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Genesis fans - keep an open mind,
This review is from: The Genesis Suite (Audio CD)This is a very interesting work but not without its faults.
Genesis fans will need to be very patient. This is no straight orchestral version of your fave Genesis tracks, not by a long way. Instead kashif has taken the DNA of the genesis music and injected it into the world of "Classical" music allowing it to evolve in unexpected ways.
When I say "Classical", I use this in the loosest terms possible.
This brings me to my first problem. The range of styles used stops this feeling like a single cohesive work, more a series of distinct pieces linked only by their source material.
Land Of Confusion / Tonight Tonight sounds like a cross between karl Jenkins (Adiemus) and Hans Zimmer. It comes across largely as film music. Good film music but there it is.
Ripples (for me the absolute best track) sounds a bit like Ravel cranked up a bit. It is a wonderful piece of rippling piano playing against a large scale orchestra.
Mad man Moon might give Genesis lovers the most trouble as it is a huglely extended Rhapsody for Violin and Orchetra in the style of brahms / Vaughan Williams etc...
Another highlight is Follow You Follow Me which is a love duet for Violin and Cello with orchestra. It brought Maria by Bernstein to mind.
I won't go into all the tracks as I'm sure you can make your own comparisons.
My other problem with this work is its performability. Tracks 1 % 7 employ solo singers and a large choir. Some tracks require a very talented Pianist and others a solo violinist. In effect it will be very expensive to perform. The changing orchestrations also take away from the cohesiveness.
A final gripe is the lamentable omission of a cheeky wee scherzo based on Firth of Fifth, I can hear it in my head already. Why ?
Please Mr Kashif, release another suite with older stuff and make it more cohesive in sound and purpose.
And while you are at it, do a Yes composition.
All in all though hugely enjoyable in parts, but the sum of the parts don't add up to a better whole.