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    And the Waltz Goes On

    • Year Released: 2011
    And the Waltz Goes On is a studio album by Dutch violinist André Rieu which features Christchurch soprano Hayley Westenra on the last track, "Dreaming of New Zealand". The album was released worldwide on October 31 2011. It presents waltzes from around the world, including a “Valse Triste” (sad waltz) from Finland, a miniature waltz “La petite Valse” from France, a popular waltz tune that began life in Germany. Anthony Hopkins composed a waltz called "And the waltz goes on" for the album. Inspired by New Zealand's stunning landscape and the ‘life must go on’ attitude of its people in the face of the recent natural disasters, André penned a dreamy waltz entitled "Dreaming of New Zealand". The album includes both an instrumental version and one with English and Māori lyrics. The album reached number one on the official UK Classical Charts, as well as the Classic FM chart, after its release in the UK.
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    Hayley Sings Japanese Songs

    • Year Released: 2008
    Hayley Sings Japanese Songs is an album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. The album contains Westenra's interpretations of traditional and popular contemporary Japanese songs. Some of the songs have been translated into English while others remain in Japanese. The album contains the Japanese version of Amazing Grace and is a duet between Hayley and the late Japanese singer Minako Honda. The song was released as a single in Japan and topped the Japanese International Singles Chart. The album debuted at number 12 on the Japanese Albums Chart but broke into the Top 10 in its second week of release.
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    Hayley Sings Japanese Songs 2

    • Year Released: 2009
    Hayley Sings Japanese Song 2 is, as the title suggests, the second Japanese-themed album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. Like its predecessor, the album contains Westenra's interpretations of traditional and popular contemporary Japanese songs. Some of the songs have been translated into English while others remain in Japanese. The album entered the Japanese charts at number 30 but rose to number 16 in its second week. The album was certified Gold in Taiwan. The song "Nemu No Ki No Komoriuta" is based on a poem Empress Michiko wrote as a teenager. Before the album's releasing, A special DVD features Westenra performing in landscape of New Zealand with "Nemu No Ki No Komoriuta" and "Tsubomi" was released on 4 March 2009.
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    Hayley Westenra

    • Year Released: 2001
    Hayley Westenra is the second studio album of Hayley Westenra and her first album for a label Universal New Zealand. This album was released only in New Zealand and Australia. The last two tracks were released on special editions of the disk – the other editions do not include these tracks. It was published by the Universal New Zealand label in 2001.
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    Live from New Zealand

    • Year Released: 2004
    Live From New Zealand is a live high quality video album (DVD) and PBS Great Performances special by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra and featured duet with baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and soprano Sophie Westenra. It was recorded in St. James Theatre, Wellington and published in 2004. The special consists mostly of songs from her debut international album, Pure and some bonus videos:"I Dreamed a Dream"(live in concert), "Pokarekare Ana", "100% Pure New Zealand" and "interviews from her family, neighbours and Christchurch school teachers".
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    My Gift to You

    • Year Released: 2001
    My Gift to You is the second published album and third studio album by Christchurch soprano Hayley Westenra. This album was released only in New Zealand and Australia. It was published by the Universal New Zealand label in 2001. Westenra chosed favourite Christmas and seasonal songs in this album, featuring guests like Annie Crummer, Sophie Westenra.
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    Odyssey

    • Year Released: 2005
    Odyssey is the second internationally published album by Hayley Westenra. Her other previous albums, with the exception of Pure, were released only in New Zealand and Australia. It was published by the Decca Music Group label in 2005. Westenra wonderful voice retains its crystal-clear purity in this album, but Westenra's singing is now richer and more rounded than before. Odyssey included a duet with Andrea Bocelli called "Dell'Amore Non Si Sa", a gospel song "I Say Grace", an inspired cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now", "May it Be" – a song from The Lord of the Rings, as well as "What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)" which was Westenra's debut as a songwriter. This excludes the US, UK and Japanese versions. There were two different versions of the UK album released. The first was released on 26 September 2005 and the second was released on 10 April 2006.
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    Paradiso

    • Year Released: 2011
    Paradiso is an international album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, in collaboration with Italian maestro Ennio Morricone. It was released worldwide beginning 18 April 2011 in New Zealand. Paradiso features new compositions written by Morricone for Westenra, as well as Hayley performing some of his best-known film compositions in vocalese. Westenra also contributed new English lyrics for some of Morricone's most well-known pieces, "Gabriel's Oboe", "La Califfa", and "Malena". Westenra said she not only was inspired by "Gabriel's Oboe" (the theme from the 1986 film classic The Mission), but also contributed lyrics to Whispers In A Dream (music:"Gabriel’s Oboe") in the spirit of world peace. Morricone produced all of Westenra's vocal performances and created new arrangements for each track, conducting instrumental sessions with his own 120-piece orchestra, Sinfonietta di Roma. On 18 July 2011, Morricone commented, "When I first heard Hayley’s voice I was impressed and fascinated. I was very pleased when I was asked to compose and arrange the pieces that Hayley sings on her CD and am delighted with the results. I want to mention that this is not just a small
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    Pure

