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    1. The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars "Let the specacle astound you!"
    I can get a pretty good sense of what a theatrical experience this show must be from listening to its London cast recording. All that thundering, overpowering, eerie but beautiful music, which is actually pretty good and may very well be Andrew Lloyd Webber's best. The above-average, occasionally beautiful and touching lyrics to such songs as "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and "Point of No Return." The fine performance of Michael Crawford as the Phantom, which does a great job of conveying the character's passion and pain and thankfully doesn't really conjure up memories of his best-forgotten days as a juvenile lead in such fimusicals as "A Funny Thing..." and "Hello, Dolly!" The beautiful voice of Sarah Brightman as Christine. The supporting cast, from Steve Barton's Raoul to Rosemary Ashe's stunning Carlotta to the two theatrical agents, Andre and Farmin (or something like that). All contribute to the enjoyment and, yes, spectacle of this recording, and no doubt did and, in the case of the music and lyrics, still do contribute to the success of the stage show. All are reasons for buying it, so why not?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not the best recording ever. . .the ONLY recording ever
    Alright, let's get this straight. It's a simple math problem; even a first grader could get this. Michael Crawford=Phantom. Phantom=Michael Crawford. That's just how it is. In the title song, when he sings "The Phantom of the Opera is there"...oh its brilliant. Especially that funny thing his voice does on the "Phaaa" part of Phantom. Normally it might be a little awkward, but in this role its absolutley perfect. He really makes us sympathize with him and almost makes you bawl in the Finale.

    Sarah Brightman does a great job with Christine. Most peolpe absolutely screw up the vocals at the end of the title song (ah-hem, 1992 Japanese Version and Sandra Joseph on Broadway. Hate to say it, but it doesn't work with their voices. Yeah, they can sing, but just not that. They do very well otherwise though) I like the way she screams out "I'll go MAD!" in Notes II.

    The only bad part about this (but it's quite minor) are Madame Giry and Joseph Buquet. Buquet's voice is kind of breathy and the vibrato takes over and Madame Giry's voice is a little breathy also, but nothing major.

    The orchestra in this is beautiful. In most recordings, the orchestra cuts short in the intrumentals before Hannibal and after the Auction (which is one of the best parts) but in this one is it really powerful. It gives you goosebumps because it blends so well together. Especially when the horns come in!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Recording
    I simply love this recording. I have never seen Phantom performed on the stage and this is the only recording I have ever heard of the Phantom of the Opera, but I was delighted to hear its music. I have had this CD for only a week and cannot stop playing it for some reason! It has quite a musical score, and the story is very sad. I have never read the book (although I am waiting for its arrival from Amazon after ordering it), so I cannot tell you whether it is true to the original story. The story is that of a man who has been abandoned by all mankind and must live in a labyrinth under the opera house. He falls in love with Christine Daae and becomes her tutor. She believes that the Phantom is the Angel of Music sent by her deceased father. The Phantom loves her so and wants her career in the opera house to advance. He sends notes to the managers, telling them to give her main roles instead of the prima Donna Carlotta. It is a heart wrenching story because you really feel sorry for the Phantom.

    The cast is strong. MICHAEL CRAWFORD plays the Phantom on this recording and is argued by many phans to be the best phantom. I have heard no other recording, so I can't argue that point. The role of Christine was written for SARAH BRIGHTMAN, so naturally she does well. There are many high notes and her role can be compared to that of COSETTE in LES MISERABLES because it seems that the majority of her parts are high. RAOUL is played by STEVE BARTON, and his voice is marvelous. ROSEMARY ASHE plays CARLOTTA. I don't like the part of Carlotta, but that isn't Ashe's fault!

    Some of the music in this sounds familiar, like from CATS (I'm talking about a couple bars of music, not like a whole song or anything), so that is very interesting. If you like Andrew Lloyd Webber, you will love this rock opera! I like "Angel of Music," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Music of the Night."

    Buy this CD because it is worth every penny!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just as good the 100th time!
    This is truly a great recording. Overall, I am totally in love with it, but I am here to give a review, not to push my personal biases on others. So, from the standpoint of a musician, actress, and singer, here goes. First of all the actors...
    MICHAEL CRAWFORD: Overall, Awesome. Truly the best cast member. His voice is easy to listen to, and very expressive. He IS the Phantom. No questions asked. Technically, not perfect, but this is theatre, not technical type singing. Sometimes, he sounds like he has a bad cold, and tends to slide into the correct note on the higher notes, but overall, this detracts very little from his outrageous awsomeness.
    SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Not a huge fan of Sarah's, I'm afraid. Vibrato is one thing, but when you sound like a chipmunk singing while sitting in one of those massage chair things, you're using a little too much. She hits all of the notes beautifully, but you would too if your husband wrote the part for you. Her acting skills and expression are below par, and her inunciation is like she's singing with dental equipment in her mouth. She should definately practice singing more forward, as she gets caught in the back of her throat frequently. Her solos can wear on the nerves, but overall, you could do worse, she's not completely devoid of vocal talent, and she sounds fine when she's singing with someone else.
    STEVE BARTON: Not much to say about him. No surprises here, but easy to listen too, expression is on par, and he is technically the best out of the three leads. No complaints, but I've heard this voice a million times before.
    OTHERS WHO STOOD OUT: Carlotta is excellant, and beautifully annoying, all though she does have one moment in NOTES where she slips out of character for a phrase. Meg sounds like she's singing while trying to breath through an oxygen tube, in other words, barely audible. I would have liked to hear her more in the harmony on Angel of Music. Everyone else: Fine. Cooly. No complaints.
    AS FOR THE MUSIC: There is a lot of it, and it rocks. The orchestrations are fabulous for Broadway, and the melodies are beautiful, if frequently repetitive. Don't buy this if you don't like the tune of Angel of Music, it shows up in practically every song. The chorus numbers are ass-kicking and funky harmony-full.
    THE FINAL VERDICT: You can't go wrong here. Even if you despise Sarah Brightman, everyone else more than compensates for her, erm , lack of pronunciation. Crawford is at his best, and the melodies are some of the most memorable in musical history. Even newbies to the Phantom world will rejoice. Go ahead, throw away your money here. You won't be dissapointed.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Overblown, but still worth a listen.
    I am not one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest fans. But still, this is a good show. People that give this negative reviews claim that it is overated. And they are correct. But there are very good melodies in this show, although the lyrics are not top quality. There are also so many layers of the phantom that Gaston Leorux wrote in this character that are not explored in the lyrics. In this show we have little reason to sympathize with the main character. But in Sondheim's"Sweeney Todd" we are told in sometimes Gruesome detail why Sweeney has those killing sprees. But these shows are completly different animals of the theater. Phantom is a show that takes you to another world, while "Sweeney" makes you think. In my opinon, this is Andrew Lloyd Webbers last good show. ... Read more


    2. Andrea
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    It's no mean feat being the world's foremost crossover artist--a task that risks alienating two disparate audiences and everyone in between--but somebody had to do it, and Andrea Bocelli again walks that artistic tightrope with impressive deftness. The title may imply a casual intimacy (indeed, the singer admits to taking a more "hands-on" approach to the album's conception and production), but it's a collection that nonetheless continues to expand on the Italian tenor's ambitious internationalism. His collaboration "Sin Tu Amor" immerses his voice in the Gipsy Kings' own rich Iberian folk-pop fusion with compelling results, while "Where Love Goes" (a musical focal point of the film Lazarus Child), his English language duet with 11-year-old prodigy Holly Stell, achieves an almost liturgical grace. "Tu Ci Sei" (You Are There) continues in the romantic vein of his familiar theme "Con Te Partiro" (Time to Say Goodbye), while the single "Dell' Amore Non Si Sa" (With Love You Never Know) features Bocelli in a signature dramatic tour de force collaboration with arranger Mauro Malavasi, the accomplished producer of the singer's Romanza andSogno albums. Bocelli's shrewd taste and vocal prowess here not only again redeem an oft-maligned genre, but elevate it considerably in the bargain. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more


    3. Romanza
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    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    From his childhood on the family farm in rural Tuscany to the worldwide stage, Andrea Bocelli has achieved phenomenal success. His singing is only partially the point, and his fame owes much more to the aura of romance and the romantic archetype that's attached to him. Romanza is by far Bocelli's largest success, winning adoration thanks to the swooning vocals and the easy, sometimes lush, always pop-safe instrumental textures and melodies. As far as his opera chops go, Bocelli has won the approval of Pavarotti but likely will not wow enthusiasts. The upside is that Bocelli will likely grow the opera pie, convincing labels to take on more operatic projects. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting, fresh and beautiful
    Okay, I admit it. I discovered Bocelli and his music through the television commericial for Bellagio, the new resort in Las Vegas. I heard a portion of the song, Con Te Partio, only once and could neither forget the song or the performer. I purchased the CD immediately after locating it at Amazon.Dom. The songs are either contemporary or wonderfully traditional - and address topical issues like world peace, self-awareness, and romance. The insert provides both the Italian lyrics and English translations. Bocelli, whose voice is more beautiful and clear (and less overblown) than Pavoratti, sings with such wonderful empathy that you can not help be moved. Bocelli is joined by several feature performers, including John Miles and Sarah Brightman of "Phantom of the Opera" fame. Although I personally think Brightman is a thin soprano at best, her joint venture on the second version of Con Te Partiro that the CD provides, is worth hearing. Bocelli's version of Rhapsody is truly glorious. Although the music is clearly Italian, there are touches of Brazilian and French influences in a couple of pieces that enhances the freshness of this glorious CD. Thank you, Bellagio, for bringing this musician and music to America's awareness.

    5-0 out of 5 stars raw and pure
    There is something about Bocelli's voice that is completely revealed, raw, yet pure. His songs climax and grow. I have some opera fans who snub his voice because they say it not purely classical, yet that is what I love about him. He is different not completely one or the other- just a beautiful honest voice.

    I have been studying singing on my own with singing CDs
    "Voice Lessons To Go", by Vaccarino which I gladly recommend as well. I was inspired to improve my own voice by him and Sara Brightman on this CD so that I can sing along with them. I am also signing up for a music appreciating class this fall at the community college for fun! Hey we must enjoy our 40's!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Romanza
    This an awesome cd. Bocelli is an amazing vocal tallent and his music is simply divine as if he was touched by the hand of God our lord and creator. His music is sublime and his tallent is God given. Highly Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Album
    This was the CD that bridged the gap between pop and opera. This is something that no other opera singer was able to do, certainly not on such a grandly successful scale. With his singing diversity of style (alternating between a bluesy pop voice and a clear and powerful operatic one), Andrea Bocelli did a fantastic job of putting together a great collection of first-rate songs and adding his own tremendous voice to them, a simply stunning achievement. Many of the songs are deeply moving with breathtaking moments. If you like Bocelli, you must give Sarah Brightman a chance, another opera diva with an accessible reportoir who does the pop thing very well.

    David Rehak
    author of "Love and Madness"

    5-0 out of 5 stars italian review
    Im a freshman at uc berkeley (yeah with that she bangs guy). andrea is MUCH better. i don't mind him going into pop. next pavarotti pretty much, i think. i finished taking upto italian 4 (basically the prereqs for an italian studies major), and this cd helped me review my italian. it has a lot of that subjunctive tense that i hate, but i still remember it through this cd. it's so powerful. especially the song with "fosse dentro te." and then there's that really mellow ballad. i don't know the names of this song cuz i downloaded the whole album off of winmx. oh yeah, "vivo per lei" is also a great song too. the german translation of that song is cool too. ... Read more


    4. Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original Cast Recording (1986 London Cast)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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    Highlight versions of cast recordings are by definition a compromise, and this reduction of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera is no exception. Weighing in at 59 minutes, it's over 40 minutes shorter than the two-disc version, excising many musical scenes that convey the flow and impact of the show (which include, admittedly, a lot of patter and screaming). On the other hand, all the hits are here--"Think of Me," "Angel of Music," the title tune, "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Masquerade," and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"--and Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman are still on hand to make their distinctive contributions to the original London cast. So if you're looking for a convenient, inexpensive single disc that will let you enjoy Lloyd Webber's scrumptious melodies without having to immerse yourself in the action, this just might be for you.--David Horiuchi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Terrific, not to mention terrifying!
    I have yet to buy the complete CD version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting musical version of the classic love story The Phantom of the Opera, but my copy of 'Highlights' is nearly ten years old...and I still love it.
    Michael Crawford was not only the first man to play the title character but in my opinion he must be the best. Surely, it's impossible for anyone to be better than him. His voice is magnificent, his cackling laugh keeps me up at night and even on a recording his sorrow and anger seem so real.
    Although I've heard she's not much of an actress, vocally Sarah Brightman is amazing as Christine, a talented opera singer and the object of the phantom's desire.
    Steve Barton sings the part of Raoul, Christine's old friend and love interest. He's very good which is why it's a shame his career didn't get more of a boost out of his performance.
    In fact the whole cast is simply amazing. In songs like 'Masquerade' it becomes very clear to even be in the chorus of this spine-tingling musical you have to be very, very good.
    Some will appreciate this CD more after having seen it live, but in my opinion every single person should own a copy of this tremendously good recording.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One Phantastic Soundtrack
    I saw The Phantom of the Opera nearly three years ago, and I remember it like I just saw it yesterday. The acting is superbe and the music is magnificent!! The entire soundtrack (it's a double cd) is great, but if you are just looking for the "main" songs, then the Highlights CD is just as good. Every time I listen to this CD, the play vividly comes to life, and I feel exactly what all of the characters are feeling....especially the Phantom. The play is wonderful...the music is even better!! You will definitely not be sorry that you bought this soundtrack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This started my Crawford Kick!!!!
    I never heard of Mike before hearing this in 6th grade....

