Trees They Grow So High
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The reason I do not recommend this album to everyone, is because it does not contain the "Pop/Techno" feel of Sarah's other albums. This album features classic European folk songs, sung just by Sarah, and accompanied by a piano.
This is a great relaxation CD to help you unwind from the stresses of the day; simple and calm.
Her voice is perfect, tuned and filled with melody. I own all of her CD's and this one is as special as the rest of them. Her voice is not "young", she was already 26 at the time; it sounds young because of the high notes. I would definitely recommend this CD to those fans of Sarah Brightman and/or anyone who likes Classical Music.
Although Britten occasionally makes reference to folk material (he evokes a stringed instrument in the piano accompaniment for "The foggy foggy dew") he makes no attempt to re-create a historically accurate folk-style accompaniment. These "arrangements" are not in a parlor style, and do not try to make the harmonies conform to a classical idea. On the contrary, Britten expands the implied harmonic vocabulary while keeping true to the original melodies in order to create a new piece of art that is uniquely his own.
As for the singing, those who are normally offended by Sarah Brightman's vocalism might find this music more appropriate for her voice. Whereas an opera singer might sound out of place singing these simple melodies (see the complete edition of Britten's folksongs), Ms. Brightman has the sound of an amateur with a pleasing voice, giving fairly tasteful renditions (compared, for instance, to her "O mio babbino caro") of a repertoire that is usually only heard from young, untrained singers just entering the voice studio.
Even if this is not his most inspired performance, Geoffrey Parsons is simply one of the greatest song pianists on record.
In this CD she sings (in a strictly classical style) some of the many British folksongs collected and arranged by Benjamin Britten; she is accompanied here by only a piano. Thus if you like classical singing and traditional Brit folksongs, then this is the CD for you. If you're wanting something more pop, hip, musical-theatrical, or celtic--look elsewhere.
Sarah has developed her voice over time and this CD is a good example of how all those singing lessons have paid off as she has a beautiful classical voice (amply evident on this CD) as well as the big, full belt style she delivers in musical theatre production numbers (on other CDs).
This is a great CD for these reasons, but not one for the masses.
All of this is unfortunate because Brightman really does have a lovely, if small, voice, and it suits Britten's arrangements very well. The songs are marred slightly by occasional pop influences and strained high notes, but all in all this isn't bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing seeing the morons "reviewing" here who have no idea of what they are talking about. Brightman has sort of a strange sounding voice, but maybe she's more suited for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Brown
All of Sarah Brightman are just phenomenal!! This album is great, every song has a unique and different sound! Very folklore and theatrical!!Published on January 22, 2014 by Martin Anthuan
Buy!!! It is a must have. Just sarah and a piano. Doesn't get better then that.Published on September 29, 2008 by Samis
While I DO own many of Sarah's albums, it is usually because I enjoy the arrangements and choices in material, not because I am a huge fan of her vocal technique. Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by Stephen Jackson
Even more due to my idolizing of composer Benjamin Britten, than for my acclaim of Brightman as a singer, I purchased this recording. Read morePublished on September 25, 2007 by Priscilla Stilwell
Guys, if you don't know, what it is - besides the obvious - don't buy it. I almost regretted the purchase and started to enjoy it only after I overcame the shock. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Hat Eater
While other people may think this collection of songs does not do Sarah's voice justice, I strongly disagree. Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by Anatola
When Sarah sings in her soprano voice, I describe her voice as "liquid silver notes of perfection." However, even though her voice sounded lovely, it isn't suited to folk songs... Read morePublished on August 24, 2005 by BR