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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