Treasure (Hayley Westenra album)

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Treasure
Studio album by Hayley Westenra
Released United Kingdom 26 February 2007
United States 13 March 2007
Australia 13 May 2007
New Zealand 13 March 2007
Genre Crossover, pop
Label Decca Music Group
Hayley Westenra chronology
Odyssey
(2005)
Treasure
(2007)
Hayley sings Japanese Songs
(2008)

Treasure (titled Celtic Treasure in some countries) is the third internationally released album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, released in 2007. The album celebrates Westenra's Irish roots by covering Irish songs like "Danny Boy" and religious classics like "Whispering Hope", "The Heart Worships", while also including three new songs which Hayley has co-written.

Treasure became Westenra's fourth album to hit #1 on the New Zealand music charts, and her third album to debut at #1 on the New Zealand music charts, making her the most successful female album artist in the history of the Official New Zealand Music Charts.[1] The album spent five weeks in the number 1 position on the New Zealand charts.[2]

Treasure became Westenra's second album to chart in the US and peaked within the Top 10 in the UK (it was the second highest new entry its debut week).[3]

Celtic Treasure is a very personal collection of classical arias, Irish and Maori folk songs. Celtic Treasure is a rich musical heritage celebration of Hayley's family roots, and her great-great-grandparent's journey across the World on the first boat that left Ireland for New Zealand in the 1880s.[4]

Westenra's first recordings of her own songs bring together all those musical influences. Celtic treasure include her compositions "Let Me Lie" and "Summer Rain" plus her lyrics to a haunting lute song by the Elizabethan English composer John Dowland, called simply "Melancholy Interlude".[5]

"I come from a musical family, and one with a real sense of history. My forefathers, who came from Ireland, were on the Midlothian's maiden voyage from England to Christchurch, New Zealand in 1851..."[6]

A special edition of the album released in Westenra's native New Zealand includes that country's national anthem God Defend New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

US, Australia, New Zealand and Canadian version[edit]

  1. Let Me Lie
  2. Scarborough Fair
  3. Shenandoah
  4. Summer Fly
  5. Whispering Hope
  6. Danny Boy
  7. Summer Rain
  8. The Last Rose of Summer
  9. One Fine Day
  10. Sonny
  11. The Water Is Wide
  12. Melancholy Interlude
  13. Abide with Me

UK and International version[edit]

  1. Let Me Lie
  2. Le Notte De Silenzio – featuring Humphrey Berney, tenor
  3. Santa Lucia
  4. Whispering Hope
  5. Summer Rain
  6. Danny Boy
  7. One Fine Day
  8. Shenandoah
  9. The Heart Worships
  10. E Pari Ra
  11. Sonny
  12. Summer Fly
  13. Melancholy Interlude
  14. Bist Du Bei Mir
  15. Abide with Me

United Kingdom iTunes version[edit]

  1. Let Me Lie
  2. Le Notte De Silenzio
  3. Shenandoah
  4. Whispering Hope
  5. Summer Rain
  6. Danny Boy
  7. One Fine Day
  8. Santa Lucia
  9. The Heart Worships
  10. E Pari Ra
  11. Sonny
  12. Summer Fly
  13. Melancholy Interlude
  14. Bist Du Bei Mir
  15. Abide With Me
  16. Jekyll theme song (digital bonus version only)
  17. The Last Rose of Summer (iTunes bonus version only)

New Zealand special edition[edit]

  1. Let Me Lie
  2. Scarborough Fair
  3. Shenandoah
  4. Summer Fly
  5. Whispering Hope
  6. Danny Boy
  7. Summer Rain
  8. The Last Rose Of Summer
  9. One Fine Day
  10. Sonny
  11. The Water is Wide
  12. Melancholy Interlude
  13. Abide With Me
  14. Le Notte De Silenzio
  15. E Pari Ra
  16. Bist Du Bei Mir
  17. The Heart Worships
  18. Santa Lucia
  19. God Defend New Zealand

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
New Zealand Music Charts 1
U.S. Billboard Top 200 184
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 18
UK Album Charts 9
UK Classical Album Charts 1
Australian Album Charts 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HWI – Treasure Tops the Charts in New Zealand". Hayley Westenra International. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hayley Westenra – Treasure". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Take That, Kaiser Chiefs Move Atop U.K. Charts - Hollywood News - Celebrity News - Music News". Web.archive.org. 2007-03-06. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Celtic Treasure: Hayley Westenra: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hayley Westenra album on iTunes". Mar 13, 2007. Retrieved 12 Aug 2011. 
  6. ^ "Treasure – Hayley Westenra". Marbecks. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2011.