Last Rose

The Last Rose

by Laura Wright
     
 
Formerly one-quarter of classical crossover girl group All Angels, 21-year-old Royal College of Music Student Laura Wright eschews the operatic standards and contemporary pop hits of her previous outfit in favor of the traditional folk songs of yesteryear for her solo debut album, The Last Rose. Inspired by the classic ballads that

Overview

Formerly one-quarter of classical crossover girl group All Angels, 21-year-old Royal College of Music Student Laura Wright eschews the operatic standards and contemporary pop hits of her previous outfit in favor of the traditional folk songs of yesteryear for her solo debut album, The Last Rose. Inspired by the classic ballads that were introduced to her by her grandmother, it's a change in direction which appears to have re-instilled some of the passion and emotion that was largely absent from her old band's third effort, Fly Away, as she attempts to revive 12 compositions which have been a cornerstone of British culture for hundreds of years. Assisting her in the challenge is an impressive behind-the-scenes team who all contributed to the recent, official Royal Wedding album, including producer Anna Barry and arrangers John Rutter, Patrick Hawes, and Paul Mealor, whose new version of "Ubi Caratas," which was performed at the ceremony, appears here as a solo piece under the title of the Tennyson poem it originated from, "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal." Free from the bluster and pomp of their previous collaboration, their subtle, string-soaked arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ensure the focus is on the pretty melodies and Wright's soaring, angelic vocals, which effortlessly glide through pieces composed from all four corners of the British Isles, from England's "Lavender's Blue," to Scotland's "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," to Wales' "The Ash Grove," to Ireland's "I Know Where I'm Going," alongside musical adaptations of poems by Yeats ("Down to the Smalley Gardens"), Ben Jonson ("Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes"), and Thomas Moore ("The Last Rose of Summer"). A subtle spin on the classical crossover formula, The Last Rose is an enchanting debut which deserves to achieve its revivalist intentions.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602527730516
catalogNumber:
2773051

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Helen Kamminga   Viola
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Leila Ward   Cor anglais
Barry Wordsworth   Conductor
Craig Ogden   Guitar
Karen Stephenson   Cello
Tamas Andras   Violin

Technical Credits

John Rutter   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Songwriter
Paul Simon   Composer
Alfred Lord Tennyson   Lyricist
Anna Barry   Producer,String Arrangements
Sam Jackson   Executive Producer
Ben Jonson   Lyricist
Patrick Hawes   Composer
William Butler Yeats   Lyricist
Kathryn Nash   Management
Laura Wright   Liner Notes
Paul Mealor   Composer
Thomas Moore   Lyricist
Buffie du Pon   Executive Producer
Harold Boulton   Lyricist
Steve Abbott   Management
Gary Thomas   Engineering
Tom Halstead   Recording Assistant

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