by Hayley Westenra


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Listening to Hayley Westenra -- the angelic-voiced, 16-year-old New Zealander -- naturally brings to mind a certain other teenage vocal prodigy who made her mark singing a mix of classical, traditional, and popular songs. And, in truth, without the path blazed by Charlotte Church, Westenra's overnight global success might not have come to pass. Yet like Church's, Westenra's rapid rise is no fluke: She possesses a lovely, radiantly youthful voice, and her natural, straightforward delivery on Pure, her first album, is simply enchanting. She embraces a wide range of material, bringing an unerring sense of pitch and effortless singing style to adaptations of familiar classical tunes: Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte" becomes "Never Say Goodbye" and the slow-movement theme from Vivaldi's "Winter" Concerto turns into "River of Dreams," while Carl Orff's love song "In trutina" from Carmina Burana is as innocently chaste as you're ever likely to hear. Westenra also tackles such traditional tunes as "Amazing Grace" and a pair of Maori songs, "Pokarekare Ana" (Come Back to Me) and "Hine e Hine" (Maiden, O Maiden), and brings other, more contemporary fare, such as "Who Painted the Moon Black?" and "Beat of Your Heart," into the blend as well. It's all disarmingly charming -- only in "Wuthering Heights" does she really let go, pulling off a full-on Kate Bush imitation. In a phrase: a Pure pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947518020
catalogNumber: 000186602
Rank: 46951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayley Westenra   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Martin   Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Greg Knowles   Cimbalom,Soloist
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Giles Martin   Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Pearce   Bass Guitar
Francois Rive   Cello,Soloist
Guy Davis   Piano
Andrew Williams   Viola
Mark Brown   Bass
David Hartley   Piano
Rolf Wilson   Violin,Soloist
Ian Humphries   Violin,Soloist
Roy Benson   Double Bass,Soloist
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
James Brett   Keyboards
Mary Hammond   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Williams   Viola,Soloist
Tony Ingleby   Guitar
Thelma Owen   Harp
Mark Brown   Bass
Te Tau Choir   Choir, Chorus
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Tom Windriff   Drums
Ian Dean   Conductor
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Carl Orff   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Kate Bush   Composer
Charlie Dore   Composer
George Martin   Arranger,Composer
Philip Bagenal   Engineer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Engineering
Karl Jenkins   Composer
Giles Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Engineering
Frank Musker   Composer,Lyricist
Costa Pilavachi   Executive Producer
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Jeremy Tilston   Art Direction
Ronan Hardiman   Composer
Chris Barrett   Programming,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Anders Kallmark   Programming
Jacky Schroer   Executive Producer
Hayley Westenra   Liner Notes
Sarah Class   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Umberto Morasca   Composer
Jenny O'Grady   Director

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Pure 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HOLY COW! This girl rocks like you woudn't believe and she's singing classical! I gotta hand it to whoever discovered this singer cuz it ranks right up there with discovering fire and the wheel. This CD - Pure - made me cry it's so darn good. I didn't care for all the songs but the ones I liked I could play all day and all night if they let me. I loved Who Painted the Moon Black and Beat of your Heart. I enjoyed Amazing Grace and Wuthering Heights totally. Her best of all is Pokarekara Anna -- now that is special sung in Kiwi. You gotta love this gal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You're absolutely going to love Hayley Westenra's new album "Pure." Hayley has an almost-too-good-to-be-true voice the likes of which come along just a few times in a century. It would not be unreasonable to compare her talent with that of the young Barbra Streisand of 40 years ago. Every song on "Pure" is a keeper, particularly "Dark Waltz", "Benedictus" and "Heaven." When she sings the line "... turning me into the light" at the end of "Dark Waltz" you may well wonder if you just heard the most ravishingly beautiful human voice in all of existence. (The answer is probably yes.) There is no way to describe Hayley's voice without resorting to terms like incredible, astonishing, glorious and brilliant, but as you will see after hearing all of "Pure", they don't go far enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most beautiful album ever recorded. Hayley's voice is not only lovely to listen to but has a magical quality about it which pacifies the most tormented soul. From classical to contemporary to traditional Maori, it is all delightful and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I now have the UK, US, German, Australian and New Zealand versions and I will go on getting more as they become available. Utterly gorgeous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you havent picked up this album yet, i dont get what your waiting for ITS AWESOME her voice is by far the most beautiful voice i have heard with my ears, pick up the album and see what you think, i know you wont regret it !
