La Luna [B&N Exclusive Version]

La Luna [B&N Exclusive Version]

by Sarah Brightman
     
 

After conquering the disparate worlds of pop, musical theater, and opera, Sarah Brightman looks heavenward on La Luna. Enamored of the mysteries of the moon and inspired by the many composers and poets who have been similarly enchanted, the British soprano and her trusted producer, Frank Peterson, have crafted a stunning songSee more details below

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After conquering the disparate worlds of pop, musical theater, and opera, Sarah Brightman looks heavenward on La Luna. Enamored of the mysteries of the moon and inspired by the many composers and poets who have been similarly enchanted, the British soprano and her trusted producer, Frank Peterson, have crafted a stunning song cycle. The former Phantom of the Opera star effortlessly segues between works by immortal classical composers such as Beethoven ("Figlio Perduto"), Rachmaninov ("How Fair This Spot"), Handel ("Solo con Te"), and Dvorák ("La Luna"); songs by contemporary writers such as Ennio Morricone ("La Califfa") and J. M. Cano ("Hijo de la Luna"); and traditional folk tunes like "Scarborough Fair." This album proves that Brightman can sing just about anything: Her amethyst-clear voice adds an equally luminous shine to the trip-hop ballad "This Love," the soaring yet danceable "Here with Me," and a late-night take on Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday." With the artistic triumph of La Luna, Brightman becomes a celestial songstress for the ages. This special edition, exclusive to Barnes & Noble, includes the bonus track "Heaven is Here," not previously available in the United States.

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724355702821
catalogNumber:
57028

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