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Winter Symphony [Import]

Benny / Ulvaeus, Bjorn / Anderson, Stig Andersson , Vince Gill , Loris Ceroni , Franz Xaver Gruber , Gustav Holst , Neil Diamond , Johann Sebastian Bach , Christmas Traditional , Roy Wood , John Newton , Charles Gounod , Greg Lake , Zacar , Freddy / Sitzmann, Florian / Gauntt, Cae Scholl , John / Ono, Yoko Lennon , Maurice / Gibb, Barry / Gibb, Robin Gibb , English Traditional , Steve Sidwell , Pete Murray , Paul Bateman , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , London Symphony Orchestra , Steve Sidwell Big Band , Carsten Heusmann , Jan-Eric Kohrs , Sarah Brightman , Gunther Laudahn , Fernando Lima , Mario Frangoulis Audio CD
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International singing superstar Sarah Brightman is the world's biggest selling Soprano. She pioneered the classical crossover music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over 3 octaves. Sarah is the only artist to have simultaneously topped the Billboard dance and classical music charts. Her voice has rung out from theatres, arenas, cathedrals, world heritage centers and ... Read more in Amazon's Sarah Brightman Store

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  • Performer: Pete Murray, Carsten Heusmann, Jan-Eric Kohrs, Sarah Brightman, Gunther Laudahn, et al.
  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Steve Sidwell Big Band
  • Conductor: Steve Sidwell, Pete Murray, Paul Bateman
  • Composer: Benny / Ulvaeus, Bjorn / Anderson, Stig Andersson, Vince Gill, Loris Ceroni, Franz Xaver Gruber, Gustav Holst, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B001G6RBTU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Arrival
2. Colder Than Winter
3. Ave Maria
4. Silent Night
5. In the Bleak Midwinter
6. I've Been This Way Before
7. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
8. Child in a Manger
9. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
10. Amazing Grace
11. Ave Maria
12. I Believe in Father Christmas
13. When a Child Is Born
14. Carpe Diem
15. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
16. First of May
17. He Moved Through the Fair

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Joy of Holiday's Desiring November 17, 2008
By SashaHM
Format:Audio CD
I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this CD, from Brightman fans and non-fans alike. But in my personal opinion, it's a superb album, and I'm thrilled she finally produced a holiday CD.

I'm giving it 4 of 5 stars because I do believe it could have been better, but that by no means implies that I hate the CD in anyway. I've just followed Sarah for the past 10 years since I was a little girl. This woman was my introduction to opera and classical cross over music! That being said, I know what the "best" and "most" could sound like from her; this isn't it.

I really wish three things would have been done with this CD: Sarah singing, "The First of May" (as she did on the Symphony tour, for pre-Christmas dates), and she also included a version of her singing "Carol of the Bells" or her opera-arranged version of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" (another pre-Christmas Symphony tour song).

A few notes:

"Arrival" -- based off of the ABBA track by the same name, it opens the CD in a very unqiue and interesting fashion. I never thought the day would come when I would hear my favourite soprano covering the quartet from Sweden. The thing is, she doesn't do it in a corney fashion either. It's tasteful and I think she does ABBA justice. Her voice also lends the track an unearthly fantistical ring to the track, making you "see" the song as you "hear" it.

"Colder than Winter" -- if you ever had your heart broken by anyone for any reason, you will releate to this song. Enough said.

"Ave Maria" w/ Fernando Lima -- I seriously think this woman loves this song, because this is the THIRD (or more, who knows/remembers) arrangement she's has recorded of it.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Merry Winter Solstice!!! November 7, 2008
By Belle
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album you can listen to during the winter months. Sarah has created it so that you are not stuck with it for the holidays only, you can well listen to this into January and February. I think this album is alot like Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong", in that it's got a few Christmas tunes, but it is not really a "deck the halls" sort of album.