    I was absolutely memorized by this man's voice--and boy
    if i was the only one in the classromm, i would have started crying...his singing was so cystyalized- seems like he puts
    all genuine emotion in his voice and it shows....

    I love when he sings with the music box in the last song....
    that's better than a full orchestra...

    Or Michael with that haunting piano in song 6..that'll
    do it to me....

    I now have joined the Michael Crawford International
    Fan Club Association (well not yet, i plan to!!)--

    I saw the Phantom 2wice in my life.... with Ted Keegan
    and Colm Wilkonson in the lead roles respectively---

    Just holds no candle to Mike.....

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Abriged Phantom of the Opera
    Highlight versions of cast recordings can be convient -- nice price, one disc, shorter runtime, and all of the big numbers. I originally bought this highlights version a couple months before seeing the show because I didn't have the money for the two-disc complete recording, and it is a decent purchase. All the standout songs are here -- Think of Me, the title song, Angel of Music, All I Ask of You, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, and others -- and for the curious who may never see the show but want a sample of it anyway, this is likely more than enough. But I made a mistake buying this over the complete set, because as soon as you see the show you'll be dying to have it all. Yes, the big ones are here, but there's so much wonderful stuff that you miss with this one, especially little things connecting the big numbers. Notes and Magical Lasso are perticularly missed here. It may not be important to you now but once you've seen the show you'll want it. So my advice is skip this version and save up a little more money for the complete double-disc album. You'll be glad you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Audiophile friendly
    I agree with the other many positive reviews. In adition if you have a high end system, the recording reproduces the soundstage and imaging of the performance. As an example in the last piece you can follow the performers moving across the stage providing a "you are (almost) there" experience. ... Read more


    5. Time to Say Goodbye
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    Fans of small, pretty-voiced soprano Sarah Brightman will not be disappointed by this CD. In addition to some pop songs, Brightman sings high-flying excerpts from Orff's Carmina Burana, Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" (performed better by almost any other operatic soprano elsewhere), and "Alleluia" from Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate. One might call this a crossover disc; others might just see it as a recording featuring a pop singer with artsy aspirations. Whatever it is, Brightman's fans love her; others do not. Two duets with tenor Jose Cura remind the listener what opera singing really ought to sound like. --Robert Levine ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Pleasure for Not Particularly a Brightman Fan
    I'd rather listen to Sarah Brightman than watch her. Her voice is lovely, but very small. Her technique, I think, is miniscule. She does not belong in operatic repertoire. All that criticism out of the way, I'll say this is a most delightful album! (Surprise!).

    I'm weary of hearing Bocelli, who I find sometimes pleasant at best, but essentially boring, so forget the first number. "There's No One Like You" is gorgeous. The two duets with young Jose Cura are sensational, although that's because of Cura, who has a stunning voice and with his singing and acting skills and appearance/personality ought to be a much bigger star than Bocelli. Any of you who haven't: listen to him, watch him when you can. This is THE big tenor star on the rise.

    The "Aranjuez" number by Brightman is ever so appealing, as is "In Trutino". Yes, her voice is too small for the "La Wally" aria, but it's pretty nonetheless, as, of course, is "O mio babbino caro." All in all, this CD is somehow just an enjoyable listen. I even like her read on the Gypsy Kings number.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songbird Soothes Our Tensions
    This album is particularly relaxing. I love to kick back with a glass of wine in a comfortable chair with my eyes closed and just listen.

    Sarah's voice is complemented by Andrea Bocelli on the title track and Jose Cura on several others. The material runs from classical to pop, all with an operatic flavor. This is a great album to ease into opera or classical appreciation with. It is not true opera, but emulates some of the vocal and orchestral stylings associated with classical opera. Classical "purists" should look elswhere.

    Sarah puts on a strong performance, exhibiting a multitude of qualities with her voice, ranging from strength to wispy warblings and everything in between. She even speaks between the final two tracks, recorded live. Her speaking voice is a surprise! If you enjoy relaxing music in a classical style, you will enjoy this CD. I would put this in her top three recordings, alongside "Eden" and "La Luna."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Whoever said that Miss Brightman has a thin voice is crazy!
    I must say that this is one of my most listend to Sarah cds. I wish that some people would just get over the fact that she has a small voice sometimes, and just listen to the music. For heaven sakes, she is famous and it making more money than i ever will, she can sing bad all she wants!! who are we to say anything different??
    Go to one of her concerts. It is the most amazing thing. If you close your eyes, you will literally think that you are in heaven!! Because, obviously, she is the "Angel of Music"!!!
    I think that Miss Brightman deserves 2 thumbs up!! BRAVO!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Time to Say Goodbye
    Miss Brightman sing like a little angel and the song become very nice and heartfelt. She is a tremendous vocalist that put many singers to shame with her sheer tallent and poise. Ok, so it is not high art or culture but it is fun album with great songs. Highly Recommended.

    1-0 out of 5 stars If you've never heard anything better, this sounds good
    I liked this CD for a little while when I didn't know of any singers that could sing better than her. She sounds okay on songs that are written for her because they make her voice sound less breathy and thin. Her voice is "sweet" but very thin. I have heard singers who have pretty voices that aren't so dramatic and full of vibrato as some of the other reviewers complain of opera singers.
    Rebecca Luker
    Dawn Upshaw (And she's a true opera singer)
    Hayley Westenra

    And if you think this is real classical singing or even anywhere close to classical singing listen to any decent Soprano over 16 who is classically trained and you will be amazed and how much better they are than her. ... Read more


    6. The Most Famous Opera Duets
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    This is a misnomer--not all of these duets are all that famous--but it's a fine compilation nonetheless. You'll hear selections from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Nicolai Gedda and Ernest Blanc at their most elegant French), Madama Butterfly (Carlo Bergonzi and Renata Scotto--an impassioned pair), Lucia di Lammermoor (a classy Alfredo Kraus and Edita Gruberova), the lovely Lakme duet, The Presentation of the Silver Rose from Der Rosenkavalier (with the earnest Christa Ludwig and the other-worldly Teresa Stich-Randall), and a fine Trovatore "Miserere" (with Leontyne Price and Franco Bonisolli singing up a storm). There are many others, too--a veritable cornucopia of couplings--and a treat for the opera lover. --Robert Levine ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Selection at a Great Price
    When it comes to opera artists, my motto is "The more Gedda, the bettah." You get a substantial amount of him at his best on this CD, which has a lot of great duets from a variety of operas. You have one of the most beautiful duets ever in my opinion as the first track on the CD(Bizet's aria about two friends in love with the same woman, "Au Fond du Temple Saint" from Les Pecheurs des Perles); this recording with Nicolai Gedda singing the tenor part of Nadir is the best one could ask for.

    The rest of the best include "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe" from Mozart's Die Zauberflote(a beautiful ode to the connection between men and women), and (not surprisingly), "O mimi, tu piu non torni" with Gedda and Sereni from La Boheme.

    Other notable arias include a nice recording of the famous "Sull'aria," from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and an above par recording with Victoria de los Angeles and Carlo de Monte of "Un di, felici, eterea" from Verdi's La Traviata.

    This would be a great CD to start an opera collection. Enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction
    I bought this CD because wanted the "Lakme" duet that I heard in a movie. Little did I know the rest of the music would blow me away. This is an excellent intro to opera for people like myself that have never really been "into" opera. The selections are short, just a taste, and the price is unbelievable. I highly recommend this selection to anyone who wants to get their feet wet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Blissful Collection of Arias
    As an avid opera fan, I was thrilled to find this CD. The duets are beautifully arranged and the sound is superb. I love to listen to this CD on a lazy afternoon, while laying in my bed. This music simply takes me away into my own little dreamworld. I also love the idea that there are 14 songs on this CD, which is great for the price. So sit back. Have a nice cup of tea and enjoy the opera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Collection
    This is a wonderful collection of duets. It has been said that not all of them are that famous, well, that is simply not so. They are all famous since the operas featured are all extremely well known and part of the standard repetoire of all opera houses, and perenial favorites in small opera companies because they draw the crowds. So, don't be deceived by the official Amazon review that gives the impression there are duets that are new and relatively unknown. You won't be getting anything you have not heard before, or that you are not familiar with.

    The recordings are all wonderful, and of course, are exerpts from complete recordings. If you find that you enjoyed these renditions (not all of them are the best representation of the opera from which they come, but they are all exceptional in quality) and are not familiar with the operas, go out and listen to them, you may be surprised with the quality of the music you expose yourself to. For those of us who have been listening to opera for a long time, make sure you don't have all this in our collection. If you buy it just reading the title, you may be frustrated discovering it is once again everything you already have, and in probably more than one rendition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this CD
    I got this very reasonably priced cd just to have my favorite duets such as "Au Fond du Temple Saint" and "The Flower Duet. If you have friends who are just starting to like classical opera, this is a terrific little gift. Almost everyone melts at the sound of these duets. And it's convenient to have so many on one CD. A real winner. ... Read more


    7. Sogno
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    Andrea Bocelli's Sogno ("Dream") is a pop album of entirely original compositions that evoke traditional and modern influences. Bocelli himself describes the CD as secular Italian traditional melodic music with a contemporary twist. The album's 14 tracks include "The Prayer," a Bocelli and Celine Dion duet produced by David Foster; "Come un Fiume Tu," an intriguing collaboration with soundtrack maestro Ennio Morricone; "O Mare e Tu," a duet with Dulce Pontes; and "Sogno" (the first single excerpted from the album), a light-as-a-feather, emotional composition sung by Bocelli with his typical vocal emphasis, which has made him famous around the world since the release of his self-titled debut. --Ernesto De Pascale ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful CD
    When I received Songo I was first stuck at how different it was from Romanza. At first there were many songs I instantly loved (Conto Della Terra, Songo, Cantico, Immenso, I Love Rossini, Come Un Fiurme Tu and A Mio Padre) are all beautifully done with great emotion in Bocelli's voice. And there were a few songs I did not like at first (The Prayer, O Mare E Tu, and nel Cuore Lei); But as I continued to listen, I have come to love the whole CD and even find the four songs, I didn't initially like, to be fantastic and maybe the four best on the CD. I guess it just took me getting use to the Vocal harmonies between Celine Dion and Bocelli on the Prayer; Now I think The Prayer is one of Music histories most beautiful songs, Dion and Bocelli's soaring vocals are outstanding and the switching between Italian and English is so well done; Dulce Ponteswith Bocelli on O Mare E Tu is a truly hypnotic song and has strange middle eastern twist to it, that for Bocelli, at first, I did not get, BUT as I have played it more and more I have grow to love it, I just love Pontes seductive voice as she starts off the song and then Bocelli's comes in with his tenor voice singing "Ammore Mio" like he is struck by her seductive voice and I think its just its just fantastic, and very romantic. I love the way Bocelli and Pontes voices play with the music, it just draws me in; Eros Ramazzotti with Bocelli on Nel Cuore Lei is a very good Duet, It took me a little bit to get use to Eros' Voice, But now I think of him as a sort of Zucchero and I enjoy Nel Cuore immensely. Sometimes the songs you don't love at first, become the songs you love the most. Songo is a wonderful song it's so beautifully done, and Songo is a Great CD; it is a must have for the Bocelli fan and any fan of great singing and beautiful music. To me its right there with Romanza.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-Pavarotti for the tone deaf?
    As a die-hard Andrea Bocelli fan, I must say (AGAIN) that I'm so sick and tired of the so-called "critics" who keep trashing him on account of his "vocal limitations." Okay, so he doesn't have too much power, but his voice is so much fun to listen to that...no wonder so many Americans have fallen for him, ESPECIALLY with this album! The material despite the intense power a lot of them seem to have is material that DEFINITELY does the man justice. Although I like "Romanza" MUCH BETTER, since THIS is the more classical album, of which (unsurprisingly) 12 used copies are available here (this album sold 10 million plus in US!) and since I prefer his pop side over his classical one, obviously this is the REAL Bocelli.

