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Sarah Brightman - Diva: The Singles Collection

2006-11-28 12:09

Whether you’re addicted to Sarah Brightman or not, her latest offering is packed with her biggest mainstream hits and is something that everyone with a taste for classical and pop music can appreciate.

The compilation CD kicks off with one of her most legendary releases “Phantom of the Opera”. Other songs on the album written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, include the ever-popular “Music of the Night” and “Pie Jesu”.

What makes this album great is that it is ageless; many of these songs will remain striking no matter the fashion. The CD includes a number of these songs, mostly from her most popular album to date, Timeless, which was released in 1997. Her rendition of Freddy Mercury’s “Who Want’s to Live Forever”, “Tu Quieres Volver”, which was first recorded by the Gypsy Kings and “Just Show Me How To Love You", a duet with José Cura are all included.

Sarah Brightman is is the only artist to ever hold a number one spot on the Billboard Classical and Dance charts simultaneously. Diva also includes some of these pop singles she became celebrated for, “Deliver Me” and “Whiter Shade of Pale”.

The CD also wouldn’t have been complete without “Time to Say Goodbye” featuring the blind Andrea Bocelli.

On the downside, the CD doesn’t contain anything we haven’t heard before a thousand times. But if you are a fan and don’t own many of her previous albums, this is a great collection to own. There is also A DVD version Diva: The Video Collection. The DVD introduces us to a plumper and older Sarah Brightman. It features all the same hit songs as the CD and a few bonus songs, including an interesting rendition of “Ave Maria” and a few of her more popular singles.

Even though most of the her music videos are overdramatic and remind of an opera style of dress and décor, they still hugely compliment her music and are interesting to watch.

Before each music video Brightman gives some background about the song and some info about the production of the video. Some of her stories are quite interesting and demand respect for the musical intellect she is.

Chances are if you enjoy the CD you will love the DVD.

Both Diva: The Singles Collection and Diva: The Video Collection will make great Christmas gifts.

- Annel Malan

She started out as a ballerina, but today she is one of the most famous voices in the world. Sarah Brightman’s new album, Diva: The Singles Collection will definitely spread some joy this Christmas.

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zodwa 2006-11-30 10:02 AM
Diva Looking forward to listening to this magnificent voice. I do own two other CDs of hers but as long as Diva contains something that Ive never heard before It will be my pleasure to buy it
Malcolm Rendle 2006-11-30 10:06 AM
Diva: The singles collection Have not heard it yet. But have listened to a fair amount of her music. At least she has a voice and can use it to sing.
INGRID JURGENS 2006-11-30 12:19 PM
Trevor 2006-11-30 02:05 PM
Diva: The singles collection Always a classic. The DVD will definately be in my christmas stocking. 'To Trevor, From Trevor'. Experience it...
Sylvia 2006-11-30 10:07 PM
Diva. The singles collection I really hope someone will put the DVD in my Christmas stocking!

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