Album: Hayley Westerna, Ennio Morricone, Paradiso (Decca)

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The soprano Hayley Westenra is the supreme "crossover classical" artist, her album Pure being the fastest-selling classical debut of all time.

But while her coree classical repertoire is usually leavened with popular show-tunes, her tremulous voice is widely acknowled-ged as having the Right Stuff – not least by Ennio Morricone, who arranged and produced this anthology of his own compositions for her. Included are several of his most memorable movie themes, Westenra adding the yearning wordless vocal line over the celesta and woodwind of "Once Upon a Time in the West", providing her own lyric for "Gabriel's Oboe" and on "Amor" she offers her most dramatic performance.

DOWNLOAD THIS: Gabriel's Oboe; La Califfa; Amalia Por Amor