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Winter Magic

Winter Magic

Hayley Westenra Soprano

CD: 1
Tracks: 14
Length: 46:29

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Decca
Rel. 23 Nov 2009
Recorded 2009

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Winter Magic Hayley Westenra's crossover Christmas album, Winter Magic, was released in the autumn of 2009 in connection with her Japanese tour, and the CD was made available in regular and limited editions. This is a light and festive collection of holiday songs, ranging from traditional carols, such as Veni, Veni Emmanuel and the Coventry Carol, to modern favorites, including The Little Drummer Boy and The Christmas Song, set with attractive instrumental accompaniments and programmed with a nice balance of sacred and secular numbers. Westenra's classically-trained voice is flexible in expression and she seems comfortable in both light classical and pop vocal genres without making too many changes in her delivery or adjustments of her unique vocal qualities. Her intonation is spot-on and her breath control is usually even and strong, so her singing is quite appealing because of her assured vocal production. At times, she indulges in a little too much vibrato for sentimental emphasis, as in The Christmas Song and Silent Night, but she is also capable of producing a pure, angelic tone, as in Carol of the Bells and Coventry Carol, that shows how clean and polished her singing is. But Westenra is perhaps most personally engaging in songs that have a relaxed, intimate quality, like Joni Mitchell's River, and Westenra's own compositions, Christmas Morning, All with You, and Peace Shall Come, where her personality shows through with natural ease in unpretentious pop-folk arrangements. This disc will serve as a pleasant diversion for Christmas celebrations, and may become a holiday classic for fans of this popular New Zealand artist.

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CD 1
Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Drums, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Flute, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
1 The Little Road to Bethlehem 2:36
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2 Jazz Fantasia on Carol of the Bells 3:00
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3 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 2:49
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4 O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, emmanuel), carol 4:01
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Percussion, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Raven Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Piccolo, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
5 Silent Night (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) 3:03
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Percussion, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Flute, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
6 Christmas Morning, song 3:17
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Drums, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Piccolo, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
7 Sleigh Ride (popular song; arr. voice and orchestra) 3:12
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Drums, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Flute, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
8 River 3:43
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9 The Little Drummer Boy (Carol of the Drum), carol 3:16
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Percussion, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Piccolo, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
10 Corpus Christi Carol (English) 2:46
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Drums, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Flute, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
11 All with You, song 3:46
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12 Coventry Carol (2): 'Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child' 2:55
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Drums, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Simon Hale Piano, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Piccolo, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
13 Winter's Dream, song 4:01
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Stephanie Hawkings Harp, Evan Jenkins Drums, Aylmer Ireland Oboe, Pavão Quartet Ensemble, Hayley Westenra Soprano, Richard Milner Piano, Matt Round Bass, James Hayto Guitar, Louisa Brinkers Piccolo, Colin Grimsdale Percussion, Ian Tilley Keyboard
14 Peace Shall Come 4:04
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