A Winter Symphony

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A Winter Symphony
Studio album by Sarah Brightman
Released 4 November 2008 (2008-11-04)
Genre Vocal, Christmas
Length 43:50
Label Manhattan
Producer Frank Peterson
Sarah Brightman chronology
A Winter Symphony
Symphony: Live in Vienna
Singles from A Winter Symphony
  1. "Silent Night"
    Released: 11 October 2008 (2008-10-11)
  2. "I Believe in Father Christmas"
    Released: 4 November 2008 (2008-11-04)
  3. "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
    Released: 5 December 2008 (2008-12-05)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

A Winter Symphony is a Christmas album from the English soprano singer Sarah Brightman, released in November 2008.[2]

Album Information[edit]

The album borrows it's name from Brightman's earlier 2008 album, Symphony.

A deluxe edition was released through Barnes & Noble, which included extra tracks and a DVD that featured documentary segments: "The Making of A Winter Symphony", a photo gallery, and Brightman's live performances of "Fleurs du Mal", "Symphony", "Let It Rain", and "Running" from NBC's Fashion on Ice Show.

Brightman chose a number of traditional songs from the season: "Silent Night", "In the Bleak Midwinter", and "Child in a Manger", as well as two versions of "Ave Maria", one being the classical piece by French composer Charles Gounod, and the other -in duet with tenor Fernando Lima- an original by Brightman and Mexican composer Jorge Avedaño. Included are also contemporary pop tunes, such as Vince Gill's "Colder Than Winter", a cover of Neil Diamond's "I've Been This Way Before" and Roy Wood's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". The set continues with a rendition of "Amazing Grace" and closes with a reading of "I Believe in Father Christmas" originally by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

To promote the album, in the week of December 15 - 22, Brightman's "Silent Night" was the iTunes "Free Single of the Week" and the video for "I Believe in Father Christmas" was launched to accompany the single.[3] Brightman also performed at the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" performing "Silent Night" on December 23, 2008 and it was broadcast by ABC on December 25, 2008.[4]

A Winter Symphony won for Best Classical Album of the Year at the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Awards.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Arrival"   3:15
2. "Colder than Winter"   4:02
3. "Ave Maria" (feat. Fernando Lima) 4:08
4. "Silent Night"   3:08
5. "In the Bleak Midwinter"   3:43
6. "I've Been This Way Before"   3:50
7. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"   3:58
8. "Child in a Manger"   3:08
9. "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"   4:48
10. "Amazing Grace"   3:04
11. "Ave Maria"   2:52
12. "I Believe in Father Christmas"   3:44
Total length:


  • "Silent Night (iTunes only)" (2008)
  • "I Believe in Father Christmas/I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (promo-only)" (2008)

Chart performance[edit]

Selling about 14,000 copies in the first week in the United States, the album debuted at number thirty-eight on the Billboard Top 200. It also made another debuts such as the Top Classical Crossover Albums at number-three;[6] It scored a number six in the Top Holiday Albums, being the first entry for Brightman on this chart[7] and debuted at number-four on the Top Internet Albums. In Japan, the album debuted in the top 15, peaking at No. 12 selling 13,953 copies in its first week of release.[8]


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  12. ^ A Winter Symphony in Mexico
  13. ^ "Ελληνικό Chart". Ifpi.gr. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Finland Albums Chart
  15. ^ Sweden Albums Chart
  16. ^ World Albums Chart
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  21. ^ "Certificaciones – Sarah Brightman" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
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