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Travelling Light

Lesley Garrett Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lesley Garrett
  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005QVXW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Surrender/The Wonder of You
2. Ave Maria
3. Bess, You is my woman now (with Bryn Terfel)
4. For No One/Blackbird
5. I Dreamed a Dream
6. Mambo Italiano (with Evelyn Glennie)
7. The Summer Knows (with Michael Ball)
8. Two Hearts, One Love
9. Alabama Song
10. La Violet
11. Et Si Demain (with Michel Legrand)
12. Over the Rainbow
13. A Boy Like That/I Have a Love
14. On Holy Ground

Product Description

Travelling Light could hardly be described as a classical album, but it could be called Lesley Garrett's "coming out" album. Instead of trying to be all things to all men by combining classical arias with show-stoppers and pop and not doing complete justice to any (as she herself admits admirably in her own booklet notes), here she concentrates on one theme. The result is one of her most successful and enjoyable recordings to date. The canny variety of sources, moods and textures in the 14 songs is complemented by some imaginative arrangements and the presence of some of La Garrett's friends--Bryn Terfel on terrific form in "Bess, You is my woman now", Michael Ball giving a demonstration of how a theatre-trained singer sells a lyric in "The Summer Knows", and Evelyn Glennie (her contribution in "Mambo Italiano" is worth the price of the disc alone). Despite a misconceived "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (where is the wistful innocence?) and an uncharacterised "Alabama Song" (I didn't believe she'd ever drunk anything stronger than lemonade), Garrett offers some really thrilling singing, not least in her superb version of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Why does no one book her for a West End/Broadway show? --Jeremy Nicholas

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Britain's favourite soprano 13 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lesley Garrett proves once again that she is a versatile and talented musician who can turn her hand (voice?!) to many different styles. This combines material from favourites such as Les Miserables, Porgy & Bess and West Side Story; alongside new work - Tolga Kashif (Ave Maria and La Violet) Sir George Martin (Two Hearts, One Love) and some unusual arrangements of classic songs - Elvis (Surrender/The Wonder of You), The Beatles (For No One/Blackbird). On this album Lesley is joined by several different singers - Michel Legrand, Evelyn Glennie, Bryn Terfel, Michael Ball, Denyce Graves, The Metro Singers and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge as well as Evelyn Glennie and Roland Chadwick. It's varied, contrasting and very well arranged. Lesley Garrett's fans will love this as will those looking for something just a little bit different.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Garrett - Tranquility 14 Oct 2002
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Lesley Garrett’s latest offering is a collection of soothing and serene arias. Garrett has opted for a fairly commercial classical compilation but nevertheless, this album is produced to the highest quality and features some excellent performances from Garrett, accompanied by both the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia.
There is no doubt that Lesley Garrett is a wonderful singer. Throughout the collection, she produces some really tremendous singing whilst she weaves sweetly in and out of the rich melodies. The truly magical moments come in the shape of commercial favourites such as Schubert’s Ave Maria, Fauré’s Pie Jesu and in what is now widely considered Garrett’s signature tune, Caccini’s Ave Maria.
Other highlights include Handel’s Ombra Mai Fù and Bellini’s Cast a Diva.
This is a light, classic collection of beautiful songs, which would probably not suit the taste of a serious opera enthusiast but would certainly be a valuable addition to any CD collection. As the album title suggests, it is a relaxing and calming set of wonderful songs by the UK’s favourite soprano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Garrett - Travelling Light 14 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album! I was unsure what to expect, when I first bought it. I need not have worried, this is a well researched & well balanced album.

This project is the first musical collaboration between Lesley Garrett and composer/arranger Tolga Kashif, a musical partnership that is highly prized by Garrett. They have since worked together on all her subsequent solo albums. This album features two of Kashif's own compositions: "Ave Maria" & "La Violet".

Sir George Martin and Michel Le Grand also feature on the album. George Martin penned & conducts his own composition "Two Hearts, One Love", (especially written for Lesley); as well as arranging the Beatles Medley. Michel Le Grand also duets with Lesley on "Et Si Demain", and also conducts "The Summer Knows", where Lesley duets with Michael Ball. Lesley also duets with Denyce Graves, Evelyn Glennie & Bryn Terfel too .

My personal favourite tracks include: "Ave Maria"; "La Violet"; "The Alabama Song"; "Two Hearts, One Love"; "A Boy Like/I Have A Love"; "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" & "On Holy Ground".

This album has something for everyone. Superb arrangements, a varied selection of songs, and duets with some of the most famous names of the music world to date.

Lesley Garrett has always wanted to make a record like this. I think her enthusiasm for the project, shines through in her vocal performance. Making this a must have for all Lesley Garrett fans, as well as anyone seeking an introduction to Garrett's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Oct 2014
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Marvelous CD my wife loves it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Almost Got 5 Stars 17 Jan 2007
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Format:Audio CD
Lesley Garrett has a gorgeous voice, that much is obvious. And it shines on tracks like Ave Maria, Bess You Is My Woman Now, Et Si Demain and The Summer Knows. While her voice is a bit heavy for a musical theater repitoire her renditions of A Boy Like That/I Have a Love and I Dreamed A Dream work really, really well. However she runs into problems on tracks like Work For No One/Blackbird, Mambo Italiano (which doesn't fit the mood of the rest of the album at all), and Over the Rainbow. I think that these are songs that sound better with a more relaxed, less "legit" sound which Garrett seems to have trouble with. It's definately worth getting for the highlights I mentioned above, as well as her duets but Michael Ball and Bryn Terfel. Both are lovely. Really the presence of a few awkward tracks keeps this from a 5 star rating
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull oh lesley 15 Feb 2002
By phoebe - Published on
Format:Audio CD
lesley has excelled herself with superb songs from most genres with a tearjerking performance of over the rainbow and a fab swing your hips time with the cool mambo italliano
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