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Becalmed

13 Aug. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Aug. 2010
  • Release Date: 13 Aug. 2010
  • Label: Preservation
  • Copyright: 2010 Preservation Music
  • Total Length: 43:39
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  • ASIN: B004P5EUXE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,765 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sophie Hutchings is a pianist/composer from Sydney.
'Becalmed' is her debut album and it is a befitting
title for a project which washes over us like a warm
wave. Music to drift into like a series of dreams.
Which is not to say that the project could serve as
an aid to meditation; (there is not a lotus flower
floating on the surface of a still pond on the cover!)
it is busy and benign in equal measure but never
ceases to engage our attention and imagination.

Although the piano stands at the beating heart of the
recording, the compositions are augmented sensitively
by various other instruments, including violin and
percussion, which add subtle texture and variation to
the eight numbers in the collection.

The smallest piece in the set, an untitled miniature
coming in at under two minutes, is an exquisite invention
which comes-into and fades out-of focus in a wholly
magical way, touching our heart and making it tremble.

'Portrait Of Haller' is another haunting invention.
The central noble and elegiac thematic material is cut
though with half-heard voices and fleeting shadows.
The arrangement, whilst lacking significant development,
makes, nontheless, a powerful emotional impact with
its densely clustered chords and echoing overtones.

Final track 'It Remains' is a beautiful threnody
whose solidly sculpted piano ostinato forms an
emotive platform for the deeply affecting keening
string arrangement hovering above it like a hawk.

Chances are if you liked Max Richter's sublime
'Infra' then you will doubtless love this too.

Highly Recommended
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Stewart on 26 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
A beautiful album ........ don't be swayed by the negative review here - this talent doesn't deserve such banal comments. A real find
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Cummings on 17 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Uninspired, unimaginative, unpianistic; the whole thing reeks of a GCSE composition assignment. It really is *that* awful. An album to be completely avoided; unquestionably one of the worst ever made.
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