Sarah Brightman is one of those rarities who has found fame in countries other than her own. Of course, British people remember her for her association with Lord Lloyd Webber, and those even older probably have a record single of 'I lost my heart to a starship trooper'. But this is an album that did considerably well on home ground, and rightly so.
From the opening bars to the ecstatic high notes of the final encore, the listener is taken on a musical journey, through a range of music styles, superbly orchestrated and arranged, and of course sung with the skill and unique style of Ms Brightman.
There are familiar songs (Queen and Gypsy Kings) and a range of interesting arrangements (Bilitis, En aranjuez con tu amor) which blend seamlessly into an audible dream.
Some bad diction in the opening song goes almost un-noticed thanks to the emotional intensity and of course, the rest of the beautiful songs on the album.
This is highly recommended and is especially relevant nearly 10 years since the recording thanks to the current thirst for crossover artists such as Katherine jenkins, Il Divo and G4. Crossover artists themsleves owe homage to this wonderful lady who perhaps started the trend.