    Additional track comments:

    1. Canto Della Terra. Very passionate and VERY ELECTRIFYING love song on which Andrea gives one of his best performances. This song can be listened to over and over and over again at max volume and yet it takes you on a whole new journey through time and space each time. Absolutely amazing!

    2. The Prayer. One of the most touching songs I've ever heard, this is Andrea's biggest hit on American radio right now. Céline Dion also gives such an amazing vocal performance that obviously BOTH of them bring me to tears. And the way they sing the bridge in Italian makes me think "More Bocelli duets should be like this." He isn't Pseudo-Pavarotti to me! Yes, I've heard many real opera singers before Bocelli, and I hope to try out others soon such as Russell Watson, but Andrea's no Ricky Martin or Sisqo.

    3. The title track. Bocelli sang this on his American Dream concert last year, and it just took my breath away.

    4. Mai Più Così Lontano. He once said that this was his favorite out of all the songs he's sung because it reminds him of his father. I humbly agree, because it reminds me of my mother and how much I wish for her to be with my family more often.

    Well, that's it for my yin-yang. You might also want to be on the lookout for the Sogno 2-CD set (that has 2 music videos on it) and/or, if you like to buy singles, the 4-track Canto Della Terra CD single. E-mail me at RiveraRealnice25@aol.com if you'd like to know where you can find them.

    Until Andrea's next album, it's "time to say goodbye."

    Ana, who'll likely never find another like Bocelli

    1-0 out of 5 stars Easy Listening Does not Equal Artistry
    I hate to poo-poo on something that gives others joy, but this CD is aurally repugnant. If you like Kenny G., Celine Dion, and John Tesh, then please, ignore this review. For the rest, let me record my feelings. Simply stated, just because someone with pop sensibilities spends some time on musical training, does not make them a musician, let alone an elite musician. And it certainly does not make this CD listenable.

    The arrangements drip with processed cheese. Bocelli's phrasing is reminiscent of a lounge act (glissandos from nearly every note? Come on, man). And his musical instincts seem best suited for soundtracks of bad Disney movie rip-offs (see track 2).

    But, most egregious of Bocelli's sins on this CD is that every track is ensnared in contemporary music's worst trap: Flavoring recycled popular melodies/themes with "something legitimate" in order to make people feel like they've "really heard something". No jazz musician counts Kenny G. among their ranks. Pop music. Jazz flavoring. But he's the number 1 selling "jazz artist" of all time. Elvis is neither a Jazz, nor a Blues, nor a Rock N' Roll artist. Pop music. Black "flavoring". (Jazz, Blues, and Rock N' Roll--a jazz/blues derivative--were once all considered art). Similarly, Elvis holds all kinds of sales records. And so it is with Bocelli (who, mercifully, does not enjoy that kind of success).

    So, if you have the need to fill your life with easy listening music, I suppose this CD is a good choice for you. But, please, please, pretty please with sugar and cherries, don't act like you've been transported by the musicianship of this tripe. Enjoy it. But don't call it art. This CD is, at best, entertainment--and then, only for those with numbed stomachs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dreamy music.......
    I bought three Bocelli CDs.......the one that I love the most is 'Sogno' .........I cannot get enough of it....and late in the afternoon all I want to listen to is Bocelli.....the rest of the day I listen to a noncommercial classical station....
    "Sogno" is simply the best...deserving of 10 stars.....

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sounds too much like muzak
    My mom bought this cd a while back because it was on sale. Now don't get me wrong, Andrea has a beautiful voice. Personally , I'd much rather listen to him than Pavarotti or any other opera singer. I don't know about his technical abilities, but unlike other opera singers his voice is warm and soulful.

    So what's the problem? This is the trouble with opera singers who try to sing pop songs. You see, the timing and phrasing used in pop music is just completely different. And often the composers who write these crossover songs for singers like Bocelli don't have the faintest clue what makes and emotional and touching pop song. To make a long story short, pop efforts by classical singers sound more like muzak than anything else. You know, the kind of music they play in expensive stores and restaurants. The orchestrations are overblown and the pop instruments used sound pretty cheesy and are actually nothing special.

    Bottom line being, if you want a good blend between classical music and pop or rock, I suggest you look elsewhere. The truth is that most classcial musicians do not know how to write crossover music without sounding like background music. There are plenty of pop musicians who do a much better job of blending genres. I suggest that instead you get Muse's latest album Absolution. The lead singer Matthew Bellamy's voice is as supple and flexible as a coloratura soprano's and on top of that he is an excellent pianist. The band combines hard rock and metal with classical orchestrations and singing and still manage to sound incredibly infectious. Trust me, it's a better buy. ... Read more


    8. Eden (US Release - 16 tracks)
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    In this follow-up to the smashing success of her 1997 CD Time to Say Goodbye, Sarah Brightman continues down the primrose crossover path, blithely gliding from covers of Hooverphonic (the title track) and Kansas ("Dust in the Wind") to Puccini and film scores (Titanic and The English Patient). Sometimes, as in "Anytime, Anywhere," the crossover happens within the same song--in this case welding a rhythm track to the somber harmonies of Albinoni's "Adagio."But there's nary a stylistic speed bump to jolt her listeners, as Brightman focuses her tiny, seraphic voice like a beam of light on each melody.The result, bless her heart, may be the invention of a whole new form of kitsch.Like plastic surgery, Brightman's years of specialized vocal training have helped refine her ability to float confidently well-rounded, sparkling tones in her upper range. These have a Dresden china-like, touching fragility in such songs as "So Many Things" and are well-suited to the gauzily romantic (and overproduced) gloss of the string-heavy arrangements that predominate.Eden also introduces Brightman as songwriter ("In Paradisum," with its mix of sitar and modal chant) and features a bonus track unavailable on the album's European-released version ("The Last Words You Said"). --Thomas May ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful CD's I've ever listened to.
    There comes a time, once maybe every 5 years or so, an artist creates an album where every song is perfectly performed, perfectly sung. To change even the slightest detail...the slightest note, would be the worst thing that could happen to this album. I've listened to this CD over & over and become more impressed with it every time. This album, Sarah Brightman's Eden, is the epitomy of what beautiful music should be. Her voice is flawless, almost angelic. She especially stands out in the album's opening. In Paradisium opens this album with Sarah Brightman beautifully, emotionally, grabbing the heart of the listener from the get-go. It does not let up there! It's a shame this CD had to end, but you can always press play once again! My favorites are Scene D'Amour, Dust in the Wind, Il Lio Cuore, and the title track, Eden. Thank you Sarah Brightman, for showing us what beautiful music is once again!! Don't miss this one! If you have this CD, you already know, if you don't, please don't go another day without hearing it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah Is Still Shining Bright!
    I love this CD! I listen to it all the time, and I couldn't live without it!
    1. In Paradisum is a great beginning to this CD and works as a wonderful introduction.
    2. Eden, the title track is classic Sarah! The lyrics are slightly confusing but the song is great!
    3. So Many Things is not one of my favorites. It's a little slow, but Sarah's voice is gorgeous!
    4. Any time, Anywhere- What can I say? This is my favorite Sarah song ever! (I actually got hooked on Sarah when I heard this song on TV used as part of a figure skating show.)
    5. Bailero is a great song- I think Sarah's ability to sing in sooo many different languages is marvelous. Her CD La Luna is incredibly multilingual...
    6. Dust In The Wind is a beautiful, beautiful song. My dad thought that Sarah ruined this song and showed me the original version (by Kansas? Chicago? I get all these place name bands mixed up-) and anyway who let those guys record? Sarah does a much better job!!!
    7. Il Mio Cuore Va is lovely and delicate, and I can't get enough of it as the English version is one of my favorite songs ever.
    8. Deliver Me is a different sort of song for Sarah and not what she usually does, but she does it well and it's fun to sing with.
    9. Un Jour Il Viendra- I must confess that I cannot remember this song! So sorry!
    10. Nella Fantasia- a gorgeous song! Incidentally, if you like it, there's a guy named Russell Watson or something like that who does a great version of it too.
    11. Tu is a fun song. I wish I knew what the lyrics meant.
    12. Lascia Chi'o Pianga is the only song that I am slightly disappointed in. Charlotte Church's version is much better.
    13. Only An Ocean Away- I love to sing with this song, it is soo romantic!
    14. Scene D'Amour- Another song I discovered watching a skating show, although at the time I did not know the artist was Sarah, I just liked the song!
    15. Nessun Dorma is the best classical piece ever written and Sarah does it full justice. You must hear Vanessa Mae's violin version!
    16. The Last Words You Said is a very pretty, haunting song, although I think the lyrics are rather depressing...
    Well, that's my opinion- Hopefully you will buy this CD and find out for yourself what a great singer Sarah is!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Amazon.com review here is almost just right!
    Yes, the angelic and fragile voice of Ms. Brightman is one of a kind, and she's doing contemporary music a great service by recording some really fine, unique tunes, in a new pop/classical hybrid. To call her sound "kitsch" is surely an unfair criticism, since Sarah and her collaborators have recorded some of the finest pop CD's ever, and she is especially good, considering the huge amount of true junk is out there. This album does not have the drive and orchestral brilliance of the earlier "Time to Say Goodbye", but is still a near-masterpiece. Listen to "Dust in the Wind", a very underrated pop masterpiece, redone here by Sarah. Indeed, though not perfect, it's tough to find anyone around today with such a high quality of finely done tunes as the divine Sarah!

    3-0 out of 5 stars This COULD have been a great album!
    I am surprised that so many have given this album such positive reviews because it has one fatal flaw: the synthesizer mucking up about half the tracks.

    Whatever in God's name possessed her, or her producers, to put that godawful synthesizer throughout the album. Here we have these great orchestral backgrounds, only to be mucked up by a cheesy sounding synthesizer.

    I love her selection of songs, I love her voice, but I only wish she'd stop trying to be "hip" (although synthesizer sounds went out years ago, except for some New Agey crap) and just do some straightforward musical arrangements using traditional arrangements, with real drum tracks, not drum machines! (Actually I'm not sure they are drum machines, but if they aren't they sure tried to make them sound like they are!)

    So anyway, I hope her forthcoming albums continue in the same vein of pop mixed with classical sounds, but without the synthesizer which only cheapens the overall sound quality!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Sarah Album Overall
    Eden has something for everyone. It has the more pop songs done with that special Sarah twist of lyrical melody. The Cd also has operatic tracks that don't sound as if any effort was put into singing them at all. From the rythmic "Anytime, Anywhere" to the powerful "Nessun Dorma", Eden is one of the best Cd's I have ever owned. The truth is you either like Sarah or you don't, and this album gives you a very good reason to like her. ... Read more


    9. Harem
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    If one's notion of "world music" promises a touch of the exotic and indigenous, often overlooked is the fact that the influence of western pop music has seeped into every corner of the globe, creating a hybrid that's often more than merely the sum of its influences. Theater vet Brightman steps into that pan-cultural hall of mirrors here, wedding her fascination with the music and rhythms of the "forbidden places" (the title's Arabic meaning) of the Middle East to her own oft ethereal vocal charms and rock-solid sense of drama. And if the diva's equally sound crossover sensibilities (and that of longtime producer Frank Peterson) sometimes mire it in familiar world-beat pastiche, Brightman's charmed muse manages some transcendent moments nonetheless. Her musical borrowings (Borodin for the title track; Puccini's *Madame Butterfly* for "It's a Beautiful Day") are as compelling as her choice of collaborators: classical violin star Nigel Kennedy and Iraqi vocalist Kadim Al Sahir add compelling touches to the weary timeliness of"The War is Over." The musical influences range from Europe across the Mediterranean and as far East as the Indian roots of "Bollywood" composer A.R. Rahman's "The Journey Home" and Brightman's own "You Take My Breath Away" to evocative recastings of the emblematic standards "Stranger in Paradise" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," while ex-Killing Joke keyboardist Jaz Coleman provides the savory East-meets-West orchestrations that ensure Brightman's star turns the seamless foundations they deserve. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars TAKE ME TO THE HAREM!
    Oh what a wonderful album release! In short words to describe it, brilliant, a masterpiece in the cross-over music and a must for every CD collectors. For the information of everyone, Harem refers to the forbidden places, where nobody can enter or explore the inner beauty of the faraway lands. It does not completely adapting the Arab musical instruments, but touches all the hearts for those who will hear "THE WAR IS OVER." Kadim Al Shahir participation is much appreciated by the arabs colliding with an artist from the West End. A collaboration by great artists like Nigel Kennedy, Ofra Haza, Natasha Atlas and A.Abdul Rahman. Best cuts to keep on listening are: The War is Over, Beautiful, The Journey Home, Free, Arabian Nights and of course, the title track harem. A very marvelous start to appreciate the beauty of this album! A real getaway music from the usual crossover albums she has made - Eden and La Luna. This surely will top previous album La Luna and Encore. I could say, if you have liked Fly, this one will definitely soothes your mind and soul...

