|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, symphonic metal|
|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.
"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 "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 telenovela of the same name, was also a single. The London Symphony Orchestra and Brightman's younger sister Amelia Brightman also perform on the CD. It reached number 1 on the US Billboard Top Classical Crossover Albums chart.
- "I Will Be with You" (featuring Chris Thompson / Movie version) (2007)
- "Running" (2007)
- "Pasión" (featuring Fernando Lima) (2007)
The album features a number of cover songs including, "Where the Lost Ones Go" (under the title "I Will Be with You"), originally by Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø and the song "Symphonie" (in its English form, "Symphony"), from which the album lends its name, originally by Silbermond. "Schwere Träume" is an adaptation of the fourth movement of Gustav Mahler's fifth symphony. "Sanvean" is a song originally by Lisa Gerrard with her group Dead Can Dance. The duet with Andrea Bocelli, "Canto della Terra", is again, like "Con te partirò", a cover/duet of one of Bocelli's songs, from his Sogno album. "Sarai Qui" is an Italian translation of Faith Hill's "There You'll Be". "Attesa" is adapted from the symphonic Intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. The single version of "Running" also features a piece from "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity", from Gustav Holst's The Planets.
Live concert album
A PBS special concert was filmed on 16 January 2008 at the Cathedral Stephansdom in Vienna. This was subsequently shown on PBS stations, premiering on 4 February. A version of the concert is available from PBS on DVD and the worldwide release of the DVD and live CD was on 10 March 2009.
On NBC in the United States, Sarah Brightman performed several songs from the album, on the Progressive Fashion on Ice show on 20 January 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 UK 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 represented an opening for the Latin American musical market. 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.
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