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The high aesthetic
on September 21, 1999
This is a beautiful CD that perfectly mirrors the artifice and surface beauty of the Victorian age in which Oscar Wilde lived. Yet underneath, there is a current of secretive discord. This album portrays the double-standard of life with majestically orchestrated string pieces and desolate solo pieces arranged for piano and oboe.
The main themes running throughout (the Constance/home life, the Bosie "Ah, Leave Me Not To Pine", the desolation/trial theme) all return intermixed with each other, creating a fantastic panorama of sound.
Why four stars? Ms. Wiseman's work is wonderful, yet towards the end becomes a bit repetitive. However, for any fan of the movie "Wilde," this soundtrack is a must have!