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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sarah Brightman took five years between 2003's pop exotica outing Harem andSymphony. The over the top gothic excess in the artwork here seems like a cousin to Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II, so much so that it feels like legendary theatrical rock excess king Jim Steinman -- a former associate of Brightman's longtime producer Frank Peterson who wrote or co-wrote five of these tunes -- is haunting the recording. Despite the big duet presences here -- Andrea Bocelli again on"Canto della Terra," tenor Alessandro Safina on "Sarai Qui," vocalist and actor Fernando Lima, and Kiss' Paul Stanley -- there are relatively few moments of real inspiration amidst the obvious kitsch. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sarah Brightman took five years between 2003's pop exotica outing Harem andSymphony. The over the top gothic excess in the artwork here seems like a cousin to Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II, so much so that it feels like legendary theatrical rock excess king Jim Steinman -- a former associate of Brightman's longtime producer Frank Peterson who wrote or co-wrote five of these tunes -- is haunting the recording. Despite the big duet presences here -- Andrea Bocelli again on"Canto della Terra," tenor Alessandro Safina on "Sarai Qui," vocalist and actor Fernando Lima, and Kiss' Paul Stanley -- there are relatively few moments of real inspiration amidst the obvious kitsch. Symphony is trademark Brightman. It sits dead center at the crossroads of classical crossover, pop, and musical theater. Despite the star power on board, this is exactly what EMI wanted from her. The reprise of her first duet appearance with Bocelli is a firm showcase for both voices, and "Sarai Qui" with Safina is among best things here -- even if the arrangements threaten to do in all that vocal power. As for "Pasión," Lima's voice, with all of its high tenor acrobatics, is as lilting as her light soprano. It may work in the theater, or in the movies, but it doesn't here. "I Will Be with You Where the Lost Ones Go," with Stanley, is a bit of a campy cheat. Brightman originally recorded this for the Pokeman soundtrack with Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann. Stanley's vocal chops just don't equate with the former. With acoustic guitars all but drowned in strings, the emotional punch of the original is lost. Brightman simply soars, and if her ice queen vocal isn't believable emotionally, it contains enough drama to keep it from falling into the abyss. Peterson and Carsten Heusmann's cool sound and synth loops on "Gothika" set up the meld of bombastic electric guitars and the London Symphony Orchestra in "Fleurs du Mal." It's full of sweeping textures where a lone clarinet sweeps in before the woodwinds on the third verse; strings shift, swoop, and soar; and a choir comes hammering down on the refrain like thunder trying to bury Brightman in her full but false fragility act. The title track begins as one of the most overblown things on the set, but in comparison to others, it is one of the simplest, breeziest melodies here. There is one genuine surprise: a cover of "Sanvean," written by Lisa Gerrard and Andrew Claxton. Brightman allows Gerrard's words the English title amounts to "I Am Your Shadow" to haunt her, imbuing them with a classically delivered discipline that showcases the otherworldly and sorrowful melody in the piece. And if there were any radio programmers with brains, they'd choose either the classically tinged and passionate Cordel/LaBionda/Brightman number "Storia d'Amore" or the relatively straight-ahead melancholy pop
ock anthem "Let It Rain" as a single. The latter may be more standard radio fare, but the former would grab the attention of anyone who heard it. The album's nine-plus-minute closer, "Running," is a virtual multi-part suite disguised as a single song. There is an operatic intro that becomes fist-in-the-air uplifting rock & roll bombast in the first half -- it even includes an electric guitar solo, enormous drums, and a choir hammering home the refrain with Brightman before it moves back toward opera, then silence, then more orchestral and vocal drama. This track reeks of Steinman -- and his lyrics would have been far better than what is here. Symphony is stronger than Harem, yet not as adventurous as Luna, and is more self-indulgent than both. [EMD's 2008 edition included one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099952100420
  • Catalog Number: 520625
  • Sales rank: 133,839

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gothica (1:19)
  2. 2 Fleurs du Mal (4:10)
  3. 3 Symphony (4:47)
  4. 4 Canto Della Terra - Andrea Bocelli (3:59)
  5. 5 Sanvean (3:50)
  6. 6 I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go) (4:32)
  7. 7 Schwere Träume (3:22)
  8. 8 Sarai Qui - Alessandro Safina (3:57)
  9. 9 Storia d'Amore (4:03)
  10. 10 Let It Rain (4:17)
  11. 11 Attesa (4:27)
  12. 12 Pasión - Fernando Lima (5:14)
  13. 13 Running (6:09)
  14. 14 Sarahbande (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Brightman Primary Artist, Keyboards, Background Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Curt Cress Drums
Steve Sidwell Conductor
Peter Weihe Guitar
Frank Peterson Background Vocals
Gunther Laudahn Background Vocals
Paul Bateman Conductor
Klaus Hirschburger Background Vocals
Roland Peil Percussion
Michael Soltau Keyboards
Mike Reed Conductor
Matthias Meissner Keyboards
James Fitzpatrick Choir, Chorus
Carsten Heusmann Background Vocals
Kristian Draude Keyboards
Carolin Fortenbacher Background Vocals
Amelia Brightman Background Vocals
Alex Grube Bass
Technical Credits
Sarah Brightman Programming, Concept
George Marino Mastering
Steve Sidwell Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Orchestral Coordinator
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Frank Peterson Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Paul Bateman Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Stefan Pintev Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Michael Soltau Programming
Matthias Meissner Programming
Jim Morey Management
Carsten Heusmann Producer
Dennis Preiss Engineer, Digital Editing
Kristian Draude Programming
Daniel Dociu Illustrations
Philip Straub Illustrations
Michelangelo La Bionda Composer
Steve Price Engineer
Thomas Schwarz Digital Editing
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