La Luna

La Luna

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by Sarah Brightman

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Broadway star Sarah Brightman lends her ethereal, angelic vocals to another combination of classical and pop, resulting in a solid, stirring collection. This outing, the ex-Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber adapts Rachmaninov ("How Fare This Spot"), Beethoven ("Figlio Perduto"), and Handel ("Solo Con Te") alongside the brothers Gibb and


Broadway star Sarah Brightman lends her ethereal, angelic vocals to another combination of classical and pop, resulting in a solid, stirring collection. This outing, the ex-Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber adapts Rachmaninov ("How Fare This Spot"), Beethoven ("Figlio Perduto"), and Handel ("Solo Con Te") alongside the brothers Gibb and Simon and Garfunkel. The uncanny thing is how canny Brightman is at bridging the contemporary with the classics so that they seem timeless. She brings touches of adult contemporary, rock, and even, surprisingly enough, techno to the mix; some of these songs, "Here With Me" in particular, are crying out to be remixed as dance songs. Her crystalline soprano leads you on a sentimental journey through "Scarborough Fair" then lilts through a playful "Hijo de la Luna" without missing a beat. Especially successful is the last track, "First of May," as it was recorded live in South Africa. It shows that Brightman's talent doesn't need the production so many contemporary vocalists need to sound phenomenal. There is something melancholy in her expressive voice and in the production of each song on this album, so that even if you don't understand the language of the lyrics, you're left feeling a bit nostalgic, and the effect is not that of much of the plastic A/C market but one of genuine emotion. She doesn't manipulate you into feeling; she actually moves you. Overall, this album achieves some beautiful highs without being over the top.

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Release Date:
Angel Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Martin Frosty Beedle   Drums
Trevor Barry   Bass
Frank Peterson   Keyboards
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Michael Soltau   Keyboards
Internazionale Cameristico   Choir, Chorus
Princessa   Background Vocals
Günther Haas   Guitar
Carsten Heusmann   Keyboards
Peter Murray   Keyboards
English National Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
English National Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Matthew Scrivener   Lead
Jan Eric Kohrs   Keyboards
Gillian McDonagh   Percussion
Sylvia Rhys-Thomas   Leader,Choir Director

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Sarah Brightman   Composer,Adaptation
Gary Brooker   Composer
Craig Armstrong   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Keith Reid   Composer
Guy Sigsworth   Composer
Pascal Gabriel   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Frank Peterson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation
Loretta Heywood   Composer
Colin Boland   Engineer
José María Cano   Composer
Paul Bateman   Orchestration
Paul Conboy   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Michael Soltau   Composer,Engineer,Adaptation
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Alberto Bevilacqua   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Timperly   Engineer
Chiara Ferrau   Composer
Jerry Burns   Composer
Paul Stratham   Composer
Goldman   Composer

