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# Hayley Westenra began performing when she was just 6 years old and made her first recording in a professional studio at 12. She was still only 16 when she released her debut international CD, Pure. It rapidly became the fastest-selling debut album from a classical artist, and reached the Top 10 of the pop charts in 11 countries. Her albums have sold more than four million copies worldwide to ... Read more in Amazon's Hayley Westenra Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000AD1IT4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Løvland: PrayerHayley Westenra 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dell'Amore Non Si SaHayley Westenra 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Franzel: Never Saw BlueHayley Westenra 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Caccini: Ave MariaHayley Westenra 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)Hayley Westenra 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hawes: Quanta QualiaHayley Westenra 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Both Sides NowHayley Westenra 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. May It BeHayley Westenra 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No.5 - Aria (Cantilena)Brett James 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jocelyn Pook: Bridal BalladHayley Westenra 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Mists Of IslayHayley Westenra 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - O mio babbino caroStephen Hussey 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mozart: Laudate DominumConventus Choir 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Flies: Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, mein Prinzchen")Hayley Westenra 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Traditional: She Moves Through The Fair (Classical Mix)Hayley Westenra 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z.626 - Arr. James Brett, Co-arranged Hayley Westenra - Dido's Lament ("When I Am Laid In Earth")Brett James 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Odyssey is the follow up album to Westenra's debut, Pure. Although the bias of repertoire on this album is classical, Westenra also showcases her extraordinary talent for songwriting with the beautiful track, "What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)". This album features beautiful versions of "Wiegenlied" (Mozart), Caccini's "Ave Maria", "May it Be" (as featured in Lord of the Rings) and "Quanta Qualia" (a melodic choral piece). Oddyssey also includes Westenra's version of Joni Mitchell’s "Both Sides Now", a beautiful ballad called "Never Saw Blue (Like That)" and "Dell' Amore Non Si Sa"--a sensational duet with Andrea Bocelli.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2005
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I didn't like Hayley's previous album, Pure, very much, mostly because I found the accompaniment weak and lifeless. I bought Odyssey for someone else but decided to play it first out of curiosity. Everyone I've ever spoken with who's met Hayley or worked with her has spoken positively about what a nice person she is, and how professional she is, and that made me want to see what the album is like.
I was amazed from the word go. Hayley's voice has developed in both tone and expression, and the accompanying music on this album is played with feeing and dynamic richness. I liked it immediately, but I couldn't really keep playing someone else's CD, so I ordered another copy for myself. Naturally I'd recommend this album to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jonathon hughes on 15 Dec. 2005
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Like a lot of people I very much enjoyed her first album pure, and was pleasently surprised with the difference in this album. Hayley has matured not only vocally, in age, but as an artist too and I feel this album has stretched her more and shows her trying to develop her own unique style - which in this current climate of crossover is very refreshing. Hayley doesn't try to immitate or be something she is not, she sings straight from the heart, and I feel she is best putting her mark on new songs rather than covering opera classics as her voice doesn't have the right texture for that as yet. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes to listen to well sung, produced emotive music and would urge listeners not always to expect the same. Well done young lady.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Holger Wemmer on 19 Aug. 2005
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Hayley has grown up. Take a look at the cover: The pretty young girl from Christchurch, New Zealand, has become a beautiful young lady. But along with her visual charms, Hayley's voice has matured as well.
The album opens with its indisputable highlight, the cover version of Secret Garden's "Prayer". The song's ethereal beauty is so soothing and embracing, you wish for it never to end.
With "What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)", but especially with the traditional "She Moved Through the Fair" Hayley then demonstrates once again why she is known as the "singing sensation". Every single note is hit with impressive precision while her voice at all times remains warm and soft.
With "Odyssey" Enya's "May It Be" as performed by Miss Westenra has now also become available as a studio version. As it was with Hayley's live performance on the DVD, I caught myself listening open-mouthed, being stunned by the pure splendor of her beautiful voice.
The remaining tracks on this album are similarly stimulating, among others a well-arranged duet with Andrea Bocelli.
I couldn't wait for the European version, so I ordered my copy directly in New Zealand. But whether you decide to do as I did or to wait for the official U.K. release, by all means do no not miss out on this new masterpiece by Hayley Westenra. You will not regret having embarked on this journey, this "Odyssey", into sheer sonic delight.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Fred Flintsone on 26 Aug. 2005
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Odyssey is a stunning return from the highly talented, young New Zealand born singer Hayley Westenra. Having introduced her beautiful voice to the world with the fantastic album 'Pure', she now returns with the follow-up, sounding more confident, mature and even more compelling.
Odyssey mixes together classical, traditional and contemporary tracks all to great effect with Hayley's voice drifting effortlessly from style to style whist still retaining her distinctive ethereal tone. Her voice is instantly recognisable and always draws you in, yet it never becomes too overpowering. Thanks to some great production and Hayley's natural ability to judge the mood of each song, every track on Odyssey floats through the speakers with an air of sublime, delicate beauty.
The album starts with the wonderful 'Prayer', which as its title suggests is a gentle, uplifting piece of inspirational music and proves to be a great opening track. This is then followed by the emotionally touching 'Never Saw Blue' on which Hayley's voice is backed by some sparse piano and the merest hint of strings, all of which definitely create the feel that 'less is more'. The album then has a slight change of mood with the majestic 'Dell'Amore Non Si Sa' - a sensational duet with the ever impressive Andrea Bocelli. This truly is the coming together of two great voices and both artists shine on this hugely enjoyable, dramatic track.
Odyssey continues to impress with every track and one can clearly see the progression from Hayley's previous efforts. There is more variation on this album but essentially none of the magic has been lost. If anything, this broadening of her musical horizons has only served to improve her status as a sensationally gifted 18 year old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 8 Nov. 2006
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I have just purchased Hayley Westenra's album "Odyssey" and agree with so many of the previous reviwers. What a remarkable voice she has. I love "Prayer" - what a song and Hayley sings it with such emotion. "May It Be" is another favourite and really love the whole album! I will probably buy her first album "Pure" now. A good purchase. I only bought today but have played several times already. First heard Hayley sing "Prayer" on "Songs of Praise" - and really loved this song immediately with Hayley's superb voice. I note that some reviewers prefer "Pure" to "Odyssey" and vice versa, but one certainty is sure, that Hayley Westenra is a lovely singer and deserves a brilliant career in music.
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