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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 Place", 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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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 Place", 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.
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. [The Holland release includes a live recording of "First of May" as a bonus but lacks three songs included on the standard edition: "La Lune," "Winter in July," and "A Whiter Shade of Pale."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Wea International
  • UPC: 685738288328
  • Catalog Number: 82883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Love (6:19)
  2. 2 Scarborough Fair (4:12)
  3. 3 Figlio Perduto (4:36)
  4. 4 La Califfa (3:05)
  5. 5 Here With Me (5:12)
  6. 6 Serenade (0:50)
  7. 7 How Fare This Spot (2:09)
  8. 8 Hijo de la Luna (4:29)
  9. 9 She Doesn't See Him (4:28)
  10. 10 Solo con Te (3:04)
  11. 11 Gloomy Sunday (3:47)
  12. 12 La Luna (5:01)
  13. 13 First of May (3:03)
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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
Peter Murray Keyboards
Technical Credits
Sarah Brightman Adaptation
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Frank Peterson Producer, Engineer, Adaptation
Colin Boland Engineer
Paul Bateman Orchestration
Peter Harenberg Mastering
Michael Soltau Engineer, Adaptation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely vocals

    The songs suit Brightman's voice perfectly. The lyrics are well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah has done it again

    'La Luna' is Sarah Brightman's follow-up to the smash success of her 1999 release, 'Eden'. On this album, she again shows off her amazingly soft and beautiful voice with such songs as 'Scarborough Fair'(a wonderful rendition), 'This Love', 'Gloomy Sunday', 'Figlio Perduto', 'La Califfa', and, of course, 'La Luna'. This is definitely well worth the listen.

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