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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000I6AFME
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William J. Walker on September 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I count myself lucky to have found this album since it seems to be receiving little in the way of the media attention it deserves. I found a track of theirs on a compilation CD I'd bought and this piqued my interest, the piece('Guitar Miniature'), a short solo acoustic work, was not really typical of the album at all, which far from being a disappointment, surpassed all my expectations.

The band/group(led by Craig Fortnam) have been described as 'unique english chamber music' which, at best, only describes the tools of their trade, you'll hear chamber strings, choral music, english folkiness, romantic poetry, experimental organs, modern classical minimalism, acoustic guitar, wind instruments and performances of the highest calibre.

The music is very beautiful and amazingly varied; short solos, epic pieces, ancient, and modern but the album never becomes fragmentary. As well as featuring the superb instrumental pieces there are the 'songs' where pieces of poetry(Yeats,Shelley...and some original lyrics) are sung in choral harmony or crisp clear solo (by the wonderful Sharon Fortnam).The music can be soft and soothing one minute then lively and vigorous the next but is never bland. It demands your attention and transports the listener to a place of timeless wonder.

I have seen them compared to "Rachel's" and in particular their fantastic "Music for Egon Schiele" but the most obvious comparison to draw would be with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (particularly their first album(
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