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Hayley Westenra Audio CD
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1. Gabriel's Oboe (Whispers In A Dream)
2. Cinema Paradiso - Profumo Di Limone
3. La Califfa
4. Once Upon A Time In The West
5. Metti Una Sera A Cena
6. Cinema Paradiso: Would He Know Me Now
7. Per Natale
8. Deborah's Theme - I Knew I Loved You
9. Mezione Di Musica
10. Da Quel Sorriso Che Non Ride Piu
11. The edge Of Love
12. Amalia Por Amor
13. Here's To You
14. Malena

Product Description

2011 album from the New Zealand-born soprano. With a CV that belies her 23 years, having performed with Jose Carreras through to Andrea Bocelli and touring North America with Il Divo, Hayley is now realising her dream of working with master Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone, on her studio album Paradiso. Well known for his iconic film scores including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, Morricone is regarded as one of the most prolific and influential composers of his era. Despite the 60-year-age difference and distinct language barrier, Westenra and Morricone struck up an incredible bond whilst recording Paradiso with Ennio's orchestra in Rome last summer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paradiso by Hayley Westenra July 24 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
On the Slane Castle dvd, it quickly becomes obvious that Hayley has a beautiful and powerful voice. This becomes a proven fact when you see the number of cds that she currently has for sale on the internet. Having only seen her on the one dvd, I was unaware of her true singing style until I purchased her "Paradiso" cd. Unlike what I witnessed on the "Greatest Journey Collection," this cd sounds more akin to a collection of melancholy ballads. And while this may not be my preferred music style, I am sure that other people will find it to their liking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another winner from Hayley Jan. 25 2013
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A really great mixture of music here! A beautiful clear soprano voice with a wonderfully sensitive interpretation of the music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix. Jan. 8 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent CD for those of us who like classical sounds but sometimes want to hear light, easy to follow music. Hayley Westenra has a beautiful trained voice and she is able to transform simple songs in pieces of art. She has very sweet and pristine sounding high notes, making the CD enjoyable to everyone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment Jan. 13 2012
By patman
Format:Audio CD
The song selection is not for a North American audience, strange choice of music except for 3 songs. Hayley must have hated to to this album; she's much better than this
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Paradise! Oct. 4 2011
By melody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I admit, I am a fan of both Hayley Westenra and Ennio Morricone's music, and have listened to them both for quite a while. So, when I found out they were doing a collaboration, I was super excited. This album does not disappoint in any way, shape, or form. Hayley Westenra's voice is exquisite, displaying a depth of emotion not seen in her previous albums. As always, Morricone's music is superb, and both the new tracks written specifically for this album and the old ones rearranged for Ms. Westenra are delightful, sending the listener into a little taste of paradise, making the album aptly named. I would recommend this product to anyone, but especially to enjoyers of soundtracks and classical crossover.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradiso by Hayley Westenra Oct. 6 2011
By Terry Bame - Published on Amazon.com
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Paradiso I first saw Hayley on Celtic Woman. I enjoyed listening to her sing and purchased all of her cds and one dvd. Her voice continues to mature and her music is always enjoyable. I am thrilled Ennio Morricone has written some songs for her. Paradiso is great!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It reveals a maturity and creative streak lacking from most of her contemporaries. Oct. 5 2011
By Daryl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A decade on from her New Zealand-only self-titled debut album, and Christchurch's finest, 23-year-old Hayley Westenra, can no longer rely on the angelic-looking choirgirl persona which helped her replace Charlotte Church as the world's most successful young soprano. But having achieved quite the coup by recruiting legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone for her fifth album (and first non-seasonal studio release since 2007's "Treasure"), "Paradiso", it's unlikely that she would have had to, anyway.
Recorded with the 120-piece Roma Sinfonietta in their hometown, its 13 tracks are a world away from her usual fare of traditional hymns, operatic standards and classical pop numbers, revealing a maturity and creative streak lacking from most of her contemporaries.
Indeed, perhaps to establish her songwriting credentials, Morricone has allowed several of his most famous compositions to be rewritten by the now-grownup star, including one of his most famous pieces, "Gabriel's Oboe" (now "Whispers in a Dream"), and the themes to 1970 films "La Califfa" and "Malena", all of which show she's more than up to the rather imposing job.
The less obvious song selections also indicate Westenra is no longer content to follow the crowd, with only the soothing harmonies of "Jill's Theme" ("Once Upon a Time in the West"), the beautifully lilting vocal adaptation of "Deborah's Theme" ("Once Upon a Time In America") and the string-soaked "Profumo di Limone" and "Would He Ever Know Me Now?" (both from "Cinema Paradiso"), likely to be familiar to mainstream audiences.
Instead, the album rummages around the more obscure corners of Morricone's back catalog, with contributions from 1968 sci-fi comedy H2S (the whimsical scale-climbing "Lezione di Musica"), the docudrama "Sacco e Vanzelli" (Joan Baez's slow-building protest song "Here's to You"), and 1969's "Metti una Sera a Cena" (the bossa nova-tinged title track), sitting alongside a cover of Dulce Pontes' Portuguese-sung "Amalia por Amor," and two new tracks, the Disney-esque French festive tale, "Per Natale," and the Tim Rice-penned potential show tune, "The Edge of Love".
A huge leap forward from her previous attempts, "Paradiso" suggests Westenra may be a far more intriguing proposition outside her teenage years than she was during them. J. O'Brien

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, once again! Oct. 24 2011
By P.M.E.A.F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hayley has done it once more! Incredible vocals, lyrics, orchestration, incredible EVERYTHING! I highly recommend buying this album.

Of course "Gabriel's Oboe (Whispers in a Dream)" is one of the best!

"Cinema Paradiso-Profumo Di Limone" and "Cinema Paradiso-Would He Even Know Me Now?" are naturally two of my favorites because I've always liked the melody--long before this album was released.

"Metti Una Sera A Cena" at first was not one of my favorites, but it quickly grew on me and now I listen to it quite frequently.

"La Califfa" and "Malena" are purely gorgeous.

"Once Upon A Time In the West" is just....BEAUTIFUL!

"Lezione Di Musica" makes me feel so happy! It's just so...fantastical!

"Per Natale" is one of my FAVORITES! Singing in French is one of my favorite languages to sing and listen to. This song, like "Lezione Di Musica" makes me feel so very happy! It makes me think a little bit of Christmas!

"Amalia Por Amor" is lovely. The techniques used are impressive. This song reminds me of a tongue-twister. I can only appreciate even more Hayley's singing said tongue-twister in a different language!

Her rendition of "Here's to you" (lyrics by Joan Boaz) is beautiful and very well sung. The final stanza of the song, with the trumpet, is so moving.

"Deborah's Theme...", "Da Quel Sorriso Che Non Ride Piu" and "The Edge of Love" all just leave me speechless. In a good way of course.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word describes Hayley and that is "PERFECT ANGEL." Nov. 16 2011
By Craig G. Geis - Published on Amazon.com
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Every word that comes out of her mouth is golden magic....Her song selection is always good. You will not be displeased by the selections on this CD. I wish Hayley would sing "Those Were The Days" by Mary Hopkins, that would be fantastic. Hint, Hint Hayley....Worth more than every penny spent......Also, get "PURE" if you don't already have it.
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