La Luna

La Luna

by Sarah Brightman
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La Luna

Broadway star Sarah Brightman lends her ethereal, angelic vocals to another combination of classical and pop, resulting in a solid, stirring collection. This outing, the ex-Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber adapts Rachmaninov ("How Fare This Spot"), Beethoven ("Figlio Perduto"), and Handel ("Solo Con Te") alongside the brothers Gibb and Simon and Garfunkel. The uncanny thing is how canny Brightman is at bridging the contemporary with the classics so that they seem timeless. She brings touches of adult contemporary, rock, and even, surprisingly enough, techno to the mix; some of these songs, "Here With Me" in particular, are crying out to be remixed as dance songs. Her crystalline soprano leads you on a sentimental journey through "Scarborough Fair" then lilts through a playful "Hijo de la Luna" without missing a beat. Especially successful is the last track, "First of May," as it was recorded live in South Africa. It shows that Brightman's talent doesn't need the production so many contemporary vocalists need to sound phenomenal. There is something melancholy in her expressive voice and in the production of each song on this album, so that even if you don't understand the language of the lyrics, you're left feeling a bit nostalgic, and the effect is not that of much of the plastic A/C market but one of genuine emotion. She doesn't manipulate you into feeling; she actually moves you. Overall, this album achieves some beautiful highs without being over the top.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
Label: Angel Records
UPC: 0724355696823
catalogNumber: 56968
Rank: 16729

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Martin Frosty Beedle   Drums
Trevor Barry   Bass
Frank Peterson   Keyboards
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Michael Soltau   Keyboards
Internazionale Cameristico   Choir, Chorus
Princessa   Background Vocals
Günther Haas   Guitar
Carsten Heusmann   Keyboards
Peter Murray   Keyboards
English National Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
English National Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jan Eric Kohrs   Keyboards
Gillian McDonagh   Percussion
Sylvia Rhys-Thomas   Leader,Choir Director
Matt Scrivener   Lead

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Sarah Brightman   Composer,Adaptation
Gary Brooker   Composer
Craig Armstrong   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Keith Reid   Composer
Guy Sigsworth   Composer
Pascal Gabriel   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Frank Peterson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation
Loretta Heywood   Composer
Colin Boland   Engineer
José María Cano   Composer
Paul Bateman   Orchestration
Paul Conboy   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Michael Soltau   Composer,Engineer,Adaptation
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Alberto Bevilacqua   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Timperly   Engineer
Chiara Ferrau   Composer
Jerry Burns   Composer
Paul Stratham   Composer
Goldman   Composer