    A MUST FOR EVERY CD COLLECTOR OF SARAH BRIGHTMAN!

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, But Perhaps Not Sarah In Tip Top Form!
    There are 3 Sarah albums that soar above just anything else out there today.(1) LaLuna,(2) Time To Say Goodbye,(3) Eden..It is asking too much for anyone to continue on such a high level, but this album is just about as good as these three! There are some nifty ,toe-tapping neo-disco tunes here which might even be called joyful, especially the first 3! And I admit I first did not really like this CD, but on further playing, it's now among my all-time favorites.On a few tunes, including the title "Harem", Sarah's breathing is very audible, something the sound engineers should have eliminated. (This is my only criticsm, though) An original here "Till the End of Time" is among Sarah's alltime best, and there are many other worthy moments, including new versions of the tried and true "Wonderful World",and "Strangers in Paradise"..If you're new to Sarah, this is surely the bounciest, least solemn album. I give 5-stars, since this is surely among the best of recent releases, though maybe not quite not up to Sarah's very best! But still many great songs, and another illustrious addition to the Sarah catalogue!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Soaring over the New Baghdad
    Get on board a magic carpet ride with Sarah. "Harem" introduces us to the new Sarah with her coloratura voice & Arabian beats. This sets the tone for the whole album. Later we hear masterpieces such as "Free", "Beautiful" (Sensual), "It's a Beautiful Day" (Exquisite Madame Butterfly-inspired),. This album takes you through a journey of the soul. It's beginning teases us with the quiet melodic Arabian sounds, then kicks in with the full pulse-pounding beats & descending strings. Sarah then pours out her sensuality with meaningful ballads. After this, she gives herself to me by releasing her voice to its maximum abilities in operatic pieces that will "Take Your Breath Away". Buy this album and soar over Baghdad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ..What A Wonderful World.. What A Wonderful Remix!!!!!!!!!
    When I first heard of Sarah's version of What A Wonderful World, it is definately one of the most beautiful song I had ever heard. I hated this song before, but Sarah takes the song and reinvents it to 'now'.. It sounded fresh as if the song was written yesterday!!! Loved it, though the music was sorrowful but it made me think of even though with all this 'war' going on right now, it made me think... "What A Wonderful World!!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy It!!
    Amazing music combination, from Classic, Pop, New Age, Chillout!! wow! ... Read more


    10. Classics
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    Have some friends who still haven't discovered what the Sarah Brightman fuss is all about? You'll find the perfect introduction to make converts of them all in Classics, so they'll have no more excuses to remain clueless. Sporting a Botticelli-inspired image of the platinum-selling soprano on the cover, Classics is a classy anthology including highlights from three of Brightman's chart-topping releases along with seven new tracks. Songs personally selected by the diva as her favorite classical interpretations are culled from her previous blockbusters: Time To Say Goodbye, Eden, and La Luna. And whether you're afan already in the fold or one in the making, the new material here shows the diva at the top of her form, in new renderings of "O Mio Babbino Caro" and "Nessun Dorma" (accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic)--fascinating displays of the operatic confidence she's developed over her career. Other new offerings include a touching version of Schubert's "Ave Maria,' "Winter Light," a fresh take on her signature song "Pie Jesu" (from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem). "Alhambra" and "Dans La Nuit"--a real treat, bathing the listener in Brightman's silky, sensuous vocalism--add two original titles to her famous adaptations of classical melodies to new lyrics (using Chopin's haunting E major Etude in the latter case). All told, a lovely affirmation of the directions Brightman has boldly taken in her career to date. -Sarah Chin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ChrisTmas is here!!!
    This may not be a ChrisTmas album ~~~it is however full of spirit...Sarah's

    Yes this is "SARAH'S CLASSICS"
    This whole CD Flows...Floats... Fabulous
    From the beginning of "AVE MARIA"
    To the last notes of "TTSG"

    AVE MARIA is absolutely Beautiful PERIOD.

    LA WALLY is done in a pure Classical style no extra percussion/explosions. Done with the same type of sensitivity as La Luna

    WINTER LIGHT has become a new Favorite to this listener..."whispers and I will follow"..

    ANYTIME ANYWHERE... I Love anyway..*sigh* a sultry pining..

    ALHAMBRA a Spanish guitar and Sarah...a beautiful song does it get any better than this ..

    LASCIA CHI'O PIANGA....Lovely..soft piece

    DANS LA NUIT...a Chopin piece I have heard many times before but never so beautifully sung..

    SERENADE/...This is a Peterson Soltau
    HOW FAIR THIS PLACE...this is Brightmans adaptation of Rachmannov it is exquisite by its self and especially when attached to Serenade

    O MIO BABBINO CARO...You have heard this before too ...so what is that saying about things being better "the second time around"..this is a more mature voice it is beautiful..

    LA LUNA...This brought tears to my eye's the first time I heard it ...and it does so now...Davorak must be weeping in his grave with tears of Joy!

    PIE JESU....This has a bit different quality to ..and it sounds GREAT "as usual Ms. Brightman". Her voice has matured since she first recorded it and the FULL Orchestra in the back ground adds a touch of drama (Not that she needs it)

    FIGLIO PERDUTO and BAILERO these are just great pieces they fit the album they are obviously favorites of Sarah's.

    NESSUN DORMA....She doesn't need the full Orchestra but it sounds GREAT!! and just a bit different from the other times we have heard it...she still lifts you right off the ground !!

    this CD closes with TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!! It is fitting... one of Sarah's own.....one of her best!

    Thank You SARAH

    Thank You FRANK

    What a GREAT ChrisTmas PresenT....(the caps here are intentional)

    Lock the doors, Turn down the lights, Light the fire and the Candles..put your feet up..and FLOAT with your dreams along with Sarah!

    This is "The DIVA" at her BEST.

    Buy this album Folks!
    For yourself and any other Sarah Fan or as an introduction gift to the voice of an Angel..

    JAS

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction for new fans
    I fell in love with Sarah Brightman when "La Luna" was released late last year. Since then I have been hooked on her stunning voice. She sings like an angel. Several of the tracks on this album are new songs like "Ave Maria", "Winter Light", "Alhambra", "O Mio Babbino Caro" and "Nessun Dorma". Of those new tracks, "Winter Light" is my personal favorite. Sarah's vocals are controlled at a minimum level. Songs like "La Wally" she tends to sound like a foghorn, meaning she oversings to the point of sounding like her lungs are ready to burst. Still Sarah doesn't come off sounding like Christina Aguilera who has no control over her voice when she oversings. The one flaw I found was that five of the 15 tracks are new songs, not leaving much room for her to add more of her earlier material from "Eden" and "La Luna". Only three songs were taken from both "Eden" and "La Luna" each. If this cd was a classic album, there should have been more favorites and less of the new tracks. That is the only flaw I found with this album but otherwise I loved what I heard. Sarah does have one of the most beautiful voices around and I can never tire of listening to her sing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah can do it all
    Can you say, "Absolutely Amazing"? This cd is, by far, my favarite out of all of her cd's. I must say that i like her classical sound better than her pop sound, but what can i say, she can do it all spectacularly well! I will say, however, that i was greatly disappointed w/ "Winter Light." She is breathy throughout the whole song, but it is very listenable. I would much rather hear her sing "O mio Babbino caro."
    Other than Pavaratti, who can sing "Nesun Dorma" like that? WOW!! That song is by far my favorite Sarah Brightman song! If you ever get the chance, go see one of her concerts, and hear her perform it live. It is the most magnificent thing you could ever imagine!
    BRAVO Sarah!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars terrific introduction to an amazing artist
    Though not a 'popular' artist, Sarah Brightman has an amazing fan following all around the world. Her recent 'Harem' tour has played all around the world to incredible commercial success and the fanaticism of her fans can put Tori Amos acolytes to shame.

    This album, Classics, is a compilation of her interpretation of more classic pieces of music, but they are not necessarily 'classical.' Brightman virtually pioneered the classical-pop crossover genre, so it's actually very pop-friendly.

    Sarah's albums are usually themed concept albums, but seeing as how this is a collection of previous work (and some new), no theme is attached to this release. What you get, though, is a handful of completely new songs, new recordings of old favorites, and a few tracks from previous albums.

    Is this worth purchasing for fans who already have her previous albums? It depends. Ave Maria, Winter Light, Alhambra, and Dans La Nuit are completely new, never-before-released tracks only available on Classics. O Mio Bambino Caro and Nessun Dorma, Pie Jesu, and Time to Say Goodbye have been re-recorded. (I actually prefer the Nessun Dorma on this release as opposed the original one from 'Eden,' since a female choir backs on this one, and it's a treat to hear her solo version of Time to Say Goodbye. Aside from this, the songs aren't dramatically different from the originals.) La Luna also comes without the annoying stretch of silence after it and Moon River (terrific for those who want a copy of the song just by itself without the hidden track afterwards). So, you're pretty much getting 4 new songs, 4 songs we've already heard re-done, and 7 songs plucked from previous albums. It's really up to you to decide if that's enough to entice you to buy the CD.

    Now, if you're a classical purist, get away from this album. Turn around and pretend you didn't see it! The things some classical purists say about Sarah's renditions of classics are unrepeatable. They pick on everything from Sarah's intonation, rhythmn, and butchering attempts at coloratura. In Sarah's defense, however, she's never called herself an opera singer (or even a classical singer). Personally, the more approval a singer gets from opera lords and classical experts, the more boring and less appealing they are to my untrained ears. What can I say? I love my pop music and I'm out of touch with 18th century technique. Sarah knows what sounds good to people just like me and what she delivers is classical music for the new century. I'm glad she has, though, because there really is a lot of gorgeous classical pieces out there that deserve a revival. Sarah opens up a genre that until her arrival was too esoteric, old fashioned, and intimidating for the average person. Don't get me wrong, I believe people when they say how awesome Renee Flemming and Maria Callas are. Their appeal isn't broad, though, since it takes somebody who actually knows what they're listening for to appreciate them; they fall into a specialized category. (Just like it takes a rap aficionado to appreciate a good rapper; to some, all rap sounds the same.) Sarah gives classical pieces the touch of pop accessability I need--take that away and turn her into a perfect opera diva with perfect technique (and all that stuff I don't know left from right about) and I'll probably stop listening to her. She has gorgeous tone color that makes her voice sound lovely and I love her deliveries of the songs that make it accessible to my taste. Apparently, I'm not alone, since her albums go platinum all around the world.

    Unfortunately, the scandal of the album art has overshadowed the loveliness of this collection. I, for one, wasn't offended, but seeing as how Sarah has fans from every demographic and age group, I can understand how some of the more conservative fans detest nudity (or even just hints of nudity) in all its forms. What they saw as offensive I saw as a tribute and tip of the hat to classical art, ala the statues of David by Michaelangelo and Donatello, Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," etc. Seeing as how the collection is named "Classics," I found the tribute to classical art rather fitting (plus, it kept a potentially boring album from being dull). To each his or her own, though.

    Though this is a great introduction to Sarah's work, I'd still strongly recommend purchasing her other albums like Eden or La Luna if you're going to get a full taste of Sarah Brightman. Her concept albums are spectacular, and the way the songs come together to fit the chosen theme add to the atmosphere her music creates. Her fans anticipate the announcement of her themes almost as eagerly as they do the release of her albums!

    5-0 out of 5 stars There is talent, THEN you get Sarah Brightman
    I am a broadcaster in my spare time and my show mainly focus on cross over music. Sarah features in every single program of mine.This compulation is a perfect showcase of the Brightman voice!!!!! I listen to it basically every week, and I have all the Brightman albums. This is who she is and she is not a Kiri or a Renee, she is Sarah Brightman!!!!! It has never been a question that if she can sing, rather it is - SHE just has to sing!!!!Buy this album, it is perfect!!!! ... Read more


    11. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
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    Sarah Brightman's career was launched by her success in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, so it's no surprise to hear the soprano paying homage to the composer on this disc. Really a Brightman best-of, the album includes the Phantom theme (a duet with Michael Crawford), the light-opera fare of "Chanson D'enfance" from Aspects of Love, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, and numerous other Lloyd Webber classics. Throughout, Brightman's diminutive voice lends a fragility to these musical theater tunes that you'll either love or despise. On Evita's "Another Suitcase, Another Hall" and Cats' "Memory," she literally chirps through the vocal lines. No matter. The growing legion of Brightman fans wouldn't have it any other way. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars She's still happily married to his music
    Sarah Brightman and Andrew Lloyd Webber are no longer married to each other, but as I stated above, she's still happily married to his music. I was raised during the Rodgers & Hammerstein era nd it took me time to grow to apprciate Webber's influence on musical drama. Sarah Brightman's performances of Webber's music has been instrumental in my tastes maturing with the development of Broadway musical plays. No matter how often I listen to them, "Phantom of the Opera", "All I Ask of You", "Music of the Night", "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", "Memory", all remain fresh while the less familiar works become more precious with repeat listening. Also outstanding is the theme song Webber wrote for the Barcelona games and sung by Sarah and Jose Carreras, "Amigos Por Siempre". And don't overlook the devout rendition of "Pie Jesus", a duet with Paul Miles-Kingston, from "Requiem". Other notable voices on the CD are: Michael Crawford, Cliff Richard, and Sir John Gielgud.

