid Bhamra   Percussion,Tabla
Natasha Atlas   Background Vocals
Michael Reed   Conductor
Violet   Background Vocals
Rony Barrack   Percussion

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Ofra Haza   Composer
Sarah Brightman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Adaptation
Sophie B. Hawkins   Composer,Lyricist
Bezalel Aloni   Composer,Lyricist
Peter Asher   Management
Don Black   Composer,Lyricist
Jaz Coleman   Orchestration
George Douglas   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Rob O'Connor   Art Direction
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer,Lyricist
Lubos Novacek   Engineer
Frank Peterson   Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation
Niall Acott   Engineer
Paul Bateman   Orchestration
Klaus Hirschburger   Composer,Lyricist
Sue Mallett   Contributor
A.R. Rahman   Composer,Lyricist
Roxanne Seeman   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Michael Soltau   Programming,Engineer
Ferrer Trinidade   Composer
Christopher von Deylen   Composer,Lyricist,Adaptation
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Matthias Meissner   Composer,Programming
Thomas Schwartz   Composer
Nicola Hitchcock   Composer
Saul Freeman   Composer
Lukas Hilbert   Composer
John Timperly   Engineer
Mat Bartrum   Engineer
Brian Johnson   Lyricist
Christian Draude   Programming
Sameh Hamandi   Engineer
Cenek Kotzman   Engineer
Stephan Moccio   Composer,Lyricist
Samuel Pospisil   Engineer
Dennis Preiss   Engineer
Shweta Shetty   Composer,Lyricist
Patrick Benzner   Composer,Lyricist
Kristian Draude   Composer,Programming,Lyricist
Mat Bartram   Engineer
Kareem Al Iraqi   Lyricist
Cenek Kotzmann   Engineer
Violet   Lyricist
Fred E. Goldring   Legal Counsel
Robert Wright   Composer

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