Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas

Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas

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by Sarah Brightman
     
 

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The one drawback of live albums is that the listener is left on their own to visualize what is happening on the stage. For most pop
ock recordings this is not a serious detriment. But for a highly stylized and theatrical show such as Sarah Brightman's Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas, the music and visuals go hand-in-hand and this edited CD version ofSee more details below

Overview

The one drawback of live albums is that the listener is left on their own to visualize what is happening on the stage. For most pop
ock recordings this is not a serious detriment. But for a highly stylized and theatrical show such as Sarah Brightman's Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas, the music and visuals go hand-in-hand and this edited CD version of the program lacks the impact felt by the enthusiastic live audience. With applause heard within instrumental passages, including the elongated opening, it leaves a listener puzzled as to what is happening. Without any visuals all that is left is the music, which is immaculately performed yet devoid of any spontaneity. The music and Brightman's performance are as finely tuned and timed as the many costume and set changes seen in the CD booklet. This does not mean the music is substandard, but when the studio versions are comparable, why should a casual fan bother with this disc? Brightman has never been known as a forceful singer and her thin operatic voice rarely has the power to raise goose bumps, but she has a certain frailty that is alluring and it transfers well to the stage. A good example is her rendition of "Nessun Dorma" in which she quietly garners attention -- almost too quietly -- leaving one to wonder if she has the stamina to finish. Of course, there is no question she can hit the highs, but by the last note it feels as if she might faint from the sheer effort. She may not be an explosive singer, but her accomplished performance rallies the audience in her favor. There are grand moments like this throughout Live from Las Vegas, however it is her subtle readings of contemporary pop songs that work best. "It's a Beautiful Day" is a new age dance tune custom made for her wide range while the ballads "The War Is Over" and "Free" contain some of her most heartfelt vocals. With the exception of a pedestrian studio remake of Anggun's "Snow on the Sahara," Live from Las Vegas offers nothing new and feels rather empty at times. It's like not having a ticket to the show and being forced to hear it from the theater's lobby. A better option would be to view the full-length DVD version of the show where Sarah Brightman's performance and her Harem vision come to life as originally intended -- a feast for the ears and eyes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724355780126
catalogNumber:
57801
Rank:
7586

Tracks

  1. Kama Sutra (adapted from the film score Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love) [Li  - Sarah Brightman
  2. Harem  - Sarah Brightman
  3. It's A Beautiful Day (after Puccini's Un bel dì)  - Sarah Brightman
  4. Dust in the Wind  - Sarah Brightman
  5. Who Wants To Live Forever?  - Sarah Brightman
  6. Anytime, Anywhere  - Sarah Brightman
  7. La Luna (adapted from Dvorák's Song to the Moon)  - Sarah Brightman
  8. Nessun dorma  - Sarah Brightman
  9. The War Is Over Now  - Sarah Brightman
  10. Free  - Sarah Brightman
  11. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Senza luce), song  - Sarah Brightman
  12. Medley: Twisted Every Way; Phantom Overture; Little Lottie  - Sarah Brightman
  13. Wishing You Were Somhow Here Again  - Sarah Brightman
  14. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song  - Sarah Brightman
  15. A Question of Honour (after Catalani's La Wally)  - Sarah Brightman
  16. Snow on the Sahara  - Sarah Brightman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass
Peter Weihe   Guitar
Violet   Background Vocals
Gunther Laudahn   Bouzouki,Guitar,Harp,Keyboards,Lute,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Pianoharp
Rony Barrak   Percussion
Florian Dauner   Drums
Roland Peil   Percussion
G Strings   Performing Ensemble
Markus Birkle   Guitar
Markus Koessler   Bass,Keyboards
Shweta Shetty   Background Vocals
Kristian Draude   Keyboards
Elie Barrak   Keyboards,Vocals
Harem Orchestra   Strings
Jan Eric Kohrs   Keyboards
Tim Warburton   Ensemble Director
Flo Dauner   Drums
Violet   Background Vocals
Rony Barrack   Percussion
Ronnie Barak   Percussion

Technical Credits

Tomaso Albinoni   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Brian May   Composer,Lyricist
Sarah Brightman   Composer,Lyricist
Gary Brooker   Composer,Lyricist
Kerry Livgren   Composer
Sophie B. Hawkins   Composer,Lyricist
Eric Benzi   Composer,Lyricist
Mychael Danna   Composer
Charles Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Keith Reid   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe   Composer,Lyricist
Tim Summerhayes   Engineer,Engineering
Frank Peterson   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Colin Boland   Live Sound
Stefan Pintev   String Arrangements
Michael Soltau   Adaptation
Ferrer Trinidade   Composer
Frederico de Brito   Composer
Christopher von Deylen   Composer,Lyricist,Adaptation
G Strings   String Ensemble
Matthias Meissner   Composer
Francesco Sartori   Composer
Kareem AlIraqi   Composer
Patrick Benzner   Composer,Lyricist
Kristian Draude   Composer,Programming,Lyricist
Harem Orchestra   String Ensemble
Jan Eric Kohrs   Musical Director
Tom Meier   Mastering
Lucio Quarantotto   Lyricist
F. Sartori   Lyricist
Ferraù   Lyricist
Kareem Al Iraqi   Lyricist
K. Lirgen   Lyricist
Thomas Schwarz   Composer
Simon Fowler   Cover Photo

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