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River Of Dreams - The Very Best Of Hayley Westenra [CD]

Hayley Westenra Audio CD
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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 (27 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: UCJ
  • ASIN: B001BBOSB4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Pokarekare AnaHayley Westenra 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. River of Dreams (adapted from "Winter")Hayley Westenra 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dell'Amore Non Si SaHayley Westenra 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. ShenandoahHayley Westenra 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Water Is WideHayley Westenra 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. SongbirdHayley Westenra 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Both Sides NowHayley Westenra 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ave MariaHayley Westenra 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. BenedictusHayley Westenra 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Amazing GraceHayley Westenra 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Danny BoyHayley Westenra 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Summer RainHayley Westenra 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Never Say Goodbye (Adapted from "Pavane")Hayley Westenra 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. O mio babbino caroStephen Hussey 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. May It Be/Fellowship of The RingHayley Westenra 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Ave MariaHayley Westenra 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Now Is The Hour (Po Atarau/Haere Ra)Hayley Westenra 3:080.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Hayley Westenra shot to attention five years ago at the age of 16. Since then she has released seven albums into various national and international territories and contributed to a dozen others, out of which two permutations of greatest hits compilations have also been gleaned.

River of Dreams is the first such compendium targeted at the UK market and if you are a fan of the still-young New Zealander, you'll know what to expect here and, more than likely, you'll be more than satisfied with what you get. Initially touted as a classical soprano, Westenra quickly (and wisely) moved away from the operatic towards a more eclectic repertoire to showcase her distinctively flutey, helium-high, gravity-free, crystal-sharp, emotion-free vocals.

Sensibly, the classical element is downplayed and disguised here, not least in the title track where new-age lyrics are layered over a heavily re-arranged version of Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and in Never Say Goodbye, which re-works Ravel's Pavane to wistfully watery effect. The approach to Puccini's O mio babbino caro, Bach's Ave Maria (one of three new tracks on the album) and Karl Jenkins's Benedictus all err on the side of botox-smooth textures (such as they are).

The other new material includes album closer Now is the Hour, adapted from a tradition Maori tune, and Fleetwood Mac's Songbird, popularised more recently by Eva Cassidy, on which Westenra is pleasantly airy and clearly away with the dewdrop-drunk faeries.

If the epic American folk song Shenandoah loses much of its heart-stopping grandeur, it gains in places from Westenra's trademark brittleness, as does the traditional Irish gem Danny Boy, and the cover of the Enya-penned May It Be from The Lord of the Rings' soundtrack. The same cannot be said for Amazing Grace which has the most peculiar vocal tick 2'55" in that launches itself out of the speakers at you like a Banshee on heat.

In truth, this is a critic-proof album. With machine-tooled, nothing-left-to-chance production, on its own terms it succeeds, and it will undoubtedly sell by the van load this Christmas. Whether it deserves to, on its singular musical merits, is another matter altogether. --Michael Quinn

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Hayley Westenra River Of Dreams (The Very Best Of Hayley Westenra)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine River of Dreams 1 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
It is without doubt by no coincidence that Hayley decided to call this album River of Dreams. It is a tiver of dreams. Each track explains a personal journey in Hayley's musical and personal life, and I believe it is the best Best Of one can produce. Each song was carefully selected, and the songs were without doubt my favorite from the start. So I was extremely pleased to see the tracklistings. I am also more than impressed with the three new recordings. Songbird is one of the best version I have ever heard, and Now is the Hour is yet again one of Hayley's best Maori songs. I believe Hayley's best songs are in sung in Maori, and there is no exception for Now is the Hour. The new recording of Ave Maria displays Hayley's purity of her voice, and how she has contained it over the years. The three new tracks are very well selected, as the album itself is great, and the new tracks prove that she has more. I am very pleased with this album, and am so glad she produced a Best Of. I can now listen to Pure, Odyssey and Treasure all at the same time! If you likes her three international albums, then this is for you. You will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars river of dreams 14 Jan 2011
By Bevlyn
Format:Audio CD
Just love this album! The beautiful voice of Hayley is like a clear crystal brook rippling over smooth pebbles, fresh like the trees that grow alongside the river banks, delighting the senses of all you happen to come by, refreshing them with every note she sings. Beautiful Hayley,you refresh me and lift me up, thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album 15 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is worth the price for Now is the Hour on it's own.
A beautiful Maori song (Po Atarau / Harere Ra) that was a huge hit about 1948 sung by Gracie Fields,
This version of Now is the Hour by Hayley is my definitive version of the song, sung with an intimate understanding of the Maori culture and language, just melts the heart with it's beauty, What a gorgeous voice !
Should also bring back some great memories for the older listeners, My Da just loves it :-)

Gorgeous version of Christine McVie's Songbird on this as well.

