by Hayley WestenraHayley Westenra




Hayley Westenra was only 16 when her first album, Pure, topped the classical crossover charts and propelled the New Zealander into an instant sensation. Now 18, Westenra returns with her second U.S. release, Odyssey, and her fans will be pleased to know that while her fresh, angelic voice remains intact, she has also undeniably matured as an artist. Evidently, touring the world, singing for presidents and kings, and selling hundreds of thousands of CDs makes a young performer grow up fast. Like Pure, Odyssey takes in a wide range of styles, from classical to gospel, traditional folk, and pop. Several tracks have a reflective, new age feel, such as the covers of Secret Garden's "Prayer" and Enya's "May It Be" from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack (a song that holds an obvious attraction for the Kiwi, since the movie was filmed in her homeland). Others show off her classical leanings: Caccini's soothing "Ave Maria" and the high-flying "Quanta Quilia." Further numbers reveal the breadth of Westenra's eclectic tastes, from the traditional Irish "She Moves Through the Fair" (featuring a forlorn-sounding tin whistle) to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" and the gospel-tinged "I Say Grace," an anthem of thanksgiving. A special highlight is the duet with Andrea Bocelli, "Dell amore non si sa," a beautiful Italian song adapted from the mega-tenor's album Andrea. Tying it all together is the purity and unaffected naturalness of Westenra's lovely voice. Seems this teenager's Odyssey is only just beginning.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947571780
catalogNumber: 000544002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayley Westenra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Johan Ahlin   Conductor
Simon Chamberlain   Piano
Finbar Furey   Irish Whistle
Alison Jiear   Background Vocals
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Chris Lowe   Trombone
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Giles Martin   Recorder
Eve Nelson   Piano,Background Vocals
Don Richardson   Double Bass
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Andrea Bocelli   Vocals
Greg Critchley   Drums
Larry Salzman   Guitar
Mark Jaimes   Guitar
James Brett   Conductor
Phil Simpson   Saxophone
Emma Holmgren   Background Vocals
Conventus   Choir, Chorus
Patrick Hawes   Conductor
Ensemble of Bologna   Ensemble
Will Foster   Piano
Phil Christie   Tenor Saxophone
Leo Z   Percussion,Piano
Davis Mariotti   Flute
Angie Passarella   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Mowbray   Keyboards
Tom Arthurs   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Fiona Pears   Violin
Marica Aderwall   Background Vocals
Raul Clarvis   Percussion
Joachim Nilsson   Guitar
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Emil Heliling   Background Vocals
Billy Mowbray   Keyboards
Chris Lowe   Trombone
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Composer
Enya   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Aldo Nova   Arranger,Producer
Tom Kimmel   Composer
Roma Ryan   Composer
Johan Ahlin   Arranger
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Philip Bagenal   Engineer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer,Engineering
Mauro Malavasi   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineering
Giles Martin   Producer,Engineering
Eve Nelson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Nicky Ryan   Composer
Fionnuala Sherry   Composer
Jeff Franzel   Composer
Danny Saxon   Producer
Andy Wright   Producer
Steven Abbott   Producer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Luca Malaguti   Engineering
Alex Forbes   Composer
Andrea Sandrei   Composer
Steven Mercurio   Arranger
Mark Jaimes   Producer
James Brett   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Ian Tilley   Programming,Producer
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Filippo Zecchini   Engineering
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Hayley Westenra   Arranger,Composer
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Patrick Hawes   Composer
Leo Z   Programming,Producer
Ava Parnass   Composer
Aldo Caporuscio   Composer
Johan Bobak   Producer
Leonardo De Bernardini   Composer
Jeff Franzel   Composer

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