Hayley's new recording of Gounod's 'Ave Maria' is clearly a very popular track on 'River of Dreams', so I think it deserves its own thread. The piece is often attributed to J S Bach, but in fact Gounod wrote the 'Ave Maria' as a counter melody to Bach's Prelude No.1 from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'. Hayley sings Gounod while the musicians play Bach, and it's all in perfect harmony.
Thank you for explaining that, because I've been very confused about it. I've always thought the version was just Bach. I thought when they added Gounod to it, it meant it was going to be in English like on her DVD. I'm glad she made a new recording of this version, because I like it better than the one on "Hayley Westenra". It's now the most beautiful version I've ever heard, and now I like it a lot more than I used to.
Thanks for starting this thread Richard, and also for the explanation of the piece. It's one of the most beautiful songs ever written and especially so when sung by Hayley in her wonderful new recording on "River of Dreams", indeed it has to be the most beautiful version of this song I've heard.
Ave Maria (Gounod) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Ave Maria" is a popular and much recorded mélodie.
It was composed by Charles Gounod in 1859 during the romantic era, based on the harmony and texture of J.S.Bach's Prelude No.1 in C Major from Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (BWV 846). It is a setting of the standard Latin Ave Maria text.
The piece is played calmato, perhaps at andante (walking pace). There are many different instrumentations of the Charles François Gounod version, the most popular are: violin and guitar (giving a more baroque feel), string quartet, piano solo and even trombones. Through all of these however, it maintains its familiar relaxing melody.
Do we know that actual dates when this song and the other new songs for ROOD were recorded? I ask because everything I have heard from those sessions has been absolutely stunning. Perhaps there is more that we haven't heard (we know about "Time after Time", which presumablr will surface at some point.)
...we know about "Time after Time", which presumablr will surface at some point.
I don't think we shoud presume anything. It may or may not be included on a future album. If it doesn;t it will be for good reason which may simply be that something preferable will take its place. Basically, what will be will be... and I don't mean she intends to record 'Que Sera, Sera'!
No we don't know the recording dates of the new tracks but I seem to recall it pre-dated Hayley's trip to Ghana if that is any indication.
Richard, Mark or someone may be able to confirm this, but I have a feeling that we were told at Dunstable by Andy that Hayley and he were going to record those four songs the following day.
Hayley originally said she was supposed to start recording for a new album back in March, so do you think this never happened, and they did in August instead? Or maybe it did happen, and they just haven't published them all yet?
On Andy Moore's website (www.ajmoore.com), it was posted in August that Andy had played guitar for 4 new songs for River of Dreams. They said to buy the album to find out what they are, so they're no help with solving the mystery. Songbird and Ave Maria cannot be among them, because there is no guitar in them, and the insert just says Andy did guitar for Now is the Hour. So, maybe he did Time after Time and Majesty, but that only makes 3. There must be another new one we don't know about yet! I remember they once said there were supposed to be 4 new songs, but then it was reduced to 3. That was back when they had WPTMB as one of the songs, and Time after Time was there. However, there was never a 4th new song listed, even when they said there was supposed to be.
Why would they have ever listed Time after Time if she hadn't recorded it? Are they just going to throw out the recording just because they didn't put it on RoD? I could probably live without that song on her next album, but if she recorded it, I am very interested in hearing it.