Call it unique artistic vision or simply creative chutzpah, but few artists would feature such disparate duet partners as Andrea Bocelli, Fernando Lima and Kiss' Paul Stanley on the same album. Yet th

Call it unique artistic vision or simply creative chutzpah, but few artists would feature such disparate duet partners as Andrea Bocelli, Fernando Lima and Kiss' Paul Stanley on the same album. Yet that's exactly what Sarah Brightman does on "Symphony," which arrives this week via Manhattan Records. "I just wanted to back away from everything and do something a little different. That, of course, takes a little time," Brightman says of "Symphony," her first collection of new material in five years. "Sometimes you have to step back a little and create something new."

For "Symphony," Brightman headed to Germany to record with longtime producer Frank Peterson. "This album has such a new twist to it," Brightman says. "It has classical qualities in it that I've always enjoyed, but it has a slightly dark quality. Within everything that happens in life, there's a heavenly side to it and then there's a dark side to it. I know it sounds fairly abstract, but when you go through the album, you get this feeling of heaven and hell within it."

Brightman also enjoys forging new partnerships, such as the duet with Kiss' Stanley on "I Will Be With You (Where the Lost Ones Go)." "It's unlikely and likely," she says of the pairing. "There is obviously the very theatrical side, which we both have. It's interesting with rock music and with classical music-there is a similarity there in a way. They are both very dramatic."

"Symphony" also marks the first time Brightman has worked with Lima. "His management asked if I'd be interested," says Brightman, who recorded "Passion" with the Spanish vocalist. "I listened to the song and I said, 'This is quite different for me to do, but I just feel it will work.' I went into the studio not knowing what was going to happen and really like what came out of it."

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