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La Luna 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago I don¿t, as she just never caught my attention as much as Andrea Bocelli has, now and again. She can sing, but I grew a little concerned about continuing getting her albums, but with this one out (which I have no interest in getting), and seven of Sarah¿s albums in my collection, looks like it¿s time to end there. Sorry, Sarah, but I¿d rather get Andrea Bocelli¿s new CD, ¿Verdi,¿ for Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brightman is the ultimate star in my heart. She started out with classical and has changed to a bit more poppish type of music which really says a lot about how versatile she is. She has a wonderful voice and a wonderful personality. I met her last year during her Eden tour and got to talk to her a bit about what music meant to her. She will continue to reign supreme in my heart. I am a music education major and I will always suggest Sarah as a choice to listen to to my students!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard ''Time To Say Goodbye'' a few years ago, I thought, ''there's no way any song could be better than this!'' Then, when I heard ''Nella Fantasia'' from the Eden soundtrack, I thought, ''this is truly Sarah's greatest recording!'' Now, when I hear ''La Califfa'', my heart melts. This is definitely at the top of my list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first album I have listened to of sarah's. After listening to the first song I am hooked. She has a voice and melodies that other artists could never touch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Sarah's best album to date! I wish it had a few more upbeat songs but oh well. All the songs are wonderfully written and even more beautifully sung.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Eden'' is the best recording I have ever heard. If ever I was given a choice to keep only one CD in my huge collection, this would be the one. ''La Luna'' is also a wonderful recording, but it lacks a little something ''Eden'' had. No one should be without these two recordings in their collection. Her concerts are magnificent in a way that she can take you into her ''world'' and her music that other artists just can't seem to do in their concerts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing Sarah's new CD a couple of times, sorry to say that it didn't impress me as much as the past two did. Best songs: ''Winter In July,'' ''A Whiter Shade of Pale,'' ''Hijo De La Luna,'' and the title track. Worst songs: none, basically, but ''Here With Me'' is a little too popped up. As I sit here writing this whole mess, I get word from Frank Peterson that this CD hit #16 on the Billboard 200 and is nearing platinum status. Now here is a woman who gets her very big break. But I prefer ''Time To Say Goodbye'' and ''Fly'' and yes ''Eden'' too over this, which in spite of some spectacular sound effects, barely sounds like the moon was never actually there. I won't sell this CD, though, because I bought it. And I'd rather wiat until Sarah dishes out a Greatest Hits CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderfully complete CD by Sarah Brightman. It follows on the tails of her other ''themed'' CD's, this time focusing on the moon. What a treat! ''Winter In July'', while it doesn't really have anything to do with the moon directly, has a great dance beat and optimistic lyric. ''A Whiter Shade of Pale'' is a brilliant remake, as is her version of Dido's ''Here With Me''. The best covers don't just copy the original but add something different to the song, and Sarah does just that. You'll hit the ''repeat'' button for sure. Other songs to note are ''This Love'', ''He Doesn't See Me'', and her lush and luxurient version of ''Scarborough Fair''. Buy this CD and love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
being a HUGE sarah brightman fan for years it seems only natural to love the new album ''la luna''. sarah is like a vocal chameleon who goes from pop tunes like ''here with me'' to operatic masterpieces like ''solo con te'' on the album with ease and poise. she has that timeless voice that rings in your ears long after youve finished listening to the album. with time, she has only gotten better. thank you ms. brightman!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of Sarah Brightman's CD's. I wish that she had used more of her operatic voice on this CD. This is a good CD but I think Eden was better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brightman's previous two CDs, ''Time to Say Goodbye'' & ''Eden'' were CDs that I still love and play quite frequently. So when this CD came out, there was no doubt I would be getting a copy. I knew, based on her past two CDs that this one was sure to be a good one, with a talent like Sarah's. What I discovered after listening to this disc went way beyond my wildest expectations! This CD, and I mean this quite literally, contains so much beauty that it's hard to imagine it is all captured on one disc! When I first opened up a copy of ''La Luna'', I was first captured by the album art. The disc itself is a big moon, and the designs in the lyric booklet contained photographs by photographer Simon Fowler that took my breath away! When I put the disc in my CD player, the next hour was complete euphoria. The CD opens with ''La Lune'', a collection of strange, eerie sounds including Neil Armstrong putting his ''one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'' infamous message. And Sarah's vocals are hauntingly beautiful in the opening track, serving as almost a background to the sounds. The track flows perfectly to ''Winter in July''. I knew at this point that this was not going to be just any old ordinary CD. Another of my favorites is a rendition of Beethoven's ''Figlio Perduto''. Sarah's voice again is the epitomy of what beautiful music should be on this track, displaying many of her vocal talents throughout. If I had to pick a favorite track on this CD, it must be ''La Califfa''. This is performed so beautifully, it brings tears every time I hear it. There truly is not one bad song on the album. Recordings of previous hits by Simon and Garfunkel (Scarborough Fair) and Procul Harum (A Whiter Shade of Pale) also add treasures to this album. The whole CD is a masterpiece. It is brilliantly performed, filled with such longing and desire. Sarah Brightman has once again demonstrated that she is a talent that is for real. ''La Luna'' will not disappoint! Don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another fine addition to Sarah Brightman's CD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
such an incredibly talented musician. She picks songs to sing that are excellent classics and re-does them to fit her style. She has a gorgeous voice and this CD is my favorite yet. Besides the wonderful musicianship she also has great taste in setting themes for the CDs she puts out- with beautiful photography and everything. La Luna is one of the best CDs I've ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Sara Brightman in concert at Madison Square garden on Friday. She took my breath away. She will leave you speechless. Her voice is so beautiful and refreshing. She will take you away from all troubles when you hear this wonderful glorious voice. Anyone with a voice like hers has to be touched by an ANGEL>>>>> gloria mac...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well...not exactly. In fact, I used to detest classical music, until I came across Sarah Brightman's diverse musical style. She blends both classical and pop together. It's something new and exciting, and I hope to see more artists doing what she's doing soon. Critics and fans both say that she has the voice of an angel, and, for once, I agree. Her voice is sweet and thick with passion, and you can tell that she's truly feeling the power of what she's singing. It's truly intense! I loved her album 'Eden', but I must admit, I think that I like La Luna slightly more. Its got more edge to it, and I absolutely can't get enough of track 2, 'Winter in July'. I love that song. I equally enjoy 'La Luna', her self-title, and 'Figlio Perduto'. My parents look at me strangly whenever I listen to that song, for my usual listening style is rock, but I love it all the more. I also like how she re-did Dido's version of 'Here With Me'. That song just screams remix. Though I must conclude, if you're a die hard classical fan, this isn't the album for you. But if you like various ranges in vocals and sounds, then this cd is a must have in your collection. This album is excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a lovely album. My favourites are La Califfa, This love, La luna, Solo con te, First of May. I have five of her albums and hope to buy all the others she has released. Sarah Brightman is one of the most beautiful singers I've ever heard, in fact she's my favourite artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, you need more stars. Five is not enough. This is a very good CD and an extraordinary concert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so lucky to see her concert - before even listening to the cd. Her voice sounds so angelic and it comes through on the CD as much as in concert. She has a delicate sound that I like -as in the song Hijo de la Luna but another side of her is the stronger operatic voice as in La Califfa on this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a new fan of Sarah Brightman & have only been listening to her for a year, but have always been aware of her through her PBS specials. I have purchased ''La Luna'' (her latest CD) & what can I is brilliant just like her CD from last year (''Eden''). I missed her concert this year when she toured Fla. & hoping she will be back for an encore performance. People have been saying that there is no way she could top her concert from last year (Eden) but she did with ''La Luna'' and the CD of the same title. I loved the first track ''Winter In July'' as well as ''He Dosen't See Me...'' Sarah is the best....Just brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah just keeps on going. She has so many albums but I keep on collecting. I have almost all of them! Except Dive. I didn't like the sound clips i heard of it. But La Luna has some beautiful inspirational music that touches me. Sarah is more than an Broadway star but she's earned her place as an indivisual singer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish all the luck to Mrs.Brightman.Not only because of her beauty,but of her talent she has that not anyone has.She should visit Florida again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having recently watched Sarah perform her new album in concert all I can say is that she is truly enchanting. ''La Luna'' is beautiful from start to finish and a successful follow-up to ''Eden.'' Her mix of pop and opera mix beautifully. If her recorded voice gives you goosebumps, you should listen to her live!!