Just noticed that Music of the Spheres is currently the no. 2 prerelease album at Amazon UK - and no. 58 overall.
So things are starting to look quite good for the UK release because there are still...
Two weeks to go!
PS: I have moved this thread into the "Other Albums" sub-board to be consistent with the placement of similar recent albums on which Hayley is featured, such as the Jonathan Ansell and Mario Frangoulis albums.
I think this is going to be a big one! There are some pretty good reviews on Amazon's website, some saying that it is the best thing from Mike Oldfield since the days of Tubular Bells and Ommadawn. There are so many albums on which Hayley is featured it is hard to keep up. If, as I suspect MOTS enters the Classic FM chart at No 1, and Johnathan Ansell stays there, Hayley could feature on both of the top two albums for the first time ever I think (I'm sure Dave will correct me if I'm wrong).
...If, as I suspect MOTS enters the Classic FM chart at No 1, and Johnathan Ansell stays there, Hayley could feature on both of the top two albums for the first time ever I think (I'm sure Dave will correct me if I'm wrong).
Sorry but Hayley does do this from time to time (though it would be the first time for a year or two). A few random examples from the charts that I have:
Classic FM Chart 10 Jan 2004 (& for several weeks previously): 1. Pure 2. No. 1 Classical Album 2004 (Hayley - Pokarekare Ana)
Classic FM Chart 25 Dec 2004 1. Classical Album 2005 2. Christmas Album - Aled Jones (Hayley - Silent Night duet) 5. Pure.
Classical Artist Chart - 25 Jun 2006 1. Odyssey (SE) 2. Choirboys - Choirboys (Hayley - Do You Hear What I Hear quartet) 16. Odyssey 19.Pure
I'm sure there are more but it would be nice to have another
Thanks Dave. The fount of all knowledge as always!
I suspect that a complete discography of Hayley doesn't exist anywhere! Trying to collect all the Albums Hayley has appeared on is a daunting prospect, but perhaps the number of guest appearances she has made is an indication of how in demand she is. And it may help to introduce her to new audiences, especially crossover from another direction like MOTS (you could say Mike O is crossing over in the opposite direction to Hayley). I think the only artist I have everything from is Katherine Jenkins, a much easier prospect than Hayley!
The exclusive launch for Mike Oldfield’s new album release ‘Music Of The Spheres’ will take place this Friday, 7th March at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. The launch event will include a world premiere of the entire album with full orchestra, full choir and Hayley Westenra. The event is guestlist only.
The audio from the premiere will be recorded for an UK iTunes exclusive to promote the album from March 17th. Other countries around the world are also making this available to purchase via iTunes or other digital retailers. Keep checking this website for more details nearer the time.
We will be able to listen to the premiere with Hayley
Mike Oldfield, the man known by millions for Tubular Bells, has a new CD out on 17th March and you'll hear it first on Classic FM.
He's collaborated with Karl Jenkins for the project, which also includes the voice of Hayley Westenra and the piano playing of Lang Lang.
The work, which is performed by the Sinfonia Sfera Orchestra, is Mike's interpretation of Musica Universalis, which is an ancient theory that states that every celestial body has an inner music, derived from the movements of the planets in the solar system.
As Mike explains: 'Music of the Spheres is my interpretation of this theory. Every planet and star; even the whole universe has music within it that no one can hear. This is what it would sound like if it was set free. This is Music of the Spheres.'
See what you think by joining Simon Bates every weekday morning when he'll play an excerpt from it every day, just after 10. Or if you can't wait, have a listen to the taster clips below:
You were very lucky to be at the presentation in Bilbao and I'm very pleased that you enjoyed it and that you liked Hayley. She is a very warm hearted and generous person and enjoys spending time with her fans. There's lots of info about Hayley here and I hope you enjoy your time with us.
We are all getting very excited about "Music of the Spheres".