    There are those who might not like this CD which is one of my favorites, but the only people I would advise not to buy this are those who just don't like the modern theater music as represented by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Spotty "Collection"
    Not many people have a musical written around their voice, but that's what Andrew Lloyd Webber did for ex-wife Sarah Brightman, by creating the classic "Phantom of the Opera" musical. And in "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection," Brightman sings various songs from Webber's works -- some mesh with her voice, and some don't.

    It starts off on a strong note with the gothic "The Phantom Of The Opera," a duet with Michael Crawford. Following that is the ethereal "Unexpected Song," the rich but forgettable "Chanson D'Enfance," and the enchanting "All I Ask Of You," a duet with Cliff Richards. Following a few dud songs are the warm "Love Changes Everything," the Latin-tinged "Amigos Para Siempre (Friends For Life)" with Jose Carreras, and the entertaining duet with John Gielgud, "Gus the Theatre Cat."

    Brightman starts to falter with "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," and "Memory." Her voice sounds restricted and uneasy, and at times her crystalline vocals sound shrill. "Maclivity: The Mystery Cat" is perhaps the lowest point of "Collection," with Brightman sounding completely weird. But the album rises again with the gently melancholy "Tell Me on a Sunday," soaring "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and finishing up with the majestic "Music of the Night."

    Certain voices are best suited for certain songs, and Brightman's vocals are clearly suited for songs from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Aspects of Love." Some of the songs sound astounding and heartfelt, but some of them just sound strange coming in her rich soprano.

    Brightman's voice is given a good range -- she can sing in a little high girlish voice, soar like an operatic diva, or just sound sweet. At her best, Brightman can give you goosebumps. In many of the songs, she emotes subtlely, as if she really feels the heartbreak, joy and fear behind the songs. But when her voice is poorly used, as in the "Evita" songs, she just sounds confused.

    The selection itself can't be faulted -- there's stuff from "Cats," "Phantom," "Evita," and other Webber musicals. And Webber's writing is just beautiful, simple and heartfelt: "In all your fantasies/You always knew/That man and mystery/ Were both in you..."

    Sarah Brightman is not in top form in the "Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection," but in several songs she is simply astounding. Flawed but definitely worth checking out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars How ALW Should be
    This is a very good compilation of ALW songs. Sarah Brightman is a very good vocalist. Her voice can be shrill sometimes, but the good dominates the bad. The songs are very good choice for a CD. What ALW album would be complete without songs from "Phantom"? Some of the songs are featured on every tribute and compilation album, but there are some hard to find ones. ALW is a very good composer of Popular songs, but they dont seem to work well in his shows. This is the ultimate way to experience him at his best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifull Singing
    Her rendition of Chanson D'Enfance is wonderfull.
    While her version of Don't Cry for me Argentina lacks the bite necessary to listen to it in the context of the play, it is much better as a stand alone song than the original version with Elaine Paige. Sarah sings the song rather than the part.
    Her delivery of Another Suitcase in Another Hall is just incredible. I can accept the reduction in the marimba part just for her delivery of the opening to each verse. That song alone is worth the money.
    Otherwise it is quite good. The only song that I feel is anything but strong would be her rendition of Memory.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dim Brightman
    I don't get it and I never will. I first saw Brightman as Christine Daae in ALW's "The Phantom of the Opera," in April, 1988. Her voice was both shrill and weak back then and nothing has changed. Don't Cry for Me Argentina and Unexpected Song are the only two songs she can tackle other than Phantom obviously. Otherwise, you'll find yourself skipping through ALW's beautiful work to find something that won't blow your ear drums. Mem'ry is a disaster of epic proportions and should NEVER have been recorded.

    I have followed Brightman's career since April of 1988 and fail to understand her popularity. There is nothing unique or spectucular about her voice. Case closed. ... Read more


    12. Cieli di Toscana
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    Not content with the simplistic "crossover" formula, superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli has been pursuing alternative paths since he emerged as a vocal phenomenon in the mid-1990s: operatic classics and contemporary popular song. The singer's last few albums have showcased his love for the former (including homages to his beloved Verdi: the Requiem and Verdi aria collection). But Cieli di Toscana ("Tuscan Skies") marks a triumphant return to the pop idiom last explored on Sogno, offering a highly varied series of the kind of beautifully crafted contemporary melodies that initially won Bocelli acclaim.

    The familiar cast of songwriter-collaborators (including Francesco Sartori, responsible for the smash success "Time to Say Goodbye") mixes with new blood; Bocelli himself unveils his songwriting talents on "Il Diavolo e l'Angelo." It's a highly produced affair, but behind all the gloss, Bocelli sings with a newfound, relaxed, even mellow quality. There are intimately touching moments--"L'Incontro," a tribute to his first son featuring Bocelli's own poetry as read by U2's Bono--as well as soaring flights of lyricism (the duet "L'Abitudine" with Italian singer Helena). And on "Mascagni," with its quotes from that composer's operas, Bocelli makes another nod to his classical affinities. But whatever the style, Bocelli is a singer who knows how to go straight to his listeners' hearts. --Sarah Chin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What an Intro!
    Flipping TV channels one evening I was stopped by one of the most powerful and passionate voices I had ever heard during the International Music Festival show from Monaco. It was Andre Bocelli singing L'Abitudine(#10)with Helena, I had never heard of this Bocelli fella before, and didnt even hear the whole song. But the voice made such an impact I made a mental note to try to find this artist. I did, I sampled it and then made the purchase of one of the BEST CD's I have ever heard!! I had never been exposed to this genre of music before but WHAT AN INTRO! Mr. Bocelli's voice can take you soaring like a great bird of prey or to a quiet meadow all within the space of the same song! Yet each song provides a different sparkle like the facets of a dimond, seperate and distinct yet making up a wonderful whole audio sensation! I am hooked! All the songs on the CD are wonderful(having both the Italian and English verse was a nice addition), and #14 L'Ultimo Re is in my opinion one of the greatest love songs ever written and sung!! Andra Bocelli's voice is so encompasing the fact that I dont know any Italian didn't affect my enjoyment of this CD one bit! My recommendation.....BUY IT! ENJOY IT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD
    I never though anything could top Romanza but Cieli Di Toscana is absolutely fabulous. It is constantly in my CD players at home and in my car. This album is so brings me so much serenity and is so beautiful its amazing. Bocelli has the most beautiful voice I have ever hear. Its so amazing how gentle and powerful he can sing at the same time and hold the note so beautifully, its such a gift from God. There are so many highlights on these CD Melodramma, Mille Lune Mille Onde, E Sara A Settembre, Resta Qui, L'Abitudine (with Helena such a cute voice), E Mi Manchi Tu (possibly my favorite song of all time), and I'Ultimo Re. This is a MUST BUY for any Bocelli fan and any fan of great singing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply one of his best!
    Andrea Bocelli has a superb voice. You cannot go wrong with this CD. His voice is just so peaceful and is very relaxing and soothing. You cannot go wrong with Cielli di Toscana.
    This one is superb!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Bocelli's Best
    Although I don't live in Tuscany, I do live in Italy parttime now, and I love the music of Andrea Bocelli more than ever (I have all of his CDs and DVDs). Bocelli, a Tuscan, himself (he was born in Lajatico), isn't my favorite when it comes to opera, but I think his voice is perfect for the songs on CIELI DI TOSCANA. He's a singer who puts his heart and soul into everything...and it certainly shows.

    The fourteen songs on CIELI DI TOSCANA were written by Bocelli and others and they are all pure joy to listen to. They all evoke the blue Tuscan skies, the rolling hills, the groves of olive trees, the hidden treasures tucked away in the ancient villages.

    Bocelli's voice on all fourteen tracks is at its best. The CD showcases his full range and his full range of abilities. The orchestra is never overpowering and compliments Bocelli wonderfully. And, wonderfully, the lyrics are included in the liner notes. I've learned enough Italian now to understand the songs without the notes, but I need the notes to sing along...something I like to do...but something my family might not like so much. "Il Diavolo e L'Angelo," written by Bocelli, is one of my favorites. It's a bit glossy, but it's so much fun, I didn't mind. And, for those of you who prefer Bocelli "mellow," there's plenty of that on this CD as well.

    I definitely think CIELI DI TOSCANA is a much more accessible CD than ROMANZA and if you're new to Andrea Bocelli (you shouldn't be), I would begin with either this CD or SOGNO. Both are wonderfully evocative of Italy and both showcase Andrea Bocelli's talent, warmth and love for the country of his birth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars surprise
    I've heard Andrea sing on television several times. I always thought he sang nicely but I never purchased any of his music. I borrowed his CD from the local library just for fun. I was pleasantly surprised by this CD. It was different from seeing him on TV--somehow more powerful. I don't know much about opera but I know this is nice music. I also know I could never sing like Andrea does, it really is something to admire. Anyone who gives him less than 5 stars for this work better know how to out-sing Andrea! This CD would be a nice addition to any music collection. ... Read more


    13. La Luna
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    Superstar crossover vocalist Sarah Brightman greets the new millennium with an even surer, bolder sense of her unique musical niche than that evident from 1999's Eden. Like Eden, La Luna is a concept album only in a vaguely free-associative sense. The selection of material here touches on images of the moon that reinforce its ambiguity as a force known to draw together "the lunatic, the lover, and the poet" (Brightman's photo shoots for the album do seem to suggest a sort of Titania-like figure out of a New Age Midsummer Night's Dream). And it's a stylistic as well as thematic voyage, coursing from such contemporary sounds as synth pop (on "This Love") through vintage jazz standards (Billie Holiday's atmospheric and haunting "Gloomy Sunday") to high opera for the title track (a version of the sublime "Song of the Moon" from Dvorák's fairy-tale opera Rusalka), and drawing elsewhere on the gorgeously sinuous melodies of Bach, Handel, and Rachmaninov--one song, "Figlio Perduto," even adapts the slow movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Throughout, producer Frank Peterson swathes Brightman's shiny small voice in luxuriant fabrics of sound. Detractors will lament the resulting sameness of tone--no matter what the style involved--but Brightman's focus on spinning an ethereal spell never gets eclipsed. This domestic release includes three tracks not available on the import version and has a special treat hidden in the final track as a bonus.--Thomas May ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A few gripes for the "Angel of Music"
    I have only one suggestion for buyers of the new Sarah Brightman CD, "La Luna": DON'T READ THE LYRICS! I mean, how inane! OK. I've gotten used to the dress-up "floozy" style that Ms. Brightman uses to court an audience beyond the mere opera-lover, so I know enough not to dwell on the white-bikini-'neath-gossamer-gown photo, but I have to draw the line at elves. Elves? Yes, not just elves, but the "king of the elves." Didn't New Age ambient music go out with the advent of the nineties? Or maybe I simply outgrew it. So why is such nonsense couched in a haunting melody as that minor movement from one of Beethoven's later symphonies; and why waste such a beautiful, clear, angelic voice on over-mixed, "echoey" nonsense as Hijo de la Luna and Whiter Shade of Pale? Surely our favorite soprano has not run the full gamut of delicate arias and deeply moving love songs (e.g., Time to Say Goodbye) so that she can no longer please the audience whom her more serious attempts won over originally! There are a few bright spots on this CD (such as the Dvorak and Moon River at the end of the final track), and I may eventually be able to allow Brightman's sweet, hypnotic voice to drown out the stupidity of her songs' content, but she will only truly regain this fan by returning to her more operatic and serious style in the future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
    This is the first Sarah CD i bought myself, having listend to 'timeless' several times that i have permanently borrowed from my mum. I love it, I cant say if its my favourite because I love all her work.

    None one of the tracks on this album are bad

    I really love 'Figlio Perduto', 'A whiter shade of pale', La Califfa', 'La Luna' and the hidden track at the end that follows after 'La Luna', 'Moon River'. Its all a very moving album, and takes you into a different world. I find it all very relaxing, even the more upbeat tracks. I really love 'La Califfa' its so beautiful. La Luna is great, as she makes it her own, its not the typical 'song to the moon'. I have wanted to write a review for ages, now I am here doing it, im finding it hard to put what i think into words. All I can say is, its an amzing album, don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. Her voice is very distinctave(however it is spelt) and the songs are all beautifuly sang.

    From buying this album, I have went onto to buy every other albums she has and appears in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    I haven't got much to say about this album other than check out the track "He Doesn't See Me." Gorgeous!

