|Studio album by Sarah Brightman|
|Released||28 January 2008|
|Recorded||Germany (Nemo Studio), the US and the UK (Angel Studios)|
|Genre||Classical crossover/opera, classical, symphonic rock|
|Sarah Brightman chronology|
|Singles from Symphony|
Symphony is the ninth studio album from the English Soprano singer Sarah Brightman, released in January 2008 (see 2008 in music). This classical crossover album is a contrast to her previous collaboration with producer Frank Peterson, 2003's Harem; using more Gothic influences instead of Eastern.
The single "Running" was the IAAF's Green Project Charity song, which Brightman performed at their 2007 Championships opening ceremonies in Ōsaka, Japan. An alternate version of the album's first single, "I Will Be with You", featuring Chris Thompson, was the theme song for the tenth Pokémon film: The Rise of Darkrai. The Spanish duet with Fernando Lima, "Pasión", the theme song for the period Mexican soap opera of the same name, and was also released a single. The London Symphony Orchestra and Brightman's younger sister, Amelia Brightman, also perform on the album. It reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Top Classical Crossover Albums chart and remains as Brightman's highest chart-debuting record in the United States.
- "I Will Be with You" (featuring Chris Thompson / Movie version) (2007)
- "Running" (2007)
- "Pasión" (featuring Fernando Lima) (2007)
Recorded in Germany, Symphony featured all new songs and was created with Brightman's long-time producer Frank Peterson. The repertoire ranges from ballads such as "Symphony", "Fleurs du Mal" and rock scores "I Will Be With You", originally sung by Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø. "Jupiter" from Holst's The Planets is adapted on "Running" and Faith Hill's "There You'll Be" is sung in Italian as "Sarai Qui". On this album Brightman reunited with Andrea Bocelli to sing "Canto Della Terra", as well as singing duets with Fernando Lima (Mexican tenor) on "Pasion" and Paul Stanley (from the band Kiss) on "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)". The album showcases Brightman's linguistic vocal skills by singing in Spanish, Italian, French and for the first time in German in the song "Schwere Träume", an adaptation of the fourth movement of Gustav Mahler's fifth symphony.
Live concert album
A PBS special concert was filmed on January 16, 2008 at the Cathedral Stephansdom in Vienna. This was subsequently shown on PBS stations, premiering on February 4. A version of the concert is available from PBS on DVD and the worldwide release of the DVD and live CD was on March 10, 2009.
On NBC in the United States, Brightman performed several songs from the album on the Progressive Fashion on Ice show on January 20, 2008. Other American television appearances included The Early Show (CBS), The View (ABC), Martha and Fox & Friends.
In the United Kingdom, Brightman's promotion for the album included appearing on the cookery shows Saturday Kitchen and Ready Steady Cook with Lesley Garrett. Other U.K. television appearances for the album included, Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show, ITV's Loose Women, five's The Wright Stuff and the BBC News. Brightman also appeared on radio on Classic FM and Jonathan Ross' show on BBC Radio 2.
|1.||"Gothica"||Frank Peterson/Carsten Heusmann||1:20|
|2.||"Fleurs du Mal"||Peterson/Thomas Schwarz/Matthias Meissner/Martin Himmelsbach/Klaus Hirschburger/Brightman||4:10|
|3.||"Symphony"||Stefanie Kloß/Andreas Nowak/Johanns Stolle/Thomas Stolle/Grant Black/Brightman||4:47|
|4.||"Canto della Terra" (feat. Andrea Bocelli)||Francesco Sartori/Lucio Quarantotto||3:59|
|5.||"Sanvean"||Andrew Claxton/Lisa Gerrard||3:50|
|6.||"I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go)" (feat. Paul Stanley)||Espen Lind/Magnus Rostandmo/Amund Björklund||4:31|
|7.||"Schwere Träume"||Peterson/Michael Soltau/Hirschburger/Brightman||3:22|
|8.||"Sarai Qui" (feat. Alessandro Safina)||Diane Warren/Michelangelo La Bionda||3:56|
|9.||"Storia d'Amore"||Philip Cordel/Michelangelo La Bionda/Brightman||4:03|
|10.||"Let It Rain"||Carsten Heusmann/Hirschburger/Peterson||4:17|
|11.||"Attesa"||Pietro Mascagni/Chiara Ferrau||4:26|
|12.||"Pasión" (feat. Fernando Lima)||Jorge Avendaño Lührs||5:14|
|14.||"Forbidden Colours"||Ryuichi Sakamoto/David Sylvian||4:31|
|14.||"I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go)" (feat. Andrzej Lampert)||Lind/Rostandmo/Björklund||4:30|
|14.||"I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go)" (feat. Sergey Penkin)||Lind/Rostandmo/Björklund||4:30|
|13.||"Fleurs du Mal (Reprise)"||Peterson/Schwarz/Meissner/Himmelsbach||2:02|
In the early 2008 release, the album garnered a remarkable set of chart accolades around the world, including an unprecedented debut in the US Billboard 200 Album chart at 13 (Brightman's highest charting record in the USA) moving 32,033 copies in first week. It hit number one in the Mexico International charts and the US Billboard Classical Chart, the top five in Canada and top twenty across Europe. The album failed to match the success of its predecessors in the United States, but had a moderate success in Asia.  In Japan the album debuted in the top 5. It entered the chart at No. 4 selling 25,815 copies in the first week on chart.