La Luna (ALBUM)
:: SARAH BRIGHTMAN
:: introduction : publication : tracklisting : production : notes
: reviews
:: INTRODUCTION

While Eden dealt with warm subjects like encountering exotic lands, the theme of this album is made clear from its title and cover-design: the moon. Like that celestial body, these songs are beauty tinged with cold. As always Frank Peterson ensures that the contemporary tracks such as Winter In July and Dido's Here With Me fit comfortably, and indeed seamlessly, alongside more august works from the likes of Beethoven, Handel, Rachmaninov and Dvorak. The haunting piano of Figlio Perduto (Lost Son) accentuates the tragic story of a father losing his son to shadowy ghosts in the snow. The unsettling atmosphere is continued in Hijo De La Luna (Son Of The Moon) which tells a bloody tale of a woman's pact with the moon and ultimately her child abandoned to it. As if the lyrical mood could not get any more serious, the album begins winding down with the smokey-jazz sound of the depressing Gloomy Sunday. But as on Eden everything fits together perfectly, whether its Italian opera, grandiose orchestral passages or pop-tracks — this album is a must-buy!

:: PUBLICATION DETAILS

Release Date 25 April 2000
Label Angel Records / EMI
Catalogue # 724355696823 / CDELJ (WF) 143
Purchase Buy
Lyrics Available

:: TRACKLISTING (Original European Release - April 2000)
 
1. This Love
6:19
  Music & Lyrics: Craig Armstrong and Jerry Burns
2. Scarborough Fair
4:10
  Music & Lyrics: Traditional / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
3. Figlio Perduto
4:36
  Music: Ludwig von Beethoven / Adapted by: Michael Soltau / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
4. La Califfa
3:05
  Music: Ennio Morricone / Lyrics: Alberto Bevilacqua
5. Here With Me
5:12
  Music & Lyrics: Dido Armstrong, Paul Stratham and Pascal Gabriel
6. Serenade
0:50
  Music: Frank Peterson and Michael Soltau
7. How Fare This Spot
2:07
  Music & Lyrics: Sergei Rachmaninov / Adapted by: Sarah Brightman
8. Hijo De La Luna
4:27
  Music & Lyrics: Jose Maria Cano
9. She Doesn't See Him
4:26
  Music: Goldman and Romannelli / English Lyrics: Read, Ingebrigsten, Marazzi and Adams / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
10. Solo Con Te
3:04
  Music: George F. Handel / Adapted by: Frank Peterson and Sarah Brightman / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
11. Gloomy Sunday
3:45
  Music: Reszo Seress / Lyrics: Laszlo Javor and Sam M. Lewis
12. La Luna
4:58
  Music: Antonin Dvorak / Adapted by: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
13. First Of May (live version)
3:03
  Music & Lyrics: R Gibb, M Gibb and B Gibb

:: TRACKLISTING (American Release - August 2000)
 
1. La Lune
2:53
  Music: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Anna-Lena Strasse
2. Winter In July
4:32
  Music: Tim Simenon and Guy Sigsworth / Lyrics: Loretta Heywood
3. Scarborough Fair
4:11
  Music & Lyrics: Traditional / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
4. Figlio Perduto
4:37
  Music: Ludwig von Beethoven / Adapted by: Michael Soltau / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale SINGLE
3:38
  Music & Lyrics: Gary Brooker and Keith Reid
6. He Doesn't See Me
4:29
  Music: Goldman and Romannelli / English Lyrics: Read, Ingebrigsten, Marazzi and Adams / Adapted by: Frank Peterson
7. Serenade
1:16
  Music: Frank Peterson and Michael Soltau
8. How Fair This Place
2:09
  Music & Lyrics: Sergei Rachmaninov / Adapted by: Sarah Brightman
9. Hijo De La Luna
4:28
  Music & Lyrics: Jose Maria Cano
10. Here With Me
5:24
  Music & Lyrics: Dido Armstrong, Paul Stratham and Pascal Gabriel
11. La Califfa
2:37
  Music: Ennio Morricone / Lyrics: Alberto Bevilacqua
12. This Love
6:12
  Music & Lyrics: Craig Armstrong and Jerry Burns
13. Solo Con Te
3:07
  Music: George F. Handel / Adapted by: Frank Peterson and Sarah Brightman / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
14. Gloomy Sunday
3:48
  Music: Reszo Seress / Lyrics: Laszlo Javor and Sam M. Lewis
15. La Luna
4:59
  Music: Antonin Dvorak / Adapted by: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Chiara Ferrau
- Moon River (hidden track)  
  Music: Mancini / Lyrics: Mercer

:: PRODUCTION DETAILS (American Version)

Produced by: Frank Peterson
Track 4 Associate Producer: Michael Soltau
Orchestrated by: Paul Bateman

Orchestras: English National Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra
Orchestras Conducted by: Paul Bateman
Orchestras Led by: Matthew Scrivener
Orchestras Contracted by: Rob McIntosh and James Fitzpatrick
Keyboards: Michael Soltau and Peter Murray
Add. Keyboards: Frank Peterson, Jan-Eric Kohrs, Carsten Heusmann and Sarah Brightman
Drums: Martin "Frosty" Beedle
Bass: Trevor Barry
Percussion: Gillian McDonagh
Guitars: Günther Haas
Choirs: Complesso, Internazionale Cameristico, English National Choir
Choirs Led by: Sylvia Rhys-Thomas
Background Vocals: Princessa, Eve, Sarah Brightman

Recorded at: Angel Studios (London), Smecky Studios (Prague), Centro Arteria (Milan), Nemo Studios (Hamburg), Timps Studio (Maidenhead)
Engineered by: Michael Soltau, John Timperly, Colin Boland and Frank Peterson
Assistant Engineers: David Walter and Anna-Lena Strasse
Mixed by: Frank Peterson, John Timperly and Michael Soltau
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Studios

Photography: Simon Fowler
Art Direction & Design: Yacht Associates

:: NOTES
 
— American version of La Luna released 29 August 2000 with La Lune, Winter In July and A Whiter Shade Of Pale, while First Of May was omitted. Also Moon River is included as a 'hidden' (i.e. unlisted) track, a short while after La Lune finishes. Minor differences can be found in some lyrics and song durations between the two releases
— during production the working-title for this album was East of Eden, as it was taking the sound found on Eden into new territory

:: EXTERNAL REVIEWS

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