    5-0 out of 5 stars As Good As EDEN & TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!!
    ~..which is saying a lot! These 3 Sarah B. albums are among the most timeless pop/classical albums ever recorded! Every song here on LA LUNA is worth the price, and there are some really incredible pieces! (1) The tune based on Beethoven's 7th Symphony Slow Movement, (2) Scarboro Fair, (3) Whiter Shade of Pale, and (4) most amazing of all the very strange and mysterious Gloomy Sunday, among the most haunting ballads ever, and here done to perfection! I've heard this song was banned in France for~~ its suicidal interpretation during WW II, much like Goethe's "Sorrows of Young Werther" over 200 years ago! Any Sarah CD is worth while, but this may be her best! . And for a nice final touch , MOON RIVER ,which is not even mentioned in the album notes! l~

    5-0 out of 5 stars La Luna
    Sara Brightman has the voice of a tiny sweet angel and uses her vocal ability to the outmost of her ability. Many people do not like crossover music and for them I say this 'sucks to you'. Miss Brightman makes crossover music fun and vital whilst still showing her great prowess. Highly Recommended. ... Read more


    14. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias / Myung-Whun Chung
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    When he was growing up, Andrea Bocelli recalls finding inspiration in a favorite recording of sacred music performed by tenor legend Franco Corelli. Bocelli--who in the meantime has come to inspire millions of fiercely loyal fans himself--returns to the genre as the guiding theme of Sacred Arias, the release of which coincides with the first English-language biography of the singer. These performances are filled with the singer's phenomenally well-known vocal signature: his flair for long, sweetly floating high notes and the gentle sense of cadence he brings to a melody.It's a mistake to compartmentalize Bocelli into a singer of "operatic" versus "popular" styles: in truth his approach is at heart the same. Lack of color and control in his phrasing remains a drawback, but the emotional empathy Bocelli evokes is never in doubt. The arias collected here sample some of the most famous devotional pieces: Schubert's "Ave Maria" and Mozart's transporting "Ave Verum," as well as an arrangement of "Silent Night" in which Bocelli tries out his English. There's also a decidedly odd choice of bedfellows for a program of "sacred" music, such as a song from Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder (whose "angel" is the object of an overpoweringly erotic attraction) and Handel's figurative ode to a tree, "Ombra mai fu." Still, Bocelli sings with an unfeigned directness that is sure to expand his already enormous following even further. --Thomas May ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Tenor Sings Gregorian
    This is a very fine album which I enjoy immensely. Andre Bocelli's tenor voice is a pleasure to listen to. He has scored 5 Stars with me. His various versions of "Ave Maria" are splendidly performed. It is a best-loved religious song. "Panis Angelicus" is sung so well, so meaningful, which is the way the song is to be sung. The song is from 1871, when Franck was a resident organist at St. Clotilde in Paris. The work was originally scored for tenor, organ, cello, harp, and double-bass. Mr. Bocelli has done an album worthy to be in anyone's collection, especially if you are a 'music lover.' The material that is covered on the album is directly related to 'The Mass' as it has been sung in the past generations of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, most specifically done in Gregorian Chant. The listener is taken back to a time pre-Vatican II. A most pleasing voice has taken me back to my childhood singing in the choir, as I have sung most of these songs also. And, I was pleasured by these wonderful songs then and now. Another beautiful song is "Pieta, Signore." Someone whom may enjoy this album may also enjoy listening to Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavorotti, and also, Michael Bolton. They all are tenors with beautiful voices. The song "Ave Maria" has also been sung by the three above-mentioned artistes. This album is comparable to the other artistes' rendition's of "Ave Maria" that has been sung also by the above. I would highly recommend this album to any one who appreciates the sound of an excellent tenor such as Andre Bocelli.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritually uplifting
    "Sacred Arias" was my first Bocelli CD (it hasn't been my last!). As a pastor, seminary student, and lover of classical music (especially sacred music) I was drawn to it the moment I saw it. And, when I first listened to it, I was not disappointed. I find each of the arias to be tremendously inspiring. But, the "Sancta Maria" brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it. This CD provides me with 62:22 minutes of worship as I listen to each of these beautifully sung praises and prayers that have served as a testimony of faith over time. It is obvious that these pieces are dear to Bocelli's heart because his heart is definitely in his interpretation of them.

    A note for reviewer Nicole Kimberly of January 25, 2000. She had asked for the choral music for the "Gloria a te, Christo Gesu." It probably is not available yet. If I am not mistaken, this piece was written specifically for the Roman Catholic Jubilee Celebration of the new milennium, and Bocelli publically debuted this hymn at the start of the Vatican Christmas Service Christmas day, which marked the beginning of the Jubilee Celebration. Bocelli was honored by being selected by the Pope to sing this hymn for that special celebration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding CD
    This was the first Bocelli CD I heard. A friend thought I would like it and got it for me for Christmas. I loved it the first time I heard it. It was an outstanding collection of Christmas hymns, we actually sang one in my church choir and one in my school choir. It has helped expanded my library of songs, since I sing Tenor. So now when I go to sing at Christmas and Holiday shows I can now do more than Jingle Bells, and Away in a Manger.

    With Andrea's outstanding Tenor range this is an excellant addition to anyone's music collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Genuinely uplifting and spiritual. If you liked this, you'll love:

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Special Edition with both DVD & CD is available
    Instead of this CD alone, I suggest the Bocelli, Andrea : Sacred Arias CD & DVD Special Edition (ASIN: B0000CE9VO). It includes the full 77 minute concert on DVD, plus the two bonus tracks on the DVD, plus the full 72 minute CD. This includes two bonus tracks on the CD not available on the original CD. Amazingly, the Special Edition is a few dollars less than the DVD alone and only a few dollars more than the CD alone. What a bargain! This is an amazing concert with a tremendous picture quality on a big screen TV. It is one of those DVD's that captures the feeling of "being there". A must-see for any Andrea Bocelli fan. ... Read more


    15. The Phantom Of The Opera (1986 Original London Cast)
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    What's left to be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera a decade after its premiere? That it's maddeningly ubiquitous? A stitch-up of various themes shoplifted from the Italian operatic repertoire? A critic-proof crowd pleaser that's probably being staged somewhere in the world as you read this? A megahit that will likely outlive Titanic in the pop-culture pantheon, Phantom has largely redefined--for better or worse--the manner in which modern musicals are conceived, staged, and marketed. Its influence has reached far beyond the traditional confines of London and Broadway. A favorite example: an abridged version that was the centerpiece of Los Angeles's longest-running transvestite revue, replete with 14-inch chandeliers and a man-playing-a-woman-playing-a-man in the title role. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars "Let the specacle astound you!"
    I can get a pretty good sense of what a theatrical experience this show must be from listening to its London cast recording. All that thundering, overpowering, eerie but beautiful music, which is actually pretty good and may very well be Andrew Lloyd Webber's best. The above-average, occasionally beautiful and touching lyrics to such songs as "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and "Point of No Return." The fine performance of Michael Crawford as the Phantom, which does a great job of conveying the character's passion and pain and thankfully doesn't really conjure up memories of his best-forgotten days as a juvenile lead in such fimusicals as "A Funny Thing..." and "Hello, Dolly!" The beautiful voice of Sarah Brightman as Christine. The supporting cast, from Steve Barton's Raoul to Rosemary Ashe's stunning Carlotta to the two theatrical agents, Andre and Farmin (or something like that). All contribute to the enjoyment and, yes, spectacle of this recording, and no doubt did and, in the case of the music and lyrics, still do contribute to the success of the stage show. All are reasons for buying it, so why not?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not the best recording ever. . .the ONLY recording ever
    Alright, let's get this straight. It's a simple math problem; even a first grader could get this. Michael Crawford=Phantom. Phantom=Michael Crawford. That's just how it is. In the title song, when he sings "The Phantom of the Opera is there"...oh its brilliant. Especially that funny thing his voice does on the "Phaaa" part of Phantom. Normally it might be a little awkward, but in this role its absolutley perfect. He really makes us sympathize with him and almost makes you bawl in the Finale.

    Sarah Brightman does a great job with Christine. Most peolpe absolutely screw up the vocals at the end of the title song (ah-hem, 1992 Japanese Version and Sandra Joseph on Broadway. Hate to say it, but it doesn't work with their voices. Yeah, they can sing, but just not that. They do very well otherwise though) I like the way she screams out "I'll go MAD!" in Notes II.

    The only bad part about this (but it's quite minor) are Madame Giry and Joseph Buquet. Buquet's voice is kind of breathy and the vibrato takes over and Madame Giry's voice is a little breathy also, but nothing major.

    The orchestra in this is beautiful. In most recordings, the orchestra cuts short in the intrumentals before Hannibal and after the Auction (which is one of the best parts) but in this one is it really powerful. It gives you goosebumps because it blends so well together. Especially when the horns come in!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Recording
    I simply love this recording. I have never seen Phantom performed on the stage and this is the only recording I have ever heard of the Phantom of the Opera, but I was delighted to hear its music. I have had this CD for only a week and cannot stop playing it for some reason! It has quite a musical score, and the story is very sad. I have never read the book (although I am waiting for its arrival from Amazon after ordering it), so I cannot tell you whether it is true to the original story. The story is that of a man who has been abandoned by all mankind and must live in a labyrinth under the opera house. He falls in love with Christine Daae and becomes her tutor. She believes that the Phantom is the Angel of Music sent by her deceased father. The Phantom loves her so and wants her career in the opera house to advance. He sends notes to the managers, telling them to give her main roles instead of the prima Donna Carlotta. It is a heart wrenching story because you really feel sorry for the Phantom.

    The cast is strong. MICHAEL CRAWFORD plays the Phantom on this recording and is argued by many phans to be the best phantom. I have heard no other recording, so I can't argue that point. The role of Christine was written for SARAH BRIGHTMAN, so naturally she does well. There are many high notes and her role can be compared to that of COSETTE in LES MISERABLES because it seems that the majority of her parts are high. RAOUL is played by STEVE BARTON, and his voice is marvelous. ROSEMARY ASHE plays CARLOTTA. I don't like the part of Carlotta, but that isn't Ashe's fault!

    Some of the music in this sounds familiar, like from CATS (I'm talking about a couple bars of music, not like a whole song or anything), so that is very interesting. If you like Andrew Lloyd Webber, you will love this rock opera! I like "Angel of Music," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Music of the Night."

    Buy this CD because it is worth every penny!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just as good the 100th time!
    This is truly a great recording. Overall, I am totally in love with it, but I am here to give a review, not to push my personal biases on others. So, from the standpoint of a musician, actress, and singer, here goes. First of all the actors...
    MICHAEL CRAWFORD: Overall, Awesome. Truly the best cast member. His voice is easy to listen to, and very expressive. He IS the Phantom. No questions asked. Technically, not perfect, but this is theatre, not technical type singing. Sometimes, he sounds like he has a bad cold, and tends to slide into the correct note on the higher notes, but overall, this detracts very little from his outrageous awsomeness.
    SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Not a huge fan of Sarah's, I'm afraid. Vibrato is one thing, but when you sound like a chipmunk singing while sitting in one of those massage chair things, you're using a little too much. She hits all of the notes beautifully, but you would too if your husband wrote the part for you. Her acting skills and expression are below par, and her inunciation is like she's singing with dental equipment in her mouth. She should definately practice singing more forward, as she gets caught in the back of her throat frequently. Her solos can wear on the nerves, but overall, you could do worse, she's not completely devoid of vocal talent, and she sounds fine when she's singing with someone else.
    STEVE BARTON: Not much to say about him. No surprises here, but easy to listen too, expression is on par, and he is technically the best out of the three leads. No complaints, but I've heard this voice a million times before.
    OTHERS WHO STOOD OUT: Carlotta is excellant, and beautifully annoying, all though she does have one moment in NOTES where she slips out of character for a phrase. Meg sounds like she's singing while trying to breath through an oxygen tube, in other words, barely audible. I would have liked to hear her more in the harmony on Angel of Music. Everyone else: Fine. Cooly. No complaints.
    AS FOR THE MUSIC: There is a lot of it, and it rocks. The orchestrations are fabulous for Broadway, and the melodies are beautiful, if frequently repetitive. Don't buy this if you don't like the tune of Angel of Music, it shows up in practically every song. The chorus numbers are ass-kicking and funky harmony-full.
    THE FINAL VERDICT: You can't go wrong here. Even if you despise Sarah Brightman, everyone else more than compensates for her, erm , lack of pronunciation. Crawford is at his best, and the melodies are some of the most memorable in musical history. Even newbies to the Phantom world will rejoice. Go ahead, throw away your money here. You won't be dissapointed.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Overblown, but still worth a listen.
    I am not one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest fans. But still, this is a good show. People that give this negative reviews claim that it is overated. And they are correct. But there are very good melodies in this show, although the lyrics are not top quality. There are also so many layers of the phantom that Gaston Leorux wrote in this character that are not explored in the lyrics. In this show we have little reason to sympathize with the main character. But in Sondheim's"Sweeney Todd" we are told in sometimes Gruesome detail why Sweeney has those killing sprees. But these shows are completly different animals of the theater. Phantom is a show that takes you to another world, while "Sweeney" makes you think. In my opinon, this is Andrew Lloyd Webbers last good show. ... Read more


    16. Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice ~ Gounod, Lehár, Orff, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Strauss
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    This vocal recital certainly lives up to its title, perhaps too well. It's a collection of arias andsongs Fleming has sung for years that for some may be too much frosting and not enough cake. Surely, herperformances are rich with interpretive nuances, wonder-filled portamentos and word colorings that reflecta long history with this repertoire, which ranges from Charpentier's "Depuis le jour" toRachmaninoff's "Vocalise." Some may find Fleming a bit much, but agree with her or not, she'sfar more interesting than singers who keep a safe, discreet distance from the music. --David PatrickStearns ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, exactly "beautiful voive"
    I love this recording. I heard Renee Fleming's voice in television when I was 15-year-old. I thought she would be a great opera singer so I was looking foward to hearing her voice in disc someday. Now I can hear her voice at last!

