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  • Audio CD (11 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Prude
  • ASIN: B0007Y9JEM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two outstanding artists of Danish origin have combined their remarkable talents to explore their Viking roots and put it in a new musical perspective: As a writer and co-producer Jens Gad, born to Danish parents in Munich/Germany on August 26th 1966, has contributed immensely to the global success of Enigma, the project of multi-platinum producer Michael Cretu, which has brought New Age sensibilities into the world of dance clubs with a succession of highly praised albums since their 1991 superhit Sadness . Jens, a passionate guitarist, drummer and composer, has also worked on a number of other internationally successful projects such as albums by Andru Donalds or Milli Vanilli. Today Jens Gad has his own top standard studio on the beautiful Spanish island of Ibiza. Helene Horlyck has started to sing classical music at the tender age of ten. After many years of classical training, the singer, who nowadays lives in London, has also gained a lot of live experience with improvised music. Helene and Jens, though both not actually living in Denmark, share a deep interest in the ancestry and mythology of their Scandinavian homeland. Thrilled by each others talents, they decided to create a sophisticated chill out journey through the traditional Nine worlds of Viking myths , carried by Helene s uniquely sensitive classical voice and the emotional solo guitar of Jens. There is a story behind each song. All of these are based on Viking mythology and often on archaic poems a world inhabitated by seers and seeresses, elves, the historic monks of Lindisfarne, rune masters, giants and gods such as Odin, a world, that was marked by places like Cape Porcupine, Labrador, or Staraja Ladoga, the first Viking staging post on the trade route to Russia, or the island Sanday in Orkney. In order to transform these fascinating stories into equally fascinating music, Jens Gad used his vast producers experience to develop an unusual work process: Helene improvised for hours on most diverse musical backgrounds partly singing in Latin and in a language she created to develop a variety of new melodies. This way he captured the spontaneity of her singing then he would compose the music around the recordings from these singing sessions, using Helene s voice like a kind of solo instrument. The result is totally unique: highly attractive state-of-the-art-sounds meet with archaic melodies, extremely sensual singing is contrasted with delicately bluesy guitar playing, slow sexy grooves carry finely woven sonic textures. The music of Achillea is both stimulating and calming, entertaining but relaxing, full of peace and beauty, but also strikingly vital.

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I have been waiting for an album to excite me as much as the first Enigma album. It has arrived and it has not been out of my cd player for long since. Jens Gad has brought all his Enigma experience to produce a brilliant album. Helene Horlyck's classically trained entrancing voice gives this album the "WOW" factor. I love all the tracks and I know I will be playing this album for ever. If you like Enigma you will love this!
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An excellent Album by Jens Gad, with classical vocals by Helene Horlyck
Achillea consists of twelve beautiful tracks of Enigmaesque type music (Jens Gad being coproducer of Engima and Michael Cretu)
As Jens and Helene are both Danish, they decided to follow the traces of their ancesters (Viking)
Tracks
The Seeress Prophercy (Daydreaming)
Ragnarok - Twlight of the Gods
Othila - The Rune Masters
being three of the best
If you like Enigma, you will find this magical
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What can I say? If youre a fan of Enigma, you will recognise some of the styles used on this disc.

I have a vast collection of discs at home, probably like a lot of other people.... However, how many of those discs do you listen to regularly? Do you find yourself always going back to certain discs because you love them? For me, this is one of the discs I go back to time and time again, often leaving it on low while I drift off to sleep.

I would happily have paid twice the price as the more you play it, the more you will love it.
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Love this CD. It's good to Massage to or just to have as an easy listening background. Fast delivery and a good price.
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