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The Malady of Elegance [Import]

Goldmund Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Type
  • ASIN: B0019H9WEI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Image-Autumn-Womb 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. In A Notebook 2:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Finding It There 3:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Subtle The Sum 1:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Threnody 4:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Now 3:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Winter Of 1539-1540 2:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ouendake 3:320.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. John Harrington 6:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Apalachee 4:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Gardener 1:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mound Builders 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gifts 4:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Clement Danes 4:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Evelyn 6:550.69  Buy MP3 

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Elegance Than Malady 23 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Golmund (aka Keith Kenniff/aka Helios - confused yet?!)
is a Boston-based composer/"sound designer" and writer.
(As Helios his 2008 release 'Caesura' was particularly delightful).

As Golmund things are stripped down in 'The Malady Of Elegance'
to a piano and subtle electronics. The results are utterly magical.

Like its strangely evocative artwork these fifteen pieces
could be compared to a box of yellowing photographs found in
the panelling of an old empty house which has been locked up
many years ago and left to the wind and the rain and the birds.

The titles may well be clues to real events or images of them
frozen in time. The uncertainty is part of the enchantment.

The thematic material is simple but beautifully realised.

The hymn-like 'Threnody' advances barely breathing.
The half-heard crackles and creaks and the gentle
electronic sound-washes sound like they might
be a part of the piano's very fabric.

'Ouendake' is another evocative piece reflecting Mr Kenniff's
interest in early American history. (My own scufflings around in
the darker reaches of my library suggests that the title is
connected to the Wendat community of indigenous North American
peoples who settled in Canada's Ontario region and suffered
horribly at the hands of the Iroquois in the mid-1600's).
The bleakly poetic folk-like construction is full
of a sense of something never known and now lost.

That's the thing. These beguiling pieces plant pictorial
and narrative suggestions in our mind's eye without our
having quite realised that we'd invited them in.
They are gentle and welcome intrusions none-the-less.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release more! 5 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As often when i'me on your site i look to see if any new CD's from artists which i follow have released something new. As in the case of Ludovico Einaudi. Ludovico technique is diffinitly not Ludovico Einaudi! I bought the CD, "the pig in the sack" as they say in Sweden; without listeninging beforehand. This was a big mistake! A mistake i have made with you on too many earlier occasions. If there was a way to listen to CD's Before hand then i wouldn't continually be making this mistake and would be buying more CD's from you. As it is i'me out on other sites to listen beforehand, unfortunatly they often times don't have the CD'd imé interested in. Call it what you will but i call it bad costomer service.
Sincerly, John Biddle
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review 30 Nov 2008
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Keith Kenniff is back on Type Records with his second full length album under Goldmund alias, titled The Malady Of Elegance. A previous EP, Two Point Discrimination (Western Vinyl, 2007), hit the streets on the heels of Kenniff's much anticipated Helios release, Ayres (Type, 2007). Whether Kenniff flips between his more ambient and acoustic electronica works under Helios or modern and contemporary classical pieces under Goldmund, he seems to shine at everything he touches. Especially when it comes to piano keys. The Malady Of Elegance is very cozy, intimate and personal. It is, as if Keith was playing in your own living room and you had your ear against the sound board, picking up each stroke of a hammer, a creek of the pedal, and a soft brush of the finger tips. The melancholic lullabies gently sway the listener into a meditative state of contemplation. It is especially important to recognize how a simple single instrument, like piano, can capture enough emotion to be gently wrapped in an album. The story behind The Malady Of Elegance is a bit of a mystery. But the aged photograph on the cover, the track titles and the music itself, hint at a voyage into the past, suggesting "that the ghosts of old America [still] haunt the keys." And even if this cinematic fantasy creates a world a bit out of reach, it's still comforting to know, that on The Malady Of Elegance Keith Kenniff plays for you. Your own private performance. Incidentally... The album layout and design of The Malady Of Elegance was designed by Erik Skodvin, who is none other than Svarte Greiner and one half of Deaf Center. They must be friends ;). The cover photograph on the album, however, was taken by Linus Lohoff. Meanwhile... It seems that Mr. Kenniff has been a bit busy with yet another release on John Twells' (Xela) Type Records, this time under Helios moniker, titled Caesura. You can be sure I'll grab that one as well. Recommended for the likes of Hauschka, Sylvain Chauveau, Erik Satie, Peter Broderick and Max Richter.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godly 8 Jan 2009
By Laubre Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The music made me cry of joy. The music is simply godly, it is delicate and yet overwhelmingly strong, it cuts through to your deepest hideaways in your soul that you forgot about. There are not many notes in each story, but the silence between them is breathtaking. I just simply don't have enough words to describe the sense of recognition. It is the most enjoyable piano music I have ever heard. I do wish the very best to the author. Please, do continue doing whatever you are doing that produces this wonderful music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLDMUND MAGNIFICIENCE 2 Jan 2011
By DAVID HALL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Malady of Elegance by Goldmund (aka Keith Keniff), (2008), is a breathtakingly beautiful album of solo piano music, composed and performed by Goldmund, that exists - and leads the listener into - the highest realm of beauty imaginable. The silence at the heart of these musical compositions is exquisite and powerful because of a sparseness and simplicity that is the essence of its music. This is the kind of music I am always hoping to come across, but rarely find. Discovering it is the greatest gift. One I can't help sharing. This is music not easy to put in a convenient category. It represents a new kind of classical music. There are also ambient and minimalist forces at work here. Perhaps, neo-classical is the term that gets closest to describing this cd. If you like the music of Peter Broderick, Max Richter, Sylvain Chauveau and especially Olafur Arnalds - I think you'll fall in love with this cd. I discovered and purchased it on Amazon. I cannot too highly recommend this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical little world 2 April 2014
By marsfan - Published on Amazon.com
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I use it for massage & reiki sessions oddly. But it's not pretty per se- outside of time, ordinary rhythm, full of silences, I've played it a million times & will a million more.
5.0 out of 5 stars So lovely, exactly what I was looking for 20 Aug 2012
By Alex Hawk - Published on Amazon.com
I had been searching for music like this for a while and I finally found it! Goldmund is mostly just piano without any words or drums or much else. The processing Keith Kenniff uses on his Goldmund music is really captivating and inspiring, you can hear his fingers on the keys along with several other sounds during the recordings. Beautiful music like this is often few and far between, Keith stands alone on the forefront of this type of sound. I have yet to hear some one else come close to sounding so great with so little.

The Malady of Elegance is my favorite of all Goldmund albums, get this one if you don't want to buy them all. Amazon MP3 is a good way to purchase music but I just ended up buying this album with an Itunes gift card I had laying around because physical copies seem to be a rarity here on the web. This music is amazing, my only regret is that I wish I had bought it sooner as Goldmund is now one of the top artists in my Itunes library.
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