Two versions of Ave Maria the Bach/ Gounod version and the Caccini version.

17 tracks in all you won't need the remote to skip over any tracks on this collection, You may need the remote to press repeat a few times as some of the music on this album just massages the soul about as deep as a female voice can !
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I came round to Hayley Westenra via a very obscure route. One of the saturday paper supplements had a 'what ever happened to ...' feature and this week it was Neil Reid who had a hit in the early 70s with 'Mother of Mine'. I checked Youtube and sure enough it was there but also listed was another version by a singer called Hayley Westenra. To say I was knocked out by Hayley's version would be an understatement (incidently her version is on an album of Japanese songs Vol 2 I think - it costs a fortune!).
I spent an evening running through Hayley's various performances and wondered how I had missed such a good singer. As for the CD it's a lovely collection showcasing both her classical credentials and a beautiful lilting voice on songs such as 'Danny Boy' and 'Shenandoah'
The 'sleeve notes' feature various photos of Hayley meeting famous people and her enthusiatic and charming comments remind you just how young she is.
The one black mark on this CD is a mix up with the tracks. On the version I got the printed cover and the tracks match, however pop this into your PC and the media player will tell a different story, the tracks from number 5 onwards have the wrong titles so if you rip the CD to your portable music device you will have to rename most of the tracks. I think this mix-up may have been caused by different tracks being used on the compilation in different countries. I am assuming that this error has been picked up now and future versions will be fine. In any event I won't mark the CD down for a technicality when the songs themselves are so beautifully delivered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I love Christmas music and came across Westenra's upcoming Christmas album on Amazon. I tried a few samples and was impressed enough to pre-order it. Then I came to this recording and listened to a few more samples - what a great collection of songs from such a wonderful voice! I don't typically listen to classic music so a 'best of' album is perfect for me for those occasions when I do feel like listening to something different. I love the variety on this album and would highly recommend it if you have an eclectic taste for music and want to add some classic singing in English and other languages to your own collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic "best of" 29 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's so lovely to see a Best Of So Far album with some completely new tracks as well as being reminded of some of the classic songs from the last 3 CDs. Fantastic album and would thoroughly recommend it to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best "Best of" 1 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hayley Westenra is still young but her music gets better every album she produces, what an export New Zealand have!

Unfortunately I have to agree with previous comments that the import version with the extras is better, if you can get hold of it, otherwise worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of songs, inc. 'Majesty' 21 July 2010
By David M
Format:Audio CD
The reason I bought this NZ special edition is because it has the song 'Majesty' on it (unlike the normal version). As a Christian I really appreciate Hayley singing this, I also appreciate her modesty and integrity. I have the other songs on various other albums, although there were several songs which I prefer but did not make it onto this album, for example 'Quanta Qualia' 'You are Water' 'Wuthering heights', 'Dark Waltz', 'Across the universe of Time', 'Laudate Dominum', 'Laschia Ch'io Pianga' and 'The heart worships.'
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Published 1 month ago by Frank Donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Talent
I think she has a wonderful voice & one of the best talent from over seas there is at the moment.
Published 1 month ago by conker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing voice
Excellent collection of songs with Hayley's beautiful voice the album is a real treasure to listen. It's a good choice for any fan to buy.
Published 2 months ago by Sanna-Irene Helminen
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never been a fan of opera or operetta but ...
Hayley's incredible voice is not about all volume and control; it's magical, clear as a mountain spring, with a feel that can bring tears to your eyes - and the bonus - you can... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barry Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
Great item hubby really enjoyed listening to it. Cd has become on of his favourites. Sounds very clear singing beautiful.
Published 3 months ago by michaela Elm
5.0 out of 5 stars River of dreams
I Have most of Halyey Westenra's cds and I really enjoyed this compilation. There was a good mix if her range and I find her voice very relaxing.
Published 6 months ago by Mr J S Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Heard on TV
One that was advertised on television so thought we would like to hear all of it. We find it a nice easy listening CD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Justgriggs
4.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful voice
Hayley Westenra has a voice that should be used as a vocal standard by which many of the 'popular amateurs' should be judged. Read more
Published 9 months ago by stewart macpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax
Hayley has the most Beautiful voice, lovely selection of songs. An album to relax with. Love that it was also auto ripped to my ipad.
Published 12 months ago by crossstitchchris
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I know the recipient of this gift will enjoy this disc -they have enjoyed previous renditions by this girl singer
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