Classics (ALBUM)
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After the relative flights of fancy that were Eden and La Luna Sarah returns to serious form again with this compilation release. It is quite evident that it is intended as a showcase for Sarah's remarkable operatic voice, and what a voice it is! Eight of her arias from the previous albums are featured, along with seven all-new recordings. Occurring as every odd-numbered track, some of these new recordings are actually of songs already featured before on Sarah's albums. As with The Very Best Of compilation, this selection only offers a taste of Sarah's solo career and most of the material will be familiar to many. In this case though, the previous recordings form a cohesive whole with the new ones. The stunning rendition of Ave Maria is worth the price of admission alone!


Release Date 20 November 2001
Label Angel Records
Catalogue # 72435-33257-2 5
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1. Ave Maria  
  Music & Lyrics: Schubert / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
2. La Wally
  Music & Lyrics: Catalani / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
3. Winter Light  
  Music & Lyrics: Preisner, Kaz and Ronstadt
4. Anytime, Anywhere
  Music: Albinoni / Adapted by: Peterson and Soltau / Lyrics: Ferrau and Brightman
5. Alhambra  
  Music: Terrega / Adapted by: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Pirs
6. Lascia Ch'io Pianga
  Music & Lyrics: GF Haendel / Adapted by: Peterson
7. Dans La Nuit  
  Music: Chopin / Adapted by: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Anna-Lena Strasse
8. Serenade
  Music: Frank Peterson and Michael Soltau
  How Fair This Place
  Music & Lyrics: Sergei Rachmaninov / Adapted by: Sarah Brightman
9. O Mio Babbino Caro  
  Music & Lyrics: Puccini / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
10. La Luna
  Music: Antonin Dvorak / Adapted by: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
11. Pie Jesu  
  Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lloyd-Webber
12. Figlio Perduto
  Music: Ludwig von Beethoven / Adapted by: Soltau / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
13. Nessun Dorma  
  Music & Lyrics: Puccini / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
14. Bailero
  Music: Traditional / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
15. Time To Say Goodbye (Solo Version)  
  Music & Lyrics: L. Quarantotto, F. Sartori, Frank Peterson


Produced by: Frank Peterson
Orchestrated by: Paul Bateman

Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra
Orchestras Conducted by: Paul Bateman
Track 15 Conducted by: Mike Reed
Keyboards: Michael Soltau and Peter Murray
Guitars: Peter Weihe
Choirs: The Bach Choir (London), The Choir of New College (Oxford), English National Choir, Complesso Internazionale Cameristico

Recorded at: Nemo Studios (Hamburg), Nemo Studios (London), Nemo Studios (Timmendorf), Alexander Digital Suite (Miami), Abbey Road (London), Angel Studios (London), Henry Wood Hall (London), Smecky Studio (Prague), Centro Arteria (Milan)
Engineered by: Michael Soltau, John Timperly and Frank Peterson with Colin Boland, Gary Langan, Anna-Lena Strasse, Steve Price, Alex Marcou
Mixed at: Nemo Studios (Hamburg)
Mixed by: Frank Peterson, Michael Soltau and John Timperly
Mastered by: Jürgen Koppers at MLM Mastering Lab (Munich) and Bob Ludwig at Gateway Studios (Maine)

Photography: Simon Fowler
Design & Art Direction: Stylorogue

— tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 are new recordings made specially for this album
— track 2 taken from Timeless
— tracks 4, 6 and 14 taken from Eden
— tracks 8, 10 and 12 taken from La Luna
— track 15 taken from Time To Say Goodbye CD-single
Serenade and How Fair This Place occur as one track here as opposed to being separate tracks originally on La Luna
— during production the working-title for this album was Angelica
— album went Gold in Australia [ information provided by Andy Boy ]
— a special version of Classics was released in 2002, with multimedia videos for Eden, Winter Light and Ave Maria. Also included were the hit-remixes of A Question Of Honour and A Whiter Shade Of Pale


track-by-track review at John's Sarah Brightman Page