Archive for the ‘_Renaissance’ Category
Bond – Born
320 kbps | 1:01:26 | 130 mo
Born is the first album released by the classical crossover string quartet Bond. The album was a huge commercial success, reaching Gold in fourteen countries and Platinum in twelve. The album was also no. 1 in the UK Classical charts, but was subsequently removed from these charts for not meeting all the ‘rules’ of classical music.
1. "Quixote" (Magnus Fiennes) – 4:44
2. "Winter" (Yoad Nevo) – 5:42
3. "Victory" (Tonci Huljic) – 4:40
4. "Oceanic" (Camille Saint-Saëns (excerpt from Carnival of the Animals – the Aquarium), produced by Magnus Fiennes) – 6:42
5. "Kismet" (Gay-Yee Westerhoff) – 5:12
6. "Korobushka" (Traditional, arr. Brian Gascoigne) – 4:48
7. "Alexander the Great" (Huljic) – 2:57
8. "Duel" (Huljic) – 4:20
9. "Bella Donna" (Eos Chater) – 3:15
10. "The 1812" (Tchaikovsky, arr. *Gareth Cousins & Julian Kershaw) – 6:37
11. "Dalalai" (Huljic) – 4:06
12. "Hymn" (Fiennes) – 4:50
13. "Victory (Mike Batt Mix)" (Tonci Huljic) – 3:25
Jean Patrick Capdevielle – Atylantos
320 kbps | 51:55 | 120 mo
The latest album from Jean-Patrick Capdevielle is entitled Atylantos (Pendragon Records (France) / Phillips 468 482-2, 2001). The legend is a universal myth dating back to the dawn of time, yet more contemporary today than ever. Now as then, progress and wealth come at a terrible price: one man’s happiness is often another’s suffering.
The contemporary classical crossover project, sung in 14th century Italian, features three stunning sopranos—Chiara Zeffirelli, Elena Cojocaru, Jade Laura d’Angelis—and tenor Nikola Todorovich. This project will undoubtedly appeal to those that follow the internationally acclaimed Emma Shapplin.
1. Atylantos Ov – John Greaves/Le Choeur Francais D’Opr/Patrick-Marie Aubert
2. Legge Senza Legge – Chiara Zeffirelli
3. La Diosa Fredda – Chiara Zeffirelli/Elena Cojocaru/Jade Laura D’Angelis/Nikola Todorovitch
4. Altai Che’l Sol – Chiara Zeffirelli
5. U Sono Or Le Ricchezze? – Nikola Todorovitch
6. Dolce Sentier – Elena Cojocaru
7. Bellezza Divina – Jade Laura D’Angelis
8. Si Fosse Gia Com’ Io Fu – Chiara Zeffirelli
9. Ferra Ventura – Elena Cojocaru/Nikola Todorovitch
10. Dolce Veneno – Jade Laura D’Angelis
11. Il Regno D’il Cor – Chiara Zeffirelli
12. O Servito A Signor Crudele – Le Choeur Francais D’Opr/Patrick-Marie Aubert
13. Destin Sbandito – Chiara Zeffirelli/Elena Cojocaru/Nikola Todorovitch
Catherine Lara And Eric Mouquet – Aral
320 kbps | 47:58 | 110 mo
The form and sound of this latest release from Catherine Lara is heavily influenced by the fact that Eric Mouquet of the group Deep Forest co-wrote most of the tracks and the musicians involved in it’s making are largely those responsible for the Deep Forest Live CD "Made in Japan". By any standards Aral is a beautiful album. Largely instrumental, it is a layered mix of acoustic instruments woven into some familiar Deep Forest keyboard sounds all fronted by the crystal clear violin playing of Catherine Lara. Where there are vocals, they compliment the melody wonderfully. The CD’s name "Aral", apart from being "Lara" backwards is also the name of a sea in Kazakhstan that is probably the world’s worst ecological disaster area. As you would expect then, there is an eastern/arabic feel to some of the tracks, although there are also classical influences and even an Irish touch where one of the pieces is opened with some very fine uileann piping. With all these fantastic sounds it’s very hard to pin down just where "Aral" belongs other than at the top of your "must buy" list.
1. Eastern Land
4. Blue Dawn
5. Requiem for a Dying Sea
6. Gypsy Tears
7. In Between Nowhere
11. Sea U Soon
Gregorian – The Dark Side
320 kbps | 1:03:05 | 150 mo
2004 album features worldwide hits from The Doors, Sister Of Mercy, Aphrodite¹s Child and many more. The Gregorian tunes enchant young and old and allows the listener to step into a world full of magic, fascination and mysticism.
