- Hayley Westenra Pure
THIS 16 year old from New Zealand made a recording intended
for family and friends at the age of twelve, but it created
such a stir that she was handed a recording contract at fourteen.
her debut album, is well named, as Hayley's voice has a resonance
and a purity about it, together with a maturity far beyond her
voice is truly beautiful and the musical arrangements excellent
as well as very good input from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
and the choirs involved, which all helps to promote her very
get the impression that whoever is advising her is trying to
appeal to as wide an audience as possible, to what used to be
referred to as the "Radio 2 listeners".
a lot of the songs were just too middle of the road for me and
her lovely voice was wasted on them, notable exceptions being
River of Dreams and Dark Waltz.
truly came into her own with the more classical tracks, such
as Carl Orff's In Trutina and particularly Benedictus, which
now she's made her name internationally she may be able to concentrate
on what suits her voice best. Whatever, I predict very big things
in the future for Hayley.
published on Wednesday 22 October 2003:
of Keith S
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