• A review of the amazing Sarah Brightman the queen of classical crossover

    Jan 6 2011, 16h51

    To some she is the pioneer of the genre known as classical crossover or contemporary opera, to others she can be simply known as popera. Well its hard to say because this amazing woman with a career over twenty five years long has covered a wide variety of music from showtunes, to classical pieces, to 80's to early 90's pop hits (the album Dive was a compilation of these) To dance hits like the album Harem with a nice spice of Arabian flare. Her more recent release of the album Symphony saw her experiment with alternative rock and even symphonic metal with the amazing song Fleurs Du Mal. And followed by A Winter Symphony which was a most enchanting Christmas piece. her album Eden released in 1998 is a quite a few years old but it still has a reverberating feel of classical and pop that seems like brand new. The song Eden being a catchy cover of Hooverphonic's, but stripped of all symphonic keyboard elements and given a more bombastic sound with I beleive the voices of Gregorian in the background and a real orchestra along with a catchy beat. although some may not consider Sarah a full fledged opera singer. I still beleive she has paved the way for most crossover artist. Who can forget her amazing performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. To this day she is the best Christine there ever was. I wonder what this amazing diva will conquer next. With so many amazing albums I've lost count, but we are all eagerly waiting for more amazing music from this outstanding woman.

    Sarah Brightman
  • Poetry for the Passionate

    Jan 6 2011, 0h49

    It seems to me that dramatic lyrics are an important part of classical, opera, symphonic/gothic metal, and gothic darkwave. As we all know not only do you need a beautiful sounding song with a bombastic overture and melodic violins and a soprano voice to accompany it but the emotion of what the ballad is trying to portray is also a key element. Today's avant garde artists like Emilie Autumn and Sopor Aeternus and the Ensemble of Shadows use key elements of historical literature and poetry as well as those charming baroque/renaissance harphischords. Music has certainly evolved a long way. In some ways for the better and in some ways for the worst. But the important thing is that old traditions never die but are preserved for later generations. [IMG]Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of ShadowsLacrimosaEmilie AutumnBacio di Tosca