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on September 9, 2013
There is a brief moment that happens few minutes before Music of the Spheres heads into its climax. That moment is one of the most joyous musical nirvanas I've ever experienced in my life. It's simple, almost banal.. And it gets me every. single. time.

For me, it is well worth the price of not only this disc, but of the whole Solar System.

But you're not me, so let's elaborate on the rest of the music you'll find here, performed efortlessly and recorded in pristine sound. Music of the Spheres is a piece out of time. Ask Ligeti! Langgaard might've been a nut, but he certainly was a genius. Music of the Spheres is music taken directly from whatever spheres he was able to tap and convey into notation. It builds itself, slowly, from the musical mists that you suspect are hiding unheralded beauty & power - and they do. When the composition comes into full force, you are prepared to embrace it and yet it still overwhelms you, again and again.

And if you somehow manage to stay unfazed (which is, given the apocalyptic / heartwrenching finale, quite a feat), there's the spellbinding, monumental Endens tid to finish the job (plus the final piece is no slouch either).

Beware, though - the dynamic range of this SACD is wide as the space time continuum itself, so if you're stuck with a modest audio setup, consider the Rozhdestvensky, a top notch recording as well.
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