Guest More than 1 year ago
She has the most brilliant voice I've ever heard!!! Listening to her songs makes you go into another world. I like, "Never Say good bye," "Beat of your Heart," "Across the Universe," "Heaven," and "Wuthering Heights." -which are almost all of them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hayley knows what can and can't sing, and I respect her for that! She "floats her notes" instead of screams them. I love this album, and hope that Hayley gets what she deserves: recognition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really listen to this type of music. I first heard of Westenra when she showed up on my Media Player. I was very enamored with her looks. I just kept on clicking on links and heard more of her music, and I wasn't disappointed. Her music is as dazzling as her beauty. You won't be disappointed with this music; it'll leave you wishing for a live performance. This young women has a lot of years ahead of her, and if that music is as good as this I believe she'll be as well known in "the states" as she is in Europe. This breakout CD has been touted all over the world and now it's coming to America, I think it'll be a hit
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hayley has such a gorgeous voice (much better than Charlotte Church) she's definitely my favorite singer. "Wuthering Heights" is my favorite song on the album I also love "Dark Waltz", "Pokarekare Ana", and "Across the Universe of Time." You won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album proves that Hayley Westenra is definetly not another teen artist, but one who is ORIGINAL and “pure,” as the album says it. When she sings, she produces out a unique sound that is clear and rich, yet soft. A favorite of mine is "Never Say Goodbye" because of it's mesmorizing tune. Another favorite is the sad "Who Painted the Moon Black." Pure will soon shoot straight to the top of the charts, as Hayley will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hayley Westenra is on course to become one of the greatest singers who ever lived! Her range, perfect pitch, and clarity of voice are remarkable for a person of any age and experience much less a young girl of only 16 years. This is a must for any connoisseur of great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hayley Westenra has an amazing voice. I love the way she hits the notes. One of my favorite songs on the cd is "Wuthering Heights" because it's just so shocking to hear. I like her a lot more than Charlotte Church...there should be no comparison between the two since Hayley is much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Hayley's voice is like the voice of an angel! My favorites are Tracks 1 through 12. That's pretty much every single one of them! Her voice is so enchanting and these songs are just perfect for her! It can really inspire young musicians and singers who are studying classical music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why this young lady got a recording contract. Her voice is not unique, nor does she sing with classical vocal technique. She sings with a breathy straight-tone, has a bad habit of scooping, and her high notes sound pinched. Vocal prodigies are not so rare that you should buy this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing voice! Extremely refined, flawless and effortless delivery. Listening to this album is so compelling to the point I forget that I'm driving to work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her voice is just amazing. it really makes you relax. You should definetely get the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Hayley Westenra on a PBS special with Russell Watson last summer that originated from New Zealand. After hearing her voice, I immediately began my search to discover who she was and whether or not she had recorded any music. Unfortunately, I found no music at the time. Thank goodness the recording industry saw fit to change that. Her voice is truly amazing! I was only familiar with about 4 of her songs before listening to her CD and when I first hear a song, no matter how good it is, it usually takes me a few listenings to appreciate it. I can say without reservation that I truly love every song on this CD. It is a wonderful selection of songs for her magnificently clear, pure, crystalline, angelic voice and I highly recommend it to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think "Pure" is a unbelieveable album! It certainly isn't going to be staying in my CD rack! lol. Hayley's voice is so soothing and beautiful, it makes you think, is that really her? When my dad heard her, he was like, "Who is she?" He usally doesn't get interested in singers so I know that a plus for Hayley. (My dad's REALLY picky) The best thing I can say is, this album is phenomminal! That's the best way to describe it. ~NMP~
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will not be disappointed with this girl. Her voice is so amazing. I ordered my copy of her cd from Australia so I got it early. If you would like to join an i-squad for Hayley just go to http://i-squad.com/link/link/MTIxNzYwfDE0OA==
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hayley has such an angelic voice. "Pure is great. I love every song on this album. Hayley should get the credit she deserves because this album is truly amazing. It's worth every penny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a bit skeptical when I had first heard of Hayley Westenra - skeptical that such a young girl would could have such a tremendous voice. But I was definitely wrong; I was blown away when I heard her music. On Pure, Hayley's first internationally-released album, Hayley just takes off and brings the listener along with her. Co-produced by Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the album is home to many excellently performed tracks. My personal favorites are tracks seven through eleven. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys Classical music. It is one album I guarantee you will not regret buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful CD...I first heard of her through a commercial on VH1...Her voice was indescribable at the time...today, to be clichéd, I'd say it speaks like an angel and I feel like I've been missing out for the past few years while she has been making records. My favorite tracks are Pokarekare Ana, Beat of Your Heart and Wuthering Heights, Who Painted the Moon Black...Heck, all of them are AWESOME. You will be totally missing out on this international star if you pass this CD up! Her record title describes her voice and the CD overall perfectly: Pure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Often the song makes the performer a star. Sometimes the performer can make any song a star. That is the talent of a Roy Orbison, a Judy Garland, Now there's another to add to this list. This morning, for the first time, I heard Hayley Westenra's amazing voice on Good Morning America (April 12, 2004). There are no words to adequately describe her vocal talents; one must merely listen to understand. A truly awesome, in the largest sense of the word, talent. I went online to search for information on her albums, and found the new one, Pure, here, with sample excerpts. Listen, and enjoy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutely stunning. Hayley's voice is, in a word, "Pure". She breathes life into every note she produces. She is angelic, both vocally, and in her personality. God has truly blessed her, and she continues to use her gift well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hayley Westernra has such a clear voice; I think she's better than Charlotte Church. I have deep respect for those who can hit the high notes perfectly. It's refreshing from most of today's "musical artists" who have their voices engineered. Classical artists have to be good; they perform live in operas without any modifications! ! A must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you never buy another CD this year, this is one you don't want to miss out on. The voice is that of an upcoming, refreshingly new musical star on the horizon that will require you to play it at least a half dozen times as soon as you get it. The videos that match are just as good as the songs they portray. A must for all ages. A voice you will not find an equal to anywhere.