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  • Audio CD (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B002PAQETO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Little Road To Bethlehem
  2. Carol Of The Bells
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  4. Veni Veni Emmanuel
  5. Silent Night
  6. Christmas Morning
  7. Sleigh Ride
  8. River
  9. Little Drummer Boy
  10. Corpus Christi Carol
  11. All With You
  12. The Coventry Carol
  13. Winter's Dream
  14. Peace Shall Come
  15. It's Only Christmas (with Ronan Keating)

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A magical collection of Christmas songs from the 22 year old singing phenomenon that is Hayley Westenra. Winter Magic combines some of the best loved and most familiar seasonal carols such as "Silent Night" and "Coventry Carol" with popular Christmas songs "Little Drummer Boy" and "Sleigh Ride", as well as tracks Hayley has written herself ("Peace Shall Come", "All With You" and "Christmas Morning"). The variety of the song choices perfectly showcases the versatility of Hayley’s angelic voice and her ability to not only perform in a beautiful, classical way ("Corpus Christi Carol") but also in a considerably more 'pop' style ("Peace Shall Come").

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Format: Audio CD
Although this album is not due for release in the UK for several weeks, the Japanese version containing identical tracks was released on 30th September and I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful Christmas albums I have ever heard, such that I think I will find it very hard to restrict myself to just airing it over Christmas.

This is an album that the whole family will enjoy as it contains children's favourites like "Silent Night" & "Little Drummer Boy" as well as a good selection of traditional carols such as "Carol of the Bells", "The Coventry Carol" and "Veni Veni Emmanuel", the latter, a hauntingly beautiful rendition sung in Latin by Hayley with such passion that I defy anyone to try to do anything but listen whilst it plays.

Other tracks include a moving rendition of Joni Mitchell's "River" and three totally new songs which Hayley co-wrote - "Christmas Morning", All With You" and "Peace Shall Come", one of the most powerful tracks on the album. All in all, it's very difficult to pick a favourite

Hayley is at her stunning best on this album and her captivating vocals shine through on each and every track with lyrics seeming to come alive such that it feels like the listener is being drawn into the mood of each song. I believe this is going to be one Christmas album that is going to be talked about for many Christmas's to come. It just can't go wrong.
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Format: Audio CD
This album has it all!

Something Old (Corpus Christi Carol, Coventry Carol, Silent Night)
Something New (Christmas Morning, All With You, Peace Shall Come)
Something Borrowed (River - from Joni Mitchell)
Something Blue (River again)

Something Traditional, Something Innovative
Something well known, Something obscure
Something up-tempo, Something slow
Something spiritual, Something material
Something joyful, Something sad
Something classical, Something folk, Something pop
Something religious, Something secular

Somtimes light hearted, sometimes serious, somtimes breathtakingly beautiful

Always beautifully sung, Always brilliantly arranged
Always quality songs, always well recorded

Never boring, never stodgy, never pretentious, never tacky

All that, performed by one of the world's great voices.

What more could you want? This is Christmas music that can hold its own throughout the year.

Get it! You won't regret it! This is a truly wonderful album!
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I love Chrismtas music and bought this album after listening to samples. It's a very high quality recording with lovely purity of voice from Hayley. There are a variety of songs and each arrangement is excellently produced. Westenra's arrangements of "Sleigh Ride" and "The Chrismtas Song" have already become my favourite arrangements and I have several versions on my iPod!

There are other songs that I was less familar with and yet they all have a wonderful Christmas feel. If you enjoy Christmas music then this will be a great additional to your festive collection and give greater enjoyment than some of the Christmas Complilations that are packed with dozens of tracks. If you are a Westenra fan then you won't be disappointed with this collection, it's the high quality music that you would expect from her.

Highly recommended for the festive season!
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
For this, the fourth Hayley Westenra album that I've bought but the first I've reviewed, Hayley has chosen to restrain herself somewhat. There is no evidence here of the power that her voice is capable of, but this appears to be a deliberate choice. If she had chosen to, she could have belted out Sleigh ride, as other singers sometimes do, but even this song is taken at mid-tempo. Those who like Hayley for the power in her voice will find nothing here to appeal to them, but the music is no less brilliant because of its mellowness.

A characteristic of Hayley Westenra albums is that different versions are released and this album is no exception. The American version contains 14 tracks. The Japanese version contains those 14 tracks plus a non-Christmas bonus track titled On the wings of time. The British version contains the 14 tracks as released on the American edition plus a duet with Ronan Keating on a song that Ronan co-wrote titled It's only Christmas. Ronan released his own Christmas album in 2009, also including the song. I haven't heard that album but I'm told that the version there is a Ronan solo, not featuring Hayley.

The set opens with Little road to Bethlehem, a song previously recorded by both Shawn Colvin and Aled Jones, but it deserved to be more frequently recorded. The next song is Carol of the bells, which I think generally works best as a group song with different voices, but Hayley does as good a solo version as I've heard. Elsewhere, the album contains a few standards including The Christmas song, Silent night, Little drummer boy and the aforementioned Sleigh ride, but those looking for a selection of mostly familiar songs are advised to look elsewhere.
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