Sarah Brightman Photos Â Â Â Â Â Â More from Sarah Brightman Time to Say Goodbye Diva: The Singles Collection Eden Diva: The Video Collection Live from Las Vegas La Luna (Live in Concert) 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 a fan 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
Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This one's a classic. Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This one's a classic. -- David Hurwitz
The critically acclaimed Benedictines of Mary, who have received accolades from USA Today, NPR, ABCs Good Morning America and beyond, now return with their latest release, Lent at Ephesus.This compilation of poignant chants, intricate harmonies and rousing hymns of glory and redemption includes: O Sacred Head Surrounded, made famous by Bachs oratorios, All Glory Laud and Honor, the well known Adoramus Te Christe and the entrancing Improperia from the liturgy of Good Friday. Three original pieces are also featured among the generous 23 tracks. Let the vibrant purity of their monastic sound peacefully escort you through the penitential season of Lent.
Manufacturer: Sony Masterworks
Last November, after a stunning audition for Holland s Got Talent, Amira's performance of "O Mio Babbino Caro" went viral, touching millions of people worldwide. Even Simon Cowell tweeted that Amira is a "total star." She went on to win the talent contest and is now set to release her debut album, Amira. Originally from the Netherlands, Amira, who is only ten years old, taught herself to sing opera by watching videos on YouTube and imitating the "big voices" she saw on her computer. After convincing her parents to audition for Holland's Got Talent, the adventure began and shows no signs of stopping. Amira's debut album is a collection of big opera classics, featuring "Nessun Dorma," Ave Maria," "Nella Fantasia" and, of course, "O Mio Babbino Caro."
Manufacturer: Sony Music
Brand: JONATHAN & CHARLOTTE
British teenage classical crossover duo Jonathan & Charlotte caused a sensation in the finals of Britain's Got Talent with their stunning performance of "The Prayer" that was watched by over 14.5 million people. Their first album, Together, debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and has sold over 200K worldwide. On their second album, Perhaps Love, these memorable young performers reinvent and reinterpret well-known popular and classical songs from PlÃ¡cido Domingo, John Denver, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and more. Perhaps Love shows how much Jonathan & Charlotte have grown since their first album with a compelling mixture of duets and solos. Highlights include "Perhaps Love," an inventive reimagining of the PlÃ¡cido Domingo/John Denver classic, the OscarÂ® winning showstopper from the movie Once, "Falling Slowly," and the immortal Lionel Richie duet "Endless Love." The album also features Jonathan's soul-searching tenor on "O Sole Mio" and "Santa Lucia" and Charlotte's haunting rendition of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." Says Charlotte, "We've always had a very clear musical vision." Adds Jonathan, "It's limitless, you take any song and make it your own. That's what we ve tried to do with Perhaps Love."
1. Jingle Bells
2. The Christmas Song
3. Mistletoe And Holly
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. The Christmas Waltz
6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
7. The First Noel
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
10. Adeste Fideles
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
12. Silent Night
13. White Christmas
14. The Christmas Waltz (Alternate Version)
This deluxe, Limited Edition package features the Sacred Arias DVD, an enhanced CD with the original music plus 2 bonus tracks (Bizet: Agnus Dei and Le vi: I Believe), a special 14 photo picture gallery and downloadable wallpaper images. 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. 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. This new special edition includes two bonus tracks on a CD enhanced with a picture gallery as well as a full-length DVD of Bocelli in concert filmed at the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. --Thomas May