Harem - (Import CD)
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- Spoken Word
- Sarah Brightman
- Frank Peterson; Sarah Brightman
Personnel: Sarah Brightman (vocals, keyboards); Adam Klemens, Adrian Partington (conductor); Peter Weihe (guitar, sitar); Jin Burda (mandolin); Lukas Hilbert (sitar); Nigel Kennedy (violin); Amir Abdel Magid (kanoun); Reda Bdir (nay); Michael Soltau (piano, keyboards, programming); Stephan Moccio (piano); Frank Peterson (keyboards, percussion, programming, background vocals); Matthias Meissner (keyboards); Trevor Barry (bass); Frosty Beedle (drums); Kuljid Bhamra (tabla); Rony Barrak (percussion); Christian Draude (programming); The Bach Choir, Jaz Coleman, Violet (background vocals); The Prague Symphony Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra.
Adapters: Frank Peterson; Christopher von Deylen; Sarah Brightman.
Personnel: Sarah Brightman (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Shweta Shetty, Jaz Coleman, Natacha Atlas (vocals); Peter Weihe (guitar, sitar); Amir Abdel Magid (kanun); Jiri Burda (mandolin); Lukas Hilbert (electric sitar, background vocals); Abdel Al Aboud, Nigel Kennedy (violin); Dr. Reda Bedaire (nay); Michael Soltau (piano, keyboards, programming); Stephan Moccio (piano); Frank Peterson (keyboards, percussion, programming, background vocals); Matthias Meissner (keyboards, programming); Martin Frosty Beedle (drums); Rony Barrak (percussion); Christian Draude (programming); Gunther Laudahn (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Frank Peterson; Michael Soltau; Mick Guzauski; Tom Lord-Alge.
Recording information: 2002-2003.
Photographer: Simon Fowler.
Unknown Contributor Role: Sue Mallett.
Listening to HAREM, it's hard to believe that multifarious pop diva Sarah Brightman first came to fame as a proponent of musical theater (not counting her early stint with dance-pop group Hot Gossip). After going through a number of stylistic shifts over the years, she has arrived at an unusual point where her sound evokes a strange confluence of Charlotte Church, Enya, and Madonna. Given the "Arabian Nights" sub-theme of the album, you might even throw in a little "Desert Rose"-era Sting as well.
HAREM veers between ethereal, almost New Age-like moments, operatic flurries, percolating dance beats, and some accessible Eastern-flavored exoticism. Through it all, Brightman's Broadway past occasionally pops up, as on her orchestra-accompanied version of the standard "Stranger in Paradise," which is itself based on a classical theme. In fact, the orchestra pops up throughout the album, playing arrangements by former Killing Joke member Jaz Coleman, who's surely ventured as far afield from his origins by this point as Ms. Brightman.
- Country of Origin
- Angel Records
- Studio / Live
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Harem
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] What A Wonderful World
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] It's A Beautiful Day (after Puccini's Un bel d)
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] What You Never Know
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bombay Dreams, musical play: The Journey Home
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Free
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Mysterious Days
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] War Is Over Now, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Misere Mei (after Alegri)
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Beautiful
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Arabian Nights
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Stranger In Paradise
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Until The End Of Time
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] You Take My Breath Away
- 66m 6s
- Video Disabled
- Andrew Dudman; Dennis Preiss; Sameh Hamandi; Frank Peterson; Lubos Novacek; Cenek Kotzman; Samuel Pospisil; John Timperly; Mat Bartrum; Michael Soltau; Niall Acott
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