2. My Immortal
3. Four Horsemen
5. Where the Wild Roses Grow
6. Close My Eyes Forever
10. Gregorian Anthem
11. Ave Satani (The Omen)
13. In the Shadows
Blackmore’s Night – Winter Carols
320 kbps | 42:37 | 99 mo
Ritchie Blackmore is one of the very few great guitarists who display musical genius, individuality and integrity in equally large parts. Within his bands Deep Purple and Rainbow he frequently displayed his liking for medieval music, expertly combining medieval inflections with hard rock and thus developing a guitar style that is truly unique. In the mid-1990s, Blackmore took a musical step which seemed perfectly logical to his countless fans: he founded the "renaissance rock" band, Blackmore’s Night, together with his partner, the vocalist Candice Night. This seven piece band, surely, is the ultimate expression of Ritchie’s unique musical ability and his fascination for medieval music. Now, Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore are turning another of their dreams into reality: they are releasing their first and long-awaited Christmas album. Candice and Ritchie have always loved the spirit of winter: with its memories of good friends and families sitting around the fireplace, and the spirit of the holidays, the world seems to be a more forgiving gentle one, and people join with those they love. It evokes festivities and bright candlelight, and music that was sung and performed for hundreds of years by minstrels of the Middle Ages – many of these songs still emerge today during the winter season. This is Candice and Ritchie’s interpretation of many favourite carols, shared, performed and enjoyed for the past 400 years.
1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
2. I Saw Three Ships
3. Winter (Basse Dance)
4. Ding Dong Merrily On High
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. Lord Of The Dance – Simple Gifts
8. We Three Kings
9. Wish You Were Here
11. Christmas Eve
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Blackmore’s Night – Secret Voyage
vbr | 50:43 | 97 mo |
Blackmore’s Night’s sixth studio effort (not including 2006′s holiday album, WINTER CAROLS) shows the band progressing deeper into the realms of experimental medieval folk rock. Kicking off with lush orchestration and monk chants, SECRET VOYAGE immediately transports the listener to a distant time and place. The only element of the album that places it in present time is the silken sound of leader Ritchie Blackmore’s (Deep Purple, Rainbow) signature guitar tone. Also featuring a rousing version of the Elvis Presley classic "Can’t Help Falling In Love", SECRET VOYAGE is a frolicking magic ride.
1. God save the keg 3:40
2. Locked within the crystal ball 8:04
3. Gilded cage 3:42
4. Toast to tomorrow 3:49
5. Prince Waldeck’s galliard 2:13
6. Rainbow eyes 6:01
7. The circle 4:48
8. Sister Gypsy 3:21
9. Can’t help falling in love 2:51
10. The Peasant’s promise 5:33
11. Far far away 3:54
12. Empty words 2:40
Leisem – Mystic Spirit Voices
320 kbps | 1:11:05 | 163 mo |
enigma meets pink floyd
Enter the spiritual world of Lesiem and take a journey through mystic spirit voices. Born out of a male voice choir whose experience is based on a 50 year tradition, Lesiem soars across the heavens with their own brand of mystic-pop. Combining Gregorian chants with worldbeat loops, guitars and dreamlike voices, Lesiem bring their own unique style of ancient tradition to the modern world, The eyes may be the doorway to the soul, but the voice is the chariot to the heavens….
