In the write-up about this tour on DF's newspage, here's what they say about Hayley (I love how it turned pink when I highlighted it!):
•For classical-crossover lovers, be enchanted by New Zealander Hayley Westenra’s uplifting voice. The young vocal prodigy debuted on the music scene in 2003 at the tender age of 15 when she released her first album Pure, inspiring a renewed love for ageless classics like “River of Dreams” and “Wuthering Heights”. Westenra has since grown and matured in leaps and bounds, having worked with legendary film composer Ennio Morricone and his orchestra in Rome on her latest album Paradiso, which was released last year.
Post by stevemacdonald on Sept 24, 2012 6:50:52 GMT
•For classical-crossover lovers, be enchanted by New Zealander Hayley Westenra’s uplifting voice. The young vocal prodigy debuted on the music scene in 2003 at the tender age of 15 when she released her first album Pure...
She recorded Pure at the tender age of 15, but wasn't it released a few months after she turned 16?
And while it's a nice compliment to say her voice is "uplifting", that word doesn't even hint at how strikingly beautiful it is. Oh well.
Han't realised that "River of Dreams" was an ageless classic. Wasn't the lyric written for Pure (although I accept that Vivaldi's Four Seasons, from which the tune was lifted might be an ageless classic).
Steve, at least they didn't call her an opera singer, or a "singing sensation", like the media always used to do (and still does). I don't find anything wrong with their write-up. As long as it's positive, and mostly accurate, it's okay with me. And yes, she was already 16 when the album was released.
Martin, I think Sarah Brightman sang River of Dreams first, if I'm not mistaken. It was the lyrics of Never Say Goodbye that was new, set to an existing classical piece. Pavane, is it?
We are happy to confirm another show on the David Foster & Friends tour of the Far East. The tour will be visiting Tokyo’s International Forum Hall A on Monday 12th November. Tickets are available via this link.