After repeated listenings (really I tried) and reading other reviews, I must agree that this is a very disappointing work from the otherwise mega-talented Lara St John. I'm not quite sure who is more to blame: Sony for making her an offer she couldn't refuse, or Lara for selling out? In either event, this is very mundane new-age easy-listening music for simpletons. Certainly nothing offensive, it actually makes for nice background music, but ventures nowhere near her capablities which were so expertly exposed in her previous releases.
I had the opportunity of seeing Lara perform last month at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Having already obtained this CD, I wasn't quite sure what to expect...Lara with band performing these new works as a media kick-off for Sony? Or the Lara I knew best performing what she does best? Fortunately, the latter was the case. An incredible solo Bach performance, as well as piano accompaniment featuring Prokofiev. These performances literally blew me away...the violin became a living entity, the emotion flowing from Lara through her instrument.
One can only hope that this latest effort (or lack of) was a fluke, her sellout, yet I don't see this CD succeeding at all. If both Sony and Lara come to their senses, there's still a chance that we can enjoy some truly inspired music in the future.