Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Giacomo Puccini|
Genres: Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
In a career that's veered from '70s pop chanteuse to Broadway star and neo-operatic diva, Sarah Brightman has brought a critics-be-damned sense of dramatic scale to nearly every project she's tackled. As the title suggests... more »
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In a career that's veered from '70s pop chanteuse to Broadway star and neo-operatic diva, Sarah Brightman has brought a critics-be-damned sense of dramatic scale to nearly every project she's tackled. As the title suggests, the tracks here are largely culled from her Songs That Got Away and Surrender song anthologies, although they do include four previously unreleased outtakes from those collections. Her 1998 recording of the title song from ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind succeeds by emphasizing its melodic grace with a deft, airy touch, while the remainder rescue worthy songs from obscure or failed musicals. From Lerner and Lane's 1959 Carmelina comes the lovely "One More Walk Around the Garden." Stephen Sondheim's youthful 1954 debut, Saturday Night, yields a sprightly take on "What More Do I Need," while an operatic reading of "In the Mandarin's Orchid Garden," from the Gershwins' unproduced 1929 East Is West, is also included. If the selection leans a little too heavily on the Lloyd Webber connection elsewhere (including Italian versions of "Guardami (With One Look)" from Sunset Boulevard and "Piano (Memory)" from Cats delivered in her patently restraint-free soprano), they're only reminders that shrewdness has hardly been the least of Brightman's talents. --Jerry McCulley
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Lisa Verson | Dayton, OH | 05/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The title of the CD is perfect. Sarah has a beautiful and flawless voice and her singing just pulls you in. If you like Sarah Brightman, this is a wonderful CD to add to your collection. I have only started to collect her CDs from concerts she has done and I love every single one of them! BUY THIS!! You won't regret it!!!"
Classy,Romantic, And Stirring.
unclevito | Hazleton, Pa | 03/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Encore is the perfect CD for those who love diversity. Classy, Romantic and Stirring. My two favorites are Piano and One More Walk Around The Garden.
Piano (Memory)is even more soul stirring in Italian than the english version.If the english version was perfection she improved upon it. One More Walk Around The Garden is sad and soul stirring bringing a tear to the eye on every play.Sarah sings her way through every song with the voice that earned her the title Angel of Music.Everyone a Gem. A must have for every true fan."
Repackaging of previous recordings
Priscilla A. Arnold | Minneapolis, MN | 09/01/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I personally find the practice of coming out with a "new" album, consisting of entirely previously released pieces save a small handful, distasteful and unethical. In fact, I think that it's an insult to the fans. Fortunately, I bought this album used, and so did not pay towards this scam.
Sarah Brightman has an interesting voice. It wavers between classical and pop, with some indistinguishable character in there. Her ability to create new, challenging albums is one of the reasons I am so drawn to her as an artist. This, unfortunately, was not one of those creative albums."