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  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B004VPHPQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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Collaboration album featuring the songs of Italian composer Ennio Morricone sung by New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. The album features some of Morricone's best-known compositions, including 'Cinema Paradiso' and 'Once Upon a Time in the West' along with brand new compositions written for Westenra.

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A truly great CD. Whilst I have nearly all of Haley's CD's none of the songs on this CD are retakes of others I already have.

Some of the songs are very peaceful and at times haunting i.e. Gabriels Oboe and Once Upon a Time in the West. There is not one track I do not like and Haley's performance through out is superb. I have been playing it virtually non stop along with three other artists for days now and still not tired of it. In fact I still find something new to take in when replaying it.

The presentation case complements the music nicely.

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For this album Hayley has teamed up with Ennio Morricone and this is a match made in heaven and it has produced a truly amazing album. Hayley's voice perfectly fits Ennio's romanic compositions. The music on this album covers much of Morricone's early music to iconic film scors such as The Mission and Cinema Paradiso, but there are also mew compisitions and new lyrics some of which Hayley has written herself. Apart from Hayley's outstanding vocals, the new arrangements really stand out on this CD. For me Paradiso contains the best arrangements of Gabriel's Oboe that I have heard with a vocal, its much better than any version of Nella Fantasia I have heard. Also the versions of La Califfa and Cinema Paradiso really stand out with beautiful lyrics and orchestral arrangements. Morricone has really pushed Hayley as these songs are very emotional and Hayley really shows this in her voice and this is the sort of music she should be performing and is very different to her other albums.

The Tracks that really stand out for me are:

La Califfa- Hayley has writen some beautiful new English lyrics for this song and it is orchestrated beautifully; especially the use of the piano in the third verse and strings in the fourth.
Once Upon a Time in the West- This is a vocaliese; I don't think any other artist can do a vocaliese like Hayley, it is amazing how moving this song is when there are no lyrics- again the use of strings is perfect towards the end.
Metti Una Sera a Cena- this deserves a mention becasue it has a more pop-like sound and is different to many of the other tracks and it is also a testament to Morricone's talent that the music seems completely at odds with the meaning of the song.
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A great voice is one thing, but without the right material, the talent is wasted. Who better than the great Ennio Morricone, (composer of Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns with Eastwood, Once upon a time in America, Once upon a time in the West and much more) to collaborate with Westenra. This new album, released a while ago in some countries has some of 83 year old Morricone's famous film music as well as newly written music just for this album. Angelic Westenra has added to this album by writing English lyrics to some of his famous pieces. There are tracks here from Once upon a time in the West and from Once upon a time in America, which alone makes this album a standout. Morricone produced all of the tracks, some with new arrangements and using the resources of his own 120 piece orchestra. Now it might seem I am reviewing Morricone rather than Westenra but that is because the two together make this album what it is.
Recorded in Rome, this is an album not only for the lover of classical soprano but crossover music. Westenra has previously covered many yesteryear songs, such as Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel), Both sides now (Joni Mitchell), Wuthering heights (Kate Bush) but this album is more of a classical orchestral work. Almost an hour of music, this album is worth listening to on quiet evenings; on thoughtful days.
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I've been listening to this album for several months now (after ordering it from N. Z.). This album is innovative in a way that others in her genre are not i.e. others would be happy to keep on regurgitating the same 'classical crossover' type songs, whilst Hayley in this album takes a different path.

Listening to the album a few times and also listening to interviews with Hayley, Ennio Morricone probably pushed her more to excel on this album than on pervious ones and this comes out in the strength and range of the vocals. Favourite tracks would have to be 'Gabriel's Oboe', 'La Callifa', 'Once upon a time in the West,' 'Amalia Por Amor' and 'Malena'. Amalia Por Amor is worth the price of this album alone, and really shows what Hayley is capable of, and what those who have heard her sing live can attest to. Ennio Morricone's orchestra also sounds excellent and compliments Hayley's voice well. I'll leave the last words to Ennio Morricone: "Hayley Westenra is a rare singer, maybe unique in the international panorama. Her voice and perfect intonation have really struck me. This is already a lot for a composer. Then, working with her, I found out that she is also a great interpreter. I'm sure we'll do a good job together."
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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.
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