The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
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: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 724355780126
  • Catalog Number: 57801
  • Sales rank: 35,698

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
The 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 Dvorak Composer
A. L. 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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but not the best

    I am a fan of Sarah Brightman in general, but I wish that she would have had some proper coaching with her voice. She has so much potential, but her technique doesn't seem to be quite correct, which is sad since her music is so different and inventive. She could be absolutely fabulous if she worked on bringing out the best in her voice instead of settling for less. There are moments when she really shines on this album, especially in her higher range. My favorite tracks were Nessun Dorma, Anytime Anywhere, La Luna, and Snow on the Sahara.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THIS CD !!

    I waited for this cd for some time, I am a huge fan of Sarah, her voice is so beautiful it takes you away from where you are to an other place. I use it for my modern bellydancing and I have been to her concerts in GA and SC but if you are a fan this is the cd for you and great for danceing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece!

    This is a wonderful album. I absolutely love how she modifed Question Of Honour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding album. Sarah surpass herself again.

    I love this album. Sarah's voice was already far ahead and more beautiful than anybody else in the world - anytime, anywhere! I don't know how she does it, but she has surpassed herself again. Sarah's voice is even more beautiful and more full on this album than ever before. I get chills listen to most of the songs. All the songs are so very beautiful and wonderful. I attended the Harem concert in Gothenburg in Sweden and this album reminisce me back to that phenomenal concert, with the same outstanding beautiful songs. Sarah has a fabulous voice on all her studio-recorded albums but her voice is always greater, warmer and more astonishing when she sings live. I wish I could have attended more Harem concerts. On this album there are 15 live songs from the Harem concert and the wonderful studio track "Snow on the Sahara". All the songs are amazing, but I will here point out some of the songs: "Harem overture", this song is a fabulous variant of Sarah's normal "Harem". Sarah vocalizes on this song with her bright, absolutely breathtaking voice. Great rhythm. Wow! "Dust in the wind" Sarah gets accompany by two acoustic guitar players on this incredible song. Sarah's voice sparkles with joy. This version gives this great song new life. So lovely. "Anytime, anywhere", one of my all time favourite. Sounds so marvellous on this album. I thought the version on "One Night in Eden" was the ultimate, but this version is even better. "Nessun Dorma", Sarah sings this aria better than any tenors or sopranos. This song is written for a male's voice. There is so much difference between Sarah's voice and a tenor's. There is so much love and joy in Sarah's voice that if you listen to a tenor after, it sound like a dreary funeral hymn. Sarah sings "Nessun Dorma" superb. Listen to Sarah's voice in "Nessun Dorma" gives me goosey all over. "Free", a very wonderful song. Sarah sings it so fantastic and the violin is so beautiful. "A Whiter shade of pale", who wants to listen to Procol Harum after listen to Sarah's version? Sarah's version is much more beautiful. Brilliant. So fantastic. "Wishing you were somehow here again", my all time Andrew Lloyd Webber favourite. Sarah sings it so perfectly. So warm and bright. "Time to say goodbye", Sarah's most famous song. I love this song so much. I love it as a duet. But I love it even more when Sarah sings it solo, as she does on this album. Because it's Sarah's voice I want to listen to. It's so incredible beautiful on this album. Sarah has the most wonderful charisma and is so talented. So warm-heartedness. Sarah's beautiful kind eyes and warm smile goes straight to my heart and soul. This album is my favourite and I can highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A BEAUTIFUL CD!

    I am a HUGE Sarah fan, so of course I was really excited when this cd came out. Listening to it brings back so many good memories from the Harem concert. Each song on this cd is amazing, and her voice sounds just as beautiful live. I love this cd so much because the songs sound a bit different, are edited differently, and of course there is the audience cheering Sarah on and off the stage. Sarah's new studio track "Snow On The Sahara" is absolutely amazing. This version in my opinion sounds much better than Anggun's. Sarah is just so beautiful and talented. If I could give this cd ten stars, I would. If you consider yourself a big Sarah Brightman fan, or even if you just enjoy listening to her music once in a while, this cd is a MUST HAVE! Its worth every penny! =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doesn't matter what type of music you are into

    What ever type of music you are into it doesn't matter.. She will take you away on a journey you will never forget. They don't call her the "Angel of Music" for nothing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sarah Brightman Shines On Her New Live Album

    From the first note of the opening track, "Kama Sutra", you are immediately taken away into the mysterious and beautiful world of the entrancing British soprano, Sarah Brightman. This incredible and talented lady is known for her "chameleonic" voice which can effortlessly change from full operatic soprano to a light ethereal pop sound. She shows off her glorious soprano range in songs like Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" and Dvorak's "La Luna". She shows us her pop/rock side in beautiful renditions of songs like "Dust In The Wind", "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" and "Free". Of course she includes the world famous "Phantom Of The Opera Overture" and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" which she made famous as the original Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom Of The Opera" in London and New York. Also included on this live CD is the smash hit "Time To Say Goodbye", the out of this world "Question Of Honour", and a new gorgeous studio track called "Snow On The Sahara". All of which will shend shivers down your spine. So, whether you're into opera, musical theatre, rock, pop, new age or traditional Middle Eastern music, Sarah Brightman has got you covered on this album. So, order now! You won't regret it. ALSO! A DVD of this amazing concert filmed in March of 2004 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be released on the 19th of October. AND, Sarah Brightman is coming back to North America with her entrancing Harem show this autumn! Tickets are on sale now. Go to www.sarah-brightman.com for more information. Viva La Sarah!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fantastic Concert

    I an a long time Sarah Brightman fan, and went to this concert when in St. Louis. It was a mind'blowing concert live, and this CD is just as impressive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful from beginning to end!

    Listening to this cd just carried me back to the Harem concert! Sarah's voice is absolutely perfect and utterly beautiful. She loves singing in front of a live audience and it is so evident. The bonus track of Snow On The Sahara was such a gift - it's a great new song. Great cd! Way to go Sarah!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

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