    I'm very happy to listen to those songs. In every songs, her beautiful and enchanting voice is suited well. I think it's very natural that this album received the Grammy Award.

    So, I have three of my favorite singer. Julie Andrews, Cecilia Bartoli, and Renee Fleming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A New Generation of Soprano
    Since many people feel the need to compare Renee Fleming to Dame Joan Sutherland I guess I will too. Both have big, full bodied voices, Sutherland's is rounder, Fleming's has much better projection. Both have a particularly fine vocal trill technique and considerable vocal range. Fleming has absolutley clear diction so that you har every word clearly, Sutherland sacrificed diction for tone to the point that most of the words weren't distinguishable. Both are magnificent musicians, Fleming has a tendency to be overly dramatic at points. When you add it all up these two sopranos are pretty much even. So if you approach this cd with the notion that Fleming can't compare to Sutherland you're really going to miss out on some beautiful music. Some tracks of particular note are a splendid rendition of Che il bel sogno di Doretta, Morgen, and Rachmaninov's Vocalise. Fleming's vibrato is very natural and not forced or overly wide. Fleming is already showing all of the characteristics of a mature vocalist. All in all, this is an essential cd to any music fan. Highest Recommendation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of those magical recordings
    You will love this CD. I heard a friend playing it and knew that I would have to get it some day. It is truly gorgeous.

    I am amazed by some of the reviewers who can dare to give this recording fewer than five stars. I know there are some opera perfectionists out there who can be fickle, but this recording is gorgeous. I'm willing to concede that Renee Fleming may not be the greatest opera singer the world has had in the last 100 years, but her voice is what the title says--beautiful. Fleming has worked hard to get where she is today and it shows. Jeffrey Tate seems to do a fine job, and he doesn't get in the way.

    Fleming sings each aria with flair, amazing presence, and musical integrity. Each aria showcases her voice, and yet is quite musically inspiring. "Chi il bel sogno" by Puccini and "Marietta's Lied" by Korngold (an oft-overlooked composer) are among my favorites. I also like the aria from Carmina Burana as well as the one from Manon. If you click on the Manon aria (Track 3) to listen online, you will be sold on the CD.

    If you don't know anything about opera, you will love this recording. If you are an opera fanatic--no matter who your "favorite" soprano is--you will be forced to admit the singing here deserves instant respect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful voice in the world!!
    This woman sings and heaven opens up. A golden, pure voice and yet an artist, an artist working on her portrayals. Like all human beings she isn't perfect but every breath she records is filled with this incredible passion and emotion. Seeing her in several Strauss-operas was absolute heaven, what would I give for a video of "Der Rosenkavalier" with her as Marschallin! Mind you, I love Schwarzkopf and Jones in this role but, my god, Fleming would be heaven.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection
    Fleming here gives some truly magnificent examples of singing.
    Her Sogno di Doretta is the best I have have ever heard. This aria devides the singers into 2 categories. Those who can sing the difficult part and those who omitt a note in it.
    I won't refer to the well known singers who omitt the very small note in the fioritura part, but I will mention that Fleming here does an exemplary reading of this aria plus with the best vocal colour I have heard for Doretta.
    Marietta's Lied is what we would call a super hit for Fleming. It is truly amazing how she sings this piece. You will play it again and again and again...

    One of Fleming's most magnificent creations is Manon... her sensual erotic voice and her perfect techinique has allowed her to become the Definitive Manon casting all other great Manons miles away. This is how a contemprorary singer can fight all the phantoms of the past and distinguish herself as the Best...

    Fleming posseses a God given voice (her trills are almost as accurate as Schwarzkopf's and MORE beautiful than Sutherland's)... we only hope she follows Beverly Sills' advice and sings Norma before it is too late for her voice. ... Read more


    17. Carreras · Domingo · Pavarotti ~ the three tenors in concert / Mehta
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    Magic was created one starlit night in July 1990, when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo andJosé Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became the Three Tenors. They eschewed competitive instincts and cooperated in the spirit of mutual admiration to create one of the greatest musical events ever. This concert is an awe-inspiring orgy of the greatest hits for the tenor voice. Domingo and Pavarotti sing perfectly. The audience wins as these vocal supermen compete to seduce the hearts of the audience. One moment Domingo brings thrilling fire and pain to "E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca; the next,Pavarotti rises to heavenly heights in an inspired rendition of "Nessundorma" from Turandot. Carreras is the competent little brother, one step behind the greatness of the big brothers from opera's Ponderosa. His singing isn't as captivating as that of the big boys; but his enthusiasm and passion are unrivaled. Mehta exquisitely captures the largeness of this bonanza through the grandiose orchestra. --Barbara Eisner Bayer ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Opera for Dummies
    I like each of the three tenors individually, particularly the underrated Carrerras. What I don't like are these cutesy song fests for the laymen - "Opera for Dummies". And though several operatic arias are included, some may roll their eyes at the sight of "Maria" under the Classical section. Indeed, the pronunciation of the words of that song is so hilarious I can't help but chuckle whenever it starts - almost like a German translating English for Italian tourists.

    The setting was magnificent and the television special rated five stars for having the verve to actually carry forth with the project. The attempt is made to recreate the visual landscape on the CD but, of course, it can only do this by inference. The program was, of course, designed for the current American audience - impatient, short attention span, needing constant entertainment value - and this may explain some of the strange, abbreviated selections. Mehta is the fourth star, supporting and emphasizing the respective tenor without exception. Some of the arias are gorgeous.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Three Tenors at Their Best
    Normally the best way to see an artist's talent being showcased is by seeing them perform live. If you don't have the opportunity to see these wonderful, talented opera singers (Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras) in concert than this live concert CD comes as the next best thing. Although the Three Tenors have numerous other album, this album is special because it is live and when you listen to it you really do feel their magic prescence. I'm not an opera enthusiast by any means, but I feel that this CD has a universal appeal which can touch just about anybody who enjoys listening to good music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Like summer sunshine. manna from heaven!
    This CD is terrific on so many levels. In celebration of one of the world's great sporting events - the World Cup of football (soccer to us stateside), three great tenors and one masterful conductor (Zubin Mehta) were brought together in one of the world's great cities - Rome -- for a special evening that we are blessed to have been able to listen to again and again.

    The concert was held during the World Cup in 1990 at the Baths of Caracella, which are ruins of the once great Roman baths. In this beautiful setting Luiciano Pavrotti, Jose Carreas and Placido Domingo came together for one of the best CD's ever made.

    The singing is exquisite. The passion of the crowd in this live performance should equal the reaction of the listener. This is art at its highest level. It is a celebration of great music, not just of opera, but in my opinion, the soaring human spirit. What power to move the soul! You don't need to be an opera fan to enjoy this music. If you like any kind of music, you cannot help but be affected by the power of this special evening. And what an evening, those in attendance were lucky to have been there!!

    The casual listener will already know some of these arias, as they are from some the great operas of all time. However, I believe even the most hardenend opera fan, unless he or she is a real stiff, cannot be helped to be but moved by this music.

    It is heavenly! I recommend this CD to you, because in my humble opinion, it will bring sunshine to your heart!!! : )

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for opera Snobs, but for the rest of us!
    For most opera "snobs" the three tenors have committed the ultimate sin: singing "popular songs" outside the opera house.

    For the rest of opera lovers, this CD is a miracle. It's not a coincidence that it has been sold over 15 million copies. This CD is, to my taste, the best of all the Three tenors performances. The arias are chosen from the most loved opera repertoire. As for the following "pot pourri" it is just gorgeous. I'm a "Three Tenors disciple" as it is after hearing this CD that my passion for opera started, as I guess for many other people. Now that I am much more into "real opera" I cannot but find this CD compilation exquisite. Hearing three great tenors fly into the high notes all at one gives goose bumps.

    As for the other "opera fanatics", those whose ears are so sensible that they'll have an allergy if someone other than Caruso, Gigli, Corelli or Bjorling is singing, I guess they still have much to learn. They have to learn to appreciate what GREAT "contemporary" (not so much any more, but say for the last quarter of the 20th) opera tenors have to offer.

    This is A MUST, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure and a memory
    I can't remember how many times I played this CD, it is absolutely a treasure for me. This is certainly the best of all the three tenor's concerts, their voices were rich and well maintained, the orchestra played well. Every song is just superb. Their interpretation to the pop songs were lovely and refreshing. The only regret is that there won't be such a moment any more, which makes the CD so memorable. ... Read more


    18. The Very Best of The Irish Tenors
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    In the short time since they grouped together a few years ago to form their sensationally successful trio, the Irish Tenors have already put out an impressive array of recordings and DVDs, including some bona fide gooseflesh-inducing live concert performances. So, if you still have the enviable pleasure of discovering these amazing vocalists--or want to turn a friend on to their musical charms--this compilation CD will do the trick nicely. It brings together such classics as "Danny Boy," "Toora Loora Looral," "Last Rose of Summer," and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (featuring John McDermott)--all rendered with the kind of passionate, heartfelt, and harmonious crooning that is their signature style, whether they're singing as an ensemble or as highlighted soloists. And even if you have the complete Irish Tenors, this anthology includes several numbers not found on their previously released CDs. Hard to think of a sweeter treat for a fan of singing too good to ever go out of fashion.--Sarah Chin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    What a fun CD! And frankly, I love "Molly Malone"! I do wish they'd do less unison singing and get into more harmony. And too many ballads for my taste, but the uptunes are good for playing over and over! Their voices are all gorgeous. You'll enjoy this one for certain!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love It!! hmmm... where can I rate this 25,000 stars...?
    I would recommend this to everyone! It has all four irish tenors, and it has a mixture of different songs from all their CD's! The only problem, in my opinion at least, is why do they have "Molly Malone" on it? There certainly are much more appreciated songs than that, and it certainly isn't one of their best. I wish they had "Red Is The Rose" with Finbar Wright singing in it instead of John Mcdermott for once. Maybe they'll have that on their next album they're working on! Can't Wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Ah-em... you can tell I'm enthusiastic...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Texas Concert and CD
    My wife and I attended the Irish Tenors concert in Ft Worth, Texas last night,February 27,2003, where we purchased this CD.A number of the selections they sang last night are included in this CD which is a "must purchase" for all fans of these magnificent singers. Buy this CD and you will thank yourself for years to come for your wise decision.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the very BEST!!!!!
    This has to be my very favorite CD of all time. As I have everything else The Irish Tenors have recorded, I just love this one because it's got all my favorites from all the CDs.
    I especially can't get enough of Finbar's MAGGIE, and this has to be the VERY BEST version of DANNY BOY. I think Amazing Grace is one of the best songs that they have done with John McDermott. And the closest one can get to hearing angels sing is when one listens to Nearer My God To Thee. Their voices are all pure joy to listen to. And of course, all the fun numbers they do together is just a thrill. This CD has it all!!!!
    This is one CD which I listen to even while I sleep.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, not the Very Best.....
    This album, while good, is more for people who want to complete their Irish Tenors collection on CD. The DVD and videos contained more songs than were contained in the CDs of the same names. This CD appears to collect those missing cuts and combine them with some of the best performances from the works to date. It is quite good, but not the "very best". I have all the Irish Tenors CDs and enjoy listening to them again and again. I would suggest buying Belfast first if you are buying your first Irish Tenors CD. It includes performances by all 4 of these gifted singers and is the strongest CD overall. ... Read more


    19. Dive
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    Andrew Lloyd Weber's favorite leading lady will quickly make her mark as a pop artiste. Vocally, the Kate Bush analogy is accurate, but Brightman is far less adventurous and hence more accessible. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A different but amazing side of Sarah!
    Okay, this is Sarah's first pop album. I've read all these other reviews and it virtually beckons me to write one too. Alright, so Sarah Brightman started her music career off with Hot Gossip and had her hit techno/dance song "I lost my heart to a starship trooper" which is an incredibly good song. That was her beginning, I mean yes she was raised singing classical/showtunes and dancing ballet but she started off with pop. After her Andrew Lloyd Webber age, she moved on to this and "Fly" with her boyfriend Peterson (who is phenomenally talented). Really, "dive" is a pop song with an aquatic theme, the lyrics are not very well done but they are pleasant and are not meant to be analyzed but rather to seep into your mind as you listen to this hauntinly beautiful music. This CD is definitely worth buying, every song is awesome especially La Mer (techno), Once in a Lifetime, and Second Element. This just proves yet again that SB can do any genre. She is my favorite vocalist and may be one of the greatest that has ever lived. She can do anything: opera (nessun dorma, doretta's dream, dvorak's silver moon (luna)), classical (alleluja, time to say goodbye), pop (second element, once in a lifetime, you take my breath away), pseudoclassical (no one like you), spanish songs (tu quieres volver, naturaleza muerta, tu, hijo de la luna), musical theatre (think of me, her entire "Songs that Got Away CD", Memory (in italian), rock/alt (how can heaven love me). She rules, she can even do hip hop (I loved you) and jazz (mr. monotony, macavity). She is by far covering every genre with incredible vocal agility and ease. She is a coloratura soprano opera singer, a chest voice alto in pop, and a ethereal soprano on anything else. Buy this CD, you won't regret it. Thanx.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dive Into Sarah
    This, much like La Luna, is a concept album. But instead of the moon it's the sea. She talks about being friends with a whale and even touches on animal cruelty. But worry not if this sounds absurd. Sarah can do and sing just about anything and still make it beautiful and chilling...