1. Lesiem 5:05
2. Open Your Eyes 4:17
3. Fundamentum 4:50
4. Vivere 4:05
5. Occultum 3:54
6. Indalo 3:55
7. Liberta 4:31
8. Miracle Eyes 4:04
9. Una Terra 4:14
10. Mater Gloria 3:57
11. Floreat 5:13
12. Ave Fortuna 5:14
Blackmore’s Night – Village Lantern
320 kbps | 1:00:53 | 142 mo |
Individuality and true musical greatness are marked by an artist who follows his own intuition, without being influenced by other people’s expectations; Ritchie Blackmore’s integrity may occasionally seem strange, if not indeed doubtful to many a Deep Purple and Rainbow fan but it shows that he is one of the best and most exceptional contemporary musicians in every respect. With his band, Blackmore´s Night, featuring his partner, the vocalist Candice Night, Blackmore has certainly not broken with his previous creative forms of expression. Quite the opposite: the songs on his current album, The Village Lanterne, document unmistakably that there’s still the rock musician inside him. But Blackmore has not remained static in his development, he has allowed his penchant for medieval music, which already shone through on many of his hard rock compositions, to culminate in his very own, unique style of music. On The Village Lanterne, Blackmore´s Night combine great vocal melodies, seemingly archaic instrumentations and virtuoso guitar parts with lyrics that allow the listener to dive deep into a mysterious, romantic world. In the process, Blackmore continues to develop his ability as a composer and instrumentalist without ever denying his former artistic identity. Mond Tanz/Child In Time is the resurrection of one of Deep Purple’s greatest hits in a new guise, and Street Of Dreams is a haunting new edition of the Rainbow classic. Both songs represent the close artistic links to Blackmore’s work in the Seventies and Eighties. At the same time, Just Call My Name, St. Teresa or I Guess It Doesn’t Matter show that his rock musician’s heart remains ever-present in his new compositions. On the title track and on Faerie Queen, Candice Night seems to blend together with Blackmore’s acoustic guitar, while 25 Years displays oriental influences. Then there are wonderful moments, such as the folkloric instrumental numbers The Messenger, Village Dance! and the beguiling World Of Stone, Olde Mill Inn and Windmills
1. 25 Years
2. Village Lanterne
3. I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
4. Messenger [Instrumental]
5. World of Stone
6. Faerie Queen-Faerie Dance
7. St. Teresa
8. Village Dance [Instrumental]
9. Mond Tanz/Child in Time
10. Streets of London
11. Just Call My Name (I’ll Be There)
12. Olde Mill Inn
14. Street of Dreams
Blackmore’s Night is a Renaissance-inspired folk rock band led by Ritchie Blackmore (electric guitar and acoustic guitar) and Candice Night (lyricist and lead vocals).
The origins of the band lie in 1989 when Candice Night was working at a local New York rock music radio station. She first encountered Ritchie Blackmore, then with Deep Purple, at a football game in which he was playing. The two became romantically involved and discovered that they shared a passionate interest in the Renaissance.
After leaving Deep Purple in 1993 and recording the album Stranger in Us All in 1995, on which Night contributed backing vocals and some of the lyrics, Blackmore became interested in the idea of bringing Renaissance music to a contemporary audience. Night’s personality and singing ability made her the natural choice as "frontwoman." In 1997 the pair were ready to launch the band, the name being a pun of their own names, and which would consist of themselves plus session musicians.
Shadow of the Moon
Their debut album Shadow of the Moon was a success, particularly in Europe. In subsequent albums, particularly Fires at Midnight, there was an increased incorporation of rock guitar into the music, whilst maintaining a folk rock direction. Over time, Candice Night has increasingly participated instrumentally as well as singing the vocals, and is competent in a wide variety of Renaissance instruments.
The group performs at Renaissance fairs and Renaissance Festivals, as well as in stand-alone concert tours in appropriate venues including ‘castle tours’ of Europe, where they perform in historic surroundings for an audience dressed largely in period costume. The band has been successful enough to inspire a number of international tribute bands including: Renaissance Night and the Italian Morning Star.
They have also performed the music for MagiQuest, a live simulation game located internationally.
In 2006, Candice performed a duet with Andi Deris on Helloween’s "Light The Universe", which was released as a single in certain countries and is available on their album Keeper Of The Seven Keys – The Legacy, released in the same year.
On June 27, 2008 the band released its newest (seventh) album called Secret Voyage, the album being a mix of medieval sounding tracks and some contemporary ones. In addition to some covers of some traditional folk music (“Locked Within the Crystal Ball" is from the fourteenth century) and some originals, Blackmore’s Night also threw in a cover of a Rainbow song (“Rainbow Eyes”) and even an Elvis Presley cover.
On October 5, 2008 Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore were married at a Castle on the Hudson after 19 years together. The fourth marriage for the guitarist, Ritchie was quoted to say "This is the 1st wedding I’ve been to where I’m not looking for the exit sign".
Under A Violet Moon is a Blackmore’s Night album released in July 1999 through Steamhammer US.
Under A Violet Moon (4:23)
Castles And Dreams (3:33)
Past Time With Good Company (3:24) – written by King Henry VIII
Morning Star (4:41)
Possum Goes To Prague (1:13)
Wind In The Willows (4:12)
Gone With The Wind (5:24) – based on Polyushko Pole, a traditional Russian song
Beyond the Sunset (3:45)
March the Heroes Home (4:39)
Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well) (5:23)
Catherine Howard’s Fate (2:34)
Fool’s Gold (3:32)
Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus (2:31)
Now And Then (3:11) – Based on the Prelude in C by J.S. Bach
Self Portrait (3:19)