Operatic Pop, 2001
This is a compilation of classical pieces Sarah Brightman has done in the last eight or so years.
Classic purists, beware. Then again, it can’t be too bad. Since I am a philistine, I can’t say for sure Ms Brightman is paying tribute to or committing heinous massacres on the pieces. I do know enough, however, that realize that her Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro is unbelievably bad, and her Alhambra sounds slightly off even to my untrained ears. Her Nessun Dorma is decent though, but I’ve heard better.
What I do know is that most of these pieces do start to sound alike after a while. Yes, shoot me, classical purists, but I fell asleep around the eleventh track Pie Jesu.
Her Andrea Bocelli-free version of Time to Say Goodbye is still beautiful, and I sigh mistily at her rendition of Winter Light. The latter is just so beautiful, so serene and calm and so, so evocative that I swear I’m dancing in snow or something equally embarrassingly sentimental.
Seriously, this CD is not bad for Ms Brightman who is never a classically trained singer. It will no doubt make many purists bleed from every one of their body orifice, but for a dumb philistine like me who can’t tell Kiri Te Kenawa from Big Bird (okay, I can tell them apart, honest), this is accessible high-pitched warbling for dummies.
Let me go “aah-ah-ah” along to Winter Light and all you purists can go listen to your overpriced imported CDs, okay?