Having been delighted enough with this whole series of CD's to buy them unheard and even use them in my massage treatments without playing them through first just to check there were no hidden surprises, I was dreadfully disappointed with this one title.
Track 1 is totally in harmony with the rest of the series, with minimalist music linked to natural sounds, and with the music complementing the environment suggested by the title. So yes, Track 1 is tranquil and yes it is sea like, with the spacious ebb and flow of tides.
And then.......on track 2 the composer clearly goes out to lunch, on to automatic, wanders round a supermarket and in a trance imports something straight out of a shopping mall into the middle of the track! You know the scene, bland, vapid 'arrangements' of well known 'tunes from popular classics'.
Well I was shocked and extremely irritated! One of my pet musical hates has to be perfectly beautiful pieces of classical music given the Richard Clayderman treatment! What makes a beautiful piece of classical music beautiful is absolutely not just 'the melody' - but the arrangement, the marriage of the instruments, the tempo, the intensity etc. 'Pop' versions bear as much relationship to the power of the original as sliced white does to wholegrain bread, or instant coffee to finest blue mountain beans. Not the same thing at all!!
I shall just have to set track 1 on repeat!