The Last Rose

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602527730516
  • Catalog Number: 2773051
  • Sales rank: 81,347

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
Ian Watson Mastering
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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