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Ice Flowers Melting: Music for Kantele, The Finnish Folk Zither by Sylvan Grey

About the Artist

Sylvan Grey began playing the kantele while attending college. It was during a research trip to Finland that Grey discovered the kantele. She took a few lessons from Finland's well–known teacher and performer Ulla Katajavuori before returning to the United States. After completing her master's thesis, Grey devoted herself to composing music for the kantele as she was drawn to the unique sound of this thirty–six–string instrument. In addition to her activities as a musical performer, Sylvan Grey is a talented poet.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Joy Like A RiverGrey Sylvan 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chimes for Snow MeltingGrey Sylvan 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. RainpieceGrey Sylvan12:40Album Only
listen  4. Finnish Church BellsGrey Sylvan 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. D Minor MelodyGrey Sylvan 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Empty MoonGrey Sylvan27:33Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fortuna Records
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BGQRN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cvairag VINE VOICE on June 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sylvan Grey is one of the world's greatest musicians. The relatively obscure instrument she plays, the Kantele, demands so much from the player that very few musicians in the world would attempt such an extended solo recital as we have here, even if some degree of mastery had been attained. To describe the Kantele as a Zither is somewhat misleading because of the connotations that far more basic versions of that instrument have in America. Really, this multi-stringed instrument produces a rich harplike sound, the registers of the chords are quite dense, with harpsicord-like timbres, producing long resonances when struck, which overlap in the magnificent progressions Grey develops. Grey's music is exceedingly complex, intricate, multi-layered, deeply thought and felt, and painstakingly conceived.
"Ice Flowers" was Grey's brilliant 1981 debut recording, only one of two recordings she has released in the past quarter century! Yes. That's the testimony to how seriously this virtuoso artist takes her music.
This recording is perfect "in the car". If you're muddling through a snowstorm, or rainstorm, or slowly progressing on a long journey, there is really no more appropriate disk, for this deeply reflective music seems to record the long flow of the sequences of endless inner journeying which comprise our lives. We don't quite know where we're heading, but we are assured of reaching some further end.
I would therefore advise first listening to this remarkable disk in your vehicle on a long drive before sitting down with it at home. Let yourself be held captive to this spellbinding statement of a true master.
One of the all time greatest "new age" performances, all sounds being produced, blissfully, without any help from electronic instruments or synthesizing devices.
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By judith day on January 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had a very worn out cassette tape of this album from many years ago, and was excited to find it on CD. It is unbelievably beautiful. Solo, meandering, tinkling music...seems improvised on themes.
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By LLynnB on July 14, 2014
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sea Knight on July 26, 2006
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I returned this. It sounded interesting on the soundbytes- made me want to hear more- contemplative I hoped, kaleidoscoping simple strings with great moments but it doesn't change enough or bring emotions from me deeply or passionately. There were no climaxes. It's very repetitive and drawn out. The titles and picture are pretty but I didn't feel much of Finland or transported anywhere but perhaps to be more careful in the sensibility to try for other cultures' music to know them better and enjoy. I was intrigued, then bored and annoyed- and the marketplace seller got annoyed and arrogant towards me for returning it. I think the things titled for are more interesting, alive, and spirited than evocated. Maybe as far as zithers go, it's expert technically but it seemed too much one pace also, like a Japanese instrument never slowed enough to appreciate.
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