前All Angels合唱团员Laura Wright单飞后首张个人专辑《The Last Rose》
说到Laura Wright (个人暂译「萝拉莱特」)这个名字，应该大家都不太有印象。其实她是英伦美声少女团体All Angels合唱团(又称「天使四重唱」或「天使百分百」)的创团成员之一，单飞后於今年(2011)发行了首张个人专辑《The Last Rose》。在这张专辑中，她略略减低了过去在All Angels中的古典音乐比重，以清新脱俗的嗓音回顾并重新詮释雋久传唱的英国民谣。
「威尔斯有凯瑟琳詹金斯(Katherine Jenkins)，纽西兰则有海莉(Hayley Westenra)」，Laura如此说道，「但并没有为承袭英国音乐传统感到骄傲、为英国而唱的歌手。而这正是我想做的」。《The Last Rose》是张散发著浓郁英伦风情的专辑，收录多首耳熟能详的经典民谣。Laura的空灵歌声搭配纯粹而简单的淡淡伴奏，是个让人心神放鬆的绝妙组合。
Release date:25th July 2011
Medium:CD (download also available)
Classical sensation Laura Wright presents her debut solo album ‘The Last Rose’, in which she sings brand new arrangements of British folk songs. ‘The Last Rose’ includes favourites from across the British Isles including ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Skye Boat Song’, ‘Lavender’s Blue’ and the title track, ‘The Last Rose of Summer’. Laura received critical acclaim, and widespread popularity as a member of classical girl-group All Angels. Embarking on her solo project, the 21 year-old British student feels passionately about reviving and preserving these traditional songs.
"These songs have been passed on for generations. I was taught them by my grandmother when I was young, but unless we continue that tradition they will slip into oblivion."
The creative team behind the record-breaking Royal Wedding Album have also collaborated on this project. Composers John Rutter and Patrick Hawes have arranged several of the songs and the album has been overseen by producer Anna Barry. ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ (based on the Tennyson poem) is a solo arrangement of Paul Mealor’s stunning Ubi Caritas which was performed at the Royal Wedding as a choral work.
Audio CD (25 July 2011)
Number of Discs: 1
The 21-year-old British student feels passionately about reviving and preserving these traditional songs of our collective past which, until recently, were regularly sung in schools. Laura says of reviving the folk tradition:
“These songs have been passed on for generations. I was taught them by my grandmother when I was young but unless we continue that tradition, they will slip into oblivion.”
The team behind the record-breaking Royal Wedding Album have collaborated to present these songs to a new audience. Composers John Rutter and Patrick Hawes arranged several of the pieces and producer Anna Barry oversaw the album. One of the standout songs, ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ (based on the Tennyson poem), is a solo arrangement of Paul Mealor’s stunning track, performed at the Royal Wedding as a choral work in Latin, ‘Ubi Caritas’.
‘The Last Rose’ also includes other favourites from across the British Isles including ‘Blow The Wind Southerly’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Skye Boat Song’, ‘Down By The Salley Gardens’, ‘Lavender’s Blue’ and the title track ‘The Last Rose of Summer’.
Currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London on a scholarship (awarded to her immediately after her audition), Laura, originally from Suffolk, already has a long-established singing career. She won the highly competitive Chorister of the Year competition in 2005 and was subsequently a member of classical girl group All Angels, during which time she recorded three albums, performed at the Classical BRITs, in front of royalty, and also at several high-profile sporting events including international rugby matches and the Carling Cup Final.
Read more at http://www.classicfm.com/artists/laura-wri...qZflA.99
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
The Last Rose
By Clarinda on 25 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Being a fan of All Angels I have known about Laura Wright for a while and she was one of my favouries from that group so when I heard she would be releasing a solo album I knew I had to have it and I'm very glad that I bought it. This album consistis of folk songs which may seem like a given for a classical singer, but what makes this album so good is the mix that is on it and also the orchestration which was done by Mealor and Rutter and others and it is done very well. The opening of 'The Last Rose' is very LOTR like which I love. I usually do a track by track, but I won't for this because lots of these songs will be familiar to most people, however I will pick out a few that are my favourites:
I Know Where I'm Going- this one was new to me, I had never heard it before, but it is beautiful
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes- This again is one I had never heard, but again the melody and orchestration are beautiful
Lavender's Blue- I have not heard this song in a long time and it reminds me of primary School when we used to sing songs like this and The Skye Boat Song, both of these songs allow Laura to use her higher range which is a joy to hear.
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal- I wasn't sure about this when I first heard it, but I have really grown to like this arrangement and the lyrics are beautiful.
Scarborough Fair- this is very good, its low which is a good contrast to the rest of the album and the guitar is a really nice touch, this one is not too orchestral as it is more stripped down with just srings and guitar.
O Wally Wally- many classical singers record this, but this one has lyrics I have never heard before and so adds something different.
Laura's voice is a really strong clear soprano and all of these songs suit her and show different aspects of her voice, I personally love folk songs and I think it is important to keep the tradition of them going especially the more unusual ones. This is an amazing album and really worth having- I would recomend it to everyone.
01. The Last Rose Of Summer
02. I Know Where I'm Going
03. Scarborough Fair
04. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
05. Blow The Wind Southerly
06. Mealor: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal
07. O Waly Waly
08. Skye Boat Song
09. Down By The Salley Gardens
10. The Ash Grove
11. My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
12. Lavender's Blue