The music is very beautiful and flows nicely. I miss winter, and this does help in that I can meditate and see the wintery landscape, in particularly with track 6 "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring". I do agree with some of the other reviews in that I wish Sarah would not sing in that new "Wispy" sound she's done with the "Classics", "Symphony", and now this album. But variety is what she is known for, and she'll make many more beautiful albums such as this one. Add this to your "Wintery Collection", you'll love it.
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very British, Very Enjoyable Christmas Album! November 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Before you decide to buy this very wonderful and unique album of Christmas music be forewarned that this is NOT your typical album of American Christmas music, nor is it a "new age" Christmas album. If you are buying "A Winter Symphony" to satisfy those kinds of warned that this will work will probably not satisfy them!

BUT if you want a very different, very unique and yes...spiritual experience and are willing to embrace some European/British Christmas traditions then jump on in and buy "Winter Symphony."

Sarah Brightman did something which is by all standards quite a bold move...and that is to create a distinctly European and specifically British Christmas Album and release it overseas.

The songs on this album are songs most often heard in Europe/Britain...and NOT the USA. In fact, some of these Christmas songs I haven't heard since I moved back to America. Note: I mean BRITISH...songs British people listen at holiday time to: not songs Americans THINK the British listen to. Now let's deal with the album itself.

You can see just how European this album is with the very first song, which was co-written by the men from ABBA. Being a Japanese-Swedish-American I was struck by how Swedish the first song, "Arrival" is. In fact, "Arrival", reminds me a lot of a talented Swedish folk-singer, Merit Hemmingson, (who sadly is unknown outside of Sweden.) Given that this folk tradition is unknown outside of Sweden, "Arrival" is a pretty bold inclusion and shows you that this album is going to start out strong and it just gets better from there.

If you analyze the content of the album you can see that once again, Sarah Brightman and Frank Peterson imagined an album of music that would work like a themed "mini-musical.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I must agree with another reviewer that this CD, although beautiful, is not a cheery Christmas album. It's all about Sarah Brightman. One thing that also really 'bugs' me about this album is the vocal mixing. In an effort to make Sara's voice seem more ethereal, they add reverb to it. This, coupled with a too-loud instrumental mix makes the words mostly unable to be understood. I feel this has been done on other of her albums also, notably 'Time to Say Goodbye'. Please, please get rid of the excess reverb and put the instrumentals a little farther back. As a long time musician and former choir director, I was constantly telling the choirs that the words are the message. The music is there to help, not hinder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not her best work, best for fans/collectors.
Published 24 days ago by R. Merlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Brightman has got to be one of the greatest voices of all time
Sarah Brightman has got to be one of the greatest voices of all time. This cd does not disappoint. She addresses a wide range and genre. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Christina E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good music.
Published 1 month ago by PETER SIVEN
5.0 out of 5 stars I listen to this nearly everyday and it is so GOOD
Perfect. No one like Sarah Brightman. Was a perfect item and much appreciated. Her voice is just the BEST. Thank you very much.
Published 3 months ago by Ray F. Kemner
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
Just like the "Symphony" album, the normally overproduced (but typically pleasant) Sarah Brightman gets even *more* produced, achieving a digital "wall of sound"... Read more
Published 6 months ago by GDKay
3.0 out of 5 stars More opera music than Christmas music
I got this cd for a Sarah Brightman fan and she said it was ok. Her voice is beautiful but the actual cd is more opera style music than Christmas music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
It is a beautiful winter CD which would be pleasant to listen to (inspiring, actually) year around. Enjoying it very much.
Published 8 months ago by Jeannette Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
As I have a lot of Christmas music, I added this cd and I am enjoying it a lot. Her versions of these cuts are nice to listen too and not hurt your ears while doing so.
Published 8 months ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas album
I loved this CD. All the song were great. Enjoyed it a lot. She has a unique singing style of combine pop with opera.
Published 8 months ago by Debbie McMillion
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sarah
Anything she does is music to my ears. I've been a fan since phantom of the opera. Quality is very good
Published 9 months ago by histoqueen
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