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Music of the Spheres

Mike OldfieldAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0013XS8A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2008 release of Music of the Spheres. After 35 years, another first - Mike's first 'classical' album, Music of the Spheres. The concept is the relative movements of objects in space creating mathematical relationships which can be expressed as music and harmonies, but what exactly is Classical music? Although there are many opinions about period, instruments, form and complexity, most seem to agree that Classical music will last the test of time. Michael Gordon Oldfield is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends Progressive Rock, Folk, Ethnic or World music, Classical music, Electronic music, New Age and recently Dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his hit 1973 album Tubular Bells which broke new ground as an instrumental concept album and launched Virgin Records.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for the movie in your mind March 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The sad element here is that this majestic piece of musical artistry will go largely ignored in the U.S. Mike Oldfield has created an expansive and inspirational work of great impact here. My first listen was in my car where I was struck by the tone and range of the work. At home, through my surround system (hey, why no 5.1 release???), the music naturally came fully to life and elicited many emotions and feelings. Oddly enough, at times I felt I was hearing the score to an epic film, yet one with quiet and contemplative moments. This is music with purpose, context, and meaning. If Tubular Bells was the prologue, this, then, is the masterwork. I will be buying more than a few copies for my friends.

Mr. Oldfield should "hook-up" with P.B.S. to present this work to a wider audience which may not be aware of its availability (although I could not find it in any store in the hinterland of Pittsburgh) and accessibility (for mature and focused listening pleasure). If P.B.S. can elevate "Celtic Woman" and other third rate warblers to big-seller-status, surely the same promotional effort can be put forth to genius.

Thanks, Mike, for an essential piece of music for the 21st century!!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing! April 23, 2008
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It's not fair for me to say that I'm no fan of Mike Oldfield's music since, before now, I had never heard anything by him - not even Tubular Bells. I had seen his name tossed around, especially in conjunction with Tubular Bells, but I never felt intrigued enough to seek out anything by him. I more or less disregarded him as a New Ager with zero musical sensibilities.

How wrong I was!

I came about this piece of music by sheer chance, it seems. In fact, I probably wouldn't have purchased the album if Amazon hadn't included it among its recommendations for things I "might also like." I checked out a couple of reviews both here and on iTunes, and it seemed that everybody who had listened to it couldn't say hardly a negative thing about it. Wondering "what gives," I decided to drop a little cash and see precisely what everyone was chattering about.

It turns out, what everyone is chattering about happens to be one of the most spectacular, luscious musical landscapes I've heard in quite a long time - and given that I'm almost constantly purchasing new music ranging from composed music (such as this) to hip-hop/rap, I feel this is quite a compliment.

This music defies physics: time altogether seems to pass by slowly, but not dull. No, far from it: every second is enjoyable! From the warm, celestial textures of the opening "Harbinger" to the soothing, blissful vocal of Hayley Westenra featured on "On My Heart," as I listen to this music I truly feel as if I'm swimming through atmospheres, dancing among the stars, and watching a divine interplay among the heavens. I'm not exaggerating. These metaphors are completely valid!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! March 25, 2008
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Mike Oldfield returns with a fantastic work. You can tell the influence of his maturity. The album is like a supreme manifestation of his immortal work Tubular Bells, this time fully orchestrated. Simply it blows you mind.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield's Opus 1 April 11, 2008
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Mike Oldfield was originally going to call his first album "Opus 1", rather than "Tubular Bells". "Music of the Spheres" is Oldfield's true Opus 1. He has created a wonderful classical piece.

When I heard that Oldfield had gone classical, I was concerned that he created something totally experimental and far afield from his previous works that I enjoy so much. I was pleased he chose to start with the next evolution of "Tubular Bells" and then take off from there.

It all works for me. I'm so glad Mike Oldfield's creativity is alive and well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterwork April 9, 2008
By Thor
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This album immediately separates itself from the rest of the MO discography because it is truly in the classical genre. Being so, the amazing thing I experienced was that I could still tell that it carried the distinctive Mike Oldfield musical "stamp." This showed me that Mike has truly succeeded in creating his own identifiable sound, regardless of genre.

I found the work to be highly enjoyable, profoundly moving and emotionally stirring. Mike has always had the ability to make music sing; to take us on a musical journey that crescendos, then receeds, bending and pulsing as it fills the heart, never the mind - THIS IS MUSIC TO FEEL DEEP DOWN IN YOUR SOUL.

I was not bothered by the initial musical reference to the Tubular Bells theme. To those who it bothers - get over it! It was worked in perfectly and expanded so as to feel new again and fresh. I feel that this work fits in easily and justifiably with his other "masterworks" - namely Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Incantations, Tubular Bells II & Songs of Distant Earth. Music of the Spheres now joins this select group for me. All of these works have the touch of genius and mastery and elevate Mr. Oldfield to a lofty position in field of modern music.

From here - where? Who knows. Have we ever been able to predict Mike's next musical step? No - he is his own man and has earned the right to be so. All we can do is be grateful for whatever else he graces us with during his time on this earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This cd is to complete my collection.
Published 20 days ago by joão batista pietrobon
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
Mike Oldfield in my opinion is the greatest musician I have ever heard. I have all his cd. If someone says he knows a lot of music, but have not heard of Mike, do not know anything... Read more
Published 6 months ago by GALVÃO
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD don't miss this one
It is a wonderful CD. Very inspiring and beautiful. I would recommend it to people. His CD to commerate the last summer Olympics is why I purchased this CD.
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Hinks
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield - Orchestra - Fantastic
I did not know this came out until I started looking for Mike Oldfield last week. I've been a fan since TB. This was a great surprise. New material not old orchestrated. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Frodo
4.0 out of 5 stars Music of the Years
With the imminent release of Oldfield's 2014 release; Man on the Rocks, I find myself drawn to his other most recent release now 6 years old. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Edward Leedskalnin
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the Spheres
This music is refreshing, particularly in an age of manufactured "stars" and lip-syncing bimbos. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Lindner
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-appreciated gem.
This work needs to be played on 'classical' radio stations (which would be considered heresy) and more strongly promoted by Oldfield's recording company. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anonymous Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Requirement for any Mike Oldfield Library
This CD should be a requirement of any Mike Oldfield library. It is one of his best with rich landscapes full of tone and complex substance. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wizengy
5.0 out of 5 stars Where are all the classical music composers and writers of today
I am a total nerd , I have no music talent other then turning a radio knob . But I know good music when I hear it , and this is about as good as it gets . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hale Burnside II
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Music Caterory?
I first listened to this piece of music from a classical radio station. I usually listen to non commercial radio while I am at work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gabriela Mistral
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