    There's sadly no operatic pieces here, as it's a departure into pop, just as Fly was to rock, but instead of today's bubblegum pop it leans moreso towards light dance, ethereal, and even some new age. It opens up with whale sounds in the background as Sarah reads from the book "Whale Nation" by Heathcote Williams on the intro to "Dive" which glides into one of my favorite tracks here, "Captain Nemo" with her voice in the ending chorus erupting powerfully thanks inpart to the help of The London Community Gospel Choir. Then comes The Second Element. There's actually two versions of this song with different lyrics, but The Second Element II has more of an acoustic sound. They're both wonderful, though...

    I really don't understand why everyone seems to think that "A Salty Dog" is tiresomely simple and corny. It's probably one of the deepest and most emotional songs on here; the feeling just building as it progresses... Other favorites include her Kate Bush impression on Johnny Wanna Live, the sexy dance tune "Once In A Lifetime", the new agey "Island", the stormy dance track, "When It Rains In America", "By Now" (which my absolute favorite!), and "La Mer" with the panting backdrop of Enigma's Sadness and her spoken somewhat breathy words on the verses, such as: ancient unknown mammals, on a stormy sea, like Buddha in the water, a velvet energy...

    I recommend this album full-heartidly. Next to La Luna this is my favorite CD by her. But be warned. It takes several listen to really appreciate, just because it's so different.

    P.S. - I've seen some wild pictures by Sarah Brightman before but nothing prepared me for this. It's an innocent yet scandulous picture of her wearing (or not wearing) a near-translucent dress and golden cross! Only Sarah could get away with something like that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars probably her best
    I recommend this disc to anyone who loves Brightman. I feel this is her best disc. The most touching performance and the sound is great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A different but amazing side of Sarah!
    Okay, this is Sarah's first pop album. I've read all these other reviews and it virtually beckons me to write one too. Alright, so Sarah Brightman started her music career off with Hot Gossip and had her hit techno/dance song "I lost my heart to a starship trooper" which is an incredibly good song. That was her beginning, I mean yes she was raised singing classical/showtunes and dancing ballet but she started off with pop. After her Andrew Lloyd Webber age, she moved on to this and "Fly" with her boyfriend Peterson (who is phenomenally talented). Really, "dive" is a pop song with an aquatic theme, the lyrics are not very well done but they are pleasant and are not meant to be analyzed but rather to seep into your mind as you listen to this hauntinly beautiful music. This CD is definitely worth buying, every song is awesome especially La Mer (techno), Once in a Lifetime, and Second Element. This just proves yet again that SB can do any genre. She is my favorite vocalist and may be one of the greatest that has ever lived. She can do anything: opera (nessun dorma, doretta's dream, dvorak's silver moon (luna)), classical (alleluja, time to say goodbye), pop (second element, once in a lifetime, you take my breath away), pseudoclassical (no one like you), spanish songs (tu quieres volver, naturaleza muerta, tu, hijo de la luna), musical theatre (think of me, her entire "Songs that Got Away CD", Memory (in italian), rock/alt (how can heaven love me). She rules, she can even do hip hop (I loved you) and jazz (mr. monotony, macavity). She is by far covering every genre with incredible vocal agility and ease. She is a coloratura soprano opera singer, a chest voice alto in pop, and a ethereal soprano on anything else. Buy this CD, you won't regret it. Thanx.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very, very good!
    It was The Phantom of the Opera that first drew me to her music, and La Luna that convinced me that she had a lot more to offer. Having had both La Luna and Harem before Dive, I was at first sceptical, but nonetheless eagre to try. I was not disappointed! Took a bit getting used to, but after the third time, I was thoroughly hooked by the glorious lyrics and the marvelous melodies that have become her trademark, IMHO! The theme strategy works fine and gives the album a cohesion that takes you on a journey, down into the sea and upon it! It is another magnificent effort by one of the world's most gifted artists!

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    20. Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church
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    Need more evidence of the record industry's obsession with youth? Consider that budding Welsh diva Charlotte Church was a ripe, old 16 when this, her first greatest-hits anthology was released. Spanning her first four releases, as well as some outside collaborations and unreleased material, this 18-track collection underscores the soprano's seemingly boundless potential--as well as some potential career obstacles ahead. Her crystalline, still-maturing voice is best showcased on classically oriented works like Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu," Franck's "Panis Angelicus," and her now-ubiquitous rendering of Delibes' "Flower Duet." She also excels on folk traditionals such as "She Moved Through the Fair" and "My Langan Love." But overwrought productions like the already-dated "Dream a Dream" and "Habanera," a faux-flamenco take on Bizet, nearly get the best of her. Still, her promising duet with fellow young phenom Josh Groban on "The Prayer" and her mature, dreamy reading of A Beautiful Mind's "All Love Can Be," as well as strong performances on the previously unreleased "It's the Heart That Matters Most" and "Bridge over Troubled Waters," are ample evidence of her potential for rewarding pop crossover--if she doesn't retire by 21.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A little girl with a lot to offer...
    Ah, to be 16 years old and release a greatest hits album. How amazing that would be! For Miss Church, this is a reality. After only 4 studio albums, and one of them being a holiday cd, Charlotte and her company (Sony Classical) have decided that the time has come to release a greatest hits package. Is it really just a marketing gimmick? Most likely yes. She is a lovely girl with a voice to match, and each song on this disc is sung with a lot of strength and grace. For new fans of Charlotte Church, this album is especially good for you, as it is an excellent way to catch up on what has been happening since 1998 when Charlotte first appeared on the scene.

    Be aware, this disc is not titled "Greatest Hits." That would imply that each of these songs were successful on the charts and, probably, released as singles. That is not true at all. These songs are, in the opinion of the company, the most well constructed pieces that are most likely to be popular with the public. Some of the songs here are also Charlotte's best known ("Pie Jesu" and "Just Wave Hello" anyone?).

    In my opinion, Charlotte is already a beautiful singer and still has great potential to grow. Anyone who says she has a terrible voice must be tone deaf. My faves on this disc are "Flower Duet," "Just Wave Hello," and the very soft "All love can be" from the "A Beautiful Mind" soundtrack.

    For anyone thinking about buying this cd, you might want to consider how much you really enjoy Charlotte's music. If you only like one song on the whole disc, forget about it. If you have heard a lot of her material over the years and have enjoyed it for the most part, then this might be a worthy investment. Not everyone will like this cd, and not everyone will hate it either. But please, regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, don't say this girl is a bad singer. Think of it this way: Charlotte possesses a simplicity and clarity that is rare. No frills or fancies, just singing that is simple and clear (of course, hitting high notes really isn't that simple). Remember, this cd isn't a career capping collection by any means (but it sure could have waited for a while longer). Charlotte is just beginning, and should be around for years to come. I'm sure that, with time, she will only get better and produce music that will appeal to many.

    1-0 out of 5 stars No voice.
    I am not reviewing this album, I am reviewing Charlotte's voice. Stick to the church choir, dear, and do an occasional solo. Charlotte has been deluded by too many promoters into believing she can apply her thin little voice to some of the finest musical compositions ever. I was stunned when I heard her do Habanera. Only a gutsy, seasoned mezzo should even consider that one. Why do so many people believe that if you can reach a high note, you can effectively perform a song? Even the highest lyric soprano is supposed to have some depth. There is none with Miss Church. The only credit I give to her is the wonderful taste in her repertoire. But it should be someone else's.

    Charlotte, your voice is very sweet, much like saccharin. Perhaps in another twenty years, you will have something. In the meantime, please do not attempt any Gershwin. That would be sacrilege.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I feel bad for Charlotte
    There's no denying the girl has talent, but enough for opera? I don't think so. I'm no professional, but her voice is weak to my ears. She's raspy, airy and sounds just plain weak. She doesn't sing from her stomach, but from the back of her throat. Very annoying to listen to.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Prelude? HAH! To what?
    When Charlotte Church first came onto the music stage at the young age of twelve, I noticed some things in her technique that were not quite correct, however, given the fact that she was only twelve, I just listened to it, thinking that she would improve with each new CD.
    Then out came her second CD. While it was more of an opera album, because of all the arias, I was shocked that Miss Ryan (Miss Church's Voice Teacher) would allow Miss Church to sing such difficult repertoire. Those arias are for a soprano in her last years of college, not a soprano in her first years of junior high. Why? Well, if you have plans on becoming an opera singer, or if you want to sing those arias when you are older, you don't sing them when you are young. This is because when you are young, the voice is still in training and trying to get rid of bad habits.

    If you sing the arias when you are on the bad habits, you will most likely not be able to break them when you are older. Wich is why you should wait it out--wait till your technique is supurb on the art songs--then--and only then--go onto arias. When you do go onto arias, the first ones should be light pieces, like Handel's As When The Dove, or Mozart's Vedri Carino, his Batti, Batti O Bel Masetto, and also, young classical artists should also sing Caro mio ben, even if it is the most common piece in the 24/26 Italian Song and Arias--it helps you along with some common used Italian words.

    Instead of singing As When The Dove (Handel), or Vedri Carino (Don Giovanni, Mozart) Miss Church went for pieces such as La Pastorella (The Little Shepherdess). Before Church recorded this, the youngest singer I ever heard sing this piece was twenty one, and a junior in college, a opera/vocal major.

    Why is it a good idea to wait until you are a little older to sing this piece? Because of all the high Cs and Bs, as well as trills that most young people can't tackle.

    Soon after that, Miss Church came out with a recording of Christmas Carols. I don't think that the Ave Maria should be touched by a fourteen year old girl, in fact I think you should be sixteen before you attempt this. There are a great many reasons why--breath support, phrasing, and tone qualities are required that people under the age of sixteen can not master. It is by no means that they have bad voices, it is just that they are still trying to train their voices to tackle the breath control and phrased tones.

    Soon after that, out came Enchantment. Again, the songs on this disc were not suited to a fifteen year old, such as The Flower Duet, and the Habañera. The Flower Duet is not a good idea to sing for a great many reasons--number one--the higher part is for a coloratura soprano and the lower part is for a coloratura mezzo-soprano. Number two--both parts being a touch on the heavy side for a fifteen year old to sing and bring out the tone required for the pieces.

    Somewhere in there, came the soundtrack to "A Beautiful Mind." I can stand the wordless vocalises, but, All That Love Can Be was very raspy, and had to much air escaping in her tone. I think that Miss Celine Dion or Miss Sarah Brightman would have been better choices for the Beautiful Mind soundtrack.

    Then we hear four new recordings, wich still has sound far back in the mouth, and not up frount in her mouth where it should be.

    I hope Miss Church goes and trys to get a carreer in something else--because I believe that the music industry has had enough.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Practise
    I agree with some of the other reviewers, who say that although Ms Church has a beautiful voice and performs most of these songs very well, she would probably benefit from a professional voice coach. Ms Church is an almost opera-quality performer, although I think she has still a little way to go. When she has had just a little more training, she will be awesome! With an operatic diva voice and her exceptional beauty, she will truly be an angel! ... Read more


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