On that same page is news about the release of Aled Jones's New Horizons on the same day, and about Hayley Westenra's album "Hayley Westenra" (!) on the same day. Now, this is not the self-titled album released years ago in NZ, rather, it seems like a cross-section from a number of albums ...
It is not announced on the official site, and I don't recall it being referred to here (but maybe I missed something?)
Anyway, here is the track listing:
Catalogue Number: 475 7650 Barcode: 0028947576501 Label: Decca CD Release date: 13 May
ARTISTS Hayley Westenra Andrea Bocelli*
TRACKLISTING Pokarekare Ana Beat Of Your Heart Dell'Amore Non Si Sa* River Of Dreams Quanta Qualia Never Say Goodbye Dark Waltz May It Be Prayer CACCINI: Ave Maria Amazing Grace Benedictus Bridal Ballad ORFF: In Trutina Hine e Hine
You are quite right, Gerrit, this particular release has not been previously mentioned here. It looks remarkably similar to the compilation that was released... um... somewhere (Japan possibly) but I haven't yet checked their respective tracklistings. An interesting find, nonetheless.
I clicked on the link, and there is more information after the tracklisting:-
Hayley Westenra has undeniably one of the most beautiful, captivating voices - it is one that immediately grabs you, and one that doesn't leave you. It is difficult to think of an audience that has not responded immediately to Hayley's natural charm and poise.
Hayley is also one of Decca's biggest recording successes in recent years. Selling over 2 million copies of her debut album 'Pure', Hayley has then gone on to record a more mature follow up, 'Odyssey'.
Now Decca has created a new compilation featuring the best tracks from both her albums 'Pure' and 'Odyssey', simply called 'Hayley Westenra.' This is the perfect album for those who have yet to make their acquaintance with this wonderfully gifted young artist.
Hello Jenny, good to hear from you and hey, what a way to learn about a new Hayley release!!!
I jolly well hope that you're off to the shops to buy a copy now as you could then tell us how that particular collection of Hayley songs sounds, and perhaps which versions they use for songs where several mixes have been released?
Thanks for the link Gerrit, I note that a lot of promo is planned for Katherine this week so she should do quite well in the charts this weekend. I see that Aled Jones also released this week as did a few other high profile classical/crossover albums, all on the same date! This would never happen in the UK, they would stagger them, I wonder what the thinking is there?
No promo is mentioned for Hayley's compilation, or for Aled until presumably his August tour, so it looks like a low profile launch for them and clearly, with all the promo, Katherine will get the highest chart entry (if indeed the other two chart at all).
I ordered this CD out of curiosity as much as anything. It arrived today.
As you can see, the cover loks identical to the cover of the Special Edition of Odyssey apart from the title and its position. The entire insert is identical to that of Odyssey other than the tracklisting. Same photographs in the same order with the same text.
The full track listing appears in the first post in this thread. It is basically 9 songs from Pure interspersed with 6 from Odyssey.
It is a wonderful collection for anyone who is just discovering Hayley for the first time but I see no reason to buy it if you have her first two international albums. That is, unless you happen to be as daft as I am and want to own a litle bit more "Hayley history".
From what I could hear Hayley was not aware that it had been released.
For those of you not there, the guy at the back (left) must be a mate of the guy in orange at Wisley, and the guy at the back right was trying very hard to take Hayley back to meet the top brass inside, but she was having none of it!
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry