by Hayley Westenra, Ennio Morricone


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At the tender age of 24, international vocal prodigy Hayley Westenra is celebrating ten years as one of the bestselling sopranos in the world. To commemorate this achievement, Decca releases Westenra's fifth studio album Paradiso, an impeccable collection of songs produced by the inestimable composer Ennio Morricone.

Paradiso features Westenra's crystalline voice singing in English, Italian, French, and Portuguese. The album includes an impressive array of new compositions written by Morricone for Westenra ("Lezione Di Musica" and "Per Natale"), as well as some of his best-known film compositions of the last 50 years. Additionally, this is the first time Morricone has allowed -- and in Westenra's case encouraged -- anyone to write new lyrics for his classic themes such as for "Gabriel's Oboe (Whispers In A Dream)" from the 1986 film The Mission. Westenra also wrote English lyrics for the songs "La Califfa" and "Malena."

Additionally, Morricone's longtime songwriting collaborators Marilyn & Alan Bergam wrote the lyrics for "Deborah's Theme: I Knew I Loved You," and award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice wrote lyrics to "The Edge of Love."

Though Westenra has performed for presidents, royalty and fans across the globe, working with the Italian master was a particularly important accomplishment for the New Zealand native. Well known for his iconic film scores including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, Morricone is regarded as one of the most prolific and influential composers of his era. "He pushed me to my limit and maybe even beyond," she explains. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2011
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947830870
catalogNumber: 001599802
Rank: 55397

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayley Westenra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ennio Morricone   Primary Artist,Conductor
Gianni Oddi   Saxophone
Fausto Anzelmo   Viola
Gilda Buttà   Piano
Luca Pincini   Cello
Marco Serino   Violin
Orchestra Sinfonietta di Roma   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Joan Baez   Text
Alan Bergman   Text
Marilyn Bergman   Text
Don Black   Text
Ennio Morricone   Composer,Orchestration
Tim Rice   Text
Marc Fox   Executive Producer
Sergio Bardotti   Text
Fabio Venturi   Engineering
Maria Travia   Text
Luigi Caiola   Producer
Hayley Westenra   Liner Notes,Text Translation,Text Adaptation
João Mendonça   Text
Joséphine Drai   Text
Nanni Civitenga   Vocal Engineer
Maria Morricone   Text
Davide Pamiotto   Recording Assistant

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Paradiso 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RogRev More than 1 year ago
By vocation I'm a preacher, by avocation a music lover and reviewer. So I never thought I'd be lost for words. But all I can think of to say about Paradiso is: BREATHTAKINGLY GORGEOUS
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