    • Year Released: 2003
    Pure is the first internationally published Album (music) by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. Her previous albums were released only in New Zealand and nearby Australia. This album also received professional consultation from the legendary Sir George Martin who helped to create its "unique appeal". In 2004, it was the highest selling New Zealand Album and so it privileged Hayley with an award from the New Zealand Music Awards of 2004. It was published by the Decca Music Group label in 2003. It was distributed in the United States by Universal Classics in 2004. During its first week of sales it sold 19,068 copies. As of 2007, Pure is the best selling classical album for the 21 century in the UK. Pure gives a new freshness to well known classical repertoire, as well as exploring the world of pop and traditional Maori choral singing, including renditions of "Who Painted the Moon Black?", "Hine e Hine" (a song of the Māori, the natives of New Zealand), "In Trutina", from Orff's Carmina Burana, "Wuthering Heights" (a cover of the Kate Bush hit), and the perennial spiritual classic "Amazing Grace". Sir George Martin co-wrote the track "Beat of Your Heart" just for the
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    River of Dreams

    • Year Released: 2008
    River of Dreams: The Very Best of Hayley Westenra is a compendium album released in UK and New Zealand by Christchurch soprano Hayley Westenra. 《River of Dreams》 contains selections from her three best-selling Decca albums Pure, Odyssey and Treasure, combined with four newly recorded songs. Westenra's distinctively flutey, helium-high, gravity-free, crystal-sharp, emotion-free vocals were showcased through classical, traditional, easy listening repertoires. The New Zealand Special Edition of this album includes a second CD, featuring nine special fan favorites. The New Zealand Special Edition: Disc 1: Disc 2:
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    The Best of Pure Voice

    • Year Released: 2010
    The Best Of Pure Voice is an international album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. It was Limited edition by Japan and released from other Asia area on 29 June 2010. 《The Best of Pure Voice》 features classical songs Amazing Grace, Danny Boy, Ave Maria etc and some international duet with Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson, Minako Honda, Blake. It climbed top positions in TaiWan classical music chart after releasing. It was listed on No.3 position in Hollywood five recording company music chart 2010.
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    Treasure

    • Year Released: 2007
    Treasure (titled Celtic Treasure in the United States) is the third internationally released album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, released in 2007 (see 2007 in music). 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. The album spent five weeks in the number 1 position on the New Zealand charts. 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). 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
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    Walking in the Air

    • Year Released: 2000
    Walking in the Air is the first album of Hayley Westenra. It has two versions. The first, of which only 70 were made, was originally a memento for Hayley's family and close friends, and was self-titled Hayley Dee Westenra. However, the album did not remain within the Westenra family and their friends; one day while Hayley was busking, a tourist asked her if she had ever thought of recording her voice. Hayley pointed the tourist in the direction of her mother, Jill, who, after some coaxing, sold him a copy. As he took the CD over to Hayley to have her autograph it, other passing tourists asked Hayley's mother if she had any more copies. Jill took their names and hotel room numbers; later that day, Hayley's family delivered copies to those tourists. A second, larger release (though only 1,000) was subsequently made and retitled, carrying Hayley's name as "Hayley Westenra". Interestingly, when Hayley produced this album, it was not meant as a prequel to another album, nor was it a means for her to gain entrance into the music industry. Rather, it was a project of Hayley's mother, who wanted a recording of her then-13 year old daughter's voice in the event that Hayley did not attain
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    Walking In The Air

    • Year Released: 2000
    Walking In The Air is the first recorded studio album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. Hayley had been saving money busking in the streets of Christchurch, and by age 12, with her parents' blessing, she had enough to fund a studio session. Walking in the Air, a demo album, was the result. Walking In The Air was originally intended as merely a personal souvenir for neighbours and friends. Indeed, the Westenras were eager to let Hayley record the album so that, if she chose a line of work outside the vocal arts, there would be a memento to her young, beautiful voice. Walking In The Air has two sub-editions: one of 70 copies listing her as Hayley Dee Westenra, the other of 1,000 copies as Hayley Westenra. Originally, the Westenras paid only for the first 70 to be cut, but after the album had been popularized through word of mouth and limited distribution, music representatives contributed enough to allow for a fuller release, with a new cover and insert. The songs on both are the same.
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    Winter Magic

    • Year Released: 2009
    Winter Magic is a Christmas album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. The album was called Christmas Magic in some territories and was released in Japan as Winter Magic: Fuyu No Kagayaki – Koibito Tachi No Pure Voice. The album features traditional Christmas songs (like Coventry Carol) and more contemporary Christmas songs (like Joni Mitchell's classic, River). Christmas Magic combines "The Little Road to Bethlehem", "Silent Night", "Veni Veni Emmanuel", "The Little Drummer Boy", "The Coventry Carol"......These traditional Christmas songs are delivered by her heavenly singing together with choir's peaceable accompanying and suitable for every season from a year. Westenra has written herself three new songs("Peace Shall Come", "All With You" and "Christmas Morning").The variety of the song choices perfectly showcases the versatility of Hayley's angelic voice and her ability to not only perform in a beautiful, classical way ("Corpus Christi Carol") but also in a considerably more "pop" style ("Peace Shall Come"). What makes the offerings on Winter Magic stand out... is Westenra’s ability to rein in her voice to achieve a distinct pop quality somewhat separate from
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