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on 11 November 2008
This is the second in Johann's planned trilogy based on technology and picks up where the truly stunning IBM 1401, A User's Manual (released in 2006) left off. A modern classical masterpiece - I find it inconceivable that anyone would give this less than five stars! Sweeping strings, delightful electronic bursts, soaring harmonies that can't but help yank one's emotions all over the place. Anyone lucky enough to see Joahnn's live gig at the Union Chapel in the summer 2008 will know what a building-shaking, emotion-shattering talent this guy is.
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on 30 November 2011
When I first listened to this album I thought, oh this is good, this is very good. But on listening to it again and again, it reveals layer after layer of meaning and beauty. You can sit and listen to it all by itself or use it in the background to help you into a creative zone. Brilliant.
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on 8 January 2013
Bought this CD by chance while looking for smth in the style of Max Richter,Olafur Arnalds, Arvo Part. Paid attention to all the good reviews by other listeners and can say that this CD is an excellent choice who love the above mentioned authors. The disc is a real masterpiece. Highly recommended.
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on 16 January 2014
classical music given a mild pop angle.Sad,lonely in fact just about every emotion is covered by this under-rated musician. Check it out and be surprised
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Johann Johannsson is not afraid of harmony.
With 'Fordlandia' we could believe concinnity to be
his raison d'etre given its glowing prominence
in this truly beautiful work.

It's high concept stuff (ie Henry Ford's unrealised
dream of creating a little piece of hometown USA in
the Amazonian jungle to produce rubber in the 1920s!)
but never anything less than accessible and memorable.

The project follows a programmatic (but non-literal)
course subdivided by a series of interludes described as
'melodia' by the composer. Their relationship to the
main narrative is ambiguous but thematically coherent.

Traditional orchestral instrumentation and electronic
elements are subtely and unobtrusively integrated into
the dense fabric of the compositional tapestry.

Opening track 'Fordlandia' gives up its magic slowly in
gently rising waves of rich string orchestration.
The relatively simple thematic material holds our
attention in an almost hypnotic way. It is as though
we are lifted up above the subject and borne through
the clouds to a point where we can attain the clearest
view of the whole. Music of true vision.

The string quartet on 'Fordlandia - Ariel View',
with its haunting, ethereal melody, gives us a more
intimate experience of what flying might be like if
only we had wings.

The pipe organ deployed on the brief but elegaic 'Chimaerica'
is gradually undermined by jarring electrical interference.
A sense of an ancient world coming under attack from the present.

The use of the choir in 'The Great God Pan Is Dead' is
a beautifully realised textural idea.

'Melodia (Guidelines For A Space Propulsion Device Based
On Heim's Quantum Theory)' makes use of half-heard internal
rhythms which shift in and out of the blissfully sustained
orchestral ostinato. The piece builds gradually until it
reaches a marvelously uplifting coda.

The concluding segment 'How We Left Fordlandia' is full of
melancholy and longing. An achingly sad depiction of the loss
of one man's dream vividly reimagined by another.

With 'Fordlandia' Mr Johannsson has created
a work of sublime and epic invention.

Essential.
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on 4 November 2015
Sombre music but if you like Olafur Arnalds and Max Richter etc. you will enjoy this too.
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on 6 October 2009
Found this on a web forum and gave it a try, astouding music. Look for it on youtube then buy it, Gods theme music (if there was one, a God that is)
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on 7 April 2017
Great all. Thank you
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on 16 December 2013
The CD was easy to search for and delivery was well within expectations and packaged securely. Difficult to say much more as it is a Christmas present.
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