Well, 11 days after I last mentioned this album, Hayley's end theme song is *still* getting good mentions in the reviews!
There are now two reviews of The New World sound track at Amazon.com here and both are complimentary about Hayley's "Listen to the Wind".
The sound track album has also climbed at Amazon every day in the last week and currently stands at no. 139 in their overall music rankings. Just ahead of Hayley's tour with il Divo, this is excellent news!
I absolutely love this song -- it's so soothing and suits Hayley's voice perfectly. It's too bad they're not putting it into the movie. Although, in my opinion, it doesn't have enough momentum to be a good end title song, it would have fared nicely in one of the scenes. What a pity...
It's a good thing that Hayley is getting featured with big names like Il Divo, Andrea, and James horner, though.
*** Away on "holiday" (a.k.a. swamped with homework!). Will be back soon! ***
You can hear a clip of Hayley singing "Listen To The Wind" on this post.
'The New World' movie soundtrack CD has been released here in the UK today, and I've just bought my copy in HMV, price £13.99. It is also available in Virgin Megastores at £16.99, so it pays to shop around!
Interestingly, there is a sticker on the cover which says "Vocal performances by Hayley Westenra, including 'Listen To The Wind'". I'm going to listen to it very carefully this evening, because it sounds as though Hayley's voice is on more than one track! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
Yesterday I bought 'The New World' soundtrack CD, mainly for the song "Listen To The Wind", but when I listened to it I was very pleasantly surprised to hear Hayley singing vocalise (without words) on every track except track 7. On some tracks, including 5 and 8, Hayley only makes a brief appearance towards the end, while on others, notably tracks 3 and 10, her voice is a major feature of the score.
Generally Hayley's voice has been multi-tracked to give a heavenly, choral effect, slightly reminiscent of Enya, but there are a few brief solos. Her voice is stunningly beautiful and pitch-perfect throughout, and it blends really well with the orchestral accompaniment, almost becoming part of the woodwind section.
I find the music is very relaxing and quite haunting, almost hypnotic! There are some more dramatic moments, especially on track 10 which reminds me of the middle section of "Benedictus". The melody of "Listen To The Wind" is a recurring theme throughout the album, so when Hayley sings it at the end it makes a wonderful climax. What a pity the song was omitted from the film!
'The New World' soundtrack CD is a stunningly beautiful album of thirteen tracks with a running time of nearly eighty minutes. Hayley's fans will love it, and people watching the film in the cinema will be asking "Who's singing?" Hayley should win many new fans with this! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
Thanks Richard, for that information about the sound track CD. Is Hayley credited specifically on more than one track or is it just a general credit covering them all?
I acquired all the samples when they were freely available from the website and I have to say, the whole thing is very relaxing. For me, it's an excellent album, and not just for Hayley's part in it.
Although, I have to admit that I cannot clearly recognise the "heavenly voice" as Hayley's in most of the 'minor' tracks - perhaps they electronically altered it for effect? Certainly, some of it is highly multi-tracked. Whatever, I shall buy this album!!!
There isn't very much information about the music on the CD booklet, which only mentions Hayley as singing the last track. However, the sticker on the cover implies that Hayley performs on more than one track, and I'm convinced she can be heard throughout the album. On several of the tracks her voice is unmistakable! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
When I wrote my review of 'The New World' soundtrack CD, I deliberately avoided making any comparisons with the music from 'A Beautiful Mind', which featured Charlotte Church singing vocalise throughout the score plus one proper song. However, I now feel that I should mention the similarity, because James Horner composed the music for both films.
The conclusive song, “Listen to the Wind”, is based on the main theme, features poetic lyrics, and is performed with delicacy and grace by the exceptionally talented, 17-year-old New Zealand-born opera star Hayley Westenra.