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La Luna 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderfully complete CD by Sarah Brightman. It follows on the tails of her other ''themed'' CD's, this time focusing on the moon. What a treat! ''Winter In July'', while it doesn't really have anything to do with the moon directly, has a great dance beat and optimistic lyric. ''A Whiter Shade of Pale'' is a brilliant remake, as is her version of Dido's ''Here With Me''. The best covers don't just copy the original but add something different to the song, and Sarah does just that. You'll hit the ''repeat'' button for sure. Other songs to note are ''This Love'', ''He Doesn't See Me'', and her lush and luxurient version of ''Scarborough Fair''. Buy this CD and love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely beautiful album! The outstanding tracks are Whiter Shade of Pale, Gloomy Sunday, and above all, First of May. One puzzling note: After the bonus track that is First of May, Sarah sings Moon River. This track is not listed on the album, or in the liner notes. There is no indication that this track is on the album, until one gets to the end, and there it is. If anyone has any information about this, fans may want to know...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Sarah's best album to date! I wish it had a few more upbeat songs but oh well. All the songs are wonderfully written and even more beautifully sung.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm one of Sarah Brightman's biggest fans. The DVD of the LaLuna concert is my favorite of the DVD's. The CD of the concert does not track the same songs and because of this I am very disappointed. Where is Nessun Dorma, the Phantom suite, etc.When you buy the La Luna CD you trust that the songs in the concert DVD will be on the CD. This is not the case here at all. I'm sorry but this CD is a disappointment all around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music in this CD captures the soul in a whirlwind of angelic vocals. A perfectly orchestrated masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I became of fan of Sarah's in the late 1980's when I heard her sweet voice on Andrew Lloyd Webber's highlight CD before I even saw ''Phantom of the Opera''. Then of course I heard her again when she sang ''A Time to Say Goodbye'' This CD is absolutley fabulous. I love the song ''Winter in July'' I could listen to it a 100 times in a row and get excited chills each time I hear it. I would love to see her live again in her own show. This CD along with Eden would be an incredible addition to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a lovely album. My favourites are La Califfa, This love, La luna, Solo con te, First of May. I have five of her albums and hope to buy all the others she has released. Sarah Brightman is one of the most beautiful singers I've ever heard, in fact she's my favourite artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of her albums, own both copies of La Luna, U.S. and Import. Saw her in concert at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Performing this concert. She is Awesome, I enjoy all the songs but my favorite is how fair this place and gloomy Sunday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brightman is the ultimate star in my heart. She started out with classical and has changed to a bit more poppish type of music which really says a lot about how versatile she is. She has a wonderful voice and a wonderful personality. I met her last year during her Eden tour and got to talk to her a bit about what music meant to her. She will continue to reign supreme in my heart. I am a music education major and I will always suggest Sarah as a choice to listen to to my students!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a new fan of Sarah Brightman & have only been listening to her for a year, but have always been aware of her through her PBS specials. I have purchased ''La Luna'' (her latest CD) & what can I is brilliant just like her CD from last year (''Eden''). I missed her concert this year when she toured Fla. & hoping she will be back for an encore performance. People have been saying that there is no way she could top her concert from last year (Eden) but she did with ''La Luna'' and the CD of the same title. I loved the first track ''Winter In July'' as well as ''He Dosen't See Me...'' Sarah is the best....Just brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a superb album and Sarah sounds just beautiful. Her voice sweeps over the first rate music beautifully without sounding trite or boring. The best songs are the title track, her rendition of ''A Whiter Shade of Pale'', ''He Doesn't See Me'' and ''How Fair This Place''. This is an excellent album and a recommended purchase that will make a fine addition to any music collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brightman is one of my favorite singers and just came out with a new hit called luna.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD! More contemporary music than her Eden CD yet still showcasing and preserving the remarkable beauty of her voice. The music is varied enough that my teenage daughter, a huge fan and a singer who emulates Sarah's style, says that even kids will like it! We can't wait to see her in person later this month!
Guest More than 1 year ago I don¿t, as she just never caught my attention as much as Andrea Bocelli has, now and again. She can sing, but I grew a little concerned about continuing getting her albums, but with this one out (which I have no interest in getting), and seven of Sarah¿s albums in my collection, looks like it¿s time to end there. Sorry, Sarah, but I¿d rather get Andrea Bocelli¿s new CD, ¿Verdi,¿ for Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'La Luna' is Sarah Brightman's follow-up to the smash success of her 1999 release, 'Eden'. On this album, she again shows off her amazingly soft and beautiful voice with such songs as 'Scarborough Fair'(a wonderful rendition), 'This Love', 'Gloomy Sunday', 'Figlio Perduto', 'La Califfa', and, of course, 'La Luna'. This is definitely well worth the listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing Sarah's new CD a couple of times, sorry to say that it didn't impress me as much as the past two did. Best songs: ''Winter In July,'' ''A Whiter Shade of Pale,'' ''Hijo De La Luna,'' and the title track. Worst songs: none, basically, but ''Here With Me'' is a little too popped up. As I sit here writing this whole mess, I get word from Frank Peterson that this CD hit #16 on the Billboard 200 and is nearing platinum status. Now here is a woman who gets her very big break. But I prefer ''Time To Say Goodbye'' and ''Fly'' and yes ''Eden'' too over this, which in spite of some spectacular sound effects, barely sounds like the moon was never actually there. I won't sell this CD, though, because I bought it. And I'd rather wiat until Sarah dishes out a Greatest Hits CD.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Brightman's previous two CDs, ''Time to Say Goodbye'' & ''Eden'' were CDs that I still love and play quite frequently. So when this CD came out, there was no doubt I would be getting a copy. I knew, based on her past two CDs that this one was sure to be a good one, with a talent like Sarah's. What I discovered after listening to this disc went way beyond my wildest expectations! This CD, and I mean this quite literally, contains so much beauty that it's hard to imagine it is all captured on one disc! When I first opened up a copy of ''La Luna'', I was first captured by the album art. The disc itself is a big moon, and the designs in the lyric booklet contained photographs by photographer Simon Fowler that took my breath away! When I put the disc in my CD player, the next hour was complete euphoria. The CD opens with ''La Lune'', a collection of strange, eerie sounds including Neil Armstrong putting his ''one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'' infamous message. And Sarah's vocals are hauntingly beautiful in the opening track, serving as almost a background to the sounds. The track flows perfectly to ''Winter in July''. I knew at this point that this was not going to be just any old ordinary CD. Another of my favorites is a rendition of Beethoven's ''Figlio Perduto''. Sarah's voice again is the epitomy of what beautiful music should be on this track, displaying many of her vocal talents throughout. If I had to pick a favorite track on this CD, it must be ''La Califfa''. This is performed so beautifully, it brings tears every time I hear it. There truly is not one bad song on the album. Recordings of previous hits by Simon and Garfunkel (Scarborough Fair) and Procul Harum (A Whiter Shade of Pale) also add treasures to this album. The whole CD is a masterpiece. It is brilliantly performed, filled with such longing and desire. Sarah Brightman has once again demonstrated that she is a talent that is for real. ''La Luna'' will not disappoint! Don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish all the luck to Mrs.Brightman.Not only because of her beauty,but of her talent she has that not anyone has.She should visit Florida again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
such an incredibly talented musician. She picks songs to sing that are excellent classics and re-does them to fit her style. She has a gorgeous voice and this CD is my favorite yet. Besides the wonderful musicianship she also has great taste in setting themes for the CDs she puts out- with beautiful photography and everything. La Luna is one of the best CDs I've ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard ''Time To Say Goodbye'' a few years ago, I thought, ''there's no way any song could be better than this!'' Then, when I heard ''Nella Fantasia'' from the Eden soundtrack, I thought, ''this is truly Sarah's greatest recording!'' Now, when I hear ''La Califfa'', my heart melts. This is definitely at the top of my list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entrancing, and what a great Scarborough Fair!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely inspiring music. I did not realize I could get so much of my work done by letting her sing in the background.....Just great. Am very eager to buy the rest of her works....