Harem [Bonus DVD]

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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. This limited edition comes with a bonus DVD that contains a documentary on the making of the album, a discography, a photo collection, and other features. Also available: the regular...
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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. This limited edition comes with a bonus DVD that contains a documentary on the making of the album, a discography, a photo collection, and other features. Also available: the regular edition.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 724355747709
  • Catalog Number: 57477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harem (5:45)
  2. 2 What a Wonderful World (3:40)
  3. 3 It's a Beautiful Day (3:56)
  4. 4 What You Never Know (3:24)
  5. 5 The Journey Home (4:56)
  6. 6 Free (3:45)
  7. 7 Mysterious Days (5:17)
  8. 8 The War Is Over - Kazem Al Saher (5:15)
  9. 9 Misere Mei (0:54)
  10. 10 Beautiful (4:35)
  11. 11 Arabian Nights: Scimitar Moon/Voyage/Promise/Hamesha/Alone (8:50)
  12. 12 Stranger in Paradise (4:27)
  13. 13 Until the End of Time (4:32)
  14. 14 You Take My Breath Away (6:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Making of Harem/Harem
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Brightman Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Nigel Kennedy Violin, Soloist
Chris Thompson Vocal Ad-Libs
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
Dr. Reda Bedaire Nay
Michael Soltau Piano, Keyboards
Mike Reed Conductor
Matthias Meissner Keyboards
Prague Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Jonathan Penton Choir, Chorus
Lukas Hilbert Background Vocals, Electric Sitar
Nina Bromham Choir, Chorus
Jiri Burda Mandolin
Adam Klemens Conductor
Ibrahim Fathie Kavala
Chiara Ferrau Narrator
Sarah Leatherbarrow Choir, Chorus
Adrian Partington Conductor
Amir Abdel Magid Kanoon
Stephan Moccio Piano
Andrew Playfoot Choir, Chorus
Anna Samant Choir, Chorus
Shweta Shetty Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Technical Credits
Alexander Borodin Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Ofra Haza Composer
Sarah Brightman Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Sophie B. Hawkins Composer
Bezalel Aloni Composer
Don Black Composer
Jaz Coleman Orchestration
George Douglas Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Rob O'Connor Art Direction
George David Weiss Composer
Lubos Novacek Engineer
Frank Peterson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Adaptation
Niall Acott Engineer
Paul Bateman Orchestration
Klaus Hirschburger Composer
Sue Mallett Contributor
A.R. Rahman Composer
Roxanne Seeman Composer
George Forrest Composer
Michael Soltau Programming, Engineer
Ferrer Trinidade Composer
Christopher von Deylen 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
Patrick Benzer Composer
Christian Draude Programming
Sameh Hamandi Engineer
Cenek Kotzman Engineer
Stephan Moccio Composer
Samuel Pospisil Engineer
Dennis Preiss Engineer
Shweta Shetty Composer
Kristian Draude Composer
Robert Wright Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah's Ultimate Best

    There is absolutly no words to explain my passion for Sarah as a singer and as a human being. She is diversified and that is what I love most. Keep up the excellent work Sarah and hope to see you again in Phoenix AZ, Love you!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah Brightman's Harem

    This CD has reaffirmed my love of Sarah's work. An exotic and sensual feel to the music make this one well worth buying. From the title track "Harem", and all through the disk, the Mid-Eastern theme is loaded with wonderful songs that make you feel good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could have been better!

    It took a few listens to this CD before I began to like it---so different from Sarah's usual fare. Just wish she would sing full voice and get rid of the falsetto singing she seems to be addicted to. Liked Harem, It's a beautiful day, Journey Home, and Mysterious Days. I have lots of her CD,s and DVD's, and truly enjoy her talents most when she combines the operatic with pop and other classics. Her charisma charms the audiences, and even thru the electronics, she touches the heart strings. Harem is a nice experiment, but definitely not your best, Sarah, please go back to your roots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This album is truely another wonderful work of Sarah Brightman. The music is all kinds of different styles. Her angelic voice can adapt to any type of music and leave you breathless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah Brightman Returns With What Might Be Her Absolute Best Yet!

    Being a huge fan of Ms. Brightman, I must be honest and say that I was not entirely enthralled with LA LUNA. Well, fasten your seatbelts kids, 'cause HAREM is going to blow your skirt up! Way up! This may be my favorite album since DIVE. Certainly EDEN was exceptional. HAREM is Sarah's exploration of Middle Eastern style music, coupled with her brilliant, on-target vocal style. Sarah has assembled a cast of astonishing players lending their unique spice. The percussion is extraordinary, as HAREM showcases the Doumbek, Tar & other frame drums from the Middle East. The late Iraeli singer, Ofra Haza lends vocals, a Middle Eastern String Ensemble colour this work with there impressive style. Buy the Limited Edition with the DVD which chronicles the making of HAREM. It is a few extra bucks, but well worth it and then some. Watch the DVD first, then listen to the CD, I mean listen. You will appreciate all the preparation and perfectionism that has gone into this album. Particularly incredible are: BEAUTIFUL(Absolutely flawless) FREE(Sexy, seductive,great hooks;like Sarah!) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD(reworked in such a way as to almost not recognize it is as such a famous song) THE JOURNEY HOME(Craftfully sung like a great master of song, the instrumentation so complementary & it grooves into a cool dance track. Yummy!) YOU TAKE MY BREATH AWAY(You fans know this song is from a previous release, but Sarah thought that it fit into this context). You know what? I just can not listen to anything else at all right now. Every song is just dripping in gorgeosity(I know that is not a word, but make it work here). Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! (I would love to see Sarah team with Peter Gabriel for a project; that would be a blessed musical union.)

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