Hmm... There's also another possibility: that she is co-writing and co-composing the songs with him, as she's always done with her own songs. I love Hayley's style in songwriting too, but I think she doesn't feel comfortable enough to make the whole composing, so she looks for advice and help from someone who has more knowledge and experience in composing. That's why I think all of her songs are said to be co-written. Maybe someday she won't need it anymore and she'll feel confident enough to write and compose the songs on her own (maybe, as I suggested before, some deeper studying of the music theory would help).
Yet, I don't know if that's the case or not, was just pointing out that possibility... Oh, well, time will show.
Martin, you're speculating again and - well, let's face it, you're not very good at it!
There is quite a lot of information out there if you look for it now the cat is well and truly "out of the bag"! and, whilst all the articles say basically the same thing, this is a 'collaboration' between Hayley and Ennio and to me that means more than Hayley adding a few vocals.
Significantly, as well, Hayley said in her interview with Nicola that she was writing songs for the new album, so we know at least some of the tracks will be Hayley's
The following press release from The Outside Organisation, who appear to be handling PR for the album, is the most comprehensive
The World’s Biggest Selling Soprano Teams Up With Ennio Morricone For A New Studio Album International Release - October 2010
Over the past 10 years, New Zealand born soprano Hayley Westenra has taken the classical world by storm. Dominating album charts throughout the world, touring internationally, becoming UNICEF’s youngest ever Ambassador when she was only 17 years of age, Westenra has become a hugely popular figure around the world with her accessible yet challenging delivery of a huge range of repertoire.
With her debut album, Pure, reaching the Top 10 of the pop charts in 11 countries and selling over 4 million copies to date, Hayley holds the record for the biggest selling classical album of the 21st Century.
With a CV that belies her 23 years, having performed with Jose Carreras through to Andrea Bocelli, and touring North America with Il Divo, Hayley is now realising her dream of working with master Italian composer and conductor, Ennio Morricone, on her forthcoming studio album, released October 2010 on Decca Records, a Universal Music Group label.
Well known for his iconic film scores including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, Morricone received in 2007 an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the art of film music.
The new, as of yet untitled album, will be recorded with Ennio's orchestra in Rome this Summer and will feature new songs written by Morricone for Hayley as well as some of his best known film compositions of the last 50 years.
Says Hayley - "Growing up, I unknowingly listened to a great deal of Ennio Morricone's magnificent music, such as the haunting melodies of 'Cinema Paradiso' and 'The Mission'. To one day realise that all these pieces were the work of just one man blew my mind. Ennio Morricone is a musical genius and I still can't quite believe that I'm going to be collaborating with him on a whole album."
Dickon Stainer, Managing Director, Decca Records, on the forthcoming collaboration- “It's a match made in heaven - a true legend of film music collaborating with the purest voice in the world"
Hayley is clearly very excited about her collaboration with Ennio and it seems to me to be a huge feather in her cap that such an iconic figure is writing songs for her. Perhaps we should just accept that and leave them to get on with it!
I only quote from the official release which says that the album will feature some of Morricone's best known film compositions. Most of those are instrumental only.
Hi Roger G,
I've heard that it's a "Hayley" album and in order to qualify for the UK's main album chart, that means she has to participate in every track. Otherwise, it would have to be either a "Morricone" album (which it isn't, or wasn't when I heard) or "Various Artists" album (which would make no sense at all).
I am very much hoping that now Katherine Jenkins has left the Decca/Universal stable, Hayley has become their new classical crossover "glamour" star - if so, the Classical BRITS would have been a good second step (the first being last year's Festival of Remembrance). If this is so, the album will have a much higher profile than her recent ones and an Ennio Morricone theme can only enhance that.
I've heard that it's a "Hayley" album and in order to qualify for the UK's main album chart, that means she has to participate in every track. Otherwise, it would have to be either a "Morricone" album (which it isn't, or wasn't when I heard) or "Various Artists" album (which would make no sense at all). Cheers, Dave
I don't disagree with you one little bit. I only lift a finger of caution because of what was said in the press release about the album including some of Morricone's film compositions. It would be disappointing if true, as I said in my first post, because if I want that material it is already available in many other releases.
It does sound however as if Hayley will only feature on part of the album, which would be a little disappointing if true...
"will feature new songs written by Morricone for Hayley as well as some of his best known film compositions of the last 50 years."
My take on this is that she will record new songs written by Ennio for Hayley, maybe co-written by Hayley, too. Then Hayley will sing some already existing Ennio compositions. It is possible to put lyrics to compositions that didn't have any before; Hayley herself has done that, with Melancholy Interlude, remember? I'm hoping there'll be a little more variety than just Ennio songs, though. That's what I've always loved about Hayley's albums. I'd be sad if there were no Maori songs, hymns, or Celtic/Irish songs. Although I guess we did get a lot of Celtic/Irish on the last 2 albums. I guess she can't do everything on 1 album, but still... maybe at least 1, like My Lagan Love or Wild Mountain Thyme, or one I've never heard of, even. Oh, and since she's learning French, maybe a French song, too?
Anyway, I'm pretty sure this is going to be a Hayley album, just with a lot of Ennio Morricone compositions, new and otherwise. This is supposed to be her new international album, after all. I don't think we'll be disappointed.
And I thought Hayley said it probably be out in November? Maybe some version or other will be out earlier. Or maybe they want it out no later than November?
Nicola, Hayley already recorded My Heart and I for Pure. And here's an interesting tidbit on that: In her biography, The World at Her Feet by Paul Little, it said that Ennio was "reluctant to part with the music, even though rights to the song had been negotiated. 'We had to get someone to listen and write down the lyrics and arrangement,' says Hayley." They had to record the vocals and music separately in case they had to change a word (whereas the other songs she mostly recorded with the orchestra). I guess he's not as reluctant about his songs anymore!
When the UK album is released later this year let's hope that there is a tour, however short, to promote it. My dream would be for Hayley to perform in concert with Ennio Morricone and orchestra at a concert venue in London such as the Cadogan Hall.
Yes, Libby, I know she did it, just couldn't remember if it was Morricone's.
Morricone doesn't like parting with his music, it seems. Took Sarah Brightman years to get permission to turn 'Gabriel's Oboe' into 'Nella Fantasia'. She literally kept writing to him, he kept saying 'no', until he got so sick of her he just relented. XD
It must be a big thing for him to work with Hayley like this. He must really respect her.