This chart-busting recording shows both sides of Brightman's personality, including sweet pop songs, like the title track (a duet with Bocelli that became a runaway hit). 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
2009 live release. Chris Botti In Boston finds the chart-topping Jazz trumpeter and special guests performing live at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Includes guest appearances from Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Sting, Lucia Micarelli and Steven Tyler.
Special CD/DVD edition of the trumpeter's 2009 live release includes a bonus DVD that includes a two hour concert plus a . 40-minute Behind-The-Scenes bonus. Chris Botti In Boston finds the chart-topping Jazz trumpeter and special guests performing live at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Includes guest appearances from Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Sting, Lucia Micarelli and Steven Tyler.
The Prince Of Egypt: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dreamwork's 1st animated feature, the Prince of Egypt, is an epic drama that tells the story of 2 men - one born a Prince, the other born a slave. This original soundtrack album boasts the highly anticipated duet between superstars Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston, an a capella track by platinum+ superstars Boyz II Men and 6 new songs by Academy Award winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas). Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) composed the score. It should be little surprise that of the three Prince of Egypt CDs, this one, which contains music actually used in the picture, is the best. The disc features songs written by Academy Award winners Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer. It also showcases the always impressive vocal talents of Ofra Haza on several tracks. The disc also crams in a few singles--ranging from the solid Boyz II Men track "I Will Get There" to the average "The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to the dismal "Through Heaven's Eyes," by K-Ci & JoJo. But ultimately, Haza steals the show on tracks like "Cry" and the gorgeous "Deliver Us," performed with Eden Riegel. Other standouts include "Playing with the Big Boys," by Steve Martin and Martin Short, and a pleasant, if not unexpected, vocal by Michelle Pfeiffer on "When You Believe." --Aaron Tassano
On December 31, 2007, the 10 members of Straight No Chaser were just ordinary guys living their lives in cities all over the world. Then on January 1, 2008, all of that changed. Because of a video of â€˜The 12 Days of Christmas' that was filmed in 1998 and went â€˜viral' on Youtube that holiday season, the former Indiana University a cappella group was asked to come back together and record a Christmas album for Atlantic Records. The album appropriately titled â€˜Holiday Spirits' went on to sell over 110,000 copies while the media honed in on the sensation all throughout the holiday season. Straight No Chaser was featured in the New York Times, Dr. Phil, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Christmas In Washington (TNT), ABC World News, CNN Headline News and more!After a whirlwind of success and development during the 2008 holiday season, Straight No Chaser is currently back in the studio recording their second holiday album titled â€˜Christmas Cheers' including original music such as " The Christmas Can Can'.Â Sticking to the formula that made them both a novelty and a sensation, "Christmas Cheers" is a collection of both new and classic holiday songs with smooth harmonies and a comedic twist. To support the new release, the guys will embark on a 50 city nationwide tour starting October until December 23rd and will also be performing alongside Barry Manilow at the Hollywood Bowl on October 24th (do not announce yet). With the holiday coming up fast, it's time to bring on the cheer and get ready for another round of Straight No Chaser!FULL TRACK LIST:1. The Christmas Can-Can2. We Three Kings Of Orient Are3. Christmastime Is Here4. Let It Snow5. Donde Esta Santa Claus6. I'll Be Home For Christmas7. Hey Santa!8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer9. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch10. Holy Night11. Santa Claus Is Back In Town12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen13. Jingle Bells14. Who Spiked The Egg Nog?15. The 12 Days Of Christmas
Capitol's first single-disc Sinatra "best-of," featuring 20 tracks-all 24-bit remastered! Includes I've Got the World on a String; I Get a Kick Out of You; Young at Heart; In the Wee Small Hours; I've Got You Under My Skin; You Make Me Feel So Young; Oh Look at Me Now; Night and Day; Witchcraft; The Lady Is a Tramp; Come Fly with Me; One for My Baby , and more. Few would dispute that Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest popular singers of the 20th century. His voice had distinct power and majesty, whether he was belting out a swinging dance number or softly crooning a tender ballad. When he was at his height, no one could touch him, and the songs collected on Classic Sinatra showcase the range of his talent. Recorded during his memorable run for Capitol Records in the 1950s, the songs here are more than just his best, they're often the definitive recordings: "I Get a Kick out of You," "Young at Heart," "Witchcraft," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "In the Wee Small Hours," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Like almost everything Sinatra recorded during this period, there isn't a dud to be found, which makes Classic Sinatra a perfect introduction to the work of this truly great talent. --Robert Burrow
Amazing though it is, the story of how Melody Gardot overcame the effects of a near-fatal accident to become one of the vocal sensations of 2008 is not the most extraordinary thing about the 23-year-old Philadelphia singer-songwriter. It is simply that here is a voice in a million; one that touches the soul. Melody's debut album `Worrisome Heart' introduced, in The Sunday Times' words: "a remarkable talent by any measure", with songs of quiet, wistful poetry in arrangements that "ooze after-hours sophistication". Yet the follow-up, for release in April 2009, marks a substantial leap forward. `My One And Only Thrill' is an intensely creative milestone, transcending genre distinctions of jazz and blues to offer a haunting personal musical statement that will appeal to all music-lovers. As with her acclaimed live shows she captures and holds her audience in the palm of her hand. These eleven songs, covering a wide range of emotions, are all her own except for an irresistible, Brazilian take on Somewhere Over The Rainbow. It would take a heart of stone to remain unmoved by the poignant title track My One And Only Thrill. And when the album is finished (as Irving Berlin wrote truly) the song is over, but the Melody lingers on . . .
Digitally remastered edition reissued to coincide with the 2012 motion picture. This recording captures the 1985 London cast that transformed an obscure French musical based on Victor Hugo's gargantuan novel of pre-Revolutionary France into a worldwide phenomenon throughout the late-'80s and '90s and became one of the best examples of the era's trend of blockbuster musical spectacles. Yes, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg's score tends to recycle its themes, but the beautiful melodies and stirring anthems rarely fail to captivate and touch its audience. Colm Wilkinson is the heroic Valjean, Patti LuPone is the tragic Fantine, Michael Ball is the love-struck Marius, and Frances Ruffelle is the despondent Eponine, with Roger Allam (Javert), Alun Armstrong and Sue Jane Tanner (the Thâ€šnardiers), Rebecca Caine (older Cosette), and David Burt (Enjolras) filling out the excellent cast.