Oceans of beauty caress the senses in this emotionally evocative tribute to Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Ranging from tribal to operatic, poignant to passionate, "Cousteau's Dream" is a musical voyage of hope and inspiration for what one person can do to change the world.
From each purchase of a CD, approximately $2.50 will be donated by Real Music's non-profit EarthSea Institute to The Cousteau Society and organizations with similar goals of protecting and preserving the earth and its inhabitants.
A mix-and-match compilation project packaged as a tribute to the memory of Jacques Cousteau, the famed ocean explorer and environmental crusader, Cousteau's Dream
is a low-key, high-minded collection of soft instrumental works compatible with an ocean's most serene state. Few of the mostly keyboard-generated compositions on this disc stir waves, making it an appropriate choice for laid-back listeners who favor the idea of tranquil ocean-gazing on a becalmed afternoon. The assembled tracks, from Vangelis
, and others, along with two original pieces (including "Sun's Comin' Out," a semireverential work for trumpet and keyboards from Richard Burmer), exude a more earnest New Age inclination. Subtle grooves appear during Kamal
's twinkling "Shakuhaji Tales" and periodically in Aria's "Un Bel Di," but the overall tone of the disc is better reflected by a worshipful, requiem-like selection such as Michael Hoppe
's "Lachrymosa" or the brief, solemn beauty of Vangelis's "Eternity." The Kenny G
tune, "Theme from Dying Young
" seems a little out of place here, though 2002
-like "Stella Maris" is a treat. The label, Real Music, says its EarthSea Institute will donate more than two dollars from each disc's sale to environmental groups. --Terry Wood