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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B000CR8RLK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  8. Meditation On Dvorak's Slavonic Fantasy 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
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"Poison Sweet Madeira is a record that defies categorisation as classical influences collide gloriously with world music flavours drawn from Russia, eastern Europe, north Africa, gypsy music, tango and klezmer to create a vibrant musical portrait of one of the most adventurous artists of our time.

Produced by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby (Finley Quaye/Oi Va Voi/Ben Taylor) and Marius de Vries (Madonna/Bjork/David Gray and a host of films such as Moulin Rouge), three tracks have guest vocals. ‘A Light That Never Dies’ finds actor and fellow Russophile Ralph Fiennes lending his voice to words based on a poem by Russian Symbolist Alexander Blok. ‘Burnt By The Sun’, sung by Richard Hawley, ex Pulp and Longpigs guitarist and now one of the most talked about artists of 2005, is "based on Stalin's favourite tango and is the first thing I learned to play on the accordion," Sophie says. ‘Lazarus’, which features the voice of KT Tunstall, has a dark ambiguous lyric about "a knock-on the door in the middle of the night."

Poison Sweet Madeira looks set to establish Sophie Solomon as one of the brightest new musical talents of 2006."

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Sophie Solomon's voice is her violin. Whether she's performing with the LSO or playing with her own band, her music is a thrilling combination of technique and passion that refuses to be confined by the conventional parameters of the instrument. Her unique musical vision reaches its full flowering on her self-composed Decca debut solo album Poison Sweet Madeira, an audacious mix of different styles and influences given purpose and unity by her extraordinary violin playing. Poison Sweet Madeira features guest appearances by Richard Hawley, KT Tunstall and Ralph Fiennes.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I saw Sophie playing at Koko and was hooked. The journalists are right, she really is like Keith Richards on stage. Her CD is magical - a wonderful mix of moods and passions. With the classical elements combined with wonderful rhythm, this CD will appeal to everyone. Burnt by the Sun is one of those songs you want to keep replaying and Lazarus with KT Tunstall is a such a great marriage of violin and voice. Bravo.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
What a fantastic album! I was recommended this by a friend and I just can’t get enough of it. Sophie’s violin playing is so exquisite, so moving and so enjoyable. This album is a genuine melting pot of styles, all of which Sophie combines masterfully. A true mix of classical, klezmer, eastern European folk and world rhythms, ‘Poison Sweet Madeira’ showcases the extraordinary talents of this young violinist. This is one of those rare albums where you never have to use the skip button, as each track is such a joy, revealing something new on each listen. Whilst Sophie sticks to playing the violin, there are a number of guest vocalists here such as Ralph Fiennes, Richard Hawley and most notably KT Tunstall. The Scottish songstress lends her voice to the beautiful ‘Lazarus’ which is definitely one of the album highlights. The combination of these two hot young female talents is just magnificent – a real treat!
As it was to me, I strongly recommend you check this album out. It is not often you can claim to have found something fresh, new and exciting, but this album truly stands out. An absolute gem just waiting to be discovered.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Plom de Nume on 14 April 2006
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Prepare to be hooked. I love any album that "takes some getting into," but this has enough atmosphere and musicality to etch its way into any romantic's head after about three playings. This is very much for lovers of tunes and life. It reminds me, in different places, of such diverse pleasures as quirky old Stackridge (from Bristol, UK) and Shakti (the John Mclaughlin/Shankar/Hussein fusion of guitar, violin and tabla).

There's jolly sawing, sensitive phrasing and baroque rocking. You can also feel, pretty consistently, the approval beaming in from Django and Stephane. There's variety here, then; certainly enough to delineate separate tracks and have you cueing around for individual delights that may subsequently take your fancy; but the whole disk is united by its mood of creativity and experiment around an authentic core, a distinctive style that beautifully combines elements of Russian, Continental, Eastern, Classical and no small measure of the avant garde - but all held together by a sense of real pleasure in the entertainment value of such forms as the Tango.

This album also brings back joyous memories of a one-off Nigel Kennedy concert with the Kroke band one night in Richmond (on Thames) a couple of years ago. (It was a largely "corporate" do and the assembled tuxedos and gowns seemed initially readier for a bit of Vivaldi - but the sheer joy and originality grew on most after a while; and instantaneously so, in the case of our own company's then receptionist, a young Slovakian more usually noted for her disco prowess but at once enchanted by sounds she immediately greeted with joyous cries of "It's my music!") There's something about Sophie Solomon's tunes that has staid old English me wanting to shout the same thing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "zozzle" on 9 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
" I was so lucky to see Sophie supporting Richard Hawley in London two months ago and I managed to buy a pre release copy of her album 'Poison Sweet Madeira'. It has been my best impulsive buy to date and I came onto Amazon to try and get more for family birthday presents, and for my friends who I've been playing this to non-stop! Sophie's album is a bit difficult to describe in words but it reminds me of Nick Cave or Gotan Project. There's an amazing track 'A light that never dies' where Ralph Fiennes does vocals, which is my favourite as it captures its own space and the sensuous tension rebounds throughout. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s such an eclectic mix of things like klezmer and tango that it just somehow draws you in and gets you hooked so you find you keep just needing to have one more listen!!”
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
In an age of such mass produced commercial garbage in the music world it is unusual to come across such a great uncompromising honest album that works. Every track just hits the button. Sophie Solomon is clearly a musical genius and will surely become a legend. Buy this album and a copy for all your friends!! and they will love you for ever!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jakub Marecek on 13 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Sophie Solomon's latest "incarnation" as a heady indie singer/song-writer truly stands out from the crowd. A very enjoyable record by "arty" standards, very smart by indie adult pop standards, a great record overall!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Stroud on 21 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard music like it, or that even comes close! Sophie's music is the most stirring, sweet, lively, soothing music that you will ever hear. The opening track, Holy Devil, is a wonderful prelude to the rest of the album, and it doesn't disappoint. Buy this album, even if you have stumbled across it by accident. Believe me, you will be enchanted; it's what violins were made for!
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