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Very Best Of Lesley Garrett


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 98385   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harold ArlenClaude-Michel SchonbergTraditionalCharles Hubert Parry,   ... 
Performer:  Lesley Garrett
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album is a new addition to the highly successful EMI Classics series THE VERY BEST OF... devoted to some 35 famous singers such as Maria Callas, Dame Janet Baker, Placido Domingo and José Carreras, as well as English Song with piano and English Song with orchestra.

Lesley Garrett, CBE, has achieved the distinction of being not only Britain’s most popular soprano, but also one of its best-loved musical celebrities.

Her career began in opera but her warm personality, her natural gift of communication with every kind of audience, and her ability to perform an amazingly wide range of music soon meant that she was in constant demand away from the opera house for concerts, tours, recordings and
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She has had her own series of shows on both BBC television and Classic FM radio, and introduced many outstanding guests including Ian Bostridge, Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel and Michel Legrand, all of whom appear with her in this album. Lesley has appeared at many landmark events such as the first ever Classical Brit Awards in 2000 and at a concert in the grounds of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich on millennium eve.

In 2004 she displayed an outstanding talent for ballroom dancing on the live BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing and she is currently starring in London’s West End in a spectacular new production of the musical Carousel following her triumph as the Abbess in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium.

The repertoire in this collection ranges from the much loved aria ‘Dido’s Lament’ from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, dating from 1689, to brand new compositions by Tolga Kashif, who also arranged and produced most of the material on this album. There are favourite operatic items by Mozart, Dvorák, Puccini and Gershwin, familiar folksongs like ‘Greensleeves’, ‘O Waly, Waly’ and ‘Scarborough Fair’, moving hymns, including ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Abide With Me’ and hits from the musicals Les Misérables and West Side Story as well as three of the delightful French Songs of the Auvergne and a couple of Spanish songs. In short, it showcases every aspect of the seemingly endless talent of the inimitable Lesley Garrett.
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Works on This Recording

1. Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
2. Les Misérables: I Dreamed a Dream by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
3. Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
4. Jerusalem by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; England 
5. Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
6. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 4 - no 4, Chut, chut by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
7. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
8. Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
9. For No One by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
10. Blackbird by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
11. O waly, waly by Traditional
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Written: England 
12. If music be the food of love, Z 379: 1st setting by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
13. Scarborough Fair by Traditional
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Written: England 
14. Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
15. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 4, Brezairola by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
16. Fields of Gold by Sting
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
17. Madrigales (4) amatorios: no 4, De los álamos vengo, madre by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Spain 
18. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 4, Jota by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
19. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
20. Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
21. Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
22. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
23. West Side Story: A boy like that/I have a love by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 

Sound Samples

Over The Rainbow
I Dreamed a Dream
Greensleeves
Jerusalem
Let it Be
Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Chants d'Auvergne (arr. Joseph Canteloube): Chut, chut (IV/4)
Chants d'Auvergne (arr. Joseph Canteloube): Baïlèro
Surrender/The Wonder of You
Porgy and Bess : Bess You Is My Woman
For No One/Blackbird
Mambo Italiano
The Summer Knows
Sky above the Roof
O Waly Waly
If music be the food of love Z379/1
Sure on This Shining Night (James Agee)
Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater dolorosa
Scarborough Fair
Abide with me
Ave Maria
So Deep is the Night (Tristesse)
Suite: Dido's Lament
Love went a riding
Brezairola (from Chants de Auvergne)
Lagan Love
Fields of Gold
Cuatro Madrigales amatorios: De los álamos vengo, madre
Siete Canciones populares españolas: Jota
Siete canciones populares españolas: Nana
Turandot, Act 1: Signore, ascolta! (Liù)
Così fan tutte K588, Act 1, Scene 2: Terzettino: Soave sia il vento (Dorabella/Don Alfonso/Fiordiligi)
Après un rêve (After a Dream)
The Tempest: Where the bee sucks
La Violet
Et Si Demain
A Boy Like That/I Have Love from West Side Story
On Holy Ground

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