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Cusco with strings
on January 31, 2003
This CD is the second of two that have music created by Cusco for the Heinz Seilmann TV show "Seilmann 2000" in Germany. The show was a 20-part series about the earth and the problems wild animals have faced due to changes in the planet over the last three decades. Seilmann had Holm and Schultze score a number of their favorite works for a large orchestra backdrop for use throughout the series. The group added strings, horns and woodwinds (The Munich Natural Sounds Ensemble) and the results are amazing. The usual worldbeat flavor of Cusco's music, with keyboards, Peruvian flutes and panpipes, blends very well with the "big orchestra" sound. While not "typical" Cusco, there are enough of their catchy melodies and upbeat funk/rock beats popping up here and there to make for a refreshing diversion for their fans. I think the first of these two CDs, "Cusco 2000", is a little better than this one, but there are enough standout cuts on "2002" to make it a worthwhile addition to your collection, especially if you are already a Cusco fan. An alternative would be to pick up "Australia", which is a CD that combines seven of the best cuts from "2002" with two from "2000" (Flying Condor is one of them) and two other songs.