Ennio Morricone, famous for his film music is now well into his eighties having had a long and distinguished career.
Hayley is the young vocalist that he chose to work with. With good reason. I don't think anyone else in the world could do what Hayley did with these songs. She even wrote some of the English lyrics, and is not shamed by some of the other respected lyricists that contributed to the album, like Sir Tim Rice and Don Black!
As a long time fan of Hayley's voice and music, I am thrilled with this one.
Here is a wonderful exhibition of vocal virtuosity, combined with superb orchestration.
The different ways in which Hayley's beautiful pure voice is used, often as a musical instrument, are pure genius. And what a range of different styles she covers, everything from Christmas carols to Portuguese fado. All performed brilliantly
Much is exquisitely beautiful. On "Once Upon a Time in the West" you don't at first realise you are listening to a human voice, she sounds like a bassoon-like instrument to my ears, and it is only when she hits some higher notes that the truth dawns. Such is the purity of her voice and the accuracy and consistency of pitch that she achieves. There are spectacular vocal fireworks as on "Amalia Por Amor" and "Lezione di Musica". And all through the album run Morricone's gorgeous melodies.
It is far and away the best album that Hayley has ever recorded in my opinion (although I have a very soft spot for her Japanese Songs albums).
Paradiso is like nothing else I have ever heard, from Hayley or anyone else, and deserves huge success. Despite the language barrier, and a nearly 60 year age difference, Hayley and Ennio seem made for each other musically. A thoroughly enjoyable album that will be listened to with pleasure for years to come.