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Music Of The Spheres

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0013XS8A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David J. Stash on March 31, 2008
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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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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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By AEG on 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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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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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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