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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 (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,472 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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It is painful to listen to.
H. Slocum
I always buy her cd's as soon as they come out because I've never been disappointed with her new releases.
Damien Dell Thompson
Perfect for a christmas present!
Bernadette Price

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By SashaHM on November 17, 2008
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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71 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Kaoru Hiratsuka on 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 urges...be 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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Belle on November 7, 2008
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Eduardo Jasso Huamn on November 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so first of all I'd just like to make something clear: "A Winter Symphony" is NOT a Christmas album... at least not a usual one. I'd say it's more of a "winter themed album" (hence the title). So, no "Santa claus is coming to town" or "jingle bells" here. Not that there's anything wrong with those songs, BUT if that's what you're looking for, you'll have to look somewhere else. There are plenty of other xmas albums with merrier tunes that could please you if that's your cup of tea.
So, now that I've got that out of my mind, let's start with the review of the album:

1.Arrival: The opening of the album was originally an ABBA instrumental. I think it actually works quite well, really well indeed and it's one of my favourite songs in the album. The music is quite joyfull and there's a feeling of hope and longing and excitement through the whole song. [9/10]

2.Colder Than Winter: A really sad, touching ballad. The holidays is definitly the moment when you miss the ones you love(d) the most, and that's what this song is about. "It's colder than winter since you closed the door". I get goosebumps everytime I hear this song. Beware thos of you who have recently gone through a breakup! [10/10]

3.Ave Maria (with Fernando Lima): I must admit I'm not a fan of Lima's voice. I think it was OK in Pasión, but I just can't stand it in this song. This has to be my least favourite song in the album. Spanish lyrics, poppy tune, doesn't do much for me. Though for those of you who liked LIma's part in Pasión, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. [4/10]

4.Silent Night: I've read that a lot of people complain about Sarah's whispery voice. And you should know that she does the WHOLE album in that breathy voice.
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