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Title:
Pure
Author:
Westenra, Hayley, 1987- , singer.
Publication Information:
London : Decca, [2003]

â„—2003
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Words and music by various songwriters and some traditional Maori songs.

Lyrics and program notes on container insert.
Language:
English
Contents:
Pokarekare ana (Come back to me) (3:18) -- Never say goodbye (3:13) -- Who painted the moon black? (3:37) -- River of dreams (4:19) -- Beat of your heart (3:40) -- Amazing grace (3:40) -- Benedictus (from "The armed man : a mass for peace") (3:49) -- Hine e hine (Maiden, O maiden) (5:05) -- Across the universe of time (3:40) -- Dark waltz (4:19) -- In trutina (from "Carmina Burana") (2:18) -- Heaven (4:09) -- Wuthering Heights (3:42).
UPC:
028947518020
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

On her debut, Hayley Westenra, a 16-year-old singing sensation from New Zealand, endures the inevitable comparisons to Charlotte Church, but it's the impression she's made that's placed her in such lofty company. And not many fledgling artists can boast of having the legendary George Martin contribute songs and arrangements to their album. PURE might be the best description of her singing--crystal clear and devoid of mannerisms. It's not simply the beauty of her voice that impresses, however, but how effectively she uses it. The precocious soprano demonstrates the poise, versatility, and musical instincts of a seasoned pro. Westenra moves gracefully through a program made up primarily of Euro-pop ballads but also includes arrangements of well-known classical melodies, as well as a pair of Maori songs. Highlights include affecting renditions of "In Trutina" from Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' and the traditional spiritual "Amazing Grace." And, in what might be an effort to defy easy categorization, she changes direction on the closing track, and lets loose on Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights." Given such eclectic song choices and Westenra's impressive voice, PURE is certain to bring plenty of attention to this talented young artist.