Odyssey [UK]

Odyssey [UK]

by Hayley Westenra
     
 

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Hayley Westenra was only 16 when her first album, Pure, topped the classical crossover charts and propelled the New Zealander into an instant sensation. Now 18, Westenra returns with her second U.S. release, Odyssey, and her fans will be pleased to know that while her fresh, angelic voice remains

Overview

Hayley Westenra was only 16 when her first album, Pure, topped the classical crossover charts and propelled the New Zealander into an instant sensation. Now 18, Westenra returns with her second U.S. release, Odyssey, and her fans will be pleased to know that while her fresh, angelic voice remains intact, she has also undeniably matured as an artist. Evidently, touring the world, singing for presidents and kings, and selling hundreds of thousands of CDs makes a young performer grow up fast. Like Pure, Odyssey takes in a wide range of styles, from classical to gospel, traditional folk, and pop. Several tracks have a reflective, new age feel, such as the covers of Secret Garden's "Prayer" and Enya's "May It Be" from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack (a song that holds an obvious attraction for the Kiwi, since the movie was filmed in her homeland). Others show off her classical leanings: Caccini's soothing "Ave Maria" and the high-flying "Quanta Quilia." Further numbers reveal the breadth of Westenra's eclectic tastes, from the traditional Irish "She Moves Through the Fair" (featuring a forlorn-sounding tin whistle) to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" and the gospel-tinged "I Say Grace," an anthem of thanksgiving. A special highlight is the duet with Andrea Bocelli, "Dell amore non si sa," a beautiful Italian song adapted from the mega-tenor's album Andrea. Tying it all together is the purity and unaffected naturalness of Westenra's lovely voice. Seems this teenager's Odyssey is only just beginning.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Originally released in September 2005, Hayley Westenra's second international album was re-released in April 2006 with only 14 instead of the original 16 tracks. Westenra sings a wide selection of pop-oriented compositions, including Joni Mitchell's "Both Side Now," Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," and "May It Be" (as featured in The Lord of the Rings), all with the minimum of backing music, mainly just a pure soprano voice beautifully soaring like a bird and leaving its cage behind. One can't help but think of the scene in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy locks himself in the library and plays some opera over a loudspeaker. "Quanta Qualia" has something of the quality of the Clannad hit "Theme from Harry's Game," while "Dell'amore Non Si Sa" is a duet with Andrea Bocelli. There are also a few new folk ballads: "What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)," "The Mists of Islay," and "She Moves Through the Fair." Odyssey is the ideal album to chill out and relax to after a hard day's work.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Polygram Int'l
UPC:
0028947576839
catalogNumber:
475768
Rank:
113957

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayley Westenra   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Mae McKenna   Vocals
Ian Thomas   Drums
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Miles Bould   Percussion
Simon Chamberlain   Piano
Finbar Furey   uillean pipes
Tony Hinnigan   Pipe
Stephen Hussey   Conductor
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Alison Jiear   Vocals
Carol Kenyon   Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Malavasi   Conductor
Don Richardson   Double Bass
Francois Rive   Cello
Andrea Bocelli   Vocals
James Brett   Conductor
Tony Hinnegan   Pipe
John Tobin   Choir Director
Rupert Christie   Harpsichord,Keyboards
Conventus   Choir, Chorus
Patrick Hawes   Conductor
Ensemble of Bologna   Ensemble
Leo Z   Percussion,Piano
Davis Mariotti   Flute
Angie Passarella   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Mowbray   Keyboards
Helen Cole   Harp
Fiona Pears   Violin
Raul Clarvis   Percussion
Reigate Choristers   Choir, Chorus
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Billy Mowbray   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Enya   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Philip Bagenal   Engineer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer,Engineering
Nick Ingman   Arranger
John Langley   Arranger
Malavasi   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineering
Giles Martin   Producer,Engineering
John McDonald   Text
Nick Patrick   Arranger,Producer,Engineering
Nicky Ryan   Composer
Fionnuala Sherry   Composer
Steven Abbott   Producer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Luca Malaguti   Engineering
Nick Wollage   Engineering
Andrea Sandrei   Composer
Steven Mercurio   Arranger
James Brett   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Ian Tilley   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Nathaniel Chan   Engineer
Filippo Zecchini   Engineering
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Hayley Westenra   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Text
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Patrick Hawes   Composer
Leo Z   Programming,Producer
Billy Mowbray   Programming
Nick Woollage   Engineering
Roma Shane Ryan   Text
Giacomo Rossi   Text
Gavin Creed   Composer
Andrew Hawes   Text
Wishart Campbell   Composer
Leonardo De Bernardini   Composer
Billy Mowbray   Programming
Giovacchino Forzano   Text
Gary Thomas   Engineering

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