Sarah Brightman

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection

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Despite a long history of pop and musical-theater success in England, Sarah Brightman was not well known in the U.S. until her 1997 album Time to Say Goodbye became a triumph, topping the Billboard classical crossover chart for most of 1998. Really Useful Records, her former husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's label, took advantage of her sudden popularity to release this compilation of recordings of Lloyd Webber songs she'd made between 1985 and 1995, and since she had served as a real muse to the composer, many of his most popular songs were included. Several of them -- "Pie Jesu," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and "Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life)" -- had been chart hits for Brightman in the U.K. So had "The Phantom of the Opera," the title song of a musical Lloyd Webber had written for her and in which she had starred, albeit in a different recording from the one included here, which was the Original London Cast version featuring her co-star, Michael Crawford. Also included were the most memorable songs from such Lloyd Webber shows as Evita ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina"), Song & Dance ("Unexpected Song," "Tell Me on a Sunday"), Aspects of Love ("Love Changes Everything"), and Cats ("Memory," "Gus: The Theatre Cat," "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"). Even the songs that had not been tailored specifically for Brightman had been written for her kind of voice, a full-bodied, dramatic soprano, and she sang with a thorough understanding of the composer's intentions. The result was an excellent primer for anyone who had first encountered Brightman with "Time to Say Goodbye" and was wondering where she came from.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Phantom of the Opera, musical
1 4:21
Song and Dance, musical
2 2:56
3 3:55
Phantom of the Opera, musical
4 4:10
Evita, musical
5 5:54
6 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:34
8 4:36
Cats, musical
9 3:58
feat: John Gielgud
11 2:57
Cats, musical
12 4:46
Tell Me on a Sunday, musical (original version)
13 3:45
Phantom of the Opera, musical
14 3:31
Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
15 3:55
Phantom of the Opera, musical
16 5:22
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