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Vanessa Mae's best album,
This review is from: Choreography (Audio CD)A Friend from Italy brought me the CD last weekend and although he couldn't say enough good things about it I remained skeptical some cheesy music (Bond)... until I listened. I was amazed. What an ambitious album!
Vanessa Mae who was know to vulgarize classical music, this time redeemed herself with new appealing original compositions written for large symphonic orchestra and performed by the Royal Philharmonic. There are a few jewels on this album. Emerald Tiger is an exiting composition by Riverdance's Bill Whelan, a sort of Irish/Asian fusion. Raga's Dance by Bollywood's AR Rahman is a fun and exiting piece mixing Indian instruments and vocals to a large symphonic orchestration. Vangelis' Roxane's Veil has a very nice melody and should become a chill out classic. After a few listening my favorite tracks are the one composed and produced by Walter Taieb. The credits on the booklet show that he is also the only composer who did his own orchestration. Bolero For Violin And Orchestra is kind of a tribute to Ravel's Bolero, using a Darbuka (a north African instrument ) as the rhythm base. This piece in my opinion deserve to be performed by orchestras for years to come. Tribal Gathering is a minimalist composition in the vain of John Adams but with a live afro percussion rhythm beneath. My favorite being Tango De Los Exilados. It's a Symphonic Tango and it's beautiful.
Vanessa Mae's Performance is solid especially on Tango De Los Exilados and Emerald Tiger. Although I am not too crazy